CAN I TREK CHIMPANZEES IN BUDONGO FOREST
Budongo forest has over 600 chimpanzees surviving in it. The movements of visitors on foot into the forest searching for the chimpanzees can be seen, and once seen, tourists can spend an hour with them in their natural environment. Budongo Forest is a tropical rainforest situated in Murchison Falls National Park.
Budongo Forest occupies a total area of 826 square kilometers and harbors different wildlife species, such as 24 mammal species, 355 bird species, 300 butterflies, and 355 to 464 tree species. Budongo Forest is home to nine special species of primates, including approximately 600 chimpanzees, olive baboons, grey-checked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and black and white colobus monkeys, among others.
Budongo forest chimpanzee tracking starts with a quick briefing at the visitor’s information centre regarding the rules and regulations to be followed during tracking chimpanzees. After the briefing, travelers are allocated to the chimpanzee group with an experienced park guide and the tracking begins in the forest, following an established trail in the tropical forest.
Budongo forest chimpanzee tracking has two sessions: the morning session, which starts at around 8:00 am, and the afternoon session, which starts at 2:00 pm. Each of these sessions takes about 1 to 4 hours depending on the location of the chimpanzees since they move from one place to another while looking for food.
Budongo forest chimpanzee tracking can be done all year round, depending on your budget and schedule. Although it is best done during the dry season, which is also known as the peak season in Uganda in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February. During the dry season, Budongo forest receives low rainfall; therefore, accessing roads and trails is easier compared to the wet seasons.