Booking chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda; Chimpanzee trekking permits are legal cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to all visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated chimpanzee families and spend one hour with them in their natural environment. Chimpanzee trekking is the second best done activity in Uganda after gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda involves travelers moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different areas namely Kibale forest national park which harbors the highest number of chimpanzees, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kalinzu forest in Bushenyi district and Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Cost of chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda
chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest and the cost varies depending on the destination you wish to visit for example a chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest 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 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.
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.
How to book chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority where you will contact the head offices in Kampala via email or telephone calls inquiring about permit availability. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month, year and chimpanzee destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permit on your behalf. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda include one hour in the presence of the habituated chimpanzee family, services of a park guide and an armed ranger guide and park entrance fees.
Booking chimpanzee trekking permits through Achieve Global Safaris is the best option to use when booking chimpanzee trekking permits in that we will save you the hustle and we will not only purchase the permits on your behalf but also plan for your entire chimpanzee trekking safari which involves transportation to the national park, accommodation where you will be staying during the safari, other activities to engage in after chimpanzee trekking and other destinations to combine with chimpanzee trekking.
When to book chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda should be booked 2 to 3 months in advance before the trekking dates because they usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February.
Chimpanzee trekking experience
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura gorge starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 6 people where each group will be allocated a habituated chimpanzee family to trek and an experienced park guide who is conversant with trails in the forest. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda takes about 30 minutes 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 like black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey checked mangabey, different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviors, lifestyle, watch them feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, play, hunt, fight, mate, take photos and record videos.
For more information about booking chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.