Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee Trekking and/or Habituation

Chimpanzee trekking 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. Chimp tracking 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.

Chimpanzees live in communities, each community has a complicated social structure. The big adult males dominate the group and defend the community territory against other male intruders; the females usually wander in small family groups.

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