Honeymoon in Kibale forest national park
Honeymoon in Kibale forest national park: Kibale forest national park is located in the western part of Uganda in Kasese and Fort Portal districts. The national park is famous for harboring endangered chimpanzees, other 12 primates, 60 mammals, and 372 bird species. Kibale forestis one of the areas that are good for honeymoon safaris if you are a primate lover.
Kibale forest national park has got a lot of activities to offer to couples during the honeymoon. The national park has very good and affordable accommodation facilities where these couples can stay during their honeymoon safari within the park. The national park of Kibale has tropical rainforest that brings out the best jungle experience while on a safari.
Kibale forest national park is one of the most visited protected areas within the country and therefore tourists that are looking forward to having their honeymoon safari there should always book their chimpanzee permits 3-5 months or more early in advance. A chimpanzee permit will give you an opportunity to be part of the chimpanzee activities while on your safari in the park. Other activities can be booked when you are in the safari.
Things to do on a honeymoon safari in Kibale forest national park.
Chimpanzee trekking on a honeymoon safari in Kibale: Chimpanzee trekking is one of the activities that can be done on a honeymoon safari in Kibale forest national park. Chimpanzee trekking starts early in the morning at Kanyanchu visitor’s center where briefing takes place. To be part of the briefing, you must have a chimpanzee trekking permit which you present to the rangers.
During chimpanzee trekking on a honeymoon safari Kibale forest national park, you and your lover will join a group of other trekkers not exceeding 8 people. The group is led by armed ranger guides who take them through different trails searching where the chimpanzees could be. The search for chimpanzees takes 2-6 hours of going through different trails and meeting different wildlife species.
After spotting the chimpanzee, you and other trekkers will be given 1 hour to be around the apes, learn about their habits, take photos and watch them do daily activities such as nesting, hunting, eating, playing, coupling, grooming ad much more.
Chimpanzee habituation: Chimpanzee habitation is an activity that can be done by lovers on a honeymoon safari. This activity is carried out by couples that would want to spend more time with the chimpanzees. To carry out chimpanzee habituation, you will have to purchase a chimpanzee habituation permit during the time of booking.
Chimpanzee habituation takes the same procedures as chimpanzee trekking just that once you meet the chimpanzees you are able to be with them for the whole day. Chimpanzee habituation involves researchers teaching you the different things you do to make chimps get used to the human presence around them. During chimpanzee habituation, you will learn about the chimpanzee habits, take photos, and watch them do daily activities among others.
Bird watching: Couples that are bird lovers can be part of the bird watching activities in Kibale forest national park the fact that it’s home to over 372 bird species. Bird watching on a honeymoon safari in Kibale forest can be done around the lodge or inside the park. Bird watching in Kibale is carried out in areas such as Sebitoli wetland and Bigodi wetland sanctuary.
Bird watching on a honeymoon safari in Kibale gives bird lovers an opportunity to see bird species such as African pitta, African pied wagtail, slender-billed weaver, great blue turaco, pin-tailed whydah, Rwenzori turaco, tropical boubou, black bee-eater, afed pigeon, brown illadopsis, black-capped apalis, grey parrot, purple breasted sunbird, masked apalis, dusky crimson wing, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, scaly breasted illadopsis, and red chested owlet among others.
Nature walks: On a honeymoon safari in Kibale forest national park, some of the activities you can do during your free time are guided walks. Nature walks are possible around the lodges, the forest, crater lakes, swamps, and much more. Nature walks in Kibale forest national park can be done around the craters, Sebitoli wetland, and Bigodi wetland sanctuary among others.
The nature walks in Kibale forest national park enable lovers to explore the wilderness on foot. During the nature walks, lovers will meet different crater lakes, plant species, birds, mammals, and primates. What you see during the nature walks depends on the trails used or the areas visited. When you carry out nature walks on the crater lakes, you will see a number of them as some are close to each other.
Best time for a honeymoon in Kibale forest national park?
Lovers can have a honeymoon in Kibale forest national park at any time of the year however certain months are better than the rest. The dry season starts from June to September and December to February and it’s the best to have honeymoon safaris in Kibale forest national park. This is because the dry season has little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails dry and easier to navigate, the vegetation is thin with clear views of wildlife, and roads leading to the park are passable.
Travelers can still visit Kibale in the rainy season for their honeymoon but this favors the budget honeymooners because the lodges and tour operators reduce prices. The rainy season ain’t the best for a honeymoon because the park receives too much rainfall, vegetation is talk and thick with unclear views of wildlife, and roads leading to the park are in very poor states.
Where to stay on a honeymoon safari in Kibale?
Tourists that are visiting Kibale forest national park for honeymoon safaris have a variety of accommodation facilities where they can stay. On a honeymoon, its better you stay in the best accommodation facilities, and Kibale forest national park has a number of them for example Chimpundu Lodge, Primate Lodge, Turaco Treetops, Isunga Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, and Papaya Lake Lodge among others.
Accessing Kibale forest National Park
Couples visiting Kibale forest national park safari for their honeymoon have two ways they can get to the park and these include using road transport and using air transport.
Accessing Kibale National Park by road transport: Honeymooners can use good safari cars to Kibale forest national park and the journey takes 6-7 hours. The road transport journey to Kibale starts from Kampala and goes through Masaka, Mbarara, Bushenyi, and Kasese to the park or Kampala via Mityana, Mubende, Kyenjonjo, and Fort Portal to the park.
Accessing Kibale National Park by air transport: would be the best way to get to Kibale forest national park for honeymoon safaris and it’s normally used by luxury travelers as well as those that hate traveling for long distances. Aerolink Uganda and Bar Aviation Uganda are some of the best airline companies that have flights to Kibale forest national park. Flights take 1 hour and 15 minutes from Entebbe international airport and Kajjansi airstrip to Kasese airstrip.