Chimpanzee trekking safari.

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Chimpanzee trekking safari.

Chimpanzee tracking is an adventure activity where visitors go into the jungle forests with a trained guide to look for chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
Chimpanzee trekking is a walk through the chimpanzees’ habitat led by a trained guide and watching habituated chimpanzee families go about their daily business in the forest.

Chimpanzee trekking starts very early in the morning and every trek begins with the tour guides giving tourists the guidelines and rules that need to be followed during chimpanzee tracking as well as being able to follow the right clues that lead to tracking down the chimpanzees and the guides also offer vital information on other life of the forest.

It involves trekking through the jungle forest in search of the chimpanzees that keep on swinging from one tree to the next.
While trekking, you will be able to see other primates and wildlife like the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and a variety of bird species among others.

Trekking might take a few hours or less but once you get to the chimpanzees, every group gets to spend an hour with them studying the way they eat, breastfeed their young ones, how they lay their nests, grooming and even taking photographs before trekking back to the camp.

Chimpanzee tracking offers a rare chance to catch a glimpse of our closest relatives that share nearly 98.7 percent of the DNA with humans.

They stay in complex societies, solve their problems, make and usually use tools, participate in absolute interaction, and communicate using several sounds and body gestures.

There are several chimpanzee destinations in Uganda and each one of these has a group of chimpanzees that you can trek.

Chimpanzee trekking is mainly done in the Kibale Forest National Park and other destinations where you can go for the chimpanzee trek include the Budongo forest, which is found in the Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki wildlife reserve, and Kalinzu forest found in Bushenyi.

Where to go for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda?

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale national park has got one of the highest concentrations of primates in Africa and is home to several primate species though chimpanzees are prime, Kibale also protected a large block of the forested reserve where primates roam and move freely under conservation trekking.

It is comprised of 13 varied primate species including over 1500 chimpanzees with 3 large communities set for tourism purposes.

Kibale Forest National Park is undoubtedly the primate capital of the world.

It is Uganda’s great chimpanzee ground for Habituation and trekking chimpanzees in their natural home.
While trekking, also keep your eyes out for other forest primate species, birds, and mammals among others.

Chimpanzee trekking permit for Kibale Forest National Park can be obtained at $200 per person for foreign nonresidents and USD 150 for foreign residents.

Budongo Forest at Kaniyo Padidi in Murchison Falls National Park

Budongo forest is one of the paradise destinations for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.
Budongo forest inhabits one community of 80 individuals that live in the Kaniyo padidi sector in the southern part of Murchison falls national, Uganda’s largest wildlife park.

The chimpanzees at Kaniyo padidi are easy to sight for most of the time apart from certain months when they leave their community as a result of food shortage and travel deep into the forest.

At this time, it is challenging to trek, and it also reduces the chances of viewing these wild creatures. The permits are obtainable in Budongo at $ 90 for foreign nonresidents.

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Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Chimpanzee trekking tours here are too exception because a lot can be spotted and enjoyed including the loveliest wildlife, Mammals, and birds on the afternoon boat cruise at the Kazinga channel.

The Kyambura is a majestic jungle forest situated in a valley in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It is comprised of small community groups of chimpanzees of about 25 members that have been habituated for tourism development in the park.

Due to their small size, it is at times challenging to sight these apes at Kyambura Gorge.
But this site offers spectacular scenery and sighting of more biodiversity like hippos and elephants, and tree-climbing lions which is a supplement to the big game in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The permits cost $50.

Kalinzu forest offers refuge to over 300 chimpanzees with a 40-member community that has been habituated for tourism objectives and provides the opportunity of sighting these incredible apes compared to Kyambura gorge.

This forest covers 147 square kilometers, and this makes it longer for tourists to sight the apes.
It also comes with stunning water streams, birdlife, and sceneries. Trekking permits for Kalinzu cost shs.100000.

Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

This reserve straddles the western border of Uganda with the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The forest has a good number of chimpanzees about 250 members divided into 3 communities.
The chimpanzees are still undergoing research by a group from the Indian University, but they are still tracked by tourists.

Ngamba island.

Ngamba Island is Chimpanzee Sanctuary Situated on a small, forested Island on Lake Victoria that is accessed by a bout cruise around Entebbe.

Ngamba Island was established to offer protection to orphaned chimpanzees from across Uganda.
This sanctuary consists of 40 members that are confined to the fenced forest. There is no chimpanzee trekking but rather tourists can sight them from a raised platform behind the fence.

Tourists have the opportunity to have a morning forest walk with Juvenile chimpanzees, feed them, and also view them on a particular platform.

Forest walks last for one hour with a maximum of 4 people, while the viewing starts at 1 pm time for chimps to feed.

Uganda wildlife education Centre.

UWEC is a great place to view chimpanzees any time of the day and is one of the most recognized conservation institutes in Africa.

The center is home to over 21 endangered chimpanzees that can be seen from behind the fence.
Besides the chimps, the zoo is home to other many wildlife species like lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes’ parrots, peacocks, shoe-bills stock, Baboons, Elands, giraffes, and warthog among others.

What to pack for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda?

There is a variety of packing list for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda which include hiking boots, gloves, a waterproof rain jacket, a long-sleeved shirt and trouser, energy snacks, a camera and extra batteries, binoculars, Sunglasses and a hat and a walking stick.

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Best time to go for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda?

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be done at any time throughout the year but the best period is during the dry season/peak season which is June to September and December to February.

During this period, the chimpanzee destinations receive little therefore chimpanzee trekking rails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy, and vegetation will be thin making it possible to view chimpanzees and other wildlife.

In conclusion

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is one of the beyond extraordinary activities to encounter the world’s incredible apes that offer a life-changing experience. Regard! Friendly gorillas safaris.


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