Chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda – A memorable travel experience
Uganda provides the greatest opportunities to watch various Chimpanzees activities in East African region including Chimpanzee trekking experience. Uganda is home to over 5,000 chimpanzees in protected and unprotected areas. The tracking chimps is an exciting and memorable travel experience in one’s life time, venturing in the wild looking for what you never kept in the forest is an enticing moment indeed.
Out of the total of 5000 chimpanzees, Kibale forest National Park hosts the largest population of chimpanzees in the country. Kibale forest harbours approximately over 1500 chimpanzees and other primates plus mammals like forest elephants and birds species of 312 approximately. This makes the forest a vibrant for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and East Africa at large, the destination is very interesting.
There are five main place in Uganda where apes can be watched in their natural habitats and these include: Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest Murchison falls, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu Forest and Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Chimp tracking/ Primates walk
This activity starts with briefing at the park headquarters go through the dos and don’ts while with the man’s closest relative sharing 99.8% of the DNA. Chimpanzee trekking is available for an hour and it’s the commonest activity which takes only hours.
At Kibale forest national park, the walks start from the Kanyanchu Visitor centre at 08.00 – 15.00 morning/evening hours respectively and lasts between 2 – 3 hours. Chimpanzees are the most sought primates by visitors, but endower to look out for the black & white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey. Your guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the traditional plant species within the forest. This walk is for 6 people in a group. Advance booking is all-important especially during the peak season.
The Chimpanzee experience in Kyambura Gorge
Kyambura gorge situated in Queen Elizabeth Park is another exciting place to track chimpanzees in Uganda. The gorge was nicknamed “(lost Valley)” by BBC and others call it “the Valley of Apes”. The Gorge is portion of the Western Rift Valley and it provides such a unique setting that enhance chimpanzee tracking activity.
Excitement chimpanzee tracking activity at Kyambura Gorge, tracking chimpanzees at Kyambura gorge take between 2-3 hours and the chimpanzee permits are cheaper compare to Budongo and Kibale forest national which are major destinations known for chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience.
Kyambura River which moves through this thick “underground forest” of 100m underneath the Kichwamba escarpment. The gorge is best known for its occupant chimpanzees whereby some of which are habituated that is making the chimps used to human presence that when they hear or see human beings should not hide and can be followed through the timberland with prepared Uganda wildlife Authority guides.