Chimpanzee tracking is best done at Kibale national park situated in the western part of Uganda. Kibale forest is the primate capital because it accommodates approximately 13 different primate species which include over 1500 chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park starts with the briefing in the morning at the park’s headquarter visitor center. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park is divided into two sessions where the morning session starts at 8:00 am and the afternoon session starts at 2:00 pm every day.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda’s second best-done activity after the endangered mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Mountain Gorilla trekking calls for movements within the dense forest on foot while searching for these giant apes in their natural environment and once you have allocated them, travelers are allowed to spend one hour with mountain gorillas in their authentic environment. Uganda records the highest number of chimpanzee troops in the past years scattered in different destinations.
Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale forest national park is most travelers’ favorite primate walk which starts from the Kanyanchu Visitor center two types a day, morning session starts at 08.00 & the afternoon session begins at 15.00 and at least each session lasts from 2 to 3 hours. Chimpanzee tracking helps travelers to discover other primate species surviving within Kibale forests national park such as the black & white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey, and red-tailed monkey. Chimpanzee tracking at Kibale forest national park is accompanied by an experienced guide who will show you pittas & unique bird species. Chimpanzee walk only allows a group of 6 people. We kindly advise you to book in advance especially during the peak season.
Chimpanzee tracking takes place in one of Uganda’s oldest forests offering a fascinating experience to many travelers. wake up in the primate’s capital set out in Uganda at Kibale forest national park harboring approximately 13 different primates’ species in their natural jungle, Chimpanzee tracking experience is unique because it involves moving in the thick forest on foot as you search for chimpanzee troops, travelers are allowed to spend a number of hours with these impressive creatures depending on their location. Travelers, always you observe them swing from one tree branch to another, play, and feed themselves.
An average adult who has a fully-grown chimpanzee always weighs from between 35-70 kilograms, a height of about 3 meters while a tan adult female chimpanzee weighs about 26 and 50 kilograms and has a height of 2 and 4 feet. chimpanzee’s life expectancy is 40 years whereas some can reach up to 60 years.
Chimpanzees are the human beings’ closest relatives surviving in the forest, chimpanzees share about 98% of the human DNA composition. chimpanzees are Sociable, intelligent, and communicate with fascinating traits, they have the ability to utilize things like human beings. Chimpanzees live together in harmony in a group of about 10 – 100 members. They can also babysit each other’s offspring, groom each other and even hold hands. A young chimpanzee starts to be independent at the age of 4 years.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience must be on every travelers’ checklist for a lifetime experience, chimpanzee habituation experience only takes place at Kibale forest national park in Uganda. This unique experience allows travelers to be accompanied by Kibale’s researchers and the park rangers, chimpanzee habituation is the process where chimpanzees are trained to get used to human presence in their natural. During your chimpanzee tour expect de-nesting among others. Chimpanzee habituation experience allows travelers to spend more hours with chimpanzee troops in their natural environment.
Chimpanzee tracking rules and regulations
Travelers should maintain a distance of about 8m between you and the chimpanzees.
People who are sick of flu, cold, or diarrhea may not be allowed in the park because these chimpanzees are also prone to disease travelers should avoid eating near these chimpanzees.
Travelers must be 12 years and above.
Chimps need freedom; therefore, travelers shouldn’t do provoking things once they enter the park.
Flash photography is not accepted in the park.
What to carry along
Wear shoes with grip because sometimes tracking involves climbing steep moist muddy slopes
Carry long sleeve clothes.
Carry rain gear, since Uganda’s weather is unpredictable
Carry enough energy drinks.
Carry a pair of binoculars among others.
Chimpanzee tracking experiences can also be done in other parts of Uganda except for Kibale forest national park within the pearl of Africa, Uganda has other unique evergreen places where chimpanzee tracking can be conducted such as at Kyambura gorge of Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest of Murchison falls national park, Kalinzu forest and Toro Semliki game reserve among others.
The best time for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda.
Chimpanzee tracking can be best experienced during the dry season where the temperatures are warm or hot, the roads leading to the park are dry, not slippery, and make it easily passable, and the tropical rainforest tracking trails passable not slippery making all the primates be easily seen in large numbers.