Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda is a fascinating activity that brings you closer to these primates as they go about their lives in the forest. A chimpanzee trek is lead by the trained ranger guides who know how to follow the clues that lead to tracking down the chimps, and the guides also provide important information on other life of the forest.
The chimpanzees though habituated may still not be welcoming to complete strangers if they do not see a familiar face of the guides they have sen on numerous visits.
This is the process of getting chimpanzees accustomed to human beings on a daily basis by rangers and researchers by humans spending time in the vicinity of wild chimpanzees to slowly let them become used to our presence, this process takes years before a group can be safely and successfully viewed by tourists and after gorillas, chimpanzees are the most exciting animals to see on a safari in Uganda. Kibale Forest is the best place to conduct Chimpanzee Habituation Experience and in Budongo Forest near Murchison Falls National Park during the off-season.
Why conduct a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience excursion in Uganda?
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is full day activity which can only be done in Uganda where tourists get a chance to watch chimpanzees from their previous night nests between 6:00 am to 6:30 am before they start feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling, until it is time to build new nests for overnight which starts at around 7:00 pm.
Price of Chimpanzee Habituation Permit in Uganda?
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience permit costs $220 and is guided by researchers and armed rangers and guides from Uganda Wildlife Authority while Uganda chimpanzee tracking costs $150 per person in Kibale Forest National Park.
Places where to conduct a Chimpanzee Trekking Excursion
The Chimpanzees are one of Uganda’s main attractions along with the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee Trekking is one of the most popular activities in Uganda.
There are many parks and places where you can track and see the and they include:
This is the best destination for conducting a Chimpanzee Trekking alongside Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda, it is Kibale Forest that wins hands-down. Kibale Forest is the park for the Best Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda, but not only in Uganda but all of East Africa. Kibale Forest is home to 1,500 Chimpanzees plus 12 other primates making it a primate lover’s paradise.
Located near Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest is the 2nd best area in Uganda for Chimpanzee Trekking at a price for permits is USD 30. These chimpanzees here have been habituated by Japanese Researchers and Chimpanzee Trekking can be incorporated into a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Chimpanzee Trekking takes place in the morning and in the afternoon with the Habituation Experience taking place during the off-season with the probability of seeing them exceeding 80%. Budongo Forest is near Murchison Falls Park in northern Uganda, thus a chimpanzee trekking safari can easily be added to a safari that takes in Murchison Falls Park.
Kyambura Gorge near Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth is done down in a deep gorge where there is a smaller Chimpanzee Group found here with a probability of about a 50% not forgetting the incredible scenery of the Gorge where you traverse rivers, forests, streams.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be done at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a home to orphaned chimpanzees. Efforts to conserve the chimps are widely acknowledged and supported by the Jane Goodall Foundation which plays a big role in the conservation of the Chimpanzees in Uganda.
Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve
The Semliki Wildlife Reserve offers amazing Chimpanzee Trekking alongside birding, tropical jungles, the Semliki River. The Chimpanzees have been habituated by Indiana University who at times have worked under adverse conditions.
Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve is close to the Rwenzori Mountains Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Kibale Forest thus the possibility of combining the safaris.
Most of these destinations offer two sessions of chimpanzee trekking with each Chimpanzee Trekking session having not more than 8 tourists with the morning trek (from 7am) and the afternoon chimps trek (from 2pm). The tourists chose to track in either one of the two depending on their time schedule. However each of the two chimp session offers a different encounter. For instance, in the morning the chimps are usually very mobile and up in the trees because they are feeding and hunting other monkeys, while in the afternoon they often come down to the ground for resting, grooming each other, and mating.