Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is a gorgeous and underrated adventure. This is where the travelers that come for the Uganda safari explore the inhabitants of nature in the wild. And these can be best seen if you carry out chimpanzee trekking safari to explore and experience the jungles of the forest to spot these creatures. Chimpanzee trekking is a wonderful excursion that you should not add on the Uganda primate safari.
Where to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.
Uganda has got the diverse number of destinations where the tourists can carry out chimpanzee trekking starting with the main safari destination that is Kibale national park this is the famous safari destination on a Uganda safari where the tourists can sight the large numbers of the chimpanzees. Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kalinzu forest, Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary and others.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.
Chimpanzee trekking starts very early in the morning at the park headquarters where the tour guides and rangers gives you the guidelines, rules and regulations that you follow while carrying out chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will be divided into the various groups of eight people per group. And each group will be allocated to a guide that is well at the trails in the forest.
Chimpanzee trekking takes a period of about 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on where you will find the chimpanzees because the chimpanzees keeps on moving in different places as they are looking for food that’s why it takes you long to spot the chimpanzees. And along the way while carrying out chimpanzee trekking you will come across different biodiversity including the primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, variety of the bird species, plant species, and butterflies and among others that makes your chimpanzee trekking safari the most perfect one.
Immediately you get to sight the chimpanzees you can be given one hour to be with the presence of the chimpanzees as you are identifying their behaviors and characters, watching them play, feed, the elder ones grooming the young ones, taking them pictures and recording their videos and among others.
After the chimpanzee trekking on a Uganda safari you will therefore you will go back from the starting point where you had the briefing and therefore you will be rewarded with the chimpanzee trekking certificates for taking place in chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda.
Uganda safari becomes fascinating one with chimpanzee habituation is also done in Uganda in Kibale national park as this the process in which the chimps are trained as they get close to human presence at all the times. Chimpanzee habituation even takes a longer time that is 4 hours. This starts with a briefing like the way chimpanzee trekking takes place. But here you can be joined by the group of researchers, scientists, park rangers and spend 4 hours with the presence of chimpanzees while learning their behavioral patterns and others.
Cost of a chimpanzee trekking permit in Uganda.
Chimpanzee trekking permit is 200 USD for non-foreign residents, 150 USD for the foreign residents then 150,000 UGX for East African Citizens in Kibale national park.
Chimpanzee habituation experience its 250 for foreign nonresidents, 200 USD for foreign residents and 200,000 UGX for East African citizens in Kibale national park.
How to get a Chimpanzee trekking permit.
Chimpanzee trekking permit is the legal document or a card that allows you to carry our chimpanzee trekking that is sighting the chimpanzees in their habitants. And this is given to only the individuals that are above 15 years old. Chimpanzee trekking permits are processed and issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority thee government body of Uganda that is in charge of the tourism.
Also on the other side the chimpanzee trekking permit can be booked through using the trusted tour operator, like Lakeside tours and travels limited that knows more about the process of booking and among other related costs as this, can be better to complete all your planning process like accommodations, transport and among others. The tour operator will book on your behalf, as they ask you to give them the date, month and year when you would like to carry out the safari activity. And then they will ask you to make a deposit as to get for you the permit. Immediately they receive the payment.
Then after you will be sent a scanned copy through the email with details on when you are to trek, time, your name, passport details together with the unique serial number that makes it look different and unique as an evidence that you will carry out chimpanzee trekking.
What to pack for a chimpanzee trek in Uganda.
There are less requirements that you should pack when going to carry out chimpanzee trekking on a Uganda safari. As no one wants to carry excess luggage on a chimpanzee trekking safari, you are reminded that you need to make sure that you carry what is essential when carrying out chimpanzee trekking including the bottled drinking water, waterproof hiking boots, Long-sleeved shirts and trousers to avoid scratchers on your entire body, insect repellent, cameras and binoculars, walking stick, sun hat and sun screen, small backpack where your to carry a few essentials including the cameras and extra batteries during trekking.
Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done all the year around though the best time to trek the chimpanzees is during the dry season during the months of June to September and December and January, as these months being the peak season the tourists can be more in the chimpanzee trekking. During the rainy season that’s when the trekking trails are passable as well it’s very easy to see the chimps in the dry season unlike rainy season when the roads are slippery and the vegetation is dense.
On the other hand for the tourists who do not overcrowdings they can as well carry out chimpanzee trekking in the wet season as that’s when the food in the park can be plenty as they chimps can spread everywhere hence easy spotting.