4 Day Queen Wildlife Safari, Chimp Tracking Kibale

4-Day Queen Wildlife Safari, Chimp Tracking Kibale

This 4 day Queen wildlife safari, chimp tracking Kibale : takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park, best known for its tree-climbing lions and home to buffaloes, the Uganda kobs, topis, elephants, waterbucks, hyenas, crocodiles, hippos and different antelope species, in addition to ten primate species including chimpanzees, baboons and various monkeys. You will then continue to Kibale National Park, home to the most diverse number of primates in East Africa among which are Chimpanzees, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Red-Colobus, Phoestes, Red-tailed monkeys and the Blue monkeys. You will thereafter take a nature walk in Bigodi Swamp for bird watching.

Activities

  • Boat Cruise
  • Chimpanzee tracking
  • Nature walk
  • Bird watching
  • Game drive

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Boat Cruise

Day 2: Drive to Kibale National Park – Game Drive

Day 3: Bigodi Bird viewing – Chimpanzee Tracking

Day 4: Nature walk – Depart for Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kazinga Launch Cruise

Approximate Travel time 7 hours.

You will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park after you breakfast, going through the undulating countryside. After lunch, you will revel in a 2-hour boat cruise of the renowned Kazinga Channel, a natural water channel that connects Lake George and Lake Edward. During the boat cruise, you will see the largest school of hippos in Uganda, crocodiles and some other animals.  You will also behold a large number of birds, thanks to the park’s more than 550 bird species. Don’t leave your camera behind as you go for this exciting activity. After an eventful day, you will retire to your lodging in the evening.

Accommodation Options:

Enganzi Lodge (Basic)

Kyambura Game Lodge (Mid-range)

Mweya Safari Lodge (Luxury)

Day 2: Transfer to Kibale National Park – Game Drive

Approximate Travel Time: 3 Hours

Right after early-morning breakfast, you will go for a game drive to see some of the early risers within the park. Some of the animals you will encounter include Defassa, Bush bucks, Cape Buffaloes, Giant Forest Hogs, Lions, Topis, Leopards, Elephants, Waterbucks and Uganda Kobs, among others. You will have lunch, and then be driven to Kibale National Park, “The Primate Capital of the World”.

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 and famously known for Chimpanzee tracking. The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.

The park also contains over 375 species of birds, adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the South to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Sebitoli in the North of Kibale National Park. The Kibale-Fort Portal area is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations to explore. The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

Accommodation Options:

Chimps Nest (Basic)

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Ndali Lodge (Luxury)

Day 3: Bigodi Bird viewing – Chimpanzee Tracking

On day three you will have breakfast early in the morning and then head for briefing by the park warden. After briefing, the team will set out on the amazing expedition to track chimpanzees. The expedition will start at 8.00 a.m. or thereabouts. While in the forest, you will encounter primates such as the Blue tailed monkeys, Grey cheeked Mangabeys, Red-Colobus, Red-tailed monkeys as well as L’hoestes, plus several birds, insects and colorful butterflies.

After lunch, you will head out to explore the Bigodi swampan eco-tourism site. At Bigodi Swamp, you will see a number of rare fauna and flora species, including the largest antelope species in the world, the Statunga. In addition, you’ll observe various birds species including: the Narina Trogon, Great blue Turacco, little Bulbul, Rwenzori Turaco as well as the.

Accommodation Options:

Chimps Nest (Basic)

Primates Lodge (Mid-range)

Ndali Lodge (Luxury)

Day 4: Nature Walk – Depart for Kampala

Following a nice Breakfast, you will head out for a guided nature walk in the thick forest to observe a variety of rare animals. You will have lunch along the way before finally arriving in Kampala. Once in Kampala you will be transferred to the airport depending on the time of your departure flight. That will mark the end of our 4-day safari.

End of Safari Tour

Includes

  • Park entry fees
  • Airport transfer on the day the safari ends
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary on a full-board basis,
  • A private Four wheel Drive (4WD) vehicle for you ground transportation
  • Game Drives
  • A two Hour Launch Cruise on Kazinga Channel
  • Full-time English speaking Driver-Guide
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit

Excludes

  • Activities listed as optional in the itinerary
  • Flight tickets and related taxes
  • Visas and other relevant travel documentation
  • Travel as well as medical insurance
  • Addition Excursions indicated as optional
  • Additional luggage charges,
  • Tips and Laundry, tips
  • Beverages other than mineral water offered in the vehicle and served during your meals
  • Any personal expenditure like on phone calls
  • Items of personal natures such as toiletries

Chimpanzee Habituation

The full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Early visitors can watch chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.

Birding

Bird watching tours start at 7am at Kanyanchu and you are advised to book in advance. Rare species include the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-collared Oliveback and Papyrus Canary. Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary located just outside the park is home to 138 bird species which may be seen during guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms. These could include the White-spotted Flufftail, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Western Nicator, Grey-winged Robin-chat, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Superb Sunbird, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Black Bishop, White-breasted Negrofinch and Black-crowned Waxbill among others.

Hiking/Nature Walks

When chimpanzees and other forest residents rest up at dusk, a nighttime shift of rarely seen creatures becomes active. Night walks through the darkened forest, powerful torches are used to seek nocturnal creatures such as the potto, bushbaby, nightjar, cricket and tree hyrax, with its chilling shriek, as well as the occasional civet or serval cat. Night walks leave the camp at 7.30pm and last between one and a half- two hours.

Cultural Encounters

During the nature walk, a local guide will take you along the boardwalk through the Magombe swamp wetlands. You are likely to see wildlife at close-hand, including several of the 200 species of birds, eight varieties of primates and numerous butterflies, along with unusual swamp vegetation. The daily life of the Batooro can be discovered during the village walks. The tour stops by the village’s primary school, church, and traditional healer. You will learn about the role of women in the village and traditional ceremonies, and the history of Bigodi is told through the story of the “Village of Two Tribes”, describing when the indigenous Batooro were joined by migrating Bakiga from southwestern Uganda in the 1950s.

Income from this activity is invested in education, health, sanitation and improving the livelihood of local residents. It is also used to help raise awareness of the value of biodiversity through music, dance, and drama performances at local schools. As the sun sets, you will be taken to check into your accommodation for dinner and the overnight rest.

Lion Tracking

Lion tracking involves learning much more about the habits of the king of the wild in natural plains of kasenyi with in the national park. Lion tracking is one of the most interesting experimental tourism activities in Uganda. The coast of a lion permit authorized by Uganda wildlife authority is US$50 for international tourists and UGX 100,000 for the members of the East African Community. This charge is inclusive of the park entrance fee to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

SAFARI TRANSPORT

Standard 4×4 Safari Vans/Land cruisers

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari van and Land cruisers with open roof tops customized for game viewing and photography.  Each Safari van/Land cruiser comes with a professionally trained driver/guide with fuel for the whole safari. Each client is entitled to a window seat and can take up to 8-10 people. We also have very comfortable super customs which can carry up 6 people with their luggage also have small vehicles like Alphads, Harrier and much more that can carry 4-5 people.

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