Best place for chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda : Best place for chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda; Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting activity in Uganda that attracts a wide range of travelers after gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different national park including Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest and Budongo forest and chimpanzee trekking activity involves travelers moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with the chimpanzees in their habitat. Best place for chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda is one of the questions asked by travelers and this article will help you to plan a successful chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda in that it will highlight key points like chimpanzee trekking destinations, cost of chimpanzee trekking permits, best time to go for chimpanzees among others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different national parks including Kibale forest national park also known as the primate capital located in western part of Uganda, Kyambura gorge also known as the valley of apes located in eastern part of Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest located in Bushenyi district and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. Chimpanzee trekking in all the destinations starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be allocated a habituated chimpanzee family to trek and an experienced park guide who is conversant with chimpanzee trekking trails. Trekking of chimpanzees in Uganda takes about 2 hours to 5 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primates, plant and tree species, different bird species among others and once the chimpanzees are found, you will be able to spend one hour with the chimpanzees which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them feed, breastfeed, play, hunt, rest, fight, mate, groom young ones, take photos and record videos to show people back home after the safari.
Best time to go for chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February because, during this period, there is less rainfall in the chimpanzee destinations therefore chimpanzee trekking trails will be dry and passable hence making chimpanzee trekking easy.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can also be done in the wet/rainy season in the months of March to May and October to November because during there is plenty of food and fruits for chimpanzees therefore they will easily be seen and travelers will be able to trek for shorter hours.
Cost of chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking permits are legal cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority to visitors above the age of 12 years allowing them to visit habituated chimpanzee families and spend one hour with the chimpanzees in their environment. A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kalinzu forest and Kyambura gorge costs 50 USD per person for foreign non residents, 40 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale forest national park costs 200 USD per person for foreign non residents, 150 USD per person for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest costs 130 USD per person for foreign non residents, 120 USD per person for foreign residents and 85 USD per person for East African citizens.
How to book chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) where you will contact the park offices on telephone calls or email. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us on email or telephone call with the date, month, year and chimpanzee destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability on your preferred dates and if there are permits available, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the chimpanzee trekking permit on your behalf.
Booking chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda through Achieve Global Safaris is however the best option to use in that we will also be able to plan for your entire safari which involves transportation to the chimpanzee destinations, accommodation where you will stay during the safari, services of an experienced driver guide, advise on other activities to engage in after chimpanzee trekking, other destinations to visit during your safari among others.
What to pack for your chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda
There are a number of items to pack or carry when going on a chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda including long sleeved short and trouser, garden gloves, insect repellent, waterproof rain jacket, hiking shoes, bottled drinking water, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, walking stick, long socks, back pack among others.
Chimpanzee trekking is an adventurous activity in Uganda that can either be done in Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest or Budongo forest depending on your preference. For unforgettable memories on your safari, chimpanzee trekking can also be combined with gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris for more information or visit our website for affordable Uganda safari packages.