Kibale National Park chimpanzee

mother chimpanzee and child

Uganda’s primate capital, Kibale National Park is situated in south western Uganda in Kabarole district measuring to about 776 square kilometers in size. Kibale National Park is the most magnificent of Uganda’s tropical rain forests and one of the most rewarding areas to explore. The forest is home to over 13 species primate species including its major attractions; chimpanzees which are man’s closest relatives, the localized Red Colobus, L’Hoest’s monkeys and the endemic Uganda Manbabay.

Kibale National Park has over 6 groups of chimpanzees that are habituated for chimpanzee trekking safaris Uganda and this gives chance to visitors to have chance to see the chimpanzees. Kibale National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee trekking safaris.

The Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari activity has two sessions in a day; the morning chimp trekking and the afternoon chimp trekking. The morning group begins at 8am in the morning for those doing the morning trekking while those trekking in the afternoon start at 2pm with a short briefing about the activity from the ranger guides of the park.

For this case, if you didn’t spend the night in Kibale, you cannot do the morning trekking because you may not be at the park on time. If you are coming from Kampala, it will take a drive of about 5 hours using the shortest route via Mubende.

Itinerary for the one-day chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale National Park- from Kibale

Kibale National Park chimpanzee

Baby chimpanzee

Wake up early and take breakfast at your lodge or hotel and get ready for your journey. Our driver guide will pick you at the hotel and after transfer you to the famous primate capital world; Kibale National Park at Kanyanchu visitor center where the activity starts from. Upon arrival at the park, you will check in and get briefed by the ranger guides about the activity. After the briefing, you will be led into the fabulous rainforest where you will see the chimpanzees play in the trees as they make funny sounds.

Besides the Chimpanzees, there is a lot to see in this Kibale jungle forest. The forest is home to other primates, several flora and quite a good number of birds. as you trek, you will listen to the sounds of the Rain Forest, see butterflies floating through the air, and then chimpanzees that will grab your attention, making the forest a worthy the place to visit on a Uganda safari or Uganda wildlife safari. Black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons. Bushbucks and mongooses and many more can also be found here and can be seen as you trek the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking takes about 3-4 hours.

After the chimpanzee trekking activity, you will go for your lunch and after go to Bigodi wetland for a Nature walk. This is a guided nature walk that will bring you close to primates such as the monkeys. The wetland is also a birders paradise for visitors interested in Uganda birding safaris. It has over 138 bird species such as the Blue Turaco. This wetland nature walk lasts about 2-3 hours.

After the walk, return to the lodge.

End of your 1-day Kibale National Park

Itinerary for the one-day chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale National Park- from Kampala

Kibale National Park chimpanzee


Alternatively, if you are coming from Kampala, it takes about 5 hours. If you set off from Kampala at 5am, you will arrive in Kibale between 9 and 10am. On arrival. You can do the Bigodi wetland guided nature walk in the morning and then do chimpanzee trekking in the afternoon starting at 2pm and after return to Kampala late in the evening.

What to carry

Light hiking shoes

Long trousers/pants

Long sleeved shirts

Bag pack

At least 1 litre of bottled water

Light rain jacket