5-day Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari in Kibale Forest

Posted by on July 7, 2017

5-Day Kibale Forest Hike – Chimpanzees Safari – Crater Lakes – Caves

5-day Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari in Kibale Forest- Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Forest Hike – Authentic Experiential Encounters

5-day Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari in Kibale Forest.  This is an experiential action filled adventure – Hiking Safari in the Rainforest Jungle of Kibale Forest. Discover explosion crater Lakes, Bigodi Jungle Swamp, Amabere Caves.  

An extended Rainforest Hike. Spend a day on an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. Kibale Forest is the Number 1 Spot in all of East Africa for Chimpanzee Trekking – this Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari is Chimpanzees plus other great activities.

Day 1 – Kibale Forest:

The 5-day Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari in Kibale Forest begins. Depart your Hotel in Kampala at 7 am – Entebbe at 6:30 am and head for Kibale Forest Park – East Africa’s best Chimpanzee Location.

Drive-Time from Kampala is 4 hours and the Drive is a pleasant one through the Ugandan countryside.  Once we reach the Forest we check into the Lodge of your choice – budget, moderate, upmarket or exclusive.  They are all there, most exclusive lodges are 45 minutes drive time or more from the park.




Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary – forget the fancy nomenclature – it is a jungle swamp.  Kibale Forest is where the West African Jungle meets East Africa.  Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a one of a kind place in East Africa.  The plants, trees including, vegetation give you that feeling like the place is out of an adventure movie set.

This is a great first place for a hike with the chimps and in the afternoon you often will see them as they come to forage for fruit in the swamp.  You will see other primates here such as Mangabeys, Rwenzori Colobus Monkeys, Red Tailed monkeys and more.

The swamp is a butterfly haven with about 200 plus species found here.  Mammals can be seen including the rare Sitatunga semi-aquatic Sitatunga Antelope and birders have made the swamp a prime birding destination – the large blue Turaco is rarely missed here.

The Bigodi Wetlands Guided Hike is about three hours in length is easily done by most – much of the trail is made up of wooden plank boardwalks – a place that hikers love.


Lodging: Kibale Forest  lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Lunch – Dinner

Day – 2 – Hiking with the Chimpanzees – Chimpanzee Habituation Experience:

Breakfast and pick up a packed lunch from the lodge.  Things you will need to bring and wear.

You will need a daypack that is waterproof, 3 liters of water, snacks, light rain jacket, long trousers, long-sleeved shirt, and hat.  Waterproof Hiking boots or Wellies that Rangers here wear.

After an orientation with your Uganda Wildlife Authority Ranger.  You will be with a chimpanzee group that is being habituated by researchers, trackers, Rangers.

There are other primates you will see, mammals, birds, butterflies besides the chimpanzees themselves.  The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience last all day long.


Lodging: Kibale Forest  lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day – 3 – Top of the World Hike – Crater Lakes – Amabere Cave:


Top of the world Hike – this is about a 3 hour hike that is guided – you can view  three explosion crater lakes along the way.  Pass through sleepy villages, tea plantation, vanilla plantations.

Everywhere you turn there are great views of the crater lakes which were formed when the earth literally exploded leaving behind craters that filled in many cases with lakes, some of which still have an odor dating back to the explosions that formed them.

At the top, you have views where you can see Queen Elizabeth Park, the Rwenzori Mountains of the moon, villages, Fort Portal, Kibale Forest and more.

The difficulty level is moderate here and most have no problems taking the “Top of the World” Hike.


Amabere Cave and three crater lakes is our afternoon hike.  We take a short drive to the cave which is a blend of myth, scenery, natural wonder.  It still talked about in local tradition around the cave.

A lcoal guide will tell you the story of the Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru  means “the breasts of Nyina Mwiru – and the name in the local tradition and the Toro folklore has it that the caves acquired the name after King Bukuku of Toro chopped off the breasts of his daughter Nyina Mwiru and had them thrown inside these caves, following a prophecy that the daughter would one day get married and have a son, Ndahura, who would kill the king and take over his throne. According to local legend, the prophecy came true.

In reality – the scientific explanation is that the so-called breasts are in reality stalactites and are made up of calcium carbonate when blended with water drip down and form the stalactites that you will find here. The water dripping made to look milky by the calcium carbonate is called “breast milk” by the local people who live near the Amabere Caves.

After the caves, you will discover three crater lakes that are nearby with a guide.

Lodging: Kibale Forest  lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4 – Kibale Forest Hike -(During the Dry Season):

 Breakfast and off to the Kanyanchu Visitors Center for orientation about today’s forest hike in Kibale Forest. The Hike can be done during the Dry Season of the Year.  December to February and June through September.

The hike is 12 kilometers and takes in various terrains such as swampland, grasslands, forests along rivers and tropical rainforest.  You will see more of a variety of terrain that you would trek chimpanzees in the forest.

On this hike you can see various species of primates, mammals such as duikers, bushbuck antelopes and many of the birds found in the forest.

The hike begins at 8 am and comes to a close at the elephant wallow at 2 pm.

Sturdy boots, a daypack, bottled water, a lunch, snacks are all recommended.


After Dinner – it is a nocturnal walk in the forest with Rangers and spotlights.  You will see some of the creatures of the night illuminated such as Pottos and Bush Babies.  This is normally one of the highlights of a time in Kibale Forest.

Lodging: Kibale Forest  lodging Choices

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 – Return to Kampala – Entebbe:

Breakfast and a village walk in Bigodi where you learn  how local people live, a school, crafts being made, a village elder, traditional healer and more.


The 5-day Hiking with the Chimpanzees Safari in Kibale Forest ends as we return to Kampala or Entebbe. A four drive to Kampala or 5-hour drive to Entebbe arriving early evening or late afternoon.

Meal Plan: Breakfast – Lunch

This private safari includes all permits, all lodging, all food, all activities, bottled water in the vehicle and is changeable as to lodging arrangements. It does not include – tips, drinks at lodges such soft drinks or alcoholic drinks.

 This is one of a kind Experiential Adventure in the Heart of Africa created for the hiking enthusiasts that enjoy getting out of the vehicle into the wild of Africa.

Be sure to take a look at our Hiking advice and tips – they will prepare you for this 5-day hiking experience. If you have any questions – please let us know.

This Safari can be combined with any park visits in Western Uganda such Rwenzori Mountains, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

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This is a changeable Safari – you can adjust lodging and activities according to your taste and preferences.   The above is only a suggestion, an example of what an Outdoor Enthusiast can find in and near Kibale Forest National Park.

If you are interested in this 5 day Hiking Safari – please contact us