CHIMPANZEE TRACKING IN UGANDA
Chimpanzee trekking is the second done tourism activity in Uganda after mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Gorilla trekking involves moving the thick forest on foot in search of chimpanzees and once you get them, travelers are allowed to spend an hour with them in their natural environment. Uganda records the highest number of chimpanzees in different destinations which includes.
Kibale national park
Kibale national park is situated in western Uganda and known as the primate capital because it houses over 13 different primate species that include 1500 chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park starts with a morning briefing at the park’s headquarter. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park can be done in two sessions that is to say the morning session which starts at 8:00 am and its afternoon session starts at 2:00 pm.
Each session at Kibale forest national park takes between 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the chimpanzee location since they like moving from one place to another looking for food. Alongside the magical chimpanzees, Kibale forest national park harbors other primate species such as grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, bush babies among others.
Kibale national park is the only national park in Uganda offering a chimpanzee habituation experience where tourists can spend about four hours with chimpanzees under the habituation process with researchers, game rangers among others.
Kalinzu forest is the second after Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee destinations in Uganda. Kalinzu forest is a tropical rainforest situated in Bushenyi district just near Queen Elizabeth national park and it harbors over 300 chimpanzees. Kalinzu forest starts with a morning briefing regarding the rules and regulations to be followed during trekking the chimpanzees.
Budongo forest is the biggest tropical mahogany forest in East Africa situated in Murchison falls national park, Uganda’s largest protected area. Budongo forest is Uganda’s third-best destination for chimpanzee tracking, Budongo forest harbors approximately 600 chimpanzees and other primates such as red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, baboons black, and white colobus monkeys, among others.
Kyambura gorge is the valley of apes and another destination for chimpanzee tracking situated in Queen Elizabeth national park. Kyambura gorge also harbors other primates such as blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, among others.
Toro-Semuliki game reserve
Toro-Semuliki game reserve is situated in western Uganda, where tourists can see chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking in Toro-Semuliki game reserve takes from 30 minutes to 4 hours, during tracking you may be able to view other primates such as red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, among others