Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda and Chimpanzee Habituation Experiences
TREK DEEP INTO THE WILDERNESS
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.
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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