Kibale Forest National Park

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park
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Victoria H
Bristol, UK45 contributions
Couples
We met our guide Sarah at 7 am and we’re off to trek for chimpanzees for the habituation activity. Sarah was a very knowledgeable and friendly ranger who knew exactly how to track them and so we found a family within an hour. We then got a full three hours of watching them sleep, eat, pee and poop on people ;-), feed young ones, groom each other and swing around the trees. Finally we also got to follow some which were going for walks. It was a fantastic experience in a small group ( 6 people). We learned so much and Sarah answered all our questions in detail.
Written July 22, 2022
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Joan
Purcellville, VA18 contributions
This experience was our first time with the chimps and after a briefing we were off! We followed Sarah, our guide, and went into the jungle. We were soon surrounded by the sights and sounds of the jungle. We found the chimps fairly quickly and spent an hour in awe of them - as they moved and climbed and groomed and slept, ate, played, and lived their lives with us as observers. It was such a treat to be near these amazing primates!
Written June 15, 2022
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Shaun H
Kampala, Uganda187 contributions
Great walking, but a Ranger is required at an extra cost to the standard park entry fee. The parking is free, so if using a hire vehicle, there is no entry fee for Driver/Vehicle

We felt the primate walk was expensive so settled for a forest walk instead, the walk was shorter than told, but to be honest we were tired so happy to reduce walking time.

Unexpected observation point which gave immense views and a feel for the expanse of the forest.

Well worth a visit, but be prepared that ranger may hustle for "appreciation" despite paying entrance fee, and charged for the ranger to accompany you which is unavoidable.
Written March 11, 2022
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,736 contributions
Best place to see chimps in the wild. A chimp trek does not guarantee a sighting but it is rare not to.

I would recommend booking the trek rather than the habituation experience as this is much more hit and miss. When we visited, a week ago, the chimp group in the habituation programme had not been located in the forest for a month and although you get to spend 4 hours with them, if you can find them, it will be at a considerable distance.

On the chimp trek the group is fully habituated. You get to spend just one hour with them but you are likely to be within a few metres of several as they are so comfortable around people. Sometimes they will pass right beside you. It's a wonderful experience. The only downside is that you will probably have to share it with a number of others and it can feel a bit crowded.
Written February 19, 2022
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shaday422
Phalaborwa, South Africa18 contributions
This is an incredible experience. We were lucky enough to be the only people on out tour. Entering the forest, we were greeted by an onslaught of loud noises and it was a little intimidating/incredible at the same time. The guide let us know they were saying hello/alerting their friends that we were in the forest. We sat and watched quietly as the chimpanzees went about their lives, eating, picking their noses and interacting with one another. It seemed like after a while they forgot we were there. Would highly recommend to anyone that is visiting Uganda.
Written July 20, 2021
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coconutugly
Marbella, Spain1,396 contributions
Family
The usual briefing and registering at 7am, and then you set off on foot to track the chimps. We had so much luck sighting these wonderful animals…. And ended up tracking one for a good hour as he moved through the forest on foot , and every so often called for his family. Very thrilling to see this. Moses our guide was awesome. These forest here is flat, not like gorilla tracking which I thought was very tough. Amazing day for my son and I.
Written June 28, 2021
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Cristianne
33 contributions
Cannot recommend chimpanzee tracking here enough! We arrived at headquarters early, and were given our brief. Because of COVID, we were separated into small groups just with the people we came with, in our came, jus my husband and I and our awesome ranger. We headed out to the forest and starting looking for the amazing chimps. The hike was not hard, but it is a hike, be ready for mud, puddles, ants, and other bugs. We were very glad to have long pants and long sleeves, good boots and gaiters, and hiking gloves. Also, recommend a hat, and, at least for now at least a couple facemarks, they'll get sweaty if you have to chase the chimps. We found a group of chimps up in a fig tree and were able to just watch them eating resting and grooming for a while. This was great, and we loved watching them, but little did we know, when we least expected it, our ranger told us to get ready to move fast and we saw the group climb down form the tree, fast, and start moving through the forest!! We chased after them as well as we curl keep up and go to see them on the ground and really be able to see how incredible these creatures are!
Everyone involved in the experience is really committed to the well being on the chimps and they made the experience absolutely unforgettable. We were lucky we got to se them this way!!
Written December 27, 2020
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peek
Kampala, Uganda676 contributions
Friends
It was lovely driving through the forest. I really didn’t know Uganda still had real forests left. It was delightful hearing the insect and primate life. We had a fleeting visit at Primate Lodge. Would love to visit again and give this natural beauty the time she deserves.
Written October 30, 2020
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ananjand
Mumbai, India130 contributions
Holders of the day’s token gather at the starting point. The tokens are then exchanged for the actual tickets. We understood that trackers went out early in the morning to find the locations of the Chimpanzee groups.
After an initial briefing, the assembled tourists are assigned into several groups each under the guidance of a ranger and one security personnel. To reach the chimpanzee group assigned, we had to drive a short distance in our own vehicle to arrive at the starting point of the walk.
Kibale National Park, being an evergreen rain forest has tall trees forming a dark green canopy over head while the ground is covered with vegetation fallen leaves and branches. All these require one to keep an eye on where he/she is stepping.
The ranger was in touch with the trackers and after a short walk we came across a male chimpanzee lying on the ground taking a morning siesta. This allowed us to approach it and see it from the closest permissible. A minimum distance is required to be maintained from any chimpanzee and should one approach the human group, it is advised to ensure maintain their distance. It turned out that the chimpanzee lying on the ground was the leader of the group that we were supposed to watch. After allowing us to watch him for a while, the chimpanzee got up and without any care in the world walked right through our cordon. Needless to say we gave him a passage as was possible under the circumstances.
Thereafter, we followed the chimpanzee group who we mostly on the top of the trees. Once a while, one in the group would come down the tree. The ranger also acquainted with the fauna.
The trek ends with returning to the starting point, where individual certificates of completing the trek is handed over.
Overall, a very satisfying experience and highly recommended.
Written May 17, 2020
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LaraJB
Durban, South Africa123 contributions
Couples
Beautiful area to view chimps and a huge variety of other wildlife. All the staff we encountered were polite and helpful
Written March 16, 2020
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