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Vervet monkeys, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Kibale Chimp Trek & Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari - 5 Days

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Overview

Kibale Chimp Trek & Queen Elizabeth Wildlife Safari - 5 Days

5 days Kibale chimp trek and Queen Elizabeth National Park wildlife safari tour in search of the 'Big 5', chimps, primates and lots of birds.

Kibale National park is an extension of the great rainforests of Central Africa. It is inhabited by three large communities of chimps, each numbering more than 100 individuals. Each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against incursions by male outsiders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

Typically, we locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, then hustle to the area from which they are calling. We get to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, lounge, and socialize with each other, or even, occasionally hunt.

Queen Elizabeth National Park incorporates dozens of mirror surfaced crater-lakes, salty and fresh water lakes. There are over 95 mammal including 10 primate species (chimpanzees, vervet, blue, red-tailed, L’Hoest monkey, colobus, baboons), up to 20 predators (lion, leopard, spotted hyena, etc), antelopes, buffaloes, hippos, elephants.

More than 610 bird species (probably the highest total for any national park in Africa, if not the world. In addition to 54 raptors, the checklist includes virtually every waterbird species of Uganda, a variety of woodland and forest species.

  • Day 1: Kibale National Park
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
  • Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzoris, crater lakes & wildlife
  • Day 4: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 5: Crater lakes, Baboon Cliffs & 14th Century Katwe Salt works
Itinerary

Day 1: Kibale National Park

Briefing on the safari before we drive westwards towards Fort Portal to the Kibale Forest National Park (about 5 hours).

Traveling on both asphalt and unpaved roads, you pass through traditional Ugandan villages where you see people at work tending their traditional crops of millet, sorghum, beans and maize. The lush rolling hills of this region provide good photo opportunities.

As you approach Fort Portal in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains, you enter Uganda's famous tea plantation region. A carpet of green spreads before you, as far as the eye can see, and seems an unusual contrast to the countryside through which you have just passed.

You arrive at Fort Portal, then, continue toward Kibale Forest, one of the great African rainforest research reserves. Years of study by scientists (who have cut a grid through the forest) have habituated many of its animals to human observers. This forest is famed for the variety of primates found here and it is a terrific area for birds.

This rural Ugandan town (Fort Portal) is locally famous for its weaving and basketry, and we can spend some time briefly to examine some of this local art.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Day 2: Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Assemble at Kanyankyu River camp at 08:00 hours to go for the most popular activity in this park which is chimpanzee tracking.

Chimpanzees are man’s closest cousins though they are one of the most threatened primate species. More primates like black and white colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies, pottos and many bird species like the yellow spotted nicator, rumped tinker bird, little greenbul, green breasted pitta, the crowned eagle, black bee-eater and mammals like elephants can be seen in this walk.

At the eastern edge of Kibale forest is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary which is maintained by the local community. You will expect birds like the great blue turaco, blue monkeys, baboons, otters, mongoose, bushbucks, bush pigs and among others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market: Kyaninga Lodge | Primate Lodge Kibale | Ndali Lodge

Moderate: Kibale Forest Camp

Low Budget: Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse

Instead of a 3 hour chimp tracking, you can do an all day habituation experience (US$ 220 per person).  This experience can be done any time at Kibale Forest.

Day 3: Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzoris, Crater Lakes & Wildlife

Shift to Queen Elizabeth National Park this morning (about 3 hours driving).

Leaving through Fort Portal town, you turn south and early this afternoon enter Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is dominated on its northern border by the snow-capped 16,000-foot Rwenzori Mountains-the famed "Mountains of the Moon".

This 767-square-mile conservation area is bordered on the North East by Lake George and on the south-west by Lake Edward; its western border adjoins the Congo Parc du Virunga. You will expect to see teeming herds of impala-like Uganda kob, as well as topi, elephant and lion, giant forest hog, Cape buffalo.

There are also several soda lakes filling ancient volcanic calderas where flamingos reside seasonally.

In the afternoon enjoy a game drive in the northern part of the park, visiting the Baboon Cliff famous for its nice scenery, and good views of the shadows of the mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris. The drive to the lodge leads through large expanses of savannah grasslands and plenty of wild game.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Jacana Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (rooms) | Simba Safari Camp (rooms) | Buffalo Safari Resort | Enganzi Lodge | Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort | Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Mweya Hostels | Bush Lodge (tents)

Day 4: Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

We set out early in the morning for a game drive in the northern part of the park on the Kasenyi Track in search of lions, elephants, solitary buffaloes. This is the best time for opportunities of viewing the cats in action owing to the vast population of Uganda kobs. We have an excellent chance to view just about every animal here at very close range.

In the afternoon we will go for a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel. This gives you the opportunity to view wildlife up close: hippo’s huff and spray at a mere feet away from the boat, buffalo linger in the shallows. The shores of the channel are also home to an array of birds including pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork and many others.

Accommodation options available (all on full board basis)

Up-market/Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge | Jacana Safari Lodge | Katara Lodge

Mid-range or moderate facility: Queen Elizabeth Bush Lodge (rooms) | Simba Safari Camp (rooms) | Buffalo Safari Resort | Enganzi Lodge | Ihamba Safari Lodge

Budget price: Kazinga Channel View Resort | Simba Safari Camp (tents) | Mweya Hostels | Bush Lodge (tents)

Day 5: Crater Lakes, Baboon Cliffs & 14th Century Katwe Salt Works

After a very early breakfast, visit the crater lakes region, Baboon Cliffs and Katwe Salt works for a glimpse into traditional salt mining. This is one of the oldest salt mines in Uganda established in the 14th century.

Depart for Kampala, lunch in Masaka, and arrive Kampala in time for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

We will be in Kampala in the evening before for your flight back home

 

 

Accommodation
Inclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Murchison Falls Park National Park entry fees
  • Tour to the top of the falls
  • Game drive on northern bank
  • Cruise on the Nile to bottom of falls
  • Ferry crossings
  • Private 4x4 ground transportation with an English speaking driver guide

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