This 2 Day Kibale Trekking Safari is one of the shortest primate tours available for tourists who want to track chimps in Uganda. It allows travelers to go and encounter these interesting apes in their natural habitat- Kibale forest, the world’s primate capital. Despite the sacrifice for this short safari which requires preparation for late departures after the activity, the experience of searching and coming face to face with the apes is worth it.
- Day 1: Transfer to Kibale national park
- Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and return to Kampala
- A scenic road trip that takes you through busy towns of Mityana and Mubende along the highway, views of volcanic rocks and other sceneries
- A relaxed evening while enjoying the views of the hills and valleys around the region
Day 1: Transfer from Kampala to Kibale National Park
You will rise up, have breakfast at your lodge and then meet your safari driver. He will give you a briefing of the safari before you get aboard and drive out of Kampala to western Uganda. The 5-6 hours’ drive takes you through Mubende where you will drive via the major stopover point for travelers along the highway, watch how they excitingly buy snacks as they break their long journey. the journey continues through Kyenjojo and the vast tea plantations to the beautiful Fort Portal city where you will have your lunch.
After having lunch, you will proceed to your lodge in Kibale, check in, freshen up and then relax and enjoy the views of the scenery. Later on have dinner and rest.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and return to Kampala
Start the day with an early morning breakfast at your lodge and then depart to the park headquarters where you will meet other trekkers if they are available. Listen carefully to the do’s and don’ts for trekking for they must be followed because they are part of the conservation work of the primates and other wildlife in the park. Hit the trails and start the search for the chimpanzees. Make sure to have packed some energy giving snacks and drinking water since no one is ever certain about the duration of the trek.
Once the chimpanzees are spotted, trekkers are allowed to stay with them for a maximum of an hour; taking photos, watching them play and and learning about their behaviors. While trekking, there is a chance to come across other residents of the forest, for example grey-cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkey and other mammals.
After watching the chimps, return to the park offices, meet the driver and go have lunch before embarking on the return journey to Kampala.
End of safari
What to carry: trekking shoes, trousers, long-sleeved shirt or t-shirts, sweater, jacket, backpack, hat
- Chimpanzee permit (USD 200 for foreign nonresidents and USD 150 for foreign residents)
- Ground transportation in safari vehicle
- Professional, well experienced safari guide
- Accommodation at the park and meals
- Drinking water
- Alcoholic drinks and cigar
- Extra meals
- Visa and air ticket
- Tips and gratuity