Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is the best chimp adventure in Uganda as the forest is a habitat to over 1500 chimps. The most preferred of Kibale forest walks start from Kanyanchu Visitor Center at 8.00 am in the morning or 15.00 pm in the afternoon and run for about 2 to 3 hours in the jungle. Chimpanzee are the second most visited primates by tourists in Uganda after mountain gorillas found in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. While in Kibale, try to look out for the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked mangabey. Your safari guides will be in position to show you pittas and different bird species and will as well explain to you details of the plant species within the forest. The chimp walk in Kibale is for the group of 6 people. Booking in advance for a chimp trekking permit is very vital especially when targeting visiting during the peak season.

Chimpanzee tracking has rules and regulations to follow

Keep a distance of about 8 meters between you and the chimpanzees.
People with illnesses like flue or diarrhea may not permitted to enter in the park.
Do not eat near the chimpanzees.
Youngsters under the age of 12 are barred from entering the park for chimp trekking.
A guide is the only person allowed to assist you get access to the forest.
Chimpanzees deserve freedom and therefore don’t provoke them while in the park.
Taking photographs with a flashing camera is are not acceptable in the park.

 

Chimpanzee tracking

Chimpanzee tracking actually is a very fascinating experience. Prepare today and set out to Uganda’s Kibale all natural jungle today as you spend a number of hours tracking these impressive creatures. You will be allowed to spend some time (at most an hour) with our mesmerizing relatives, as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play about or progress speedily on the ground right in front of you.

Chimpanzees as well as humans share over 98 percent of their DNA.

However these being wild animals, chances of spotting these chimps are not always guaranteed although they are over 95% within the Kibale Forest, hence making it the most perfect destination in the whole of East Africa for chimpanzee tracking.

 

It is in addition probable to take part in the fascinating habituation experience, meaning that you can actuallty get a chance to spend the entire day with this impressive creatures.

 

However, because the  number of chimpanzee  trekking permits for each day is restricted, you are greatly advised to book in advance to your safari date.

 

Normally lunch boxes may be offered to the trekkers that are taking part in the habituation process sinc it requires the entire day.

Important to Note is that 15 years is the minimum age allowed to take part in the chimpanzee tracking experience

 

What to carry along

Wear shoes that have a good grip, suitable for climbing steep moist muddy slopes

A number of people actually feel more at ease when wearing clothes that are long sleeved as this will protect them from the pricking thickets as they move through the verdant jungle

Do not forget a rain gear, since the weather here is highly unpredictable

Bring enough drinking water plus snacks to bite on

Carry a pair of binoculars

If taking photos, keep in mind that your subjects are actually black animals living within dim light, so camera flashes is strictly not permitted. Better to have a fast film (of 400 – 800 ASA) or even utilize the settings on your camera.

About Chimpanzees

The average weight of an adult well grown male chimpanzee is between 35 and 70 kilograms, with a height of approximately 3 meters whereas tan adult female chimpanzee weighs between 26 and 50 kilograms and a height between 2 and 4 feet.

A chimpanzee’s life expectancy is at 40 years whereas that for those living in captivity can extend up to 60 years.

In Uganda today, Efforts to actually conserve the chimpanzees are extensively acknowledged and well supported.  Actually The Jane Goodall Foundation has played a major role in the overall conservation of not only these Chimpanzees but the Gorillas as well found in Uganda. By going for chimpanzee tracking, you directly contribute to the conservation efforts.

Chimpanzees are the closest relatives to humans sharing about 98% of their DNA composition with humans.  They are Sociable, intelligent as well as communicative and among their very fascinating traits is the ability to utilize tools like rocks for crushing nuts, empty pods for hollowing out water plus sticks for capturing termites from their holes. These skills are for long been passed on from generation to another and researchers say that different troops have specialist tasks, basing on their habitat as well as diet.

Chimps stay in groups of 10 – 100 members. They can babysit each other’s young, kiss, groom one another and even hold hands. The young chimps become independent at the age of 4 year. Nonetheless, chimps can be aggressive and unsociable, mainly if disturbed.

Although they spend some time on ground, they normally feed and do make their sleeping nests up in the trees. Their diet varies comprising of leaves, seeds, fruit plus flowers.

About Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience,this is a lifetime experience that allows accompany Kibale’s researchers and habituation at chimpanzee during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural. During your tour, expect coming across the chimps de-nesting (in their nocturnal nests) between 05.30 to 06.30, before them throughout the day till they make new nests and the night around 19.00. The Habituation Experience by tourist for low season months of March, April, May and November

Other parks Where to See the Primates in Africa
Nyungwe Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest Gorillas
Rwanda Gorillas