Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is among the top breathtaking activities in the Pearl of Africa and it is best done in Kibale Forest National Park, it hosts the largest number of chimpanzees in Uganda which is one of the reasons it is referred to as the ‘Primate capital of the East Africa’.
The activity begins with briefing at the park head quarters, with the forest rangers early in the morning. Here, you are guided on how to behave when encountering with the chimpanzees thus ensuring that you keep safe through the activity. It is paramount to note that chimpanzee trekking can be done in the morning or evening hours however, only a group of six people is allowed to trek at a time.
Chimpanzee trekking usually takes about 2-3 hours. The activity is guided by two rangers where one goes ahead to spot out a certain chimpanzee community and signals others to start tracking the community. After tracking a chimpanzee family, you are allowed to be with it for only one hour and you are free to take photos but no flash light is allowed and watch them play in the jungle.
During the chimpanzee trekking, you get to learn about their life style, how they behave and how they manage to survive in the wilderness hence getting a chance to see them in their environment. All in all, chimpanzee trekking is an awesome activity you should not miss out on your primate trip in the Pearl of Africa.
Chimpanzees are counted under endangered primates with the mountain gorillas therefore Uganda is home to about 5000 chimpanzee individuals altogether scattered in various national parks of her motherland.
They hold 98% of the human DNA therefore they are the closest animals to humans which makes them so intelligent and very sensitive creatures therefore try to be so careful when with them do not do any kind of thing that irritates or mocks them because they might react badly to you. Chimpanzees are social and live in big groups like the largest group comprises of over 200 members while the smallest has about 20-50 members.
Uganda is still the most populated place for chimpanzees in kibale national park though they are also located in forests of west and central Africa. Normally, female chimpanzees are smaller and shorter compared to the males though they are usually 4 feet tall and weigh over 80 kilograms.
In the process, you track both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in one hour though the chimpanzee trekking permit is a little cheaper( charged USD $ 200 per person per single trek to all international visitors) compared to that of mountain gorilla permit that is charged USD $ 700 per person to all international visitors . Chimpanzee habituation is quite more adventurous as you get closer to the chimpanzees and get to love them. The chimpanzee habitats are so sensitive so it should be noted that the number of those participating in the habituation is restricted per shift. Only six people are allowed at a time to be with the chimpanzees in their environment.
Where to go chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
As a traveler, you can as well decide a place for yourself to do chimpanzee trekking in the Pearl of Africa;
Besides Kibale forest national park, Kalinzu forest reserve along kasese Mbarara highway is another great site for any budget chimpanzee Safaris and the second best safari destination to enjoy chimpanzee trekking after Kibale forest.
Budongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi Eco site in Murchison falls national park, chimpanzee trekking in Murchison USD $ 90 per person per single trek to foriegh non residents
Queen Elizabeth national park is another amazing place to encounter these exciting primates in Kyambura gorge though chimpanzees communities here are mobile but habituated and ready for tourism.
What you should carry during the trekking
- A camera because you might need to take some photos for memories.
- You will need rubber boots to overcome slippery places in the jungle.
- Binoculars to clearly see what chimpanzees do when they climb high trees.
- Carry enough bottled drinking water in to quench off your thirst since the activity is so tiresome and involves long walks around the forest.
- You will also need a rain gear just in case it rains while on the journey.
- Long trousers and long sleeved shirts are the best for trekking.
Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
The temperatures of Uganda are not quite stable since it lies along the equator therefore the weather changes every time. The average temperature of Uganda is 24 degrees Celsius though the lowland areas are hotter than the mountainous areas. Uganda usually receives rains in the months of March, April-May and October-November.
The best time one can visit Uganda for chimpanzee safaris is during the dry season that occurs in the months of December, January and full end of February when there is little or no rain expected to interract your trekking, the dry season is as well the Peak period when many tourists are flocking into the country. During these months, tourism in Uganda is its high peak and every national park is crowded with travelers also prices are hiked
In order to avoid overcrowding in different national parks of Uganda, you can choose to take a trip in the wet season, However, it’s important to know that this time of the year Uganda receives heavy rainfalls.
Rules to follow while chimpanzee trekking
- Avoid eating close to the chimpanzee, they might grab all the food from you.
- Keep a safe distance of about 8km from the chimpanzees.
- Flash photographs are not allowed as well as imitating chimpanzees.
- You are not allowed to trek if you are sick because you may infect the animals.
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