Chimpanzee habituation is the process of training these primates to get used to having human being around them and preparing them to be tracked. The process of habituating these primates take a long time and can even take up to 3 years before they are allowed to be opened for tracking. Uganda has about 4950 chimpanzees and of these, 1500 chimpanzees are found in Kibale National Park. Kibale national park located in Kabarole district happens to be the only place where Chimpanzee habituation is done in Uganda.
During chimpanzee habituation unlike chimpanzee tracking, travelers are given more time to spend with these primates. Chimpanzee tracking is done for about 3-4 hours and the travelers get to spend 1 hour with the primates once they encounter them. For Chimpanzee Habituation, the travelers are given more time of about 6 hours and can even spend the whole day with these primates.
Chimpanzee habituation also requires its own permits to give the travelers access to engage in this activity. Unlike the chimpanzee tracking permits which cost USD 150, chimpanzee habituation permits cost USD 220 for non-foreign residents and USD 150 for foreign-residents. East african citizens are charged USD 70 for this activity.
For one to enjoy this chimpanzee habituation activity, they ought to book their permits at least 3 months prior to the date of travel. And they should also put in consideration that a trusted tour operator is essential. Book your chimpanzee habituation safari with a trusted tour operator who will help you book your accommodation, permits, transport and meals.
Uganda is well know to be a place where chimpanzee habituation and chimpanzee tracking are done easily across the world because of the abundance of these primates.