After breakfast at your lodge, transfer to the starting point of your Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest National Park which is reputed to have the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the Chimpanzee, man’s closest relative.
Kibale’s 1,450 Chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. Kibale is also a home to the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black and white Colobus, Blue monkey, Grey cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey, Olive baboon to mention but a few.
You will enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and many others. Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a good chance of hearing and seeing our distant cousins as they groom and bond with one another.
Alternatively you may opt to do a chimpanzee habituation experience by paying a supplement of $50, note that this exercise takes the entire day. Only six people are allowed per day and you will be sure to come face-to-face with these closest cousins of man. Advance booking is necessary for this option.
After lunch, head to Bigodi for an afternoon swamp walk. Bigodi was established by a local development organisation to protect the four square-kilometre Magombe Swamp that is home to around 200 species of birds (highlights include papyrus gonolek, white-winged warbler, and great blue turaco). The highlight of this tour is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco. The swamp is also good for spotting butterflies and primates, with eight different species here, including the grey-cheeked mangabey. The 2-3 hour guided walk is led by experienced local guides who interact with the primates.