Chimpanzee trekking is one of the primate activities that is conducted in Uganda and has therefore attracted attention of many travelers to undertake the experience. The activity is one of the breath taking experience meeting the primates in their playful environment in the forests. Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda takes you through the different chimp trekking destinations that have been gazetted where you encounter habituated chimpanzee all year open for visitors.
Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda is done in different places in the country which include, Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo forest, Kalizu forest and Kyambura gorge. Tourists and other visitors have been tracking the primates since 1993 and the chances of seeing them are at 100%. Chimpanzees share about 98.7% of their DNA content with humans which makes them man’s closest relatives after Bonobos and thus are able to learn quickly and adjust to new behavior’s.
The Chimpanzee tracking areas described here are habituated, meaning that they are used to humans and will go about their days while you are near them. Meanwhile you can see chimpanzees in zoos or sanctuaries, there is nothing like seeing the chimpanzees in their natural habitat in the wild. There are also chimpanzees in Bwindi (not habituated) and other degraded forest fragments on private land across western Uganda.
Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda are thus while worth meeting especially in Kibale forest national park where you can enjoy chimp tracking and as well chimpanzee habituation with a total of about 1500 chimpanzee and over 12 different primate species in the forest.
Chimpanzee trekking safari experience is conducted in two phases of the day either during morning hours or afternoon hours. The trekking experience therefore starts with briefing at the headquarters on the do’s and dont’s while in the forest or while in the zoo/ sanctuary. After the briefing, you will start your trek in the forest to follow where the chimpanzees are.
How much is a chimpanzee trekking permit?
This is one of the frequently asked questions for any visitor on a chimpanzee trekking safari to Uganda, apparently the cost of chimpanzee permit vary depending on the trekking destination, it costs 50 US dollars to trek in Kyambura gorge, $100 in Bundongo forest, $40 in Kalizu forest and $150 to $200 in Kibale National Park for trekking and habituation respectively however the prices will increase by $50 from 1st July 2020 ($150 to $200 and $200 to $250) and filming activity being charged %40 of the activity being conducted.
You can book permits directly from Uganda wildlife Authority head office in Kampala or through a tour operator/agent like us, At Safari Vacations & Travel Services we offer you the service of securing permits to have an encounter to the chimps at no cost once you secure booking with us and organizing for you the entire safari.
How long does it take for chimpanzee trekking safari?
Chimpanzee trekking safari involve travelers limited to a specified number of visitors per group though quit many than those who do gorilla trekking. Therefore a group of six people are allowed to trek a chimp family daily. The treks are done in two shifts where the first one is started at 8:00Am and the second shift at 2:00Pm, since the primates are playful and keep moving from one place to another the trail may take several hours but however once met you are allowed to spend an hour experiencing their life style, be able to ask questions and take plenty of pictures however chimpanzee habituation which is done in Kibale National Park takes you to a thrilling 4 hour experience learning how the primates are habituated and taught how to relate with human encounter without violence.
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