2 Days 1 Night Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Budongo Forest Reserve

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Budongo Central Forest Reserve

This short 2 day Uganda safari begins from Kampala and takes you for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Budongo Forest, home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda.

Budongo Forest is situated approximately 3 hours drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park.  East Africa’s biggest Mahogany forest, Budongo is also home to eight other primate species, in addition to the estimated 600 to 700 chimpanzees.

This sizeable forest is known for its incredible biodiversity, including 24 species of animals, over 360 bird species, 290 butterfly species, 130 species of moths, 465 tree species, and numerous other plants and creatures.

On the first day of your 2 days Chimpanzee Safari to Budongo Forest, you will transfer from Kampala to Budongo Forest Reserve, a journey that takes  5 to 6 hours. The afternoon is spent on a forest walk where you are likely to see a high density of birds, including the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and Paradise Flycatcher.

The forest contains the Royal Mile, named for its popularity as a traditional stopover for Uganda’s royalty. The Royal Mile is a superb birding spot, with many West and Central African species in addition to the local East African species.

On day two, we enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expanses of the tropical forest, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Your guide will explain to you more about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way.

Also look out for other primates like the black and white colobus, red tail monkeys, blue monkeys, and olive baboons, different types of birds, tracks of mammals, and much more. Chimp tracking can be experienced daily with two viewing times per day.

The hike takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. Once the chimps are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting, and playing.

The area is relatively flat and thus easy to trek. You’ll team up with field assistants at the Budongo Conservation Field Station to observe chimps and other primates as they forage for food in the morning and late afternoon. 

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Budongo Forest Reserve – Enjoy a forest walk
Day 2: Budongo Forest Reserve – Chimpanzee Tracking – Drive back to Kampala

Safari Itinerary in Detail

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Budongo Forest Reserve

0700 Hours: Depart Kampala after breakfast for a 3-hour drive to Budongo Forest Reserve. The scenic drive through the Ugandan countryside offers so many picturesque vistas including villages.

You will be in a comfortable vehicle with (bottled water for your comfort) and driven by our professional English-speaking driver.

1100 Hours: Arrive at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest and lunch follows.  Our accommodations will be at the Budongo Eco-Lodge where one can sleep in any of the 4 dormitory rooms or any of the 6 intimate Log-Cabins.

After lunch at the Budongo Eco-Lodge enjoy a guided forest walk for about 4 hours to discover the beauty of this awesome place.

After lunch, you choose to take a guided Forest Walk for hours or a 3 hour guided birding adventure.

1900 Hours: Dinner at Budongo Eco Lodge and later relax at your porch in this lovely part of Uganda in the midst of the Budongo Forest.

Overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Budongo Forest Reserve – Chimpanzee Tracking

0700 Hours: Breakfast at the lodge then followed by Chimpanzee tracking for 3 to 4 hours in a small-group experience. The Chimp trek sets out from the visitor’s information centre at Budongo Eco Lodge.

Sometimes the Chimpanzee can be so near that they can be heard from the Budongo Ecolodge and the trek to find them will take a few minutes. You spend only one hour with the Chimpanzee and no more than 8 persons can track.

However, during certain times of the year when food is not readily available, the chimpanzees travel away from this territory, wandering deeper into the forest thus tracking them becomes more difficult.

Each day, chimpanzees like gorillas move to new locations for the night building fresh nests for the day. Budongo Forest is a project of both the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Enjoy your time with the chimpanzees.

1300 Hours: Lunch at Budongo Eco Lodge. Depart for Kampala to arrive late afternoon.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Days 1 Night Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Budongo Forest Reserve Prices

2 Days 1 Night Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Budongo Forest Reserve Prices Include:

Bottled Water in the safari vehicle while on safari + Chimpanzee Tracking (85 US Dollars per person) + Entrance to Murchison Falls Park including Vehicle + Round trip transportation from Kampala to Budongo Forest Reserve + Full Board -Self-Contained Lodging at Budongo Eco Lodge – Dormitory or private self-contained room + Forest Walks (to see a variety of trees, shrubs such as the Cicada, birds, wildlife such as monkeys, chimpanzees, etc) + Bird watching (With over 360 species, includes the Puvel’s Illadopsis is one of Budongo’s key species and it is known not to occur anywhere else in East Africa. Others include the Yellow-footed Flycatcher, Nahan’s Francolin, and Black-winged Pranticole among others).

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Price Per Adult

Child Rate
7 to 11 Years

 1st January 2024

31st December 2024

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Notes

* All trips should be booked in advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment
* Only Children aged 7 years and above are allowed chimp tracking. Groups are limited to 6 guest


Chimpanzee Habituation at Kaniyo Pabidi: You could choose to take the Chimpanzee habituation experience as a more intimate experience with the Chimps as you will spend an entire day with them instead of the 1 hour offered during the Chimp trek.  

You set out as early as 0500 hours to see the Chimps de-nest and start their day. The Chimp habituation in Budongo Forest however is not available all year round but only during less busy months of tourism. The high season months of June, July, August, and December are available for the Chimp trek only!


2 Days 1 Night Chimpanzee Tracking Safari Budongo Forest Reserve Exclude:

* Not included, drinks at lodging, tips, phone calls, laundry

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