CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Chimpanzee trekking is one of the attractions which is well practiced in Uganda with plenty of destinations around the country where you can choose to undertake the experience. Queen Elizabeth national park located in western part of the country is one of the most visited park in the country with plenty of wildlife and best for game safari however amidst that there exist chimpanzee exploration which is conducted in Kyambura Gorge situated in the eastern part of the park. Therefore this make it easy to combine chimpanzee trekking, boat excursions and wildlife viewing in queen Elizabeth national park for your planned safari.
Kyambura gorge literally known as “Valley of Apes” hosts sixteen chimpanzees which were habituated in a process that takes about 2-3 years to be opened for travelers to interact with them at a non-violent atmosphere. Upon the trek you can as well find other primates species like red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys, the experience is while worth where a Chimpanzee family in Chambura gorge can be trekked twice in a day by a maximum of 6 people per shift unlike gorilla trekking experience where a gorilla family is visited once a day. Chimpanzees live in large extended families/communities of between 10 – 100 individuals that look out for and take care of each other. The search for the primates in their habitat can last for few hours and once you meet a chimpanzee community, you will be allowed to spend only one hour with the chimpanzees, as you enjoy their feeding lifestyle patterns, you will enjoy watching the babies of the chimpanzee’s breastfeeding, watch them as they de-nest among other behaviors of the chimpanzees in the jungle and take plenty of photos while with them for memories once your back from the adventure.
The river Kyambura is a key water source and flows right in the middle of the forest which will offer you another great opportunity to see other park animals gather to drink from the channel thus offering a chance to see other primates and Africa’s largest mammals recorded in the park.
Kyambura gorge is another birders paradise with seven types of bird species named on the universal conservation concern. There is a total of 332 bird species recorded around which will thrill you with wonderful sounds of different birds enough to relax your mind on your safari. This is a breath taking exploration to tailor make on your safari where under the guidance of our experienced guides you will be able to have the best memorable experience and encounter all that you will have planned to encounter on your safari.
There are 3 salty crater lakes, that attract a huge numbers of the beautiful flamingos which numbers are not seen elsewhere in the whole of Uganda
However you can encounter chimpanzee in other designated places in the country and have the same and better experience on your safari depending on your preference, these places include the following; Kibale national park where the largest number of chimpanzee in Africa are found with a 100% chances view them and from this park you can enjoy both chimpanzee trekking and as well chimpanzee habituation, Budongo Forest which is part of Murchison Falls National park is one of the biggest and beautiful forest reserve in Uganda with different types primates species with over 365 bird species found in Forest Reserve, Kalinzu Forest-Queen Elizabeth Park is possible from the Mweya Safari Lodge
Requirements for the exploration.
You are thus required to book your chimpanzee trekking permit and at Safari Vacations & Travel Services we always help our clients secure permits in time at a free cost once you book a safari with us and as well go beyond to arrange for you all the requirements for your safari. The permits can be acquired at the Uganda wildlife authority headquarters offices or travelers can book with the Uganda safari experts before they travel. At the same time the chimpanzee trekking permits can be acquired from Mweya information center in the park. Kyambura gorge chimp permits cost USD50 per person per day which is accompanied with several amenities like spending one hour with chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge as well as services of an armed Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide
Access to the park
There several routes that are well tarmacked and will take you to the park which include a route passing through the capital city Kampala past Mbarara it is 420 kilometers and is approximately 6 hour’s drive to the park . When traveling from the capital city Kampala past Fort Portal it is 410 Kilometers and about 5-6 hour’s drive. There are also Charter flights available from the International Airport in Entebbe to the Airstrip in southwestern Uganda at Mweya making it more easily accessible thus transport to the park is well arranged and no need to have fears while transferring to your dream destination for your exploration.
Where to stay on your vacation.
A wide range of accommodation facilities have been set up within and in the out skirts of the city to offer you great services once you’re on your safari. These vary between the high-class facilities and the budget lodges.
Book for chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth National park with a trusted local tour operator to ensure that your work is simplified in relation to booking all the requirements for your planned trip. Several exploration within the park will greatly create memories on your safari.