3 Days Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
Kibale is one of Uganda’s most ecologically diverse forests, boasting over 250 tree species that are over 150 years old. In terms of primates, it offers a great introduction to both the new world and old world monkeys. Brace yourself for chimpanzees, baboons, vervets, L’hoest monkeys, pottos, bush babies, black and white monkeys. The park lies in the shadows of Africa’s third-highest mountain range, Rwenzori, a snow-capped gem straddling across the Equator.
Day 1: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park
You will start your drive to western Uganda through the beautiful green scenery and the tea plantations. By the time you reach your destination in four hours’ time, you will have passed through 8 major kingdoms of the Bantu ethnic group, among which includes Toro which is headed by the youngest King in Africa, King Oyo.
While primates definitely top the safari agenda here, Kibale is home to a lot more……It is surrounding by scenic tea plantations that are spread over rolling hills. Thanks to a thunderous volcanic eruption that preceded it thousands of years back, Kibale boasts of over 6 crater lakes, one of which is ranked as the most beautiful crater lake in Uganda, a reason it is illustrated on the 20,000 Uganda Shillings note. You will love every minute of your tour around them as you take in their beauty with an overnight at Primate Lodge.
Day 2: Chimpanzee Trekking
Regardless of whether you have prior hiking experiences or not, this three-hour nature walk is worth a try. The tracks are easy to negotiate thanks to the even distribution of boardwalks which makes it easy to get past marshy stretches. Thanks to the 24hour surveillance of the park by ranger guides whose task is to monitor the movement of animals, your chances of seeing chimps are very high. If you don’t succeed in finding chimps at the floor of the forest, the ranger guides will often take you off the beaten tracks and across the jungle to get the best views of the chimpanzees playing in the canopy as they feed and or sleep in the trees after a heavy meal.
The massive ironbark trees you will come across are a sight to behold. Even better, the birdlife in the forest is both colorful and abundant.
Day 3: Drive to back Kampala / Entebbe
Today after breakfast, you will visit Bigodi wetland for a sightseeing nature walk. This community-owned initiative is richly endowed with a variety of monkey species including but not limited to vervets, black and white monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, and L’hoest monkeys. Other mammals include chimpanzees, Sitatunga, bush pigs, otters, mongooses, and bushbucks. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars for better sightings of bird species such as white-spotted Flufftail, Black-crowned Waxbill, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Black Bishop, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Grey-winged Robin-chat, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, White-breasted Negrofinch, and Yellow-spotted Barbet among others.
At the end of your tour, you will mix and mingle with the community neighboring the park as you immerse in their traditional ways of life. They will take you through coffee plantations and subsistence gardens to see how they do daily work.
Upon your return to Kampala at around noon, you will have lunch in a nice restaurant of your choice in Kampala. Thereafter, you will embark on a half-day city tour that will treat you to sights and sounds of Kampala, Uganda’s capital. You will mostly visit historical and cultural attractions such as Lubiri, the royal palace of the kingdom after which Kampala is named, then there is the national museum, the markets, downtown.
One of the most exciting parts of the tour is the hike up to the minaret of Old Kampala mosque, a vantage point that offers one unobstructed 360o views of the city.
- Cultural Experience
- Chimpanzee Trekking
- Bird watching
- Community walk