Chimpanzee Safaris in Uganda are some of the major primate tours next to gorilla trekking. In of East Africa, Uganda is among countries with the best chimpanzee trekking spots. Chimp Tracking is one of the most enjoyable safari activities for which tourists visit Uganda. Chimpanzee tours are usually done in the morning hours or afternoons at various chimps habitats in the country as per the management standards.
Tourist sites in Uganda where Chimp safaris are enjoyed include Kibale Forest National Park (This has the biggest number of chimpanzees in Uganda), Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve, 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 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 permits for each day are limited in number, a visitor is advised to book a permit in advance to avoid disappointments.
Activities under Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is where one accompanies researchers on familiarization daily activities to see chimps in the forests. It is aimed at making them get used to people presence without changing 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 about 8 meters in between you and the chimpanzees.
- Persons with illnesses like diarrhoea or flue may not be allowed to visit the chimps.
- Shun or avoid eating or drinking near the chimpanzees.
- Children below 12 years of age not allowed 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, right for hiking wet muddy hills
- Carry a rain gear, since the weather in Uganda at times highly changeable
- Take with you enough 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 are done.
- Kibale National Park
- Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park
- Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve in Bushenyi
- Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria