2 Days Chimpanzee Habituation Safari

This 2 Days Chimpanzee Habituation safari is one of the shortest primate safaris we offer at Dolphin Tours and Travel. Chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale national park allows visitors to move along with researchers and have an insight into how chimpanzees are prepared for tourism. Abbreviated as CHEX, the process that helps the chimps familiarize themselves with people is worth going for as it gives more time to stay with the chimps and an insightful tour to learn about their behaviors and lifestyle while in their natural habitat. Tourists on a chimp habituation experience stay with chimpanzees for four hours while chimp trekking allows only one hour.

Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale national park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee Habituation in the morning and transfer to Kampala
  • Scenic drive with views of wetlands, rock outcrops, hills, and the vast tea plantations in Kyenjojo and Fort Portal

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale national park

After breakfast at your hotel or place of residence in Kampala or Entebbe, start the journey to Kibale. The  approximately 6 hours drive from Kampala to Fort Portal is full of endless views of the scenic countryside including views of different landforms like hills, mountains, and huge out rocks among others. On arrival in Fort Portal, you will have lunch, and then proceed to Kibale. On arrival, you will check in to your booked lodge, freshen up and relax.

Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 2: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience and return to Kampala

Chimpanzee Habituation starts early morning targeting the chimps as they get out of their nests to start their day. You will therefore wake up very early, have a cup of coffee and head out for the trek. Carry some snacks and drinking water in your backpack. Briefing takes place at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre before entering the forest. You will get to meet the researchers and the rest of the team for this activity. With an idea of where the apes could have spent the night, a ranger guide will lead you to the possible locations to find them. you will have four hours with the chimpanzees and see how they start their day, feed, take care of their little ones, and more.

the walk through Kibale forest offers chances of spotting other wildlife including the various kinds of monkeys like the grey-cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys and L’Hoest’s monkey plus and other primates present and different kinds of forest birds.

After four hours with the chimpanzees, return to the park offices and meet your safari guide, then embark on the return journey to Kampala with an en-route lunch.

Things to pack for your safari: Long-sleeved shirt/t-shirt, trousers, trekking shoes, sweater and jacket, backpack, and camera

Arrival in Kampala in the evening

End of safari

The tour package includes;

  • Chimpanzee Habituation permit (USD250 for foreign nonresidents and USD 200 for foreign residents)
  • Ground transportation in a safari vehicle
  • Professional & experienced safari driver
  • Accommodation at the park and meals
  • Drinking water

Package excludes;

  • Alcoholic drinks and cigar
  • Extra meals
  • Visa and air ticket
  • Tips and gratuity

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