This is an experiential Uganda safari that will let you have a fun-filled day of excitement with these delightful primates in Kibale Forest National Park referred to as the “Primate Capital of the World”. This (CHEX) is almost a full day activity where you accompany Kibale’s researchers as they follow the Chimpanzees on their daily activities and getting them used to human presence without altering their environment. The forest is serene and diverse, with over 13 species of primates like the L’Hoest Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White colobus, Bush Babies, Olive Baboons and Potto among others, it is home to over 1450 Chimps and nearly 372 bird species including 6 endemics of the Albertine Rift region.
Note: On your day of arrival, you will be met and received by our guide at Entebbe International Airport and be transferred to your overnight accommodation in Kampala. A complementary city tour can be done depending on your time of arrival and how you may be feeling. O/N: Sheraton Hotel /Cassia lodge/ Ivy’s Hotel; Bed & Breakfast
Day 01: Travel from Kampala westwards to Kibale [Approximately 6hours drive]
You will be picked up by your guide after breakfast at your overnight accommodation in Kampala, and then transfer to the western part of the country heading to Kibale. The route through this part of the country is scenic characterized by the undulating green tea fields and rolling landscape. You will break off for lunch in Fort Portal town and then continue to the park arriving in the evening hours, check-in at the booked lodge for relaxation in the tranquil vicinity of the forest, dinner and overnight will be at the lodge. Meal Plan: Lunch and Dinner, Overnight: Primate /Crater lodge [luxury] or Chimpanzee Forest lodge [medium range] or Kibale Forest Camp [Basic].
Day 02: Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX)
Start with an early breakfast at the lodge, the guide will help you to pack your lunch boxes in the car and then transfer very early to the visitor reception area at Kanyanchu where the activity commences from. Remember this is a full day activity; after briefing, you will accompany the researchers and Habituators as they follow and monitor Chimpanzees on their daily activity; habituating them to get used to human presence without changing their natural habitat. These are opportune moments to see them de-nesting, feeding, copulating, hunting, breast feeding, resting, patrolling until they build their nests. This is one of the best experiences you can ever have in the tropical forests in the heart of Africa. The diversity, scent and backdrop sounds of nature in the forest make this activity remarkable. You will encounter lots of wildlife species in the forest and this activity gives you more time to spend with the Chimpanzees than on a normal tracking safari. You will enjoy a picnic lunch and later after the activity, head back to the lodge for relaxation dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: Full Board, Overnight: Primate /Crater lodge [luxury] or Chimpanzee Forest lodge [medium range] or Kibale Forest Camp [Basic].
Day 03: Nature walk in Bigodi and later transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe.
Break the day with an early breakfast at the lodge and transfer to Bigodi Wetland for a nature walk. The wetland is a wildlife corridor to the park and it hosts a variety of wildlife with over 200 bird species, 8 primate species as well as mammals like the Bushbucks and the wetland dwelling Sitatunga. After about 3 hours of activity, you will be transferred back to Kampala or Entebbe airport for your flight. Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch.
Chimpanzee Habituation permit per person, Park entrance fees, All activity fees unless labeled as optional, Professional English Speaking guide/driver, Ground Transportation, Round trip Airport transfers, Drinking water [mineral] in the car.
Visa fees (visa can be arranged on request), Pre and Post Tour Accommodation [can be arranged on request], Airline ticket [arranged on request], Tips, Gratuities and expenses of personal nature, Travel Insurance, Foods and Beverages outside the meal plan.
|Rates are per person (P/P) in USD