Chimpanzee trekking is a unique activity in Uganda which involves tourists exploring the tropical rainforest on foot, searching for the habituated chimpanzee troops and spending an hour with them in the jungle. In Uganda, chimpanzee trekking is done in a variety of locations, including the national park that is home to the most chimpanzees called Kibale Forest National Park; Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park at Kyambura Gorge, Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve; and Kalinzu Forest.
Chimpanzee trekking experience
Chimpanzee habituation experience is an informative training chimpanzee on how to get used to human beings in the wild. Chimpanzee habituation experience starts early in the morning with the rules and regulations given at the park headquarters. Participants embark on the fascinating activity of chimpanzee trekking following the briefing with a park guide who is knowledgeable about the various chimpanzee trekking trails. Because chimpanzees also roam from one spot to another in search of food, chimpanzee trekking in Uganda might take anything from 30 minutes to 4 hours, depending on the location of the chimpanzees.
Uganda provides the adventurous chimp habituation experience, in which wild chimps are trained to become accustomed to human presence. Visitors who participate in the chimpanzee habituation experience are permitted to spend four hours with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. The Chimpanzee habituation experience only takes place in the Kibale Forest National Park.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge “The Valley of Apes”
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge takes you to see a range of creatures while trekking, including additional primate species including black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, and grey-cheeked macaques, as well as a variety of bird species. Once the chimps have been identified, you are given an hour with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. During this time, you will have the chance to learn about their behaviors and routines, snap pictures, and record the magnificent moments to share with others once the safari is over.
What is the cost of a chimpanzee trekking permit in Uganda
A chimpanzee trekking permit is a card or document that allows travelers to visit a habituated chimpanzee family in either the Kibale Forest National Park, Kalinzu Forest, the Kyambura Gorge, the Budongo Forest, or the Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. Depending on the chimpanzee destination you want to visit, the price of a chimpanzee trekking permit in Uganda varies.
In the Kibale Forest National Park, chimpanzee trekking permits cost $ 200 for foreign non-residents, $150 for foreign residents, and 150,000 Ugx for East African nationals.
For foreign non-residents, the price of a chimpanzee trekking permit in the Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kalizu Forest is $50 USD per person.
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kalizu forest costs 50 USD per person for foreign nonresidents, 50 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
Chimpanzee trekking permits in Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park are priced at 130 USD per person for foreign non-residents, $120 per person for foreign residents, and $85 per person for East African citizens during the peak season, and $120 per person, $110 per person, and$ 80 per person, respectively, during the low season.
When is the best time to go for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda?
The best time to go chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is in the dry season, which happens in the months of June to February. Chimpanzee trekking is possible all year long in the Kibale Forest National Park, the Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu forest, Budongo forest, and the Toro-Semuliki wildlife reserve. In contrast to the wet/rainy season, when the routes are muddy and slippery and make trekking challenging, in the dry months national parks receive less or no rainfall, making access roads and chimpanzee trekking trails passable.
What can I pack for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda
Travelers can carry several things for a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda, including long sleeves and long pants, hiking boots that keep your feet dry, a water bottle, a waterproof rain jacket, insect repellent, and a camera for taking pictures during the hours with the chimpanzees.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be combined with a vacation to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you can enjoy exciting activities like unlimited game drives, boat cruises on the Kazinga channel, tree-climbing tracking experiences, community tours, nature walks, and bird watching. Contact Devine African Safaris for more information about chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.