How to book chimpanzee trekking permits?Kibale Forest National park is a primate capital and a first stop Centre for chimpanzee trekking and habituation experience located in southwestern part of Uganda. The tropical rain forest is home to the highest population of chimpanzees along with other 12 primates. Chimpanzees are listed among the endangered species which if not handled with care can get extinct denying the future generation a chance to meet their lost cousins. They share 99.9% of human genes hence our closest relatives and are susceptible to human diseases.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has simplified the booking of Uganda chimpanzee permits through the introduction of online chimpanzee permit booking system, the online permit system allows travel operators to access and book the available permits by just logging into the system and clicking on BOOK a permit. Our chimpanzee trekking/habituation permits in kibale are not so high and they cost $200 and $250 during the peak and low season.
Chimpanzee trekking experience can be done in two different ways where you choose the shift where you want to undertake the experience, You can decide to do a half day tracking which has two schedules, thus from 8am in the morning or 2 pm in the afternoon which goes for 2-4 hours depending on how close the group is and your given 1 hour period with the chimps. For visitors whose interest is to do a full day chimpanzee tracking will need to secure a Chimpanzee Habituation permit (CHEX) which gives access to a full day chimpanzee habituation from 6 am in the morning during de-nesting up to 6pm in the afternoon during nesting.
After booking chimpanzee trekking permit endeavor to read and master the following guidelines before you consider the experience and will as well be prescribed to you on your trekking day upon briefing at the park headquarters.
Other primate areas where you can trek chimpanzee
Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest or Kyambura Gorge are cheaper alternatives to see the chimpanzees for which you can arrange permits yourself. Kalinzu Forest NR is situated along road Mbarara to Queen Elizabeth NP, after Ishaka. The walk is charged at $40 only, and the chance of seeing chimps is estimated at 50%, Budongo Forest permits are USD 75 during low season (March-May, Oct-Nov) and USD 85 during the rest of the year, Kalinzu Forest Permits cost USD 50 and can be bought at the Katongo Park Headquarters, or arranged in advance through the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
Therefore booking chimpanzee trekking permits will allow you have an experience with the primates which share 98% human DNA and meeting them in the jungle is worthwhile, book with us at Safari Vacations & Travel Services and we help you arrange on securing your trekking permits and as well other amenities that you will require from; accommodation, transport and any other information that you want before and during your safari.