Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda with Amakula African Safaris: The most popular hike by Kibale leaves from the Kanyanchu Visitor Center between 8:00 and 15:00 and lasts for two to three hours. Visitors are mainly interested in seeing chimpanzees, but you should also keep an eye out for black-and-white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys. Your guides will be able to show you pittas, various bird species, and information about the forest’s plant species’ traditions. A party of six persons can take this stroll. Booking in advance is crucial, especially during sea peak.
One of the top things that many visitors to Uganda seek out is chimpanzee trekking. It requires walking through the jungle in pursuit of the chimpanzees that are constantly hanging from one tree to the next, just as gorilla trekking. Every group gets to spend an hour with the chimpanzees before hiking back to the camp, so the trek may just take a few hours or less.
You can trek among a group of chimpanzees at each of Uganda’s chimpanzee sites, which are numerous. The Kibale forest national park is the primary location for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, but it is also possible to go to other locations, such as the Budongo Forest in the Murchison Falls National Park, the Kyambura Gorge in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, and the Kalinzu Forest in Busenyi.
Every excursion to see chimpanzees begins very early in the morning with a briefing from the tour guides on safety precautions and protocol. You can view additional primates and wildlife while trekking, including red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and a wide range of bird species.
Chimpanzee Trekking Permit
An official document that will allow you entrance to the chimpanzees is a chimpanzee trekking permit. Even after being issued to you, they continue to be the Republic of Uganda’s property because they are processed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Similar to the gorilla trekking permit, only a certain number of permits are printed each day, and they are only good for the day they were printed. Fewer licenses are issued in an effort to limit human-chimpanzee interaction as much as possible in an effort to protect them. There is little interaction since chimpanzees are susceptible to diseases.
By making a reservation through a reputable tour operator, one has the highest chance of obtaining a chimpanzee trek permit. It is better to delegate the planning to local tour operators because they are more knowledgeable about the booking procedure and other associated fees. Once the tour operators have paid the Uganda Wildlife Authority for the permit, a scanned copy of it will be sent to you via email along with information on the date and time of your trek as well as your name, passport information, and the permit’s special serial number, which distinguishes it from the others. Be aware that you cannot swap out these permits, and it is difficult to get a refund if you are unable to attend.
Cost of The Chimpanzee Trekking Permit
Depending on the time of year, Ugandan Chimpanzee Trekking Permit prices change. There are two seasons—the peak season, also known as the dry season, and the low season, sometimes known as the wet season—and throughout each of them, a variety of tourists travel to observe chimpanzees. A chimpanzee trek permit in Kibaale Forest National Park costs $1500 per day per person during the peak/high season and as little as $100 per person per day during the low season. In both the high season and low season, chimpanzee permits in Budongo cost $90, whereas they cost $50 in the Kyambura Gorge.
Chimp Trekking in Kibale National Park
About 1500 chimpanzees, 120 of which are habituated, may be found at Kibale forest national park, which is in the south-western region of the nation. Because there are so many chimpanzees in this area, it is simple to find them. Trekking is done twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon. In Kibale, a chimpanzee trek permit costs $1500 in the high season and $100 in the low. The Kibale forest national park also practices chimpanzee habituation, and visitors can spend more time there—up to a whole day or six hours—with the monkeys.
The park is considered to be the greatest location in Uganda for chimp tracking, and in addition to getting to see chimpanzees, you’ll also get to view other primates including red-tailed and colobus monkeys, as well as 400 different kinds of birds and other animals.
The Primate Lodge and the Kyaninga Lodge are only two of the places you can stay while chimp tracking in Uganda.
Chimp tracking in Uganda is the park’s most popular activity. 2-3 hours long, departs from Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 8:00 and concludes at 15:30. Visitors look for the primates while they are being tracked. These include the red-tailed monkey, black-and-white Colobus, and grey-cheeked Mangabey. Your guides will show you pittas and other bird species, and they will describe the customs associated with various plant species found in the forest. Each tour group is limited to six people for this stroll. In times of high sea, advance reservations are crucial: