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Kampala 1 Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking from Kampala takes you to Budongo Forest in Uganda. Budongo Forest is situated approximately 3 hours away by road on the northwest of Kampala on the way to Murchison Falls National Park.
The Forest is the largest survival natural forest in Uganda, with a total surface of approximately 825 square km, of which 430 square km is continuous forest. The forest is the natural habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees, of which a small community has been habituated for eco-tourism purposes.
Budongo forest has well-developed and extensive trails found throughout the forest. This enables one to view chimpanzees in their natural environment. Other primates that can be observed are the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys.
Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the tropical forest, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Your guide will explain to you more about the animals and plant species that you encounter on your way.
Also look out for other primates like the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, and 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, Chimp Habituation Experience in Budongo Forest 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 eat, rest, and play.
Kampala 1 Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking Itinerary
0500 Hours: Depart Kampala after breakfast at your hotel/ residence for a 3.5 Hour drive north to Budongo Forest (about 246 km).
The drive through the Ugandan country-side alone is worth the trip all the way to Masindi. You will be in a comfortable vehicle and in the company of a professional English-speaking Safari driver guide. Bottle water will be provided during the safari.
0900 Hours: Arrive at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest Reserve. Early morning, you will start the Chimpanzee tracking through the Mahogany Forest. Tracking habituated chimpanzees means that the chimps are used to human beings getting close to them.
1230 Hours: Relax then we have lunch.
1400 Hours: Early afternoon continue with the Chimpanzee tracking through the Mahogany Forest. Tracking habituated chimpanzees means that the chimps are used to human beings getting close to them.
This is a process that takes several years. They are not tame, but simply used to having humans near them. The guides follow the daily movements of the habituated chimpanzee groups. The trek takes between two and four hours and we generally expect good sightings of chimps in their natural environment.
A maximum of two groups of 6 people depart from the park offices in the afternoon and will be allowed to track chimpanzees with experienced rangers. The tracking will include one hour with members of the wild community of chimpanzees that have been habituated.
The walk may also include viewing of other wildlife in the forest under the canopy of the oldest mahogany trees in East Africa.
Each day, chimpanzees like gorillas move to a new location for the night building new nests. Budongo Forest is a project of both Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Enjoy your time with the chimpanzees. The chimp habituation is a wonderful experience. You will learn more about the chimp community and discover the features we have in common!
1700 Hours: After the tracking trip, return to Kampala.
2100 Hours: Arrive back in Kampala
Kampala 1 Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking Prices
Kampala 1-Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking Rates Includes:
Lunch + Chimpanzee Tracking + Pick-up from your hotel in Kampala and drop-off to your hotel + All park entry fees, service charge, and taxes where applicable + Kampala 1 Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking + Professional English speaking guides. All are experts in African wildlife, culture, and tour guiding, many of who speak other European languages
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* Guided Nature Walks Kaniyo Pabidi (Can be taken here through woodland and savanna terrain)
* Bird-watching walks Kaniyo Pabidi (Choose full or half-day in length and are led by knowledgeable guides)
* Chimpanzee tracking is available for those over 18 years of age and in good health, with no colds, flu, or any other transmittable illnesses
Kampala 1-Day Trips Budongo Forest Chimpanzee Trekking Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Lunch or dinner in town (option and extra charges direct)
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)