Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda: In the whole of East Africa, Uganda is among countries with the best chimpanzee spots. Chimpanzee Tracking is one of the most enjoyable safari activities for which tourists visit Uganda. Chimp safaris and tours are usually done in the morning hours or afternoons at various chimps habitats in the country as per the management standards.
Areas in Uganda where Chimp safaris are done in Kibale Forest National Park (This has the biggest number of chimpanzees in Uganda), Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, Ngamba Island and Semuliki Game Reserve among others. Chimpanzee tracking or visitation fees range between USD 50 – 150 depending on the destinations of interest. However the fees may go up basing on the purpose like chimpanzee habituation or filming. Uganda Chimp tracking tours are usually done in 1, 2 or 3 days, all dependent upon the visitors’ available travel time and may be budget.
Chimpanzee Tracking is usually a very captivating experience. And you are most of the time permitted to spend an hour with the chimps. In this period, you will notice them jump from a tree to another, feed, play or move hurriedly on the ground in front of you. Nevertheless, since the numbers of chimp trekking permits for each day are limited, you are advised to book your permit far ahead in advance to avoid frustrations.
Activities under Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
The Term Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is where one accompanies researchers on familiarisation daily activities onto the chimps in the forests so as to make them get used to people presence without making them change their natural traits. During the habituation tour, presume meeting chimps de-nesting (in their night-time shells) in between 05.30 to 06.30 am before they go through the day until they create new nests at around 7:00 pm. The low season for Habituation Experience in Kibale by visitors is during the months of March, April, May plus November.
Chimp Tracking Safari
The most preferred chimps’ walks are usually in the morning and last between 2 to 3 hours. In Uganda, chimpanzees are the most wanted primate species by visitors next to Mountain Gorillas. During chimps tracking especially in Kibale, look keenly for the white and black colobus, the grey cheeked mangabey or the red tailed monkey. Your tracking guides will show you the different bird types and will also tell you in details the traditional names of the plant species. Booking in advance, the chimp-tracking permits is very crucial especially in high seasons.
Chimpanzee Trekking Rules and Regulations to follow:-
- Keep a distance of about 8 meters in between you and the chimpanzees.
- Persons with illnesses like diarrhoea or flue may not be allowed in the park.
- Shun or avoid eating or drinking near the chimpanzees.
- Children below 12 years of age are banned from going into the park.
- A Guide is the only person to help you get right of entry to the forest.
- Chimpanzees want liberty; therefore avoid provoking them once you visit them.
- Taking photos with a Flash on photography is not allowed in the park.
What to carry while Trekking Chimpanzees
- Put on shoes with good hold, appropriate for hiking wet muddy hills
- Carry a rain gear, since the weather in Uganda at times highly changeable
- Take with you sufficient sipping water plus a few cocktail snacks to eat
- Bring a pair of binoculars for effective visibility
- Many tourists feel at ease when putting on long sleeved clothes to protect against piercing thickets as they walk through the green forest
- While shooting photos, keep in mind that camera flashes is strictly not allowed. It is good to fast film or set your camera properly.
Some of the Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda:-
Chimpanzee Spots in Uganda where Safaris and Tours can be carried out.
- Kibale National Park
- Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park
- Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kalinzu Forest near Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria