Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park

When a chimp whoops, you don’t really hear it. You feel it, somewhere deep within you. Some old part of you. Suddenly, you are no longer a detached observer; you are part of the forest world.

Why visit Kibale Forest?

The chimpanzees have made Kibale one of Uganda’s most
famous wildlife destinations. You can join a small group and follow a
Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger into the forest on the trail of the
chimpanzees, beginning to understand their environment as you walk. When
contact is made, you stand quietly, slightly unbelieving, and have up to one hour to observe our closest relatives in the animal kingdom from a distance of just a few metres. 

The
 main reason to visit Kibale Forest is expressed by the urge to pull on
your boots and walk. The desire to enter an alien world of monumental,
epiphyte-covered, trees, tangled undergrowth and sun dazzled glades
teeming with life stimulating your senses and magnifying each sound.
Sure, it is hot, the nettles are king-size and you don’t want to mess
with the ants, but every step taken is a discovery and every sighting a
delight.

Kibale Forest National Park

When a chimp whoops, you don’t really hear it. You feel it, somewhere deep within you. Some old part of you. Suddenly, you are no longer a detached observer; you are part of the forest world.

Why visit Kibale Forest?

The chimpanzees have made Kibale one of Uganda’s most
famous wildlife destinations. You can join a small group and follow a
Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger into the forest on the trail of the
chimpanzees, beginning to understand their environment as you walk. When
contact is made, you stand quietly, slightly unbelieving, and have up to one hour to observe our closest relatives in the animal kingdom from a distance of just a few metres. 

The
 main reason to visit Kibale Forest is expressed by the urge to pull on
your boots and walk. The desire to enter an alien world of monumental,
epiphyte-covered, trees, tangled undergrowth and sun dazzled glades
teeming with life stimulating your senses and magnifying each sound.
Sure, it is hot, the nettles are king-size and you don’t want to mess
with the ants, but every step taken is a discovery and every sighting a
delight.

A typical 3 day safari in Kibale Forest

Day 1

The first day is typically a travel day. Depending on where you are coming from, you will either drive through beautiful, changing landscapes towards Kibale Forest, or if you are coming from Entebbe, you will catch an internal flight to Kasese airstrip before beginning the drive. After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, time permitting you will explore the crater lakes and continue on to the park. 

Primate Lodge or Kyaninga Lodge are the most popular accommodation options

Day 2

After an early breakfast, make your way to the nearby park HQ for the pre-tracking briefing, after which you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of the habituated family of chimpanzees. En-route, your guide will share stories and facts about the forest and its other inhabitants including other species of primates and birds and other big mammals.  Once contact is made, you will spend an unforgettable one hour with them as they go about their daily life – feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat. Return back to the lodge for lunch then in the afternoon enjoy a guided nature walk through the Bigodi wetland.  

Bigodi Swamp Walk is an initiative of the local community and is known for its rich diversity of birds and primates. The path and board walk maybe flooded and muddy after heavy rainfall and gumboots are recommended. The walk is about 4km in length taking 3-4 hours at birding pace with local community guides. All proceeds from eco- tourism go back to into the community, a conservation project well worth supporting. 

DAY 3: Game drive and Boat cruise.

Early in the morning, we shall have breakfast and then continue for dawn break game drive through the game trails. Here expect to see the abundant wildlife and birdlife of “Medley of wonders” such as the African elephants, the cape Buffaloes, hippos, waterbucks, baboons, Jackson’s heart beasts, and many more. Later we shall go back to the lodge for lunch as we prepare for the afternoon boat cruise at kazinga channel a home to different animal and bird species. On the boat cruise expect to see the different animal and bird species both in and at the water banks wallowing to cool down the hot temperatures like the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and many more. Later head back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Meals: breakfast/LUNCH/dinner.

Accommodation: Mweya safari lodge (LUXURY)

Enganzi Game lodge (MID-RANGE)

Simba safari camp (BUDGET)

Day 4

Spend the day exploring the pock-marked landscape of the crater lakes region, spend the afternoon at leisure or visiting a local community. You can decide during your trip and your guide will make the necessary arrangements. 

As your time in Kibale draws to a close, continue your onward journey  back to Kampala  or Entebbe airport.