Uganda is often – and sometimes unfairly – compared with its East African neighbors – Uganda is a premier destination in its own right. Uganda is one of the most popular primate trekking destinations in Africa. Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda/Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda are a popular activity for wildlife enthusiasts. Just like Mountain Gorilla Trekking, chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda is truly rewarding with exceptional encounters. Uganda is home to several National Parks and forests where visitors can spot and trek wild chimpanzees.
Uganda is a must-visit for any primate lover. On top of the Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas, Uganda is home to a wide range of primate species which include; Blue Monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Black-and-white colobus, and L’Hoest’s monkey among others.
Just like gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda involves small groups of about 8 individuals embarking on a trek with trained rangers to see and spend time with a chimpanzee troop in the wild. Chimps are very similar to gorillas in many ways.
Unlike the gentle mountain gorillas, Chimps are lighter and vocalists, trekking them is much more difficult compared to gorilla trekking since they move fast and spend quality time on trees. They can move faster than gorillas though can be easily located since they are vocalists and make interesting sound effects. Uganda Chimpanzee Adventures will take you to some of the country’s tropical rainforests like Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest, and Kyambura Gorge.
Here are some of the top destinations for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda:
Located in western Uganda, Kibale National Park is often referred to as the primate capital of the world. It is home to the largest population of wild chimpanzees in Uganda, with over 1,500 individuals. Visitors can join guided trekking tours to observe and track these primates in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking tours to Kibale National Park are truly rewarding when it comes to sightseeing experiences. l
Situated in the northern part of the Albertine Rift Valley, Budongo Forest Reserve is a part of Murchison Falls National Park. It is known for its diverse wildlife, including a large population of chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking tours are offered at Budongo, allowing visitors to hike through the forest and encounter these fascinating creatures.
Besides its famous tree-climbing lions and abundant wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park also offers chimpanzee trekking opportunities. The Kyambura Gorge, known as the “Valley of Apes,” is home to a habituated group of chimpanzees that can be visited on guided treks.
Located in the western part of Uganda, Semliki Wildlife Reserve is a lesser-known destination for chimpanzee trekking safaris. Here, visitors can explore the tropical rainforest and encounter chimpanzees, as well as other primates and bird species.
When planning a Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, it is important to know that permits are required for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda, and it is recommended to book in advance. Additionally while embarking on chimpanzee trekking, we recommend that visitors follow the guidelines provided by the park authorities to ensure minimal disturbance to the chimpanzees and their natural environment.
The Chimp trekking permits in Uganda can be acquired through a reputable tour company like Acacia Safaris Limited or by booking directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, a government Authority responsible for their protection. Usually, depending on the season, Ugandan Chimpanzee Trekking Permit prices may vary.
There are two main seasons namely peak season and low season. The peak season is usually a dry season and the best time to experience this amazing activity.
A chimpanzee trek permit in Kibaale Forest National Park costs $200 per day per person during the peak/high season and as little as $100 per person per day during the low season. In both the high season and low season, chimpanzee permits in Budongo cost $130, whereas they cost $50 in the Kyambura Gorge.
Acacia Safaris Limited offers a range of chimpanzee trekking safari packages that will allow you to experience some of Uganda’s best Chimpanzee trekking spots. We also offer other experiences and tours like wildlife tours, Bird-watching tours, and, Gorilla trekking safaris among others. Let us help plan your dream African vacation and live to remember.