Chimpanzee Tracking Adventures
Chimpanzee Tracking is another Safari activity that can be adventured by travelers and just like Gorilla Trekking; it also requires you to transfer from one point to another in the forest searching for the Chimpanzees in their natural forest vegetation.
You will buy and obtain a Chimpanzee Tracking Permit then later transfer to the Park Headquarters where you will be briefed on the Dos and Don’ts around the Chimpanzees then later with a skilled guide, you will transfer into the forest to search for the Chimpanzees in their habitat.
The Chimpanzees can be tracked in both Uganda at Kibale Forest National Park and Rwanda at Nyungwe Forest National Park for a period of 2-4 hours and when met, travelers can take numerous photos of them to keep for memories.
They live in communities of 10-15 individuals and stay hierarchically with an Alpha Male leading the group, followed by Adult Females then the juveniles.
Cost of the Chimpanzee Tracking Permit
The Chimpanzee Tracking Permit varies according to a certain Country and can be obtained by booking direct through the valid Organizations in the countries or through an authentic Tour Operator Agency which can get them on behalf of the travelers before the date of arrival/ tracking.
In Uganda the Chimpanzee Tracking Permit Costs US $150 per person interested in tracking the Chimpanzees of Kibale Forest National Park where as in Rwanda at Nyungwe Forest National Park, the tracking permits cost US $ 100 per person interested.
Planning to transfer on a Chimpanzee Tracking Tour in Uganda or Rwanda, we recommend you transfer in the short rain or dry season in the months from mid February to early June and mid-September to mid-December.
This makes the chimpanzees easy to track since they are on the ground searching for food, fruits and insects.
What to Carry For Chimpanzee Tracking
While planning to transfer on a Chimpanzee Tracking Adventure, we recommend you carry the appropriate gear to enjoy every encounter around the Chimpanzees in their natural forest vegetation habitat. Below is the gear;
- Rain Jacket to protect you from the rain
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Long Pants that are not jeans
- Cap/ Hat
- Camera with no flash
- Trekking/ Hiking boots
- Bottled water and snacks
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Other than Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda, travelers can also experience Chimpanzee Habituation an adventure that offers them a whole day in the presence of the chimpanzees from the time they wake up until the time they build new nests to spend the night.
It requires you to transfer very early in the morning at 6:00 am when the chimpanzees are waking up then you will follow them the whole day as they do their daily activities until sunset and dusk when they start building new nests to spend the night.
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Permit costs US $220 per person interested at Kibale Forest National Park.
Other Chimpanzee Tracking Destinations in Uganda
Kalinzu Forest is also another Chimpanzee Tracking Destination located a few kilometers off the Mweya Area of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
It takes you a drive of 45 minutes to the forest and Chimpanzee Tracking here is better than that of Kyambura Gorge since watching the chimpanzees is possible.
Children of 12 years can track the Chimpanzees in the Forest and the Chimpanzee Tracking Permit here costs US $110 per person interested.
The Forest includes four different hiking Trails and hikes on which travelers can transfer to track the rare chimpanzees in their natural forest vegetation habitat beginning with an hours’ time or day long.
You will spot other primates i.e Monkeys as well as birds along the trails. You must have packed lunch with you.
Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism Site
Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism site is situated in the stunning Budongo Forest East Africa’s largest Mahogany Forest with trees of 80 meters.
The Site is prominently known for Chimpanzee Tracking with about 600-800 Chimpanzees of which 6 groups are habituated.
As you go Chimpanzee tracking along the trails, you will spot monkeys and birds with a 90% chance of seeing the Chimpanzees in their natural vegetation habitat.
Getting there requires you to transfer for a period of 29 kilometers North of Masindi via the road to Paraa.
Interested in Chimpanzee Tracking after experiencing Wildlife Safari Tours in the stunning Murchison Falls National Park, don’t miss out on visiting the stunning Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism Site in Budongo Forest.