Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanze TrackingUganda provides some great opportunities for Chimpanzee tracking unlike any other country in East Africa – Plus the good news is that you can go Chimpanzee Tracking in various parks of Uganda. Here are the best places in Uganda where to track Chimpanzees.

Kibale Forest – the Premier Chimpanzee Destination in East Africa

Kibale Rainforest Jungle – one of the only two jungles in Uganda – home of 13 different species of primates and of course 1500 plus chimpanzees. Kibale Forest is an experience – imagine a tropical rainforest jungle, exotic birds, countless of butterflies, mammals such as forest elephants, forest buffaloes, a place where while chimpanzee tracking you can also see five or six other species of primates – a four hour experience in the jungle. Simply amazing – you can also do an all-day chimpanzee habituation experience – which is simply a most fabulous experience.

Kibale Forest is a must visit place when you visit Uganda – next to it is the large Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary where you can also see primates, birds, mammals and more.

Lodging – imagine staying in a jungle tree house – six meter in the tree tops – primates, birds, butterflies around you-Kibale Forest Jungle is truly an experience such as none other in Africa; all this is possible with the hallmarks travels.

Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest  

Chimpanze TrackingJust 3 1/2 hours from Kampala is Budongo Forest which is part of the largest wildlife conservation area in Uganda – Murchison Falls National Park. You can even make this a one day tracking experience –the hallmarks travels driver will pick you up just as the sun rises and return you in the evening- your day will include, a nature or birding walk, a lunch with sodas or a beer-track the chimpanzees in the afternoon and return in the early evening to Kampala.

Make Budongo Forest an overnight experience and include an all-day habituation experience with the chimpanzees – not just an hour, but all day with the chimpanzees – stay overnight at the Eco Lodge at Budongo – enjoy great food, hospitality and comfort of one of the nicely furnished cottages in the forest. (Chimpanzee Habituation at Budongo Forest cannot be done during the months of June – July – August). Minimum age for chimpanzee tracking is now 15 years.

 

Budongo Forest is not only a place to see our closest relatives in the wild – but it is a much sought after place for birders, those that appreciate original forests filled with Mahogany, Ironwood and Fruit trees, there are also the countless colorful butterflies that you will encounter at Budongo.

Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge – Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge in itself is one of the hidden jewels of Queen Elizabeth National Park - It is a part of the great Albertine Rift – a fabulous gorge with a thick forest at the bottom where you track chimpanzees and combine it with the wildlife and birds of Queen Elizabeth Park. Kyambura Gorge is in close proximity to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – the hallmarks tours & travel will let you catch the two greatest primates in one visit to Uganda and add some wildlife and the tree climbing lions found on the sweeping Ishasha Plains of Queen Elizabeth Park.

Chimpanzee tracking is a 3 to 4 hour experience and can easily be accessed from any lodging near the Mweya region of Queen Elizabeth Park. It is a fulfilling experience as you enter the forest of Kyambura Gorge with the guides in search of the Chimpanzees that move daily and build new nests in the forest.

The Chimpanzees are habituated – meaning that they are simply used to humans and will go about their days while you are near them. Yes, you can see chimpanzees in a zoo or a sanctuary, but there is nothing like seeing the chimpanzees in their natural setting in the wild.