3 Nights 4 Days, Out West Chimpanzee Safari

Highlights: On this safari, we will visit two national parks, Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth. Kibale Forest is considered the Primate Capital of Africa because it is home to over 10 primate species. Queen Elizabeth on the other hand is easily the most popular destination in Uganda because it offers immense biodiversity so on this trip you should expect to see chimpanzees, lions, elephants, buffalos, hippopotamuses, and a wide range of antelopes.

 

Day 1: Primate Capital

In the morning we will drive to Kibale Forest (Africa’s primate capital) through Kabarole District, the tea capital of Uganda (because tea is extensively grown here). We shall proceed to Kibale Forest to do chimp trekking in the afternoon. When we return we will then spend the night in Fort Portal town.

Day 2: Drive to Queen

After breakfast, we will head out to Queen Elizabeth National Park and head straight to a mid-morning drive and return to your accommodation for lunch. In the afternoon, we will drive to the Ishasha sector to see tree-climbing lions (this is one of the two places in the world to see these).

Day 3: Boat Cruise

In the morning we will have an early morning game drive to catch the park waking up and to find the shyer animals like hyenas and the elusive leopard. We will then return to your accommodation for lunch and then head out in the afternoon for a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel.

Day 4: Drive to Kampala

After breakfast we will drive by the salt-pans of Lake Katwe and drive to Mbarara for lunch before proceeding to Kampala. Another scheduled stop will be at the Equator for photos, because it’s along this latitude that one can be in the Northern and Southern hemispheres at once.

 

Transportation: We will get around to most of these places by road, most of it is asphalt and some of it is rough. You will however be driven around in a 4WD for comfortable access in difficult places.

Travel Considerations: You will need warm clothing for your chimpanzee trek this safari because the forest canopy makes the ground damp. You should also carry a pair of well studded shoes for the walk in the forest. Carry a hat and some light clothing for the afternoon drives because it can get hot. Don’t forget to carry a camera to capture all your beautiful moments. Please carry insect repellent to ward off flies and bugs.

Seasons: The best time to do this safari is January – February (for maximum chimpanzee trekking experience), and June – July. During both these times, the dry seasons in Kibale and Queen are concurrent.