Kibale Forest National Park is a large protected block of rainforest, which has the highest number of primates in Africa such as Chimpanzees, Grey Cheeked Mangabey, Red Tailed monkey and Red Colobus. Kibale Forest is highly regarded of having the furthermost assortment and uppermost focus of primates in East Africa and also you get to enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey and many others.
Queen Elizabeth NP is the most familiar national park in Uganda and it stretches from foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains in the north, shores of Lake Edward to Ishasha River in the south. The park is located to the Southwestern part of Uganda, in the districts of Rukungiri, Bushenyi and Kasese. The Park was gazetted in 1952 and covers an area of 1978 km sq with altitude ranges from 900 metres (Shores of Lake Edward) to 1845 metres (top of Western Rift Valley escarpments. The habitats include lakes, bush savannah, swamps, moist semi-deciduous forest, riparian and riverine forests, open woodland, open grassland and moist thicket.
Day 1: Transfer to Kibale Forest National Park
Early in the morning, transfer to Kibale NP driving west via Mubende to Fort Portal, passing through verdant countryside and traditional homesteads and farms. In the afternoon, drive to Kibale forest for chimpanzee tracking and other primates including grey cheeked Mangabey Blues, Red-Colobus, Red-tailed and phoestes swinging through the dense forest and birds, butterflies and many small insects. The guide will provide detailed explanations on both primates and on all the forest’s fauna and flora, ensuring that your walk is both educational and pleasing. After lunch, a visit to Bigodi swamp eco tourism site and see the unusual and stunning flora and fauna.
Day 2: Kibale Forest & Bigodi Village.
In the morning, after breakfast, report to the ranger station at 08.00 to track familiarized chimps. the search for chimpanzees and other primates will include not only Chimps but also the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis’, Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds. After an energetic lunch you will transfer to Bigodi Village for an all together and absolutely different walk. Gone along with by a guide who will tell you the whole lot concerning the traditional ethnicity and standard of living of the populace, you will follow the village path and visit a primary school, Catholic Church, traditional homesteads, learn about the crops and listen to the story telling of an Mzee (elderly man). This walk is an initiative of the inhabitants of Bigodi Village and the revenues are shared by the community.
Day 3: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth
After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park which is situated at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains, protecting over 200 sq km of Rift Valley Savanna, interspersed with patches of forest and crater lakes therefore a thought for a safari. Carry out a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. Inspect the concentration of hippos, water birds, and crocodiles which is amazing. The bird species includes 11 types of king fisher, the black bee- eater, and several species of falcons, eagles, the raptors and many more. With that you will retire for the night at the accommodation booked for you
Day 4: Game drive and Launch cruise
Go for a game drive in the morning, with massive Rwenzori as a back drop provides excellent opportunities to see buffalo, leopard, Uganda Kob, lion, bush buck and many more. Return at the Lodge for breakfast. After lunch, enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel and into Lake Edward. A great variety of birds grace the grasses on the shores. African Jacana, Great and Long-Tailed Cormorants, Open-Billed Stork, Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers are commonly seen. Spend the night at accommodation of your budget.
Day 5: Chimp Tracking and Transfer Back to Kampala
Early in the morning you will embark on the journey to Kyambura Gorge for an early morning Chimp tracking expedition. The chimpanzee trekking usually takes 3 – 4 hours depending on the weather and is also a great chance to spot black-and-white colobus monkeys and a few more of those 600 bird species that have been registered in the park. After lunch you will make your way back to Kampala to connect to your fight back home or drop off to wherever you will prefer.