Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives sharing about 98.7% of the DNA with man. They adapt to their environments over time developing tools for survival much like humans. You can spend an hour with these creatures in their natural habitat by visiting one of the areas where the trekking happens in Uganda. You will be able to follow them with your ranger guide to get great pictures and learn more about the chimps.
Where to do Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
Kibale National Park is the primate capital of the world offering a large chimpanzee population with over 120 habituated chimps and 1400 in the forest. The success rate of locating chimps while trekking is about 95%. There are opportunities for Chimpanzee trekking twice each day – morning session starts at 7 am and afternoon at 12 pm with as many as 6 groups tracking each day each with 6 individuals. The forest is home to about 13 different primates including; black & white colobus, red-tailed monkey, red colobus monkeys, and baboons.
In Queen Elizabeth national park, chimpanzee trekking is done in kyambura gorge also known as kyambura game reserve; gazette for chimpanzees, monkeys and birds. Kyambura gorge is located north east of queen Elizabeth National Park about 30km from mweya Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) headquarters.
Kyambura gorge is hidden, making it easy for the visitors to miss it. It has a rainforest vegetation type characterized with tall trees and closes canopies that allow limited light to reach the ground. Kyambura gorge steep sides are said to have been formed by Kyambura river, that passes through to lake George many years ago.
Chimpanzee trekking tips
- You have to be 15 years and above to be allowed to trek chimps
- Trousers and long sleeved shirts are recommended
- Water proof boots or hiking shoes
- Insect repellent
- Carry bottled water for drinking