Overview of the 3 Day Chimp Habituation
This 3 Day Chimp Habituation or Trekking In Kibale will make you think that spending one hour with chimps on a traditional chimpanzee tracking safari is exhilarating, but wait untill you spend a whole day with these Chimps while on our 3 Day Chimp Habituation. The 3 Day Chimp Habituation (CHE) and or chimpanzee tracking safari is a great alternative to the 3 day gorilla trekking safari especially considering the cost.
You will spend almost ten hours in the jungle just following the movements, studying the habits, games and resting with the Chimpanzees. While Chimpanzee tracking, where you spend one hour with a habituated chimp group you pay US$200, for the habituation experience, you will spend US$250 only. When compared to the cost of a gorilla trekking permit of US$700, this amount is quite affordable for a budget traveler.
But, what is chimp habituation experience?
Chimp habituation experience is the activity where travellers are allowed to join researchers (from the Uganda Wildlife Authority) on their day’s quest to habituate a chimpanzee group in their natural habitat, by following the chimp group throughout their daily routines, from break of dawn when they wake up to start their day until evening when they start to build their nests to retire to at the end of the day.
One does not only stop at seeing and photographing the chimps, but he/she participates in all activities involved in habituating these our closest relatives. A whole day of such an experience is definitely worth trying on your Uganda safari.
- You’ll go to Uganda
- This tour starts and ends in Entebbe (Uganda)
- You’ll visit Kibale Forest National Park
- Activities: Chimpanzee Habituation, Chimp Tracking
- Getting around: open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
- A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
- Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost
Things To Consider for the 3 Day Chimp Habituation
- Accommodation is Inclusive
- Chimp Permit $200, Habituation Permit $250
- Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
- Tour Can Depart any day
- Tour can be customized
- Solo travelers can join this tour
- Age Limit: 15 years and above
- You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
- Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost
DAY 1: Transfer to Fort Portal – Kibale Forest
Depart Entebbe\Kampala for a 5 hour picturesque drive through western Uganda to Fort Portal Town. A beautiful drive with scenic views of tea plantations, green mountain backdrops and the people and their cultures along the road.
Once in Fort portal, you can decide with your private Chimp Habituation driver/guide to visit the amazing caves that are surrounded by the creator lakes. Inside these beautiful caves are historical myths about the Bachwezi people with associated geographical features such as the breast-like pointed pillars stalactites and the stalagmites locally called the “Amabeere ga Nyinamwiru”. This mythical story about the Bachwezi people and their culture that will blow your mind. You’ll retire to your booked lodge and prepare for the following day which will equally be an exciting day as you spend time with the Chimps.
Main Destination: Kibale Forest National Forest
Accommodation: Chimpanzee Forest Guest House – Budget lodge located just outside Kibale.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner (Breakfast Not Included)
Drinks: Drinking Water
DAY 2: Chimp Habituation Experience or Chimpanzee Tracking
After breakfast head to Kibale Forest National Park headquarters for a briefing and you be assigned a chimp group that you’ll either be tracking or going for a habituation experiencing. For Chimpanzee habituation, you’ll really have to wake up very early to able to meet the Chimps before they wake up from their nests to embark on a breakfast foraging. You will then follow these animals throughout the day.
This 3 Day Chimp Habituation or Trekking tour will expose you to Chimpanzees, the black and white colobus monkeys, the bush baby, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys as well as the different bird species that you encounter along your trekking journey. There are about 138 species of birds including the black bee eater and the crowned eagle that have been recorded in Kibale National Park.
You will have a late lunch at your lodge (particularly for who will have opted for Chimp tracking). After lunch, you will visit the Bigodi swamp which is privately owned by the local community. This swamp is habitat to more than 10 primates species and is also an excellent place for bird watchers. Some animals like the Warthogs can also be seen in this swamp. Since this walk in Bigodi wetland is designed and managed by the local community surrounding the park, all the fees you pay for the walk directly goes to benefit the local community living around Kibale National Park. As Encounter Africa Safaris, we encourage our clients to take part in this walk as the money raised from it helps the communities to sustainably manage and utilize this wetland
Main Destination: Kibale forest National Forest
Accommodation: Kibale Forest Camp
Meals: All Meals Included
Drinks: Drinking Water
DAY 3: Drive to Entebbe/Kampala or Entebbe Airport
After your breakfast, you will be driven to Kampala or Entebbe for your post tour accommodation or you may choose to fly out of Uganda today. You will use the same route enabling you to have a second stop over at the Equator.
Main Destination: Entebbe
Accommodation: End of Tour, No accommodation
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Drinks: Mineral Water
End of 3 Day Chimp Habituation or Trekking In Kibale
- Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
- You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)