Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
Uganda is blessed with primates that attract tourists from all around the world, there several places in Uganda where you can go for chimp trekking and these include the famous Kibale National Park which has been regarded as the best National Park in Africa to trek wild but habituated chimpanzees. On top of this, you have an opportunity to see other 12 primates resident in this forest. The other places popular for chimpanzee trekking are Budongo forest in Northern Uganda which has a number primates besides the chimps, these primates include baboons, monkeys and manymore,Budongo forest is also a conservation area of Murchison Falls national park. Its recommended to track Budongo forest chimps as you head for safari Murchison falls… If you are in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you may choose to trek chimps in Kyambura gorge (one community of about eight chimpanzees has been habituated) and or drive to Kalinzu Forest where National Forest Authority is in charge of chimp trekking in this eco tourism site.
Whoever wants to track the Chimpanzees in Uganda a chimpanzee permit is required in Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge and Budongo Forest . Currently it goes for a cost of USD150.00 per person per trek and these permits are purchased from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (check with us for confirmation on discounted chimpanzee permits). We are very glad to quote you on any safari to trek chimpanzees so please contact Zimbo Safaris Uganda for more advise.
Unlike gorilla trekking, which is done in the morning, chimpanzee can be done in the morning or afternoon in Uganda. Depending on your program or flight details, you may choose to book a morning or afternoon chimp trekking session. Alternatively you can book chimpanzee habituation experience at USD200.00 to spend a whole day with chimpanzee under habituation. Booking your chimpanzee permit in advance puts you at an advantage because sometimes they run out of stock.
Tourists with limited time in Uganda and wish to take an excursion to chimpanzee, we recommend a visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center where chimpanzees can be viewed in their near world environment and if you want to have an up close encounter, then chimpanzee closes up is the activity for you. There also daily boat excursions to Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary that provide an opportunity to view orphaned chimpanzees feed and listening to one of the care givers on how to conserve our closest relatives.
For more details about availability of chimpanzee permits, where to stay, best time for chimp trekking and available discounts
When is it best?
The tracking experience is best in the months of March, April, May and November, when there is less tourist congestion. In a small group (a ranger plus a maximum of four people), you get much closer to the chimps than during chimp tracking in larger groups. The adventure costs
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