Uganda is popularly known as the primate capital of Africa due to the fact that so many primates are resident in Uganda. Apart from gorilla trekking, the next best primate activity in the country is chimpanzee trekking. Uganda and Rwanda have so few similar things and people will visit these two countries either to trek gorillas, golden monkeys or chimpanzees.
In Uganda, most forests will have chimpanzees but areas that have habituated chimpanzee communities are Kibale National Park in western Uganda, Budongo Forest in Northern Uganda, Chambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Karinzu ecotourism site and semiliki. Other places where chimpanzees can be seen include Ngamba Island and Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
In Rwanda, chimpanzees are found in Nyungwe Forest National park so if one visits Rwanda, this is the best place to trek chimpanzees.
In Rwanda, a chimpanzee permit costs USD100.00 per person per trek and in Uganda, different places have different prices. In Kibale National Park, a permit costs USD150 per person, in Chambura Gorge, a permit is at USD50, in Budongo forest, a permit costs USD80.00 while in Karizu one can part with USD30.00 to trek chimpanzees. At Uganda Wildlife Education center, you only pay for entry fees and you will have access to the chimpanzees.
In Rwanda to be specific, Nyungwe Forest, chimpanzees are semi habituated and thus this requires tourists to wake up early and look for them while in Uganda, chimps are fully habituated and are used to people so the experience is different.
In Uganda, most chimpanzee trekking take up to half a day while in Nyungwe forest National Park, you cannot rule out spending the whole day looking for chimps as their movements are unpredictable.
Just like in Uganda, all chimpanzees live in communities and break up into small groups called parties due to the efforts of trying to reduce competition on food. They will then link up in the evening to make their nests for sleeping. During chimpanzee trekking, you will be briefed that 6 people will trek a given party in order to avoid over congestion (this is in Uganda-Kibale National Park) however due to the fact that these parties keep on joining and separating, you may also find yourselves joining up and separating.
In Uganda, tourists can as well enjoy chimpanzee habituation both at Budongo and Kibale National Park. With this activity, tourists will move with researchers and participate in the habituation of new communities. The price for this is slightly higher due to the fact that while chimpanzee trekking spends only one hour, habituation is a whole day activity.
Chimpanzee trekking requires that you carry your hiking boots, walking stick, your packed lunch (please refer to what to pack for gorilla trekking as this is the same.
Contact us for chimpanzee trekking tours to either Uganda or Rwanda and we can as well combine or tailor your safari to include all highlights such as game viewing, gorilla trekking, cultural experiences among others.
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