Are you planning to visit the second most amazing primates in Africa after Mountain gorillas? Chimpanzees will blow your mind off as you visit Uganda and Kibale Forest National Park. The road trip to Kibale National Park is the cheapest compared to the flying option.
Possible chimpanzee safaris
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale National Park contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Forest cover, interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp, dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau. Kibale is famously known for Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee Habituation. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.
Kibale Forest National Park has the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa, it also contains over 375 species of birds. Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180 km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park. Visiting one of the communities will be the highlight of the road trip to see chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.
Chimpanzee trekking is the main activity to do in Kibale National Park, the activity involves visiting the chimps in their natural environment as you will be able to experience how they look, move, feed, and stay in harmony in their communities.
The trekking day begins early in the morning at the Park headquarters. Here, you’ll receive a thorough briefing on the guidelines and protocols for navigating the forest. Afterward, groups will be organized to visit various chimp communities, as directed by the warden.
Following this, you’ll embark on a trek into the forest in search of the chimpanzees. Once you locate them, you’ll have the opportunity to observe, photograph, and enjoy their presence for one hour. Afterward, you’ll return to the starting point where you’ll be awarded a certificate to commemorate your successful trek. Chimpanzee trekking is a lifetime experience as more primates are becoming extinct in the world. The Chimpanzee trekking activity is under the Management of the Uganda Wildlife Authority which has put efforts into the conservation and protection of the beautiful primates in Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee communities in Kibale National Park
Chimpanzees do stay in communities of about 100 individuals, Kibale National Park is home to more than 1200 East African chimpanzees (Pan Troglodyte’s Schweinfurthii). Five chimpanzee communities have been fully or partly habituated to humans for research and chimpanzee trekking/Habituation activities. There is the Kanyawara community, which comprises 50-60 chimpanzees ranging in the northwestern section of the park.
In Kibale Forest National Park, the primary activity that necessitates booking is Chimpanzee trekking. UWA strictly limits chimpanzee trekking to visitors who hold valid permits. These permits are priced at USD 200 for Non-Foreign Residents, USD 150 for East African Foreign Residents, and 150,000 Ugandan shillings for East African Citizens. Uganda Wildlife Authority, the governing body for all tourism activities in Ugandan National Parks, issues these permits.
Securing your Chimpanzee trekking permit in advance is essential to ensure your reservation for this activity in Kibale Forest National Park. Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email at Safari Vacations and Travel Services so that we check for the availability of Chimpanzee permits online with the Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm chimpanzee permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits.
Once we have received the payment in our account, we will proceed to promptly purchase your chimpanzee trekking permits. Subsequently, we will send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and review. This action will serve as confirmation of your booking for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. We highly advise making your chimpanzee trekking reservation in Uganda well ahead of time, ideally 2-3 months prior to your planned visit.
The best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park is during the dry months, which span from June to September and from December to February. During this period, it is easier for both humans and chimpanzees to engage in trekking and other activities within the park.
During the wet seasons of March to May and October to November wildlife viewing in the park is not the best but the best time for birding, during the wet season food is readily available Chimpanzees and birds don’t move further distances to search for food making their sightseeing easy. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is feasible year-round, thanks to its well-organized structure. You have an excellent 99% chance of encountering chimpanzees.
Accommodation in Kibale Forest National Park, Budget options include Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Isunga Lodge, Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori View Guest House, and Kibale Home Stay among others these cost USD90-100 per person per night, mid-range include Kibale Forest Camp, Turaco Treetops Lodge, and Prime Lodge Kibale among others these cost USD150-200 per person per night, Luxury options include Ndali Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge and Kyaninga Lodge these cost USD250-700 per person per night. All the Hotels/ Lodges/ Camps have double, single, triple, twin, and family rooming and are comfortable and safe for your stay, contact us to book the hotel of your choice according to your budget and interest. Good accommodation makes your road trip to see chimpanzees in Kibale National Park a memorable experience.
Kibale Forest National Park can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala to Fort Portal which is approximately a 4-5 hours drive. You can also access the park through Kampala-Mbarara-Kasese highway /Ibanda road, from Kasese, you will connect to the Kibale Forest with a 1-2 hour drive. We do use a very comfortable 4×4 vehicle that has AC and enough legroom. Our professional driver guides always ensure your safety on the road so you to have a great time. With any itinerary you choose, you will have stops for photography and lunch to make your journey more interesting and relaxing.
Safari Travel Services and its team bring you closer than ever to the wonders Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. From Chimpanzee trekking to chimpanzee habitation in Kibale, cultural tours, and wildlife viewing in Uganda, we have everything you need to make your first or occurring experience in the region a memorable one. Click here for a complete list of our entire packages, and in case you have any questions, please click here to get in touch with us.