The price for kibale chimp permits has been increased from $150 to $200 effective 1st July 2020 for the next two years. This increment was announced during stakeholders meeting at Hotel Africana. This therefore means that all those intending to visit Uganda after 1st July 2020 will pay an extra USD50 which has now been added on to make it USD200 per permit per trek. This increment in price has been due to increased demand for chimpanzee treks in Kibale forest National Park. It should be noted that Kibale National Park remains one of the best place in Africa to visit habituated communities of chimpanzees with a chance of seeing other eleven primate species and so many birds resident in this residual tropical rain forest.
Located in western Uganda, Kibale National Park is indeed a pride of Uganda when it comes to chimpanzee trekking and viewing. Intially when chimpanzee permits were on 150, the demand for chimp trekking has been increasing something that forced Uganda wildlife Authority to have three shifts per day to enable the so many tourists to visit these habituated communities of wild chimpanzees. It is also argued that the small addition to the price will assist in the conservation of chimpanzees in Kibale by facilitating research as well as paying all those employed to conserve these great apes in Uganda.
It should be noted that while the price for Kibale chimp permits has been increased from USD150 to USD200, the price of other chimp trekking places such as Kyambura gorge has been maintained at USD50. For those interested in booking and trekking chimpanzees while in Queen Elizabeth National Park can consider including Kyambura gorge on their itinerary.
Its true that the price for kibale chimp permits has been increased from USD250 to USD200 but this affects bookings that will come after 1st July 2020 and not before. For all those interested in benefiting from the old price of USD150 should contact Encounter Africa safaris as soon as possible so that we assist in book your kibale chimp permits before they sell out. Uganda tour operators through their umbrella association as also pushing for a waiver on the price of these chimp permits to all those who book theirs before the set date. In other words if one books August chimp permits in 2019 or early 2020, one should be allowed to pay the old price. This is still being discussed and should it pass, Encounter Africa safaris will be the first to let you know.
Uganda wildlife Authority is proposed that all chimpanzee permits bought at 30% must be topped up within 90 days to trekking date. Initially tour operators and individuals have been allowed to top up chimpanzee permits anytime including last minute top ups but due to competition and shortage of chimpanzee permits. It has also been discovered that some tour operators have been holding these chimpanzee permits only to release them when they are no longer needed. Encounter Africa safaris normally asks clients to make full payment for their chimpanzee permits so that we secure them in advance and in full to avoid all the mentioned inconveniences.
2020 is here and at Encounter Africa safaris, we advise all our potential clients to book and secure their kibale chimpanzee permits in Advance. Booking kibale chimpanzee permits is simple and you can do it yourself but this is a bit disturbing as going directly through Uganda wildlife Authority is not simple. At Encounter Africa safaris, we reserve, book and secure kibale chimpanzee permits on behalf of all clients that book all inclusive Uganda and Rwanda safaris with us.
All you need to do if you want Encounter Africa safaris to book your kibale chimpanzee permit is to let us know of the exact dates when you intend to visit Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking. We will then go ahead and check availability of chimp permits available on that particular date and once we find out that there is space, we will let you know before sending you an invoice.
As soon as payment is made and proof of payment scanned and sent to us, we will go ahead with purchasing and securing your kibale chimp permits without having to wait for your transferred money to hit our bank account. We do this because it normally takes up to 3 or 4 working days for your wired money to appear in our Bank account and because chimp permits are issued on first come first serve, we may ending up losing out on space. Once purchasing and securing your kibale chimp permit is done, we will send you scanned copies of the receipts and then permits at a later stage. We normally send you receipts to prove that we have indeed paid for your chimp permits and when time for printing and issuing out chimpanzees permit cards, we will also send you through these cards.
While booking 2020 Kibale chimpanzee permits, you need to know that Kibale has three sessions available to those interested in trekking chimps in this forest. We have the morning session, mid morning session and the afternoon session. Depending on the availability of permits as well as choice and interest of our clients, you may find yourself booked on one of the three mentioned sessions. For more information about kibale chimpanzee permit allocation, please do send us an email at Encounter Africa safaris and we will be glad to answer all related questions. We pride ourselves in providing latest and reliable information pertaining chimpanzee trekking anywhere in Uganda and our track record is so far unchallenged.
When planning to visit Uganda and particularly Kibale National Park for chimpanzee trekking, mind about the company you are going to use to book you permits and the tour itself. You need to contact a trusted and genuine tour operator who will not disappoint. Encounter Africa safaris is more than a decade in this business and is highly recommended and reviewed on Trip advisor as well as Safari bookings. We are registered and licensed by Uganda Tourism Board an arm of Government, We are recognized by Uganda Wildlife Authority and are among the few tour operators with access to their chimpanzee booking system and data base 24/7. With this, you are assured of checking chimp permit availability anytime any date and any minute. We are full and committed members of AUTO which is the association of Uganda tour operators in Uganda.