3-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari – Kibale Forest

Posted by on August 9, 2017

A Full Day with a Group of Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest on This CHEX Safari

Learn the ways of the Chimpanzees on this 3-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari

A Adventurous 3-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari in Kibale Forest which is home to about 1,500 Chimpanzees and you get to spend the day with the Chimpanzees, Researchers, Trackers and Uganda Wildlife Rangers.  This CHEX Safari is a one of a kind experiential Adventure and unlike normal Chimpanzee Trekking there is a limited number of visitors allowed.

Spend the Day in one of most scientifically researched parks in Uganda where you will not only see Chimpanzees but about 5 to 7 of the other primates species found in the Park.

Day 1 – Kibale Forest: 

Your 3-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Safari begins as we depart Kampala or Entebbe 7:00 am in the morning on your Chimpanzee Trekking Safari which is mostly out of the vehicle adventure.  This is a 4 hour plus drive through scenic Uganda.d

Option:  Break the Journey and stop to see Traditional Culture that is still being practiced today, the Nakayima Witch’s Tree.  It is on a plateau and its traditions go back hundreds of years in the history of Uganda. Today traditional beliefs are actively practiced today.

Arrive at the budget, moderate or upmarket lodge you have chosen.


Afternoon guided walk in the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary where you are taken into the world of a jungle swamp, a unique experienc e.  Much of the walk is over walkways using wooden planks so that you are above the swamp.  Light hiking boots are fine for most, you can rent for a  nominal fee rubber boots in case you would like.

This is a  three-hour walk and is a must for bird lovers, those that want something totally out of the ordinary – a jungle swamp, those that enjoy monkeys and primates, some of them rare elsewhere.

There are primates such as Red Colobus Monkeys,  Gray Cheeked Mangabey’s, L’Hoest Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Baboons, Black and White Colobus, Red Colobus, and the occasional Chimpanzees.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is also home to many mammals including the rare and elusive, semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelopes (they have webbed toes) who make their home here, there are also Bush Pigs, Bush Bucks, Otters, Mongooses.

138 plus species of birds have been spotted here and of course, Bigodi Wetlands is best known for being home to the Great Blue Turaco. Often you will spot many varieties of birds such as Papyrus Gonoleks, Hornbills, Waxbills, Weavers, Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Flycatchers to name just a few of the many species of birds found here.


Option that is not  included in price:  A Nocturnal Forest Walk with Rangers and spotlights can be added to your

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Lodging- pick the lodge for this safari

Meal Plan:   Lunch – Dinner


Day 2 – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX:

An early breakfast – and it is time for your Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX.  You participate in an orientation and you are off into the deep forest to meet the group that is being habituated.  You will be with researchers, trackers, and others that are part of the Habituation Process making Chimpanzees feel comfortable with humans near them. This process takes two years or longer and today you are part of that process.

CHEX is a learning experience since you are not just one hour in the presence of a group of chimpanzee, but all day observing their habits and ways.  You will also receive plenty of input from your guide since he keep you informed of what is happening before you.

The chimpanzees will not be the only primates or wildlife that you will spot, but this is home to 12 other primates, the 350 plus species of birds, 200 plus primates and mammals that are found in in the park.

You will need a daypack, poncho or rain jacket, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, hat, boots, packed lunch, 2 liters of water, packed lunch and some snacks.


Lodging:  Kibale Forest Lodging- pick the lodge for this safari

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

 Day 3 – Top of World Hike – return to Kampala:

Breakfast at Kibale Forest Camp and we are off to the top of the world nature walk – hike that moves through villages, tea plantations, but crater lakes to the viewpoint where you see from above crater lakes, the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon, villages, in the distance Queen Elizabeth Park. It is best to have a daypack and a liter of water with you, a few granola bars and use light hiking boots during this hike.


Return to Kampala and arrive by early evening.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch

This Safari includes all activities includes all activities listed, is full board, except sodas beer, wine, tips at a lodge.  Bottled water is in the vehicle for your comfort.

Lodging for this Safari:  Lodging may vary due to a lodge being booked – we will let you know any changes and alternate lodging similar in quality and price.  Such changes rarely occur, they can however during peak seasons.

This 3-day Chimpanzee Tracking Safari gets you in touch with our closest relatives – the chimpanzees.  Enjoy your time at Kibale Rainforest Jungle and the surrounding area…

Chimpanzee Permits are discounted in Kibale Forest in April – May – November

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