3 Days Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest

3 Days Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest

Enjoy a memorable tour in Kibale National Park as you take part in trekking the rare chimpanzees in Uganda. During this tour, you will as well visit the Isunga community and take a walk to explore crater lakes, crops grown in the community, home set up and more.

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Enjoy a memorable tour in Kibale National Park as you take part in trekking the rare chimpanzees in Uganda. During this tour, you will as well visit the Isunga community and take a walk to explore crater lakes, crops grown in the community, home set up and more. Also, experience coffee-making techniques and using local tools to process it within the Isunga Community located near Kibale National Park.

The coffee process begins from the garden, then pounding, roasting, and pounding to get the powder and then ends in your cup. The journey to and from Kibale forest is amazing as you pass through vast tea, banana, and coffee plantations, forests, roadside markets and more.

  • Day 1. Leave Kampala to Kibale National Park
  • Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and Isunga community tour
  • Day 3. Homemade Coffee tasting and transfer back to Kampala
  • End of safari

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1. Leave Kampala to Kibale National Park

Meet the driver guide of our company at the agreed point and transfer to Kibale National Park, a journey that takes about 6 hours. Kibale National Park is known as the primate capital of the world since it homes 13 primates including chimpanzees, man’s close relatives.

In addition to the chimpanzees, the park is also a home to big and small mammals such as elephants, duikers, bushbucks, African civet cats and more. Kibale forest has over 300 bird species including unique species like green breastfed pitta, great blue Turaco and more. Arrive and have enough rest at the lodge.

Day 2. Chimpanzee tracking and Isunga community tour

Wake up for an early breakfast and then drive to the offices of Kibale forest national park for briefing and get ready for an epic primate adventure; keep drinking water, some snacks, lunch box and camera.

Briefing exercise is very important since you get to know the behaviors of chimpanzees, and expectations while in the forest and also get assigned to a well-armed ranger guide.

Begin the search for chimpanzees with the guidance of a park guide as he will be communicating with fellow trackers to ascertain the location of a trekked chimpanzee family. The overall experience takes about 5 hours including an hour spent while in their presence. There is a lot to spot while on this trek such as flora, small primates, birds and mammals.

After the experience, trek back to starting point for debriefing and then head to the lodge for relaxation, take a community walk in Isunga village with a local guide from Isunga Cultural Community Tours where you visit different crater lakes (Lake Nyabikere, Nyinabulitwa and Nyamirima), visit homesteads, and more. Return to the lodge after a 3 to 4 hour’s walk.

Day 3. Homemade Coffee tasting and transfer back to Kampala

Wake up early for a morning tour in the coffee plantation and then proceed to make homemade coffee (Isunga homemade coffee). This coffee is made with powder by use of local materials such as mortar and pestle.

After coffee tasting experience, transfer back to Kampala with a stopover in Mubende town for lunch. Be dropped at an agreed point in the evening.

End of safari

Included in The package/Price:

  • Transfers in a exclusive 4×4 Customized jeep
  • All Airport Transfers.
  • Full Board Accommodations 2 Nights
  • All Activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 1 Chimp Permit per person
  • Bottled water on safari

Excluded in the Package

  • Personal International flight
  • Visa (USD $50 or $100 for east African tourist visa
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Items of personal nature
  • Laundry service
  • Tips

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F.A.Q.

There is no standard price for Uganda, Rwanda or Congo gorilla permit –each country has its rates. In Uganda, the charges vary depending on the visitor category. The foreign non-residents are charged USD 700 to have their gorilla permits booked, USD 600 for foreign residents and Ugandans (East Africa citizens) pay shs. 250,000 per person. To have a gorilla permit secured/booked, you need USD 1500 for Rwanda and this is most ideal for luxury/high-end travelers interested in visiting the endangered mountain gorillas.

When booking a gorilla permit, it is also a good thing to have a destination of your desire in mind. The key places to consider a must-visit on gorilla tour include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –these are gorilla trekking destinations for tourists on a tour in Uganda. In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is where you can locate habituated mountain gorilla families and crossing the D.R. Congo, you can explore Virunga National Park.

It is a good thing to also understand when best to book your gorilla permits to avoid having issues on actual date of gorilla trekking. Considering our experience, we always recommend our clients to have their permits booked early enough at least 2-4 months. This can save you from last minute stress, especially if you plan to travel during the dry season also considered to be the peak season. The peak months of the year fall around June, July, August to September, and December, January to February.

Gorilla permits are among the relevant documents visitors must have to be allowed to track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Not any gorilla permit should be presented on actual gorilla trekking adventure but a valid one. Booking gorilla permits is part of making the entire gorilla trip complete and should be done early enough before the actual visit to see mountain gorillas or eastern lowland gorillas.

To have your gorilla permit booked, there is a process one should undergo through and is generally tedious. Considering your tight schedule back home, you may wonder how easier you can have your permit booked in advance to avoid last minute stress.

The easiest way to secure your gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda is by dealing with a recognized tour operator/company on the ground. This is where our reservation team comes in. As part of your gorilla safari requirement, our team being on ground will ensure that your permit is booked early enough and everything else that is needed for gorilla trekking is put together.

The beauty about dealing with local safari company such as ours is that we have knowledge on the different gorilla groups and surrounding communities plus various accommodation facilities for your night stay. This is in addition to making the entire gorilla permit booking process easier on behalf of our clients.

There is also an option of booking the permit directly through the reservation team of respective park authorities. But the challenge is that you must undergo through the long process to have your permit booked and this may not favor you depending on your schedule. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is an organ in charge not only for conservation of wildlife in the Pearl of Africa but also sets prices for tourism activities in the parks including gorilla permits. In Rwanda, you can contact Rwanda Tourism Board/Rwanda Development Board to have your permit booked.

The East African tourist visa is a joint visa that permits one to travel to specific countries within East Africa, namely Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda only. A joint tourist visa can be used several times for various purposes as long as it’s not overdue. 

Tourists should therefore find it important to always remember that the tourist visa lasts for only 90 days.  Processing the tourist visa takes a maximum period of two working days. It is also important to note that the tourist visa prohibits employment.

The process of applying for a tourist visa has been made easier since it can be done with the help of a tour operator or by the individual themselves online through the Ministry of Internal Affairs immigration portal. Visitors are required to log in to the portal, go ahead and accept the terms and conditions for the tourist visa, select the Visa / permit type, the subcategory and category, complete the application form and upload the required documents. 

A reference number will be generated and sent to you through your email, submit it and proceed to payment. It’s important to note that the payment can be made using Visa cards.  An approval letter will be sent to your email after the above process.

Report at the immigration office or border post for the biometric capture with all the necessary documents, receipt of payment, approval letter and your passport. Visitors should regard it as important to enter through the home country issuing the visa.

The East African tourist visa costs a fee of $100 only, meaning that it can be obtained by all travelers ranging from the budget to luxurious ones.

  • Persons aged 15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas.
  • Avoid sneezing in the presence of gorillas.
  • Always stay away from gorillas by observing distance
  • Do not try to feed gorillas
  • Do not chew in the presence of gorillas
  • Do not take photos with flash light on.

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