Chimpanzees share a 98% of human genes making them the closest living animals to humans. They can be found in at least 21 African countries but they have a big population in Uganda, about 5,000, so they are easily sighted here in the wild. The chimpanzee trekking experience starts from the park headquarters down well maintained walking trails in the Kibale forest. As you walk, you will see other primate species in the forest like the Grey-Cheeked Mangabey monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, nocturnal pottos, bush babies and olive baboons.Walk through the densely populated forest trails that will take you through the forest to see the chimpanzees live a normal day in their natural habitat.
Set off for the drive to Queen Elizabeth national park in the late afternoon.
Queen Elizabeth national Game Park is very scenic because it combines bush land, savannah plain lands, forests, and wetlands with the Kazinga Channel flowing through the park that connects to Lake George and Lake Edward thus attracting wildlife and birds to it because of the huge waters it offers for survival. This park has one of the largest hippo concentration numbers in the world. On your first game drive in the park you will explore Queen Elizabeth national park with 200 kms of well-maintained game viewing tracks. Be alert and proactive to help the ranger/guide and you spot as many animals as possible. Breakfast before day break lets you start the game drive early during the “golden hours” to enjoy watching the savannah land inhabitants like the elephants, buffalos, warthogs, kobs, antelopes wake up. See the African kingdom in its most active hours of the day as the first sunlight touches the savannah. See elephant, buffalo, kobs, lions, waterbucks, leopards, warthogs, birds and primate species during the drive.
Enjoy and relax with an afternoon boat ride when the sun is hot making the Kazinga Channel turn into a drinking spot for many animals especially the crocodiles, hippos, buffalos that immerse themselves in the water to cool off. The animals might be unbothered by your boat so you can take photos of them up close.
Optional activity: Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge
You can opt for a morning hike in the Kyambura gorge which is also named “valley of apes” because it is a geological feature that is home to several primates like vervet monkeys, chimpanzees, baboons, red tailed monkeys. It’s a hidden gem in the far east of the park. It receives water from River Kyambura so it sustains a rich biodiversity and wildlife especially the primates like the 16 chimpanzee families and forest bird species living within.
Kasenyi Safari Camp