4 Days chimpanzee trekking in Kibale & wildlife tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park safari overview

Get an opportunity to trek the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park the “Primate capital of the world” and later proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for another wildlife experience.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Brief itinerary

  • Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and bigodi swamp walk
  • Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park and afternoon boat cruise
  • Day 4: Morning game drive and departure to Kampala.

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Kampala > Kibale National Park.  After your breakfast, the guide will brief you about the whole safari. You will then embark on the journey to the South-western part of the country. Along the way, there are a lot of highlights like fruit markets, different topography, and culture. You will then arrive in a town named after two European explorers (Gerald Portal and Fort Lugard) for lunch. After lunch, you can choose to visit (Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru), a cultural and historic site with rock formation of stalagmites and stalactites with a rich cultural history attached which form scenic caves and waterfalls. After the experience, you can then drive to the lodge for an overnight. 

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and bigodi swamp walk. After your breakfast, you will drive to the chimpanzee briefing point for a briefing about the chimp trekking activity. You will be assigned a tracking group and armed game rangers for your safety. You will walk through the forest as the ranger keeps in touch with the monitoring team on the ground. This primate walk provides an opportunity to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Upon finding the chimpanzees, you may be able to see them feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, and patrolling. You will then return to the lodge for lunch and after head out for the swamp walk. The swamp is biodiversity rich with species and during the walk, expect to spot bird species such as Great Blue Turracco, Ross’s Turaco, Meyer’s parrot. You may also encounter primate species including black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and Guerezza colobus. Besides the guided swamp walk, you may also take a walk through the village for a cultural experience where you will be able to see activities like local liquor making, weaving of baskets, cultural dances and also paying a visit to the cultural doctor. You will then return to the lodge for an overnight.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

Day 3:Kibale>Queen Elizabeth National Park. After your breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Rwimi driving through scenic views of some different crater lakes like Lake Nyinambuga, Kasenda, and Kifurukwa, seen along the way. As you approach Kasese town, you will be able to have spectacular views of the Rwenzori ranges. Arrive in Queen Elizabeth National Park for check-in and lunch as you prepare for the afternoon boat. You will take a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel a 42km stretch, connecting Lake George and Lake Edward with rewarding big herds buffaloes, schools of hippos, Nile crocodiles and different bird species like the rare African skimmers and Lesser Flamingos. After the cruise, you can opt for a sundowner at one of the crater lakes or transfer back to the lodge for relaxation and overnight.

Day 4: Queen Elizabeth> Kampala. You will have breakfast and head out for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi plains exposing you to species like African elephants, African Cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, leopards, lions and the park boasts a record of over 600 bird species. after the game drive, you will drive back to Kampala with optional drop off at your hotel or at the airport for your flight.

Accommodation is booked in accordance with your preferences and depending on your budget and availability.

Package includes

  • Chimpanzee trekking permits
  • Pick-up and drop-off in Kampala
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver-guide
  • All park entrance fees
  • Bottled water (2 bottles per day)
  • Meals included till dinner

Package excludes

  • Activities not listed in the itinerary
  • Laundry services
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
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