Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda and Rwanda Primate Tour
Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda’s primates world of Kibale forest and Queen Elizabeth national parks and Rwanda Primate Tour in Nyungwe forest national park.
East Africa has five countries that are Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania but chimpanzee trekking in East Africa is mostly done in two countries that are Uganda and Rwanda due to the intense number of these primates that are found in the different parks.
Uganda is a home to more than 5000 chimpanzees and that is why it is the top destination for all those who want to go for trekking and if you want to enjoy your chimpanzee trekking experience you will need to book earlier and avoid the peak seasons as the permits will be highly-priced and the parks will be overcrowded.
Chimpanzees are known to be the closest relatives to the human race with a percentage of 98.7%. Most of the habituating places where one can see the chimpanzees and also get to enjoy the numerous chimp treks are found in the two countries of Rwanda and Uganda. You get a chance to see these primates and with the help of the different trackers, you will learn more about the primates.
There are several things that you need to carry when one decides to go for a chimpanzee trekking experience and some of these include the following:
- Long-sleeved clothes as this will help shield you from tree scratches as you are trekking and insect bites from the tropical insects especially during the wet season.
- A permit will be needed after paying a specified amount of money and this will be given to you by the game park where you want to go for your trekking.
- A wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen to use especially during the dry season because the heat can be unbearable sometimes.
- Trekking shoes, you will need to get strong trekking shoes as these will help you not to slip especially during the times when the trekking routes are a bit slippery.
- Garden gloves, these will help grip the trees properly without getting your fingers scratched.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
Uganda is a diverse country that has a lot of things you can see and do and one of the best things to do is chimpanzee trekking. The minimum age for all those who always want to go for chimpanzee trekking in most parks is fifteen years apart from Kalinzu forest where it is twelve years. It is done in specific places and some of the places where chimpanzee trekking is carried out from include the following.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is the best destination for chimpanzee trekking in East Africa. Located in the western part of Uganda, Kibale National Park is home to 1500 chimpanzees including other primates that are located in the Park. There are thirteen different chimp species that are found in the Kibale National Park and other primates. There are also other wild animals that can be seen in the park including a variety of bird species that can be found in the park.
Trekking in Kibale forest national park is done mostly for one hour for each group of tourists who go for trekking and the group consists of five to six people who are always escorted by an experienced tour guide and there can be over six groups in a day that go for trekking since the trekking process takes only one hour for each group. Most of the people who go to Kibale are advised to put on long-sleeved clothing since the park is densely populated with trees to avoid tree branch scratches and insect bites. The chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park has two sessions that is the morning session that begins t 7:00 am and the second session that begins at midday.
Chimp trekking is not as hard as it might look in Kibale because the chimps can easily be seen up the trees eating fruits and for as long as you follow the rule and regulations that are given to you.
Chimpanzee Tracking at Budongo Forest
Budongo forest is located near the famous Murchison falls in the northern part of Uganda and you can join your Murchison safari with a chimpanzee trekking safari to Budongo. Budongo is a large forest that is filled with mahogany trees that cover up most of the forest and was preserved to prevent people from a
Once you visit Budongo forest you will be able to go for chimpanzee and habituation. Habituation is the process of getting the chimpanzees used to the humans who keep on visiting the area and the two activities can be joined.
There are a lot of chimpanzees in that they will be the first thing that you will see when you go to Budongo and the trekking is mostly done in the mornings. If you are planning to go to Budongo forest reserve for chimpanzee trekking, the best thing to do is, spend a night at nearby lodges so that you get an early start.
Chimpanzee Tracking at Kyambura Gorge
Kyambura gorge is located in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in the western part of Uganda and it is known to be one of the top chimpanzee trekking destinations in Uganda and East Africa. It is known as the valley of apes due to the presence of a small family of chimpanzees that is about twelve of them that live in the area. You will have a tour guide who will lead you on the chimp tracking activity and you will be able to interact with the chimps since habituation has been done at the Kyambura gorge. Trekking is also mostly done in the mornings and you can couple it with some other activities that are carried out in the Park.
Chimpanzee Tracking in Kalinzu Forest
Kalinzu forest reserve is also located in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda and it is a top and unique destination for all those that love chimpanzee tracking. Kalinzu forest reserve has over 300 chimps, 40 of which are habituated and all these can be seen with just a visit to this forest. The Kalinzu forest is also home to other species that can be found in the park including a number of bird species. The permits for chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu are cheaper compared to the costs in other places and if you cannot get the permit you can just inform the park rangers of the day you will be going for chimpanzee tracking and you will be sorted. you can also be able to see other primates as you enjoy your trekking in Kalinzu and the minimum age for people who can participate in the trekking is twelve years here.
Semiliki Wildlife Reserve
Semiliki conservation reserve chimpanzee trekking is another place where you can go and enjoy the chimp trekking in the area. It is a gazetted area which was put up to conserve the Kobs and
Other wild animals were leaving in the area. It is located in a valley and is covered with acacia woodland which houses most of the chimpanzees in the Reserve. The chimpanzee trekking takes place in the morning and it takes three to four hours in the reserve.
Chimpanzee tracking is one of the top-selling safari activities in East Africa. These human-like primates behave like humans and that is why most people are attracted to come and see how they look physically, their different behaviors and how they take care of each other. Remember that these primates live in groups and it is very hard for these groups to sleep in the same place twice. They keep on moving to different places in search of food and water.
Therefore you need not miss the chance of getting to know these wonderful primates. Grab yourself a ticket and permit and come enjoy chimpanzee trekking in East Africa because this is an experience you do not want to be told about but it needs you to come and physically feel it.
Chimpanzee Tracking In Rwanda
Chimpanzee trekking is done in Nyungwe National park and Cyamudongo National Park which is located in the southwestern part of Uganda. The minimum age for one to take part in the trekking in Rwanda is sixteen years and in each of these parks have a tour guide that will take you through on this wonderful journey.
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Nyungwe Forest National park has a large number of chimpanzees that amount to 500 registered chimpanzees and one troop has been habituated. The chimps keep on changing their resting places every night and that is why when you go for chimp trekking in Nyungwe, a tracker will first go before your group to find out exactly where they spent the night so that you do not have to trek in the wrong direction.
The park has three Centres where tourists gather before they go for trekking at 4:30 or 5:00 am in the morning and these Centres include the Gisakura, Kitabi, and Uwinka. It is nearly impossible to sight the chimpanzees due to the dense forests but you will be able to see a few of them.
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