Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda price; Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting and the second best done activity in Uganda after gorilla trekking and it involves visitors moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in various destinations including Kibale forest national park which is also known as the primate capital, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park and Kalinzu forest.
Before deciding to go on a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda, price is one of the major factors that you should consider and this article will guide you on how to plan a successful chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda. Price of chimpanzee trekking in Uganda depends on different factors including the length of the safari, cost of chimpanzee trekking permit, cost of transport, cost of accommodation among others.
Cost of chimpanzee trekking permit
A chimpanzee trekking permit is a legal card or document that is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated chimpanzee families and spend one hour with the chimpanzees in their habitat. Cost of chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda vary depending on the destination you wish to visit for example 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 trekking permit in Budongo forest costs 130 USD per person for foreign non residents, 120 USD per person for foreign residents and 85 USD per person for East African citizens while a gorilla 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 USD per person for East African citizens.
Chimpanzee trekking permits in either Kibale national park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge or Kalinzu forest can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris.
Cost of transportation
Before going on a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda, you need to plan for transportation to and from the chimpanzee destination you will be visiting. Chimpanzee trekking destinations in Uganda can either be accessed by road transport or air transport means. Cost of transportation depends on the number of days you wish to spend on the safari and least number of days for a chimpanzee trekking safari is 2 days where on the first day you will transfer from Kampala or Entebbe to either Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge or Kalinzu forest. On the second day, you will engage in chimpanzee trekking and then transfer back to Kampala. tourists using road transport means will either hire a super custom safari vehicle which costs round 50 USD to 70 USD per day or a land cruiser which costs 200 to 300 USD per day so when planning for transportation costs, you will budget for the vehicle, fuel and the services of a driver guide per day
Chimpanzee trekking destinations can also be accessed by air transport where visitors can book scheduled or charter domestic flights with bar aviation or Aero link Uganda from Entebbe international airport to Pakuba airstrip when going to Budongo forest, Mweya airstrip when going to Kyambura gorge of Kalinzu forest and Semuliki or Kasese airstrip when going to Kibale forest national park. Scheduled flights to either Pakuba airstrip, Mweya airstrip, Kasese airstrip or Semuliki airstrip cost between 250 USD to 300 USD per person for a one way flight and Achieve Global Safaris will help you book your domestic flight.
Cost of accommodation
After acquiring your chimpanzee permits and planning for transportation, the nest step is booking your accommodation where you will stay during your chimpanzee trekking safari. Cost of accommodation is determined by the types of accommodations which range from budget, midrange and luxury. Budget accommodation in the chimpanzee destinations range between 50 USD to 120 USD per night, midrange accommodations range from 120 to 200 per night and luxury accommodations range from 400 USD to 1,500 USD per night.
When budgeting for your accommodation, there are a number of things to consider for example the season when you wish to travel because accommodation prices are usually high during the peak season and reduce during the rainy season especially for luxury accommodations. Another thing to consider is the location of the lodges as you should book accommodation that is close to the starting point and the number of nights that you will be spending at the lodge.
Tips for the driver guide, park rangers or hotel staff
Tipping in Uganda is not mandatory and service providers do not expect a tip after offering a service. Travelers are however encouraged to tip out of their own will as a way to show appreciation to service providers like porters, waiters and waitresses, driver guided, park rangers or guides among others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda price depends on the number of people you will be travelling with as travelling alone is more expensive than travelling with other people because you will be able to incur all the costs, the number of days you wish to spend on the safari as the least number of days for a chimpanzee trekking safari in 2 days, the type of accommodation where you will stay, the type of vehicle to use for the safari, cost of chimpanzee trekking permit and cost of tipping for service providers. For more information about chimpanzee trekking in Uganda price, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable chimpanzee trekking safari