Chimp & Monkey Express
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. You will also seek out 7 species of monkeys at Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The perfect primate weekend package!
Itinerary - Chimp & Monkey Express [TACP5-002]
Day OneA Rainforest Ramble
Transfer from Entebbe to Kibale National Park.
Estimated journey time: 6 hrs
Explore the tranquility of Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, in Magombe Swamp, situated on the edge of Kibale National Park. Here you’ll meet a local guide who will take you on your walk around Magombe Swamp, a protected RAMSAR site. The path meanders along the edge of the swamp and along a raised boardwalk through dense clusters of papyrus, taking a couple of hours to complete. This community run project offers the chance to spot up to 138 bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, a variety of butterflies and perhaps what the swamp is best known for; its population of monkeys. As you ramble around the swamp your guide will be able to identify the local flora and fauna as well as the seven species of monkey found here including red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest, vervet, black and white colobus, blue monkeys and baboons.
Estimated excursion time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation : Turaco Treetops, budget forest cottage
Day TwoWild Chimpanzee Tracking
Meet with your Uganda Wildlife Authority tracking team for a briefing on tracking the 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: 3 hrs (including 1 hr viewing)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation : Not Included
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