Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda 2023/2024; Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting and the second best done activity in Uganda after gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda involves tourists moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzee families and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different areas including Kibale forest national park which harbors the highest number of chimpanzees, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park and Kalinzu forest in Bushenyi district.
Chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda 2023/2024
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest and Kalinzu forest starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated chimpanzee family to trek and a park guide who is conversant with different trails in the forest. Trekking of chimpanzees in Uganda takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species, different bird species, trees among others and once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviors, lifestyle, watch them feed, breastfeed, play, mate, fight, hunt, groom young ones, take photos and record videos.
Kibale forest national park also offers chimpanzee habituation experience where the wild chimpanzees are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Chimpanzee habituation experience takes a period of 2 to 3 years to be complete and tourists who engage in the activity will be able to spend four hours with the chimpanzees in their natural environment.
Cost of chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda 2023/2024
Chimpanzee trekking permits are legal cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to all visitors above the age of 12 years allowing them to visit any habituated chimpanzee family and spend one hour with the chimpanzees. Price of chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda varies depending on the destination you wish to visit for example a chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale forest national park costs 200 USD per person for foreign non residents, 150 USD per person for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX per person for east African citizens.
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest costs 50 USD per person for foreign non residents, 40 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
A chimpanzee habituation permit in Kibale forest national park costs 250 USD per person for foreign non residents, 200 USD per person for foreign residents and 200,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda 2023/2024
Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked through Uganda Wildlife Authority where you will contact the headquarters through email or telephone calls. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can also be booked through a tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month, year and chimpanzee destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the chimpanzee trekking permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to go for chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda 2023/2024
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season there is less rainfall in the national park therefore chimpanzee trekking trails will be passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.
What to pack for your chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda 2023/2024
When going for your chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda 2023/2024, there are a number of items that you should pack including insect repellent, long sleeved shirt and trouser, long cotton socks, garden gloves, hiking shoes, waterproof rain jacket, drinking water, a pair of binoculars, camera and extra batteries, walking stick, back pack among others.
Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda. For more information about chimpanzee trekking in Uganda 2023/2024, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable 2023 or 2024 chimpanzee trekking safari.