Kibale Forest Chimpanzee National Park
Duration: 3 days – 2 nights
Day 1: After Breakfast prepare to leave Kampala and head Westwards of Uganda to Kibale National Park. The drive will take you through the towns of Mityana, Mubende and Kyenjojo finally reaching Fort Portal. Fort Portal is Situated in the Northern foothill of the Rwenzori Mountains, some 70kms from Kasese and 320 kms from Kampala, Fort portal is perhaps the most attractive town in Uganda amid lush rolling hillsides swathed in neat tea plantations and when clouds permitting – offering excellent views across to the glacial peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. But of the greatest interest to travelers is its position at the epicenter of a cluster of highly alluring and reasonable accessibility to most National Parks. Kibale National park being the closest harboring the greatest primate diversity in Africa. Other popular destinations around Fort portal include the field of several dozens of crater lakes and the forested Semliki National Park main attraction being the hot springs and home to the people of the pigmy tribe.
Arrive and check in at the The Mountains of the Moon Hotel or The Dutchess or Rwenzori View Guest house or Rwenzori Travellers Inn.
Kibale National Park Introduction: This is in Western Uganda, 35 km from Fort Portal town, which is 360kms from Kampala via Mubende town. With lush tropical rainforest and fascinating diversity of animals, Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful and stunning forests in Uganda. Kibale Forest is certainly worth protecting as it is home to the Largest number of our closest living relatives with a 98.4% same DNA composition like us.(The endangered Chimpanzees ). As well as the Red colobus monkeys, and the rare L’Hoesti monkey. The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates totaling to 13 species including the Black and white colobus monkey, Blue monkey and Grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey bush babies and pottos . The park also hosts over 325 species of birds including the yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the African pitta, the crowned eagle and the black bee eater. There are a number of impressive mammals including; forest elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers, and bats. A keen observer may see some of the reptiles and amphibians as well as a variety of colorful butterflies. Further more 250 species of trees have been recorded. But the most famous inhabitants are the Chimpanzees with over than 1,450 individuals are protected with in the park. At Kanyancu , a community of chimpanzees has been habituated since 1991, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these great apes in the natural environment with more than 99% chance of viewing.
Day 2: Chimp Tracking: After morning Breakfast, head to the park headquarters arrive at 8:00am. Get the introduction from the park warden join the group and begin your adventure to meet our closest relatives the “Chimpanzees” Tracking will start and last for 3-4 hrs along the trails you will come across other primates like Black and white Colubus, Grey cheecked Mangabeys, Bird life and Plant life is abundant here. Later return and proceed to have lunch. After lunch You can decide to take a nature walk which will lead you to the native Doctors of this village, and then to the elderly wise men who take you through the local customs of Birth Marriage Life and death Customs. Then also visit the primary schools. Or you can decide to take a walk through the bigodi wetland bird life is abundant and also home to the Great Blue Turacoo. Later return and file your comments after which you will transfer back to your hotel. Refresh and relax, meal plans dinner and overnight at The Mountains of the Moon Hotel or The Dutchess or Rwenzori View Guest house or Rwenzori Travellers Inn.
Day 3: Breakfast at leisure prepare to proceed to leave this part of the World and head back to Kampala. Arriving by early evening, check in to your chosen accommodation. End of Safari