Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda is one of the unique primate activities that allow travelers to encounter the great apes in their natural Habitat. Uganda is one of the best chimpanzee and primate tracking destinations in the world and offers one of the best habituation experiences in Kibale Forest National Park. There are almost 5000 chimpanzees living across different conservancies in Uganda. For primate lovers, it is really amazing to trek chimpanzees in Uganda – Chimpanzee habituation makes it even more exciting as you will spend almost the whole day with these amazing creatures in the wild.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda – Chimpanzee habituation is the process of slowly introducing Chimpanzees to the presence of humans. The habituation process usually takes about two years and during this period, Uganda offers travelers opportunities to join the experts and researches in the habituation of chimps.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda can be done in Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park or Kibale Forest National Park, home to about 1500 chimpanzees. This is one of the best chimpanzee trekking parks in the world, also guaranteeing travelers opportunities to spot other different primates in the country. Kibale is home to other 12 primate species on top of the chimps and the forest was dubbed the “primate capital of Africa”. For any primate lover, a Uganda Chimpanzee trekking safari is worthwhile and one to consider on top of the unbeatable gorilla trekking in Uganda. Uganda safaris can allow you to combine either chimpanzee trekking or Habituation in Kibale Forest National Park with the magical gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Unlike the normal chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda, Chimpanzee habituation allows travelers exclusive four hours in the wild with chimpanzees. This means travelers will have plenty of time to learn more about chimpanzees, for example, their social structure, and behavior, among others.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda is not for the faint of heart it means an early breakfast with packed lunch and drinking water as you will spend all day long in the jungle with the chimps.
You will set off to the park headquarters with your driver guide where you will be able to join the habituation team. You will be briefed on the dos and don’t before your Chimp habituation experience. Your Ranger guide will then lead you into the jungle to search for the chimps and usually, the focus is majorly on where the chimps last nested the previous night.
The habituation process will allow you to have an ultimate understanding of a day in the life of a chimpanzee as you will spend the entire day with them – from the time they rise from their sleep until the time they build their new nests for the next night.
With up to four or more hours in the jungle, there will be plenty to capture and surely you will have a lot of opportunities to take epic photographs of these primates. Spending a day with chimps will also enable you to understand their social behavior, and help you learn how to identify them individually by their markings or scar and other unique features.
Chimpanzee Trekking Permits
For one to be able to embark on chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, they require a chimpanzee trekking permit. This is a legal document issued by the authorities responsible for the conservation of chimpanzees. In Uganda Permits can be acquired through directly booking them from the Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a reputable tour operator like Acacia Safaris Limited. Chimpanzee habituation permits cost USD 220, a little more expensive than the normal chimp trekking permits which cost USD 150.
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