Chimpanzee tracking permits in Kibale National Park are the documents that allow a traveler to access the national park for this activity. Like Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, chimpanzee tracking in Kibale national Park also requires one to have chimpanzee tracking permits. Other places in Uganda where the chimpanzee tracking activity is carried out in Uganda is the Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu Forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park. If you cross over to the neibonring Rwanda the chimpanzees can be tracked in Nyungwe forest National park and in Tanzania the chimpanzees can be tracked in Gombe National park.
Tracking permits in Kibale National Park and Kyambura gorge are booked from Uganda Wildlife Authority. So, for one to successfully book a permit, they ought to contact a trusted tour operator and provide details of when they would like to track the primates. The tour operator will then contact Uganda Wildlife Authority to check for availability of the chimpanzee permits referencing to the dates that have been indicated on the booking. Once they have confirmed that the chimpanzee tracking permits are available, they will contact you and then you will make payments to secure the dates for your tracking.
Cost of the Chimpanzee Trekking permits in Uganda
Chimpanzee tracking permits in Uganda are not so expensive compare to the Gorilla trekking permits. The tracking permits in Kibale national park located in Western Uganda vary in cost according to the Season of tourism. During the peak seasons the permits cost USD 150 per person and during the low seasons, Chimpanzee tracking permits cost USD 100 per person. For other chimpanzee trekking areas in Uganda chimpanzee tracking permits cost a bit less than Kibale National park. In Kyambura Gorge the permits cost USD 50 for both high and low seasons of the activity. For Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, the permits cost USD 90 per trek.
During this activity, the traveler ought to know some facts for example what age is accepted for this activity. In Uganda the chimp tracking activity is eligible for persons that are 15 years of age and above.
Chimpanzee tracking is done in 2 shifts in Kibale national park and that is in the morning and in the evening. Chimpanzees leave in communities and these communities have about 150 chimpanzees. During day, the chimpanzees separate into small groups in order to ease the process of finding food. They later combine at night and form their nests to spend the night. Each chimpanzee group is trekked by 6 individuals in the morning and in the afternoon.