3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari

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Budongo Forest Reserve

This 3 day Uganda wildlife safari offers travelers the once-in-a-lifetime adventure of trekking chimpanzees in the wild at the Budongo Forest Reserve. Budongo Forest is situated approximately 3 hours’ drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park.

The trip begins and ends in Kampala and on day one we drive northwest to Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda’s oldest national parks. Murchison is rated as a top safari destination in the country. The afternoon is spent on a nature walk in Budongo Royal Mile – a superb birding spot with over 360 species.

This guided forest walk will enable you to explore even more of the forest reserve and see interesting birds such as the Chocolate-backed kingfisher, the White-thighed Hornbill, and Puvel’s ill adiposis found nowhere else in the East. We spend a night at the Budongo Eco Lodge built within the Budongo forest reserve or in Masindi town.

On day two we set off on a half-day chimpanzee trek in Budongo Forest, home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. East Africa’s biggest Mahogany forest, Budongo is also home to eight other primate species, in addition to the estimated 600 to 700 chimpanzees.

Most of the chimpanzee tracking takes place at Kaniyo Pabidi which is located south of the Murchison Falls National Park. The Chimpanzee trekking lasts for an average of 3 hours. After locating the chimp community, visitors are only allowed one hour with them.

In addition to the chimpanzees and other primate species that are habituated in the Budongo forest reserve include the black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, and blue monkeys.

In the afternoon we take a boat cruise in Murchison National Park, looking out for wildlife and birds. Sightings in Murchison include four of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard), giraffes, antelopes, and plenty of hippos and Nile crocodiles.

On day three, we make our way back to Kampala where our 3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari of a lifetime comes to a close in the early evening.

3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Highlights

* Bird watching
* Nature walks in the forest reserve
* Game Drive in Murchison Falls National Park
* Comfortable and eco-friendly accommodation
* Biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa
* Chimpanzee tracking and Chimp Habituation in the major tourist sites within this forest: the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site, and Kaniyo Pabidi

3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Summary Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Budongo Forest Reserve
Day 2: Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest
Day 3: Budongo Forest Reserve  – Drive to Kampala

3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Prices

3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Prices Include:

Bottled drinking water + Guided Forest Walk in Budongo Forest + 2 Nights accommodation in Budongo Eco Lodge + Services of our professional English-speaking driver/ guide + Full day Chimpanzee trekking Habituation in Budongo Forest Reserve & Round trip transportation from Kampala to Budongo and back to Kampala (Minimum 2 Guests)

Dates From Dates To Adult Per Person

Child Aged 15 Years

1ST January 2023

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Notes

* Budongo Forest age limit for children 15 years and above


3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Prices Exclude:

* Visas
* International flights

* Extra activities not mentioned in the itinerary
* Personal expenses including tips, drinks/ beverages, and laundry services

3 Days 2 Nights Budongo Forest Reserve Chimpanzee Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Budongo Forest Reserve

0800 Hours: Our driver guide will pick you up from the hotel and depart by road to Budongo Forest Reserve. The Forest is situated approximately 3 hour drive northwest of the capital city of Kampala.

On our way, we will drive through the historical Luwero Triangle (our driver guide will give you a historical overview of the area) as you proceed to Nakansongola and on to Masindi town.

1230 Hours: Lunch will be served at Masindi Hotel or Court View Hotel. After lunch, we proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. Once in the park, an evening nature walk into the forest is planned. Budongo Forest is truly a paradise for bird watchers with 360 different species. Accompanied by a guide you will follow the trails and look out for different types of birds.

Visit the ‘Royal Mile’ located about 15 km from Budongo Eco Lodge which offers a spectacular wide forest avenue with a high density of birds, including the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher and Paradise Flycatcher.

1800 Hours: We will end our evening nature walk in Budongo Forest and check in at Budongo-Eco-Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge
Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}


Day 2: Explore Budongo Forest Reserve

0700 Hours: After breakfast, we will go for a morning Chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi Forest.

0800 Hours: Gather for a briefing by the rangers at the forest gate and embark on the hike to the forest in search of Chimpanzees. This is an undisturbed area of natural forest within Budongo Forest Reserve where you can walk beneath mature mahogany and ironwood trees. Chimpanzee trekking is the most famous activity.

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.

1400 Hours: In the afternoon we embark on a boat cruise in Murchison National Park, watching for wildlife and birds. In Murchison Park wildlife sightings include four of the Big Five (lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard), giraffes, Rothschild’s giraffe, hyena, and numerous crocodiles and hippos.

The national park is also home to various antelopes, such as hartebeest, waterbuck, Oribi, bushbuck, and reedbuck. If we are lucky we may even spot the elusive leopard in the park. This riverine area also hosts numerous bird species, from the Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, and pelican bee-eater, to the kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant, and rare shoebill stork.

Overnight at Budongo Eco Lodge
Meal Plan {Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner}


Day 3: Drive to Budongo Forest Reserve – Kampala

Breakfast at leisure at the lodge followed by a return trip by road to Kampala.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

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