© Steffen Schwörer

Chimp Tracking Tour

3 Day Uganda Tour - Mid-range Option

Travel west to the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains to trek through one of Uganda’s pristine rainforests. You’ll be tracking our distant cousins, the wild chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park. Watch these noisy yet illusive creatures, swinging from the trees, foraging for food and observe their complex socialisation.

From $550 PP

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- Spend a full day with a chimpanzee family in Kibale Forest.
- Walk through Magombe Swamp to spot a variety of monkeys.
- Explore the crater lake field dotted with fresh water pools.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 - Explore Magombe swamp to spot a variety of monkeys.
Day 2 - Spend a full day with the a chimp family in Kibale NP.
Day 3 - Explore the Ndali - Kasenda crater lake fields.
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Day 1 - Heading west

Depart early in the morning from Kampala (or Entebbe) and drive west to Kibale NP in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain range. You’ll reach Fort Portal town in time for lunch before driving south through rolling hills dotted with crater lakes to reach the edge of Kibale NP. Pass through the rainforest to reach the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary where you’ll meet a guide who will take you on your walk through Magombe Swamp, a RAMSAR site and part of the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. As you ramble around the swamp your guide will be able to identify the local flora and fauna as well as the eight species of monkey including red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest, vervet, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons. Your driver will then take you on to your accommodation on the edge of the rainforest where you can relax and prepare for your chimpanzee tracking tomorrow.

Vervet monkey and baby, Kibale NP. Image © William Boase
A chimp swinging from the trees in Kibale Forest NP. Image © Steffen Schwörer

Day 2 - Chimps & Rainforest Birds

Meet with your Uganda Wildlife Authority tracking team early for a briefing on the chimpanzees in the forest. Kibale NP is famous for having the highest concentration of primates in East Africa. Depending on where the chimps are, you should take around four to five hours to complete the tracking. Once you’ve found the group, amongst the dense rainforest, spend an intimate hour with them, watching them play, eat, socialise and display their prowess. Spend the rest of the day in the forest seeking out a wide variety of birdlife living here. Your guides will help you track down several notable species before you return to your camp for the evening.

Day 3 - Crater lakes

This morning you’ll leave Kibale NP and enter the Ndali-Kasenda crater-lake fields to the west of the forest. The crater fields were created during the volcanic upheaval of the creation of The Great Rift Valley and consist of many stunning pools dotting the landscape. In the heart of the crater lake field you’ll be joined by a guide at Lake Kifuruka who will take you around the crater lakes, waterfall and lava pipe as well as identify to local flora, fauna and give you the local history of the area and people. You’ll also get the chance to take a refreshing swim in one of the pools with a splendid backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountain range on the horizon if you choose. After a picnic lunch make your way back out of the crater lake fields and make the return journey back to Kampala (or Entebbe) arriving by dusk.

The Ndali - Kasenda crater lake fields. Image © Steve Cresswell
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Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Spend a full day with the chimpanzees! Just before dawn breaks, you’ll be off into the forest with the habituation team to find the nests that were built the night before. At dawn, the chimpanzee community that you’re visiting will start to rise for the day. Your activity will form part of a two-year habituation process of getting chimpanzees used to a human presence. Habituation is beneficial to both the chimpanzees and humans as it supports a conservation effort to reduce human-wildlife conflict. By the end of the day you will be able to identify individual chimps within the group and have lots of amazing photos to take home!

If you would like to add this activity to your tour, please contact us for more information.

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular savannah park, Queen Elizabeth National Park is bursting with highlights. From explosion-crater lakes, tree-climbing lions, elephants, game herds, boat safaris and chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge’s sunken rainforest. Adding this park to your itinerary gives you a real feel of Uganda’s savannah and rainforest in one destination.

If you would like to add this destination to your tour, please contact us for more information.

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4×4 Supercustom

This tour is based on using a Supercustom. On safari in Uganda, you need vehicles that you can rely on, vehicles with as much comfort as we can provide to make your journey a happy one! The 4x4 Toyota Supercustom is a practical option for group safaris as they offer space, comfort and are reliable vehicles. Each vehicle can comfortably seat eight clients as well as a driver and an extra seat for when we hire additional guides and rangers. They perform well off-road and have pop-top roofs for that intimate experience with nature in the parks. As a conscientious business, we chose this vehicle, as it is kind to the environment; running on diesel with low consumption. This is therefore our standard touring vehicle.

Please note this tour is based on your being collected and dropped off in either Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us for a quote.

Upgrade Option – Classic VW campervan

The classic Volkswagen Campervan is our signature vehicle. It’s how the company started with its intrepid founders who wanted to test something a little unconventional. It worked! These Campervans were manufactured in Germany and bought to Uganda in the 1970’s. We currently own three Campervans that run trips over a large amount of the country. Clients need to bare in mind that these vehicles were not designed for off-roading. All of our drivers are certified VW mechanics and fix the odd hiccup. We won’t let you miss an activity but we do advise you to appreciate that there may be a few short stops along the way. We added the Toyota’s as some of our clients require speed and air conditioning but if you’re up for an adventure, you might want to consider something a little quirky. Each vehicle seats six around a table and has an MP4 jack (3mm amp) and a subwoofer to blast those 70’s tunes!

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

Upgrade Option – Landcruiser with pop top

Some clients simply prefer a Landcruiser on their safari! They are after all the conventional way to travel on safari. Like the Super Custom, they offer comfort and reliability. They offer more intimacy for small groups of two to four clients and are optimal for single travellers. With their pop-up roof hatches, they give you up-close and personal interactions with nature.

For price quote please see "Prices Tab". Please note prices are based per car hired and on pick up and drop in Kampala or Entebbe. For other locations please contact us.

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Foreign Uganda Residents Discount: -$50 Per Person

East African Citizens Discount: -$120 Per Person

VW Kombi: +$110 Per Group

Land Cruiser Pop Top: +$180 Per Group

This Tour Includes

N.B. We use the following abbreviations in our list of what is included in this tour.
NP = National Park
SC = Self Contained (private toilet and shower)
NSC = Non Self Contained (communal toilets and showers)
UWA = Uganda Wildlife Authority

Full time use of a private vehicle (as per your itinerary)
A Full-Time Private Driver/Guide
Fuel for your entire journey (with an allowance for any necessary detours)
Accommodation (please view TripAdvisor links in itinerary for impartial ratings)
- 1 night at Kibale Forest Camp (single / double or twin safari tent, SC)
All Meals (as specified in the ‘Meal Plan’ above)
Bottled Drinking Water (1.5 liters per person, per day in your vehicle)
All Activities
- Magombe swamp walk (Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary)
- Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale Forest National Park)
- Guided crater lake walk (Ndali – Kasenda crater lake fields)
Wildlife & Tracking Permits
- Chimpanzee tracking (UWA)
Park & Vehicle Fees
- Park Name x _ day (Park Entry, Driver Entry, Vehicle Entry)
Specialist Guides and Rangers
- Chimpanzee Tracking Guide & Ranger (UWA)
- Crater Lake Guide (Lake Kifuruku Eco Camp Guide)
A $10 per person donation to the Uganda Conversation Foundation (see CSR Program)
Collection from and drop-off at your desired location (in Kampala or Entebbe)
Lodging & food for your guide/driver (same lodge premises as you, where possible)
A dedicated Tours Manager based in Kampala in daily contact with your Driver/Guide and on call, 24/7 in case of an emergency.

This Tour Excludes

Items marked ‘(*for an additional cost)’
Alcohol (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Laundry (unless provided as complimentary by the accommodation)
Souvenirs & items of a personal nature
Personal Insurance
International or Domestic Flights
Visas (refer to your embassy)
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