Kibale national park in UgandaThe overview

This 3-day Kibale national park Safari leads you to Kibale National Park in western Uganda, in which you will have the opportunity to interact with endangered chimps and other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and olive baboons in their native habitat. During the safari, you are also going to take part in a captivating nature walk in the Bigodi swamp, during which you will see various bird species, butterflies, primates, and mammals, among others, and have the chance to have water experience at the Equator. You will also have the opportunity to participate in other optional various tourist activities around Fort Portal, such as a tea estate walk, farm visits, a canoe ride on Crater Lakes, cycling around the Craters, a visit to a community and orphan

The safari highlights

  • Chimpanzee trekking
  • Bigodi swamp walk
  • Stopovers at the Equator and Igongo cultural center
  • Sightseeing of other primates

Day by day Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from hotel in Kampala and transfer to Kibale national park

After breakfast at your home or hotel, our driver guide will pick you up, guide you on the safari, and then drive you to Kibale National Park in western Uganda. The drive from Kampala to Fort Portal may take 5 to 6 hours, with end-route lunch in Fort Portal and amazing vistas of the lovely landscape, customary homesteads, local people, terraced agricultural land, tea and banana plantations, views of the crater lakes, and Rwenzori mountain ranges, among other things. When you arrive in Kibale National Park, you will check into the lodge and rest.

In the late afternoon, you can opt to do one of several activities in and near Kibale National Park. You can choose to go on a nature-guided walk in the crater lakes area for spectacular views, a tea estate walk, a villa farm visit, a canoe ride on Crater Lakes, cycling around the Craters, visit a community and orphanage center, Amabere cave exploration, and a Fort Portal town tour before returning to your lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and Bigodi swamp walk

After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the park’s headquarters for an instructional session on the rules and guidelines of chimp trekking, as well as the assignment of a chimp family to trek and a park guide who is familiar with the forest’s pathways. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park typically takes 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on where the chimps slept the night before. After that, you will enter the forest in search of chimps, during which you will be able to see other wildlife species such as butterflies, birds, plants, primates, and mammals, among others. Once the chimps are found, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat, observing their behaviors and habits, watching them feed, breastfeed, play, hunt, fight, rest, take photos, and record videos with a flash-less camera. After the chimp trekking adventure, you will rejoin your driving guide and head to the lodge for lunch.

After lunch, you will go on a fascinating nature walk in Bigodi sanctuary, in which you will have the opportunity able to see various primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, mammals such as bushbucks and Sitatungas, as well as various bird species such as the great blue turaco, green breasted pitta, papyrus gonolek, colorful butterflies. Following the swamp walk, you will return to the lodge for an evening of leisure, dinner, and overnight.

Meal plan: All meals are included

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala via the Mbarara route

After a leisurely breakfast on your final day in Kibale National Park, you will check out of the lodge and meet your driver guide for the journey to Kampala via the Fort Portal to Ibanda to Mbarara to Kampala route with stops at the Igongo Cultural Centre for end-route lunch and the Equator for a rewarding water experience and pictures with your legs on opposite sides of the world. After that, continue on to Kampala, where you will arrive in the early evening. Where our driver guide will drop you off at Entebbe International Airport for your scheduled departure flight or hotel, bringing this safari to a close.

Meal plan: Breakfast and lunch