The genesis of Kibale Forest National Park dates back to the early 1940’s when it was gazette as a government Forest Reserve. The forest park sits on a total area of 795sqkms with an elevation ranging from 1,100m – 1,590m above sea level. This varying altitude supports a diversity of wildlife because it’s characterized by savannah on the rift valley floor, woodland and wet-tropical forests.
With 13 recorded primate species, Kibale Forest National Park is endowed with the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. Chimpanzees are the highlight of the primate world in Kibale! The closest relatives to human beings, chimpanzees in Kibale are estimated to be about 1450 individuals. Other primates include the L’hoest monkey, highest concentration of Red Colobus Monkeys in East Africa, black & white colobus monkeys, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto. Kibale Forest is also a birding hotspot! With 372 recorded bird-species, six of which are Albertine Rift Endemics, bird enthusiasts find the park an Eden of birds.
Kampala - Sempaya Hot Springs - Kibale Forest N.P.
After an early breakfast, pick-up from residence in Kampala and embark on a long scenic ride via Mityana and Mubende respectively to Fort Portal town. Continue with journey following meandering routes to Semliki National Park. Take a Forest Walk and visit Sempanya Hot Springs. The male and female hot springs are phenomenal physical features. Return to Fort Portal and continue to Kibale Forest National Park, settle-in at your preferred lodging facility.
Transfer Time: About 6hrs
Chimpanzee Tracking and Bigodi Swamp Walk.
This early morning, wake-up and have breakfast, attend briefing by the Ranger-guide and enter the sanctuary to embark on your morning Chimpanzee tracking session. In addition to a large community of chimpanzees, there are 13 other primate species, including red and black-and-white colobus monkeys, l'Hoest's, red-tailed, vervet and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, olive baboons, as well as four species of nocturnal primates.
The birdlife is prolific, with approximately 400 species recorded for the area. Highlights include the crested guineafowl, great blue turaco, grey parrot, green-breasted & African pitas, African crowned eagles and black bee-eaters. Break for lunch and then embark on an afternoon Bigodi Swamp Walk. The Swamp is a community-based tourism project which offers a platform for you to see more primates, swamps and forest birds. On your tour, you will likely see several kinds of monkeys including black and white colobus, red colobus, mangabey, red tail, vervet, and L'Hoest. Other wetlands mammals include baboons, sitatunga (an increasingly endangered swamp antelope), bush pigs, civet cats, mongooses, bush bucks and an occasional chimpanzee appearance.
Crater Lakes - Return to Kampala
Wake-up to the rhythm of nature, breakfast, check-out and explore crater lakes, break for lunch and exit Kibale area heading back to Kampala with a stop at the Nakayima Spiritual Tree. Proceed and take a leisurely ride back to Kampala. Drop-off at your residence in Kampala.
Transfer Time: About 5hrs
- Ground Transportation throughout the trip.
- Accommodation in the preferred category through
- Meals as indicated on the aforesaid Meal Plans
- Activities as stipulated the safari program.
- Chimpanzee Tracking Permits.
- Services of English-speaking driver/guide.
- Entry permit/visas for Uganda if required.
- Accommodation & meals in Kampala before & after safari.
- All drinks apart from those served for breakfast
- Beverages, tips, souvenirs & all items of a personal nature.
- Any deviation from the suggest program.
- All extras NOT mentioned in the inclusive section.
- Any personal insurance covers