5 Day Chimpanzee Trekking – Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari

Posted by on July 13, 2016

Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale Forest – Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari

Budget – Moderate -Upmarket priced 5 Day Chimpanzee Trekking – Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari


Enjoy a 5 Day Chimpanzee Trekking – Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari. Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest, Nature Walk in the large Bigodi Wetlands Jungle Swamp and the wildlife found on game drives plus the boat launch trip in Queen Queen Elizabeth Park.

Chimpanzee Trekking is in Kibale Forest, you can either trek chimpanzee or participate in the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience which is all-day.


Day 1 – Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands:

 Your 5 Day Chimpanzee Trekking – Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Safari begins.  Depart your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe at 6:30 am and we head for Kibale Forest National Park in Western Uganda – a four drive from Kampala.

We arrive at Kibale Forest Camp where you have many choices for lodging from budget luxury in and near the Park.

Lunch

3pm guided Nature Walk Hike in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary which is a most fascinating place where you have an expert guide with you to point out all there is in Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – which is an amazing Jungle Swamp and you often walk on planks above the swamp itself – the vegetation, trees, flowers, plants are so green, so  colorful and that alone is worth a visit to Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary.

Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is the perfect place for Birders and you will see many species here including the large Blue Turaco, Brown Parrots and many others. Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is also home to many primates including Chimpanzees who come here looking for food, black and white Colobus, gray Cheeked Mangabeys, red tailed Monkeys and many others are found here. The Sitatunga semi-aquatic Antelopes are also found her and often can be seen even though they are quite shy.

This is about a 3 hour hike and nature walk for birders, those that love nature and different settings, primate lovers, love butterflies and simply the feeling of walking through the jungle.

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget – Primate Lodge – Upmarket – Moderate – Papay Lake Lodge – Luxury

Meal Plan:  Lunch – Dinner


Lodging for Kibale Forest – Bigodi Wetlands:

 Kibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget:

Kibale Forest Camp stands for value in both Moderate and Budget Lodging in Kibale Forest.

It has high customer satisfaction rating – great food and consistent quality Customer Service, besides the Meals are good for both budget and moderate lodge guests.

Moderate Lodging is in Tented Cottages with Bath, while budget is in furnished tents on a platform with shared bath.


 Primate Lodge – Upmarket and Moderate:

Primate Lodge is located within Kibale Forest Park.  There are the upmarket Tented Cottages and the moderate wooden cottages with bath for you to choose from.

The location is especially good if you are going on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience which starts early in the morning.

The meals that nicely presented are served in the Main Lodge which is in a most comfortable Setting.


 Papaya Lake Lodge – upmarket – luxury:

This exquisite Lodge is 4e5 minutes from Kibale Forest but that is well worth the drive.  Private Cottages overlooking a crater lake, a great swimming pool with a view.  The lodge and cottages are decorated with superb art, the food is something people rave about.

This is only lodge of its kind with a classy European cuisine that has an African Twist to it. Papaya Lake Lodge is a one of a kind lodge in Uganda.

Other Lodging Choices:


Day 2 – Chimpanzee Trekking – Kibale Forest:

 Chimpanzee Trekking  is a guided trek at least 5 or six different types of primates. Then there is the forest itself with its beauty and ruggedness. There are over 200 Butterfly Species and 350 Bird Species found here.

Kibale Forest is home to about 1500 Chimpanzees and is the best Place in East-Africa for Chimpanzee Tracking.   Chimpanzee Treks here have an over 95% success rate for seeing chimpanzees

Things to wear and Bring: A light day-pack, a liter of water, wear jeans, long-sleeved shirt for protection, a hat is good, light hiking boots and a light rain-jacket.

The chimpanzees you will encounter are habituated meaning that they are used to human beings. Not all chimpanzees in the park are habituated. The process takes up to two years.

Option:  Instead of Chimpanzee tracking which is over 3 hours in length you can partake in an all day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience that most find quite informative, enjoyable and you are in Kibale Forest from morning to late afternoon with researchers and trackers.

Afternoon – Top of the world hike as you go on a three-hour nature walk – hike that is guided through villages, tea plantations and you view three crater lakes as you head for the what is called locally the Top of the World from where you have a fantastic view of the crater lakes and countryside below you, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and tomorrow’s destination – Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Lodging:  Kibale Forest Camp – Moderate – Budget – Primate Lodge – Upmarket – Moderate – Papay Lake Lodge – Luxury

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch – Dinner


 Day 3 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

Breakfast  and we are taking a two-hour plus drive to Queen Elizabeth Park where we are headed for the lodge that you have chosen for your time in Queen Elizabeth Park

Before we check in we take the most scenic Katwe Explosion Craters drive. 27 kilometers of scenic wonders. It is the highest point of Queen Elizabeth Park with splendid views of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, the Western Rift Escarpment with the vast Savannah below, Lake George and Lake Edwards connected by the natural Kazinga Channel – there are about 12 explosion craters, made famous recently by a picture in National Geographic.

Check into the Lodge you have chosen – the Mweya area has many lodging choices from the budget range to Luxury.

LunchLate afternoon game drive with Driver-Guide and Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger.  Both have a rich wildlife knowledge and understanding of Queen Elizabeth Park.

We cross the candelabras euphoria tree studded savannah, the vehicle has a pop-up roof so that you can stand and take better pictures, if you use a bean bag you can steady the camera for better pictures.

Hopefully you will see lions, leopards, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, elephant herds, buffaloes, various species of antelopes, savanna birds, hyenas, monitor lizards, an occasional rock python and lots more.

Dinner

Lodging: Kasensyi Safari Camp – upmarket – Bush Lodge – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch – Dinner


Lodging Choices for Queen Elizabeth Park:


 Kasenyi Safari Camp – upmarket:

This is a reasonable priced upmarket Camp, 4 spacious whis tented cottages with bath, deck overlooking an explosion Crater Lake, the upmarket camp is more than a room, but an experience.  There is wildlife that enters the lodge area, a nice dining area where to take your meals while observing the wildlife and Kasenyi Plains.

The Lodge includes nocturnal game drives and non-premium drinks are included in the price of a stay here.  Kasenyi Safari Camp is a value added plus upmarket lodge.


 Bush Lodge -Budget – Moderate:

Bush Lodge has offered consistency in quality and level of service from meals to rooms offered here.

It overlooks Kazinga Channel and is just outside of the park.  You have moderately priced tented cottages with bath and furnished tents on a platform with outside sitting area and shared bath for those on a budget.  The lodge is lit by a solar system, no noisy generators.

Other Queen Elizabeth Park Lodging Choices


Day 4 – Queen Elizabeth Park:

 Breakfast before or after game drive  – you can begin your first game drive at the crack of dawn which is about 6:30 am here – that is also the time you can pick up a Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger to go with us. Mornings are also a time where you see more of the predators return from their night of prowling and there is nothing like a Savanna Sunrise .

each game drive is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length and one is different from the last. Nothing is predictable but that most likely you will enjoy yourself as nature unfolds itself as you slowly drive across the savanna.

Lunch

3 pm: A Boat Safari ride on Kazinga Channel with the highest concentration of hippos in Africa. At one time there were too many hippos and their grazing denuded the  surrounding grasslands. Before independence they would be culled by the wildlife authorities. The locals ate the meet and after Idi Amin came to power, poachers and soldiers, and again at the fall of Idi Amin, many hippos were shot by locals, rebels and soldiers.

There are also crocodiles (crocodiles had been absent for a few thousand years but started to show up in the 1950’s and have increased in numbers), countless of birds on the shore and overhead and in the water of the channel. This is a pleasant boat ride where you can get some great pictures of elephants, antelopes, predators in late afternoon and buffaloes on shore. Hopefully you will get an open-mouthed hippo shot with your camera.

Dinner

Lodging: Kasensyi Safari Camp – Upmarkete – Bush Lodge – Moderate – Budget

Meal Plan: Breakfast Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 – Return to Kampala or Entebbe:

Breakfast and morning game drive through the Mweya region of the park on a game drive in search of more lions, monitor lizards, elephants, buffaloes, and herds of antelopes.

Lunch

Stop at the Equator for picture-taking

Arrive in Kampala or Entebbe early evening as the 5 Day Chimpanzee Trekking – Wildlife Safari comes to an end.

Included in the Safari: All activities and lodgings listed, private safari vehicle, experienced driver-guide, well-maintained safari vehicle. Does not include drinks at lodges such as sodas, beer, wine, no tips and no laundry included in price.

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


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