Chimpanzee Trekking Equipment is the essentials that are needed by a traveler to be able to have a successful safari of chimpanzee trekking. Being done in the jungle, chimpanzee trekking in kibale forest is easier and thrilling when you have some equipment to keeps you going. Kibale national park is the only protected area in East Africa where you are sure of a 100% chance to spot the first chimpanzee community in the shortest distance during the trekking. Kibale national park is found in the western region of Uganda south of the famous fort portal town.
Kibale national park protects a thick tropical forest, the largest in east Africa. Kibale forest is a home for the famous, although endangered, chimpanzees that total to over 1400 and other primate species such as the pottos, bush babied, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue colobus monkeys, a few golden monkeys, and others. The population of primates together with the number of species has uplifted the reputation of Kibale National Park, it is now referred to as the world’s primate capital. Kibale national park is also home to over 370 species of birds and this is the reason as to why it is called the birders’ paradise.
Chimpanzee trekking is the highlight of almost all of the safaris to Kibale National Park because most visitors to Uganda come for mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park and later add chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park on the itinerary in order to make a complete primate safari of Uganda. However, before embarking onto chimpanzee trekking, it is ideal to make sure that you know the rules of the jungle and also have the right equipment for trekking through the forest.
Equipment for chimpanzee trekking
You should dress in covering clothes such as long-sleeved shirts or blouse and trouser. These should be part of the chimpanzee trekking equipment since Kibale National Park is a thick tropical forest and some sections are covered with thick undergrowth. Therefore, you do not want to scratch yourself because the grass and other forest insects bit you during the Kibale chimpanzee trekking, so always make sure you are putting on the right clothes for the best chimpanzee experience in kibale national park.
An insect repellant is an important part of the chimpanzee trekking equipment since chimpanzee trekking is done inside the thick forest in Kibale national park. Kibale national park is a natural environment with all kinds of living species including insects such as mosquitos, bees, flies, and moths among others, therefore an insect repellant is a good thing for you in order to avoid the insect bites from distorting your chimpanzee trekking time experience in kibale national park.
Rubber boots are another thing you should not forget before embarking onto a forest hike in kibale national park. Kibale National Park is a tropical forest with closed in tree canopies which limit the sunlight from reaching the ground. Therefore, the ground in kibale national park is always wet and slippery, so the rubber boots will help a lot during kibale chimpanzee trekking.
Another essential in the chimpanzee trekking equipment is your camera or any other digital camera for capturing every thrilling trekking moment. Chimpanzee trekking is such a thrilling experience that gives you a chance to explore kibale forest’s wonders including trees, buttress huge trees, plant parasites, monkeys and chimpanzees as well, so you do not need to forget your camera to take some photos of the chimpanzees and other Kibale National Park wonders.
You can choose to visit kibale national park any time of the year, however, chimpanzee trekking is best done in the dry season during the months of December to February and from June to July. This is so because the forest is always drier and the trekking trails passable in the dry season. Besides, Kibale national park is always open throughout the year, so you can go on and book for your chimpanzee trekking permit to kibale national park.