Bwindi Walking SafarisJune 28, 2018
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Uganda is well known in world for primates. And choosing Uganda for your chimp trekking tour is indeed a good choice. There several places in Uganda where you can go for chimp trekking but Kibale National Park also known as the primates’ capital is the most outstanding and the best National Park in Africa to trek wild but habituated chimpanzees. The park is home to 13 species of primates and a population of about 3040 chimpanzees. The other places popular for chimpanzee trekking are Budongo forest which so far has the highest numbers of wild chimpanzees in Uganda. Located in North western Uganda and being part of Murchison Falls Conservation area, you can combine chimp trekking as well as game and boat cruises in Murchison. 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) or drive to Kalinzu Forest reserve which also has families of habituated chimpanzees.
Just like gorilla trekking, you need a chimp trekking permit for chimps in Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge and Budongo Forest. Currently Kibale chimpanzee trekking permits cost USD150.00 per person per trek. In chambura gorge, chimpanzee permits cost USD50.00 while in Budongo forest, a permit goes for USD80. We are very glad to quote you on any safari to trek chimpanzees so please contact us and we will advise you accordingly.
Unlike gorilla trekking, chimp trekking 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 USD220.00 to spend a whole day with chimpanzee under habituation. Booking your chimpanzee permit in advance puts you at an advantage as they can sometime run out of stock.
For those with less time in Uganda and would like 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 close 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, do not hesitate to contact one of our dedicated safari consultants