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Gorilla And Chimp 

A stunning country to see mountain gorillas and wonderful chimpanzees

Gorilla And Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda

Chimp and Gorilla tracking in Uganda is one of the most remarkable wildlife experiences available on the continent. Uganda is unique in its ability to combine a huge diversity of wildlife and safari experiences along a single itinerary. 

There are 3 major chimp trekking destinations in Uganda: Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. 

Kibale Forest is the best place for chimp trekking, as the forest has high population densities and sightings are most common here. 

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What is chimpanzee trekking?

Chimpanzee trekking, one of Uganda's most popular wildlife activities, allowing you to enter the world of chimps in the wild. Interpretive Rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority lead a small group (maximum of 8) into the world of the chimps.

The hikes run about three hours and involve a maximum of one hour with the chimps, who may be seen from a safe yet intimate distance of 8-10 meters. Discover the beauty, intelligence, and social dynamics of chimps up close and personal.

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What is chimpanzee habituation?

Chimpanzee habituation is a fully immersive experience. You can join the researchers of the habituation team for a half or full day excursion deep into the forest. These chimps are less used to human presence and so the experience is more unpredictable.

Whilst it can be challenging to follow the lead of these agile primates, the experience is thoroughly rewarding.

The main difference between the standard chimp treks and the habituation experience is how long you spend with the chimps. The habituation experience allows you to spend much longer in the company of the chimps.  

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Where can I go chimpanzee trekking in Uganda?

Home to around 1,500 chimpanzees, Kibale Forest National Park is the main chimpanzee trekking destination in Uganda.

Located in South-West Uganda, the rainforest is easily accessible from Kampala or Entebbe.

The forest has excellent chimp populations, and the park has become synonymous with chimpanzees. The chances of sightings here are at 90% or more, and the park sits along the south-western safari circuit so is easy to combine with other experiences.

The tracking excursions depart twice a day at 08:00 and 14:00 and the morning excursions are busier since many itineraries combine it with an afternoon visit to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Tracking permits are required, and they can be booked through the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Chimp habituation experiences are also available at Kibale. For those joining for the full day, you will join the chimps from when they break nests at about 06:30 until they nest again for the night at about 19:00.

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When is the best time to go chimpanzee trekking in Uganda?

The best time to go chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is during the dry seasons of June to September and December to February.

Uganda is a year-round destination. Its equatorial climate means that temperatures are consistent throughout the year. Uganda’s seasons are separated by varying levels of rainfall. March to May is the long rainy season, and October to November is the short rainy season.

Trekking conditions are easiest during the dry seasons of June to September and December to February. The clear, sunny weather should make your trek more enjoyable, but downpours are still possible due to Uganda’s tropical climate.

Uganda’s peak tourist season is June to September and the cost of accommodation is raised to meet the increase in demand. If you are comfortable with difficult trekking conditions, visiting during the rainy season can reduce the cost of your trip.

Permits are cheaper and easier to secure during the rainy seasons due to the lower demand.

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