Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda – Turaco Uganda Safaris
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda – Turaco Uganda Safaris. Chimpanzees are the only primates that are man’s closest relatives sharing around 98.7% of the DNA with man. Chimpanzees adapt to their environments over sometime developing tools for survival much like humans. You can spend over an hour with these Primates in their natural habitat by visiting one of the areas such as Kibale Forest, Ngamba Island, Budongo forest, and many others where the Chimpanzee trekking happens in Uganda. You will be able to follow them with your ranger guide to get great pictures and learn more about the chimps.
- Where to do Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Kibale Forest National Park well known as the primate capital of the world offers a large chimpanzee population with over 120 habituated chimpanzees and about 1400 chimps in the forest. The success rate of finding chimpanzees while trekking is about 95%.
There are chances for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda twice each day including the morning session starts at 7 am and afternoon at 12 pm with as many as 6 groups tracking each day each with 6 individuals. Kibale forest is home to about 13 different primates including; black & white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, red colobus monkeys, baboons.
Kalinzu forest reserve has about 40 Chimpanzees habituated for visitors but the forest is home to about 300 individuals. The rate of Chimpanzee sighting while on a trek is about 60% but the forest has a lot to offer in addition to the chimpanzee trekking.
Enjoy the beautiful scenery and flowing streams while on this chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda. The trek is usually long and therefore requires one to be with good fitness levels.
Budongo forest reserve at the KaniyoPabidi section in Murchison falls national park offers a rewarding chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda. Budongo forest reserve boasts of the largest population of Chimpanzees but only a few are habituated for tourism. Unlike Kibale forest national park where you need to book permits preferably earlier, at KaniyoPabidi, you can inform the park rangers the day before your chimpanzee trek.
Kyambura gorge in Quen Elizabeth National Park is a remarkable underground forest in the middle of the otherwise Savannah park. The forest has few chimpanzees that are sometimes difficult to spot but the forest walk is rewarding and the views of the gorge from a look out point are priceless. There are chances for one to come across Hippos and elephants as they look out for Chimps, and on rare occasions, you could spot lions.
For those with limited time, you can visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary for an up-close experience with Chimpanzees. The sanctuary is 45 minutes from the Entebbe pier on Lake Victoria on a speed boat and 1.5 hours on a motorized traditional canoe.
Chimpanzee trekking tips in Uganda
- You have to be 15 years and above to be allowed to trek chimps
- Trousers and long-sleeved shirts are recommended
- Waterproof boots or hiking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Carry bottled water for drinking
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