Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda and Uganda
With over 13 primate species, Kibale forest national park is the premier destination for chimpanzee trekking established since 1993. While here, there is 100% chance of seeing these human relatives carrying on with their activities in the jungle. The different sounds from the forest will make the quest for chimpanzees more motivating and so keeps you on the search. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest is mostly done in Kanyanchu primate walk Trail, over 13 species and several diurnal monkeys can as well be encountered along this trail. The activity happens three times daily - 08:00am, 11:00am and 14:00pm. Every chimp trek begins shortly after briefing at the park's headquarters conducted by the professional and highly skilled guides, who will later on guide you to the interior of the trek. The trial lasts for at least 3 hours, depending on the unforeseen circumstances. Group size is restricted to six guests who must be above sixteen years old. One hour is allocated for visitors to interact with the apes, taking photographs, studying the behaviors of these apes while they enjoying natural habitats. Kyambura gorge is another rewarding destination for chimpanzee trekking; it is located on the periphery of Queen Elizabeth national park; a park that prides in having a huge array of savannah wildlife and several bird species. Kyambura Gorge has a few habituated chimpanzees and possesses beautiful scenery offered by the infamous underground forest and several rivers, plus stunning wildlife that can be spotted while on a trekking exercise.
Strategically located near Queen Elizabeth Nation Park is Kalinzu forest which offers one of the best chimp trekking experiences to her visitors. Only those above 12 years are permitted to carry on with the activity for about 3 hours. This destination ranks the second-best for trekking chimpanzees after Kibale. Kalinzu chimp trekking permits are always available and affordable at only 50$ per person (Foreign Non Residents). Though unknown to many, Budongo forest is one of the best destinations for chimpanzee trekking in East Africa. The forest is located just after the northern entrance of Uganda’s largest and oldest national park (Murchison falls national park). Trekking activities take place early in the morning as well as in the afternoon, giving all the visitors 80% chances of encountering these mighty apes. Besides the chimpanzees, a traveler also finds a chance to spot several other primates such as monkeys, baboons among others enjoying their peace on the tree branches. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be done all year round as long as you are ready and the above-mentioned destinations are available to offer you this magical adventure. The Chimp Trekking costs may vary depending on the destination, however, one can put aside about $50-$300 per person. Discover the joy that everyone finds after trekking the Chimpanzees, take a step and book your permit today.