• Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest NP Uganda

Chimpanzee Express

Cruise across the waters of Lake Victoria to a tropical island which is home to Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary. Here you can learn about the Chimp Trust’s conservation efforts and view the rescued chimps who call the island home. Then journey across Uganda to the rainforest of Kibale National Park, one of East Africa’s top chimp tracking destinations. Here you can track a wild family of chimpanzees with over 95% success rates before returning to Kampala. The perfect primate weekend package!

Itinerary

Day One

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Transfer

Make your way down to the docks on the shores of Lake Victoria to meet your boat that will take you out to Ngamba Island. This island is located off the shores of Lake Victoria and is home to a community of chimpanzees, which have each been rescued from poachers and the pet trade. On reaching the island you’ll will be welcomed with a briefing on the chimpanzee conservation efforts in Uganda. You’ll then be taken to the viewing platform to see the chimpanzee’s feeding and watch the rehabilitated chimps feed, groom and socialise. In the early afternoon, you’ll cross back over Lake Victoria to reach the docks in Entebbe. When taking this trip you also support Chimp Trust, which is working to protect the forest habitat of the chimpanzees and caring for those unable to return to the wild.

Estimated excursion time: 4 hours

Transfer from Entebbe to Kibale National Park. Estimated journey time: 7 hrs

Day Two

Chimpanzee Tracking & Transfer

Meet with your Uganda Wildlife Authority tracking team for a briefing on tracking the wild chimpanzees in the rainforest. Kibale National Park is one of East Africa’s premier destinations to chimp track with a 95% successful tracking rate. This ancient rainforest is also home to one of the highest concentrations and diversities of primates found anywhere on the continent. The tracking team will be escorting you throughout your time in the rainforest and will be able to identify and give more information on the species found here including the 325 species of birdlife, 250 tree species and over 80 species of mammals as you trek. Groups of chimps live in communities containing between 10 and 100 members and once you’ve found your group, amongst the dense rainforest you will spend one hour with them. You will be able to observe their natural behaviour in the rainforest as they play, eat, socialise and display their prowess. Before making the return hike along the rainforest paths to meet your driver / guide.

Estimated excursion time: 2 - 3 hrs

Transfer from Kibale National Park to Kampala or Entebbe. Estimated journey time: 7 hrs