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5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari

5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari 

5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari features chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park, Africa’s chimpanzee trekking destination. Kibale national park guarantees the best views of the chimpanzees and other 12 existing primates in the park. It is also a home to 138 species of birds, 250 tree species and 60 species of forest wildlife including forest elephants, bushbucks, warthogs, giant forest hogs, and buffaloes. This trip also features a visit to Semiliki national park and reserve, located in Bundibugyo district near Fort portal town adjust to Congo Ituri rain forest. The park is a home to Uganda’s largest Sempaya hot springs, about 53 mammal species and over 400 bird species recorded in this park thus making it one of the top birding destination in Africa earning a title of “True birders Haven”

Safari highlights of the 5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari

  • Day 1: Transfer to Kibale national park – Bigodi swamp walk
  • Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Semiliki national park
  • Day 3: Sempaya hot springs and night game drive 
  • Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and birdwatching in Semiliki national reserve 
  • Day 5: Transfer to Kampala

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Kibale national park – Bigodi swamp walk

  • Transfer to Kibale: Depending on your location in Kampala/Entebbe, you will meet with your safari guide and thereafter embark on your journey to Kibale national park. This park is Africa’s best primates’ destination with about 13 different primates’ species including the chimpanzees. The park is located in the western part of Uganda taking about 5-6 hours’ drive on the road with en-route stop in Fort portal town for your lunch. This drive is exciting with great views of the countryside and the people. 
  • Bigodi swamp walk: Connect to visit Bigodi swamp, the swamp has been recognised to host about 138 bird species and one can be able to see over 50 birds a day. Several primates can also be spotted in the wetland including the black and white Colobus monkeys, Blue Grey Cheeked, Ververt monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys to mention a few. Thereafter, transfer to your booked lodge for check-in, have dinner and overnight.

Accommodation and meal (Full board)

  • Luxury option: Kyaninga Lodge/Ndali Lodge
  • Mid-range option: Chimpanzee Guesthouse
  • Budget option: Isunga Lodge/Rweteera Guesthouse

Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking and transfer to Semiliki national park

  • Chimpanzee trekking: After your breakfast, connect to the park headquarters with your trekking gears and water. Meet with other trekkers and gather for a briefing from the park officials where you will be guided on the expectations of Chimpanzee trekking. Thereafter, in only a group of 12 people and ranger guides/researchers, set off for Chimpanzee trekking. The search may take 2-5 hours depending on their location. The chimpanzees in Kibale are quite easier to find and you will be allowed to spend 1 hour with them on finding them. 
  • transfer to Semiliki national park: After trekking, meet your safari guide; connect back to the lodge, check-out after having lunch to proceed to Semiliki national park. It’s a 2-3 hours’ drive to connect to Semiliki. Arrive in the evening and connect to your booked lodge for dinner and overnight. 

Accommodation and meals (Half board)

  • Luxury option: Semiliki Safari Lodge 
  • Mid-range option: Ntoroko Game Lodge
  • Budget option: Bugama Cottages

Day 3: Sempaya Hot springs and night game drive 

  • Sempaya Hot springs and night game drive: After your breakfast, drive to visit Sempaya hot springs which are the main attractions of Semiliki national park. These hot springs are the largest in Uganda, divided into female and male however they both have a geyser that shoots up from 8 meters holes with a high temperature of up to 100 degrees Celsius. The strength and hotness of the springs are amazing as one can boil eggs and in few minutes, it is ready to eat. The community around the park also visit the springs to perform rituals basin on their beliefs. Return to the lodge for your lunch. 
  • Later in the evening after dinner, embark on a night game drive in the park. Semiliki national park is one of the best places for night game drives. This park is said to have about 53 animal species, some of the animals to find include; Bush babies, Elephants, Buffaloes, the pygmy scaly-tailed flying squirrel, African Civet o mention a few. Return to your lodge for overnight  

Day 4: Chimpanzee trekking and birdwatching – Semiliki national reserve

  • Chimpanzee trekking and birdwatching: Wake up early and have breakfast, transfer to Semiliki national reserve which is Uganda’s oldest wildlife reserve. Mugiri forest is a remarkable for chimpanzee trekking and birdlife. You will search for the chimpanzees in the forest with great views of different birds. Mungilo waterfalls in the forest are the best for bird watching. After finding and viewing the chimpanzees, walk back to find your guide and transfer back to your lodge for lunch. Later after, visit the Batwa community who originated from the Ituri in Congo Basin and get a taste of Central Africa inside Uganda. Return to your lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari
5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala

  • Transfer to Kampala: After breakfast, check-out of the lodge and embark on your journey back to Kampala/Entebbe. It’s a 7-8 hours’ drive from Semiliki national park to Kampala with en-route lunch. You will be dropped off a location you advise in Kampala be dropped at Entebbe airport for your departure flight back home.

End of the 5 Days Uganda Chimpanzee Safari

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