Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda and Chimpanzee Habituation Experiences


Chimpanzee trekking Uganda is walking in the forest in search for chimpanzees following established trails, an opportunity to listen to the chimps as they grumble, feed in the forest. Upon finding a chimp community, viewing is limited to an hour. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in Budongo, Kibale forest, Kyambura and Kalinzu forests.

With Chimpanzee habituation, visitors move with rangers and researchers to encounter chimpanzees all day, starting from 6.30am. Visitors enjoy unprecedented intimate access to these wild chimps for the entire day until they build their nests at dusk.

Rangers locate the chimps by listening for their pant-hooting calls, following their eating trails. A chance to observe them as they feed in fruiting trees, and socialize with each other. However, this activity is limited to 12 people per day, who have to be split into 2 groups of 6 members. This experience is only offered in Kibale and Budongo.

Tailor made Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda & Chimpanzee Habituation Experiences Safari Packages

Primates & Uganda Highlights Safari

11 Days – 10 Nights

Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi

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Gorillas & Chimps Safari for 7 days

7 Days – 6 Nights

Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth & Bwindi

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Primates Safari Express Uganda – Rwanda

6 Days – 5 Night

Chimpanzees & Community Walks

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Chimps & Gorilla Safari

5 Days – 4 Nights

Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Birds

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Rwanda Culture, Uganda Gorillas & Chimps Safari

9 Days – 8 Nights

Kigali City, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi

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Bird Watching & Cultural Safari

14 Days – 13 Nights

Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi

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Rwanda Gorillas & Chimps Safari

6 Days – 5 Nights

Kigali City, Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe Forest

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Chimpanzee & Gorilla Habituation Experience.

5 Days – 4 Nights

Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks

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Murchison Fall National Park

3 Days – 1 Night

Wildlife, Rhino & Chimpanzee

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Uganda Birding Safari

22 Days – 21 Night

Birding, Primates & Nature Safari

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Best of Uganda

20 Days – 19 Night

Primates & Uganda Highlights Safari

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Uganda Birding & Gorillas Safari

19 Days – 18 Nights

Mabamba, Mabira Forest, Murchison Falls,Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi

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Kibale Forest, Bwindi Forest National Parks

5 Days – 1 Night

Chimpanzee & Gorilla Safari

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Uganda Safari

9 Days – 1 Nights

Gorillas & Wildlife

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Chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX) is a more intimate and detailed version of chimpanzee tracking. This activity allows one to accompany researchers and habituates in the national park as they follow chimpanzees during their (chimps) daily activities, thereby getting them used to human presence without altering their natural behavior.

This is an all-day activity and early visitors may be able to see the spectacular scenes of chimps de-nesting, feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting; patrolling and displaying until they build new nests and retire for the night at around 7:00PM.  

Advance booking for this activity is essential.

Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda is another ultimate wildlife experience while visiting Uganda; in addition to gorilla tracking of course. Uganda is estimated to have over 5000 chimpanzees in her wilderness but not all are habituated for viewing. This means that there are specific places where a visitor can see the chimps. So here are the best places to see chimpanzees in Uganda:

  • Kibale Forest National Park, the Primate Capital of the world
  • Budongo Forest Reserve
  • Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Kalinzu Forest
  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary