Overview:

Kibale National park located in the west of Uganda is one of the areas in Uganda and East Africa with highest bio-diversity concentration. Kibale has 13 species of primates including common chimpanzees, Uganda Mangabey, Ugandan Red Colobus plus the L’Hoest’s Monkey species which has made it to be dubbed the primate capital of the world. The forest also has 351 tree species some of which are 200 years old and over 55m tall, 70 mammal species and over 375 species of birds. The 3 Days Uganda Chimpanzee trekking safari offers you an opportunity to encounter some of these species including the common chimpanzees, have great scenic encounters in the Fort Portal crater lake area and the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru caves which have got a historical connotation with the Bachwezi and the eco – encounters in Bigodi wetland sanctuary.

Safari Highlight:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & hike the Crater Lake area
Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bogodi wetland encounter
Day 3: Transfer to Kampala & visit the Nakayima tree en route.

Description:

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale National Park & hike the Crater Lake area

Wake for an early breakfast after which you will transfer to Kibale National Park 358km about 7 hours’ drive. You will traverse the lush country side dotted with varying geographical landscapes including inselbergs, deep valleys, and steep sided hills among others with settlements of the local people. You will have lunch en route and upon reaching Fort Portal, you will continue to visit the Amabere caves and do Crater Lake hike. The Kyeganywa hill gives an impressive all round view of the crater lakes and hollows in the area and the sights of Mount Rwenzori at a distance. Retire for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Primate Lodge (Upmarket/luxury), Chimpanzee guesthouse (Midrange/standard) or Chimps nest (Budget/Basic).

Day 2: Do Chimpanzee trekking & Bigodi wetland encounter

You gather at Kanyanchu tourism center to start up with short briefing about the Chimpanzee trekking conduct at 08:00am after which you will head to the forest of Kibale full of birds, 13 species of primate, amazing flora and fauna including forest elephants. The search is for the common chimpanzees – one of man’s closest relatives. Upon encountering them, you will marvel at their physical make up particularly the facial structure that is much correlated with that of man, their pant hooting calls, their playful tactics and the way they swing from branch to branch and from tree to tree that will lure you to use up your camera space unknowingly. The full one hour encounter will allow you maximize this experience. Return from this 2 – 5 hour activity and transfer to Bigodi wetland for eco-tour encounter. The community of Bigodi is gifted by a natural wetland with birds like Rwenzori Turaco, animals like Sitatunga and amazing flora which is greatly used in craft making which makes the Bigodi encounter rewarding. The visit to the local healer and a local school gives you the taste of the societal setting. Return to the lodge for dinner & overnight.
Accommodation: You have dinner and overnight at your previous lodge.

Day 3: Transfer to Kampala & visit the Nakayima tree en route.

After breakfast, embark on the transfer to Kampala 358km about 7 hours’ drive from Kibale National Park. You will drive through the tea plantations of Mpanga as you marvel at the expanse carpet like tea fields that cover the short hills of Fort Portal area. Continue on the drive through the forested landscapes that extend from Kibale rain forest passing through swampy areas of Kyenjojo and Kyegegwa before approaching Mubende. At Mubende, you will branch off a little to visit the Nakayima tree – an ancient tree with great attachment to the Chwezi heritage and see how people have turned to it for religious purposes. You can have lunch in Mubende town before continuing on the journey to arrive in Kampala in the evening.

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