3 Day Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari

Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari

Destinations: Kibale Forest National Park


This 3 Day Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari we take you on the fascinating mission of trekking the wild but habituated chimpanzees, splendid bird watching, cultural experience, and nature walk in the Bigodi Swamp. You will visit the crater lakes region to see the ancient extinguished craters that are now breathtaking landscapes of scenic beauty. You will crown this safari with a visit to the Karambi tombs, where former Toro kings and other royals are buried.

This 795-sq-km national park just outside Fort Portal is made up of dense tropical rainforest, within which dwell enormous numbers of primates. If you can’t afford the lavish cost of mountain gorilla tracking, then visiting one of the five habituated groups of chimpanzees here is a very worthy substitute, not to mention a far less financially draining one. Also regularly seen here are the rare red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys.

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Safari Highlights

  • Chimp trek
  • A nature walk in Bigodi swamp
  • Scenery viewing
  • Community walk
  • Cultural tour

Activity Schedule

Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and nature walk

Day 3: Cultural tour & travel back to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park Safari - 3 Day Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari

You will depart Kampala on the first day of the Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari after breakfast and head westwards to Fort Portal town. The drive will take about 4 -5 hours. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and continue to Kibale Forest where you will go for either a community walk or visit the beautiful Crater lakes region for a spectacular view.

Dinner and overnight will be at your reserved lodge.

Day 2: Chimp tracking and nature walk

3 Day Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari

After breakfast, you will report to Kanyanchu Tourist Centre at 08.00 am for a briefing before tracking the chimpanzees on the second day of the Kibale Forest Chimpanzee Safari. The forest is only accessible on foot and the walk will provide you with the opportunity to also see a variety of other primates and animals as well as birds, a variety of butterflies, and other insects.

You will return to the lodge for lunch and in the afternoon go for a nature walk in the Bigodi Wetland to see a variety of birds and monkey species. You will have dinner and overnight at your lodge.

  • Luxury: Ndali lodge/Primate lodge/Kibale forest/Kyaninga lodge                                                   
  • Moderate: Mountains of the moon/Kibale forest camp
  • Budget: Rwenzori travelers/Kibale Forest Camp/Chimpanzee Forest Guest House
  • Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cultural tour and return to Kampala

You will have the option to either visit the Karambi tombs (burial sites for the former Toro kings and other royals or visit the Toro Palace for a cultural experience. You will have lunch in Fort Portal and set off for Kampala arriving in the evening.

No accommodation and meals will be provided on this day.

Requirements for this Safari:

  • A Visa – you can apply for the visa online or very easily get one at the point of entry into the country (airport)
  • Chimp trekking permit – Standard fee (USD200)
  • Travel & Health insurance – This should be arranged by you in your home country before you travel.
  • Physical fitness

The Tour package includes:-

  • Transportation (type of car ) 4WD min van with pop-up roof for excellent safari view.
  • Chimps permit.
  • All fuel for the trip.
  • Driver/guide.
  • Guide ranger fees.
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary.
  • All activities are described in the itinerary.
  • The Park fee is according to the program.
  • Meals are according to the program.

However, the package excludes Personal Expenses like- tobacco, telephone, drinks, laundry, porter fee, personal insurance, Visa, and tips to guides.

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