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August 29, 2017

CHIMP TREKKING IN KIBALE NATIONAL PARK, UGANDA

Written By Michael Ahabwe

SAFARI OVERVIEW

Kibale National Park is top chimpanzee tracking destination in the World. It contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. Kibale National Park also contains over 375 species of birds. An estimated 500 elephants are present, along with buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers as well as a colorful variety of over 250 species of butterflies.

Kibale National Forest has one of the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. It is home to other primates that include the red colobus monkey considered Endangered and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey that are considered Vulnerable. The park is also home to over 325 species of birds, 4 wild fellids, 13 species of primates, a total of at least 70 other species of mammals, and over 250 tree species.

You can choose between the half day tracking experience – or a full day chimp habituation adventure. As you search for Kibale’s resident chimpanzees, keep an eye out for other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabeys along with l’Hoest’s, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. Our expert guide will share the secrets of the forest’s flora and fauna, ensuring that the trail is both informative and enjoyable.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day One: Arrival

Our Driver and Staff (with Mushra Travel Agency Identification), will meet you at Entebbe Airport and drive you to your hotel. You will have time to relax and prepare for the trip to Kibale Forest National Park which starts at 1:00pm the next day. We will drive from Entebbe to Kibale National Park and check in to your lodge, in time for dinner. (First Night at Central Inn Hotel, Entebbe. – Breakfast) and Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Breakfast)

Day Two: Chimpanzee Trekking

After Breakfast, we will go for a full day chimp habituation adventure. Our experienced staff and game rangers will guide you in the search for chimpanzees. The Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale isn’t about chimps alone, keep an eye out for other primates such as grey-cheeked mangabeys along with l’Hoest’s, red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys. The guides will share the secrets of the forest’s flora and fauna, ensuring that the trail is both informative and enjoyable. You will return to your lodge in the late afternoon for dinner and relax on the camp fire to chat the evening away. Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)

Day Three: Birding and community walks

After breakfast, proceed to bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu look out for the Green-breasted Pitta and other species like Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Sabine’s Spinetail, Chestnut Wattle eye and Narrow-tailed Starling among others. Primates like Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey among others. Dinner and overnight as before. Spend the night in a lodge in Budongo Forest.

After lunch, you will visit the Bigodi Women’s Group will take you on a fascinating boardwalk trail through the papyrus swamp of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Finish this action-packed day with a cultural performance or a sunset drink at a nearby lodge.

Day Four: Birding and Nocturnal Walks

After breakfast, you will proceed to bird the vicinity of Kanyanchu look out for the Green-breasted Pitta and other species like Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Sabine’s Spinetail, Chestnut Wattle eye and Narrow-tailed Starling among others. Primates like Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey among others. Dinner and overnight as before. You will return to your lodge for lunch, relax and prepare for the nocturnal walk.

Nocturnal Forest Walk in Kibale Forest National Park start between 7:00 and 7:00pm – usually this is after dinner. After a brief orientation from Game Rangers, you will set off onto the trail into the jungle. Please carry a water bottle, boots, long trousers, heavy sock, a jacket to protect you against insect bites and scratches, a long-sleeved shirt, a hat and an insect repellent. Look out for Pottos, Bush Babies, Tree Hyrax, birds of the night like Nightjar, Owls and predators such as the Civet. Accommodation at Kibale Forest Camp (Full-board – Lodging, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast)

Day Five: Continue the Adventure / Flight

After breakfast, you will transfer to the next destination or drive back to Entebbe through Kampala for your flight.

PRICE:STARTS AT $750 ONLY (PRICE INCLUDES)

ACCOMMODATION: Accommodation on arrival day, Accommodation at Eco Lodges, Mid range nature lodges and Luxury Hotels. (Accommodation is Double Share but can be upgraded to Single Share)

MEALS: During this safari, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner as indicated in the itinerary, Drinking water and Snacks

MEAL TYPES: The tour offers Vegetarian, Vegan, Halal and Regular meals like rice fish. If you have special dietary requirements, let us know and our team will put your preferences into consideration.

TRANSPORT: Airport pickups on arrival and travel to airport for departure flight, Ground transport in a private 4WD safari vehicle and Fuel for the whole trip

ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS: Chimpanzee Trekking Permit, Nocturnal Walk fees, Community walk fees, Travel Health Cover (Malaria), Park Entrance, Services of an English speaking guide, Tour Director, Game Ranger fees

DEPARTURE GUARANTEE

All our Tours depart as scheduled. This tour will depart even if all seats are not fully booked.

Solo Travelers, Groups, families and couples can choose their travel dates. Contact us to get a Tailor-made Tour, we will customize the Tour to meet your tastes and Budget.

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About Author

Michael Ahabwe

Michael Ahabwe

Mushra Travel Agency is an East Africa based Tours and Safari Operator company headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. We organize and execute gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife viewing tours, Chimpanzee tracking, mountaineering, rafting on river Nile, cultural tours and birding tours to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Malawi.

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