Chimpanzee trekking is one of the activities that are loved by visitors when they come to Africa. Chimpanzees are rare animals and it is because these animals have been affected by poaching and the increased populations affecting the habitat. A lot of the measures have been put in place to make sure that the visitors enjoy these chimpanzees in their natural habitat and thanks to the Ugandan government for making sure that conservation efforts are heightened to make sure the chimpanzees don’t get affected by the ever-increasing population and ever-growing wildlife confrontations between humans and these creatures.
It has been proved that chimpanzees share almost 99 percent of the Human DNA and this makes them close to human beings. Similarly, to the endangered mountain gorillas, they behave the same way as humans, however, they are not as big as the endangered mountain gorillas however they also love in the groups and they all depend on fruits as their major source of food. Chimpanzees make their nests on the tree and they can also be seen climbing trees as well as waling gently on the land.
In Uganda, there are chimpanzees that are habituated and this is done to make sure that these chimpanzees are familiar to the human beings such that they don’t bring a lot of chaos when the visitors have come to see them. The process of habituating the chimpanzees is done by trained researchers and it last for about three years. As the chimpanzee habituation process is being done, some of the visitors are allowed to pay some money to make sure that they get involved in the chimpanzee habituation process such that they can learn how the process is done and get to know much about the behavior of the chimpanzees and how best they can do and benefit more from this wonderful experience.
Chimpanzee trekking is the unique and full experience safari activity that is done by the visitors who come from all over the world to Uganda to see and enjoy the chimpanzees in their wildness. In Uganda, most of the chimpanzee trekking safaris are done in combination with the gorilla trekking safaris, for example, the visitors will come for the 8 days primate safaris whereby he or she will be in Kibale forest National park for the chimpanzee trekking and therefore after move to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for the gorilla trekking and head to Queen Elizabeth National park for the second chimpanzee trekking. Uganda is an East African primate haven full of very interesting.
Let’s explore Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park; Kyambura gorge is the highlight of the chimpanzee trekking safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chimpanzee trekking is done in the Kyambura gorge which is found within the Kyambura Game reserve. This Kyambura gorge is the best destination for chimpanzee trekking, and it also harbors a lot of other species that include birds and other wildlife including buffaloes and elephants.
From Queen Elizabeth National Park, one would drive for about 30 kilometers to access the Kyambura gorge. The gorge is full of forest and at times you might even bypass it without recognizing that this is the gorge that the people always talk about. It features a rainforest vegetation type, with thick trees and closed shelters that allow only a limited amount of light to reach the ground. The high slopes of Kyambura Gorge are supposed to have been built by the Kyambura River, which runs through Lake George, a long time ago.
During Uganda’s dry season, it serves as a buffer zone and a water source for the animals. Kyambura gorge features one habituated family of chimpanzees and this family can trek all the time of the year. Visitors for chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth National Park must wake up early in the morning and go for a briefing before you proceed deep into the lodge to engage in the chimpanzee trekking. This is the best destination for you to go and enjoy chimpanzee trekking while in Uganda for the safari.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National park; similarly to Kyambura gorge Kibale forest national park is an extraordinary destination for chimpanzee trekking. Kibale forest national park features more than 13 species of primates and because of this, the park has been described as the primate capital because of several primates that can be found within the forest.
More than 1450 individual chimpanzees are found in Kibale Forest National Park and these animals are so much habituated to enable visitors comfortably in the chimpanzee trekking.
The activity of trekking chimpanzees in Kibale forests National park start early in the morning with the briefing and it is done in two sessions are the morning and the evening session. Each session lasts for about 2 to four hours but remembers that once you have seen the chimpanzees, you will be allowed only one hour to see and interact with the chimpanzees. The chimpanzee trekking safari in Kibale forest national park allows the visitors to move in groups and each group is supposed to be having only 6 visitors which means that 12 chimpanzee trekking permits are available per day in Kibale forest National Park provided that the chimpanzee trekking can be done in two sessions.
The visitors who are interested in trekking chimpanzees are supposed to pay for the permit which can be obtained from the Uganda Wildlife authority at the Isunga headquarters and each permit is available at $200 per person and per trek. Additionally, your visits to Kibale Forest National Park may as well include a nature walk in Bigodi Wetland and spending an hour with the chimps, taking numerous photographs, and going over the raised slants and basic valleys. Please contact us for the best chimpanzee trekking safaris.