Uganda Chimp Tracking Experience

Wanderlust Adventures organizes a Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking experience for its clients at the lowest and budget friendly prices. The Uganda Chimp Tracking experience is a memorable life-time opportunity which you should never miss on your volunteer safari holiday in Uganda.

Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting sport in which people travel into the forests in search of habituated chimp families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. After gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda chimp tracking experience is the second most popular safari activity.

Uganda is home to approximately 5000 chimps, which are spread across several national parks and game reserves, including Kibale Forest National Park , Toro-Semuliki Game Reserve, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kalinzu Forest Reserve in Bushenyi District.

Where to go for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda

Kibale National park

Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda and is one of the most popular chimp trekking sites in the country with roughly 1500 chimps. This park is famously named the “Primate Capital” since it is home to 13 primate species such as chimps, grey-cheeked Mangabeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, l’Hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, bush infants, and pottos. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park has two sessions: one at 8:00 a.m. and one at 3:00 p.m.

Trekking in the forest takes around 2 to 3 hours, and after the chimps are located, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural environment shooting photographs, capturing the moments, and learning more about their lifestyle, customs, and mannerisms, among other things.

Visitors who wish to spend more time with the chimps can take advantage of Kibale National Park’s chimp habituation experience. Chimpanzee habituation is the process by which chimps are educated to get accustomed to human presence. The procedure is carried out by a team of researchers, guides, and trackers, among others. A full day chimpanzee experience permits four guests to spend four hours with the chimps under habituation, as opposed to the one hour provided while trekking.

Budongo Forest

Budongo is a natural forest located in the southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest and most visited national park. This jungle is Uganda’s second finest chimp trekking location after Kibale national park, and chimp trekking is done in two sessions, the morning session beginning at 8:00 am and the afternoon session beginning at 2:00 pm at the park headquarters. Trekking through the jungle takes around 2 to 3 hours or more depending on where the chimps are located because they tend to go deep into the forest in search of food, especially during the dry season.

Once the chimps have been located, you will spend one hour with them in their natural environment, photographing them with flashless cameras, preserving the moments, learning about their behaviors, and habits, and watching them play in the trees, among other things.

What to pack on your Safari?

When packing for your chimp trekking safari in Uganda, you should include the following items:

  • Camera
  • Warm sweater
  • Energy snacks
  • Pair of binoculars
  • Chimp trekking permit
  • Hiking shoes, a rain jacket/poncho
  • Bug repellent, a long-sleeved shirt and pants

Chimpanzee Tracking Rules and Regulations

  • Respect the animals
  • Flash photography is not allowed
  • Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to enter the park.
  • A distance of about 8-12m is important between you and the Chimpanzee.
  • Trackers with diseases such as diarrhea, cough and flu may not be allowed to enter the park.

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