Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park : Chimpanzee trekking is the best safari activity that most of the tourists come to Uganda enjoy and gets the most magnificent experience, it is the safari activity that is mostly done in Kibale National Park that involves walking through the jungles of the rain forests in search of the chimpanzee and this activity takes the tourists about 2 to 5 hours depending on the exact location of the primates and finding them. Chimpanzee are the man’s closet relative considering that they share 98% of our DNA. Kibale National Park has a quite number of the chimpanzees that are about to 1500 chimpanzees and of which 120 can be habituated. Kibale National Park is located in the western part of Uganda, the park is renowned for the best chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, and Kibale Forest guarantees the best viewing of these primates, the forest has been ranked as the best destination in the entire East Africa where the tourists can easily find these primates. Kibale National Park being known for the chimpanzee trekking, and the activity is done two times a day that is the morning and in the afternoon.
The chimpanzees are the second stunning and attractive primates after the Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable National Park, not only Kibale National Park being the most famous for the chimpanzee trekking there are other safari destinations in Uganda where the tourists can find the Chimpanzee like Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu forest Reserve in Bushenyi district western Uganda. And for those who wish to the see the chimps are therefore recommended to visit Ngamba island sanctuary that is known for the orphaned chimpanzees or the tourists can visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe (Entebbe zoo).
Chimpanzee trekking is done by the tourists on a safari in a way that the park rangers do first carryout chimpanzee habituation before the tourists are allowed to do the trekking, chimpanzee habituation is where the park rangers first find out the exact location where the chimpanzees are located, also the process helps the chimpanzees to get used to the human presence before they are being visited. Chimpanzee habituation can take up to hours in a day even others can proceed even up to two or more years. Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting safari where the tourists enjoy the chimpanzees while swinging from one tree to another tree.
On a safari to Kibale national Park for chimpanzee trekking the tourists can be having 99% chances for spotting the chimpanzees, and a chimpanzee trek permit in the park is $ 1500 during the peak season and 100 during the low season. Not only Kibale National Park being the best safari destination known for the chimpanzees, the park has got other primates that you can spot on your safari like different types of monkeys like red-tailed monkey, colobus monkeys and among others without forgetting various types of the bird species. The most notable places to where you can stay on a safari to Kibale National Park includes Kyaninga lodge, Primate lodge these gives you the right spotting of the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.
The most incredible chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park starts from the Kanyachu Visitor centre with the briefing about the dos and donts during the chimpanzee trekking in a group of 6 individuals per group and at 08:00 and at 15:00 and takes a period of between 2 to 3 hours, chimpanzees are searched down by the visitors during the tracking are the black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys and among others without forgetting the most beautiful and attractive bird species like African pitta, crowned Eagle, Woodland Warbler, Black-bee Eater and among others.
Best time for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park.
Chimpanzee trekking can be done and carried out all the year around but however the best time to do the chimpanzee treeking is during the dry season which is experienced between the months of June to September and December to January, and this is recognized as the peak season due to the fact that there can be many tourists who come for the chimpanzee trekking in the country. During that dry season it is easier to do chimpanzee trekking compared to the rainy season when the roads become slippery and the dense vegetation, but however it is easy to do the chimpanzee trekking during the wet season that’s when there can be presence of the much of the food for the chimpanzees to feed on thus making it also the perfect time to make the chimpanzees to be spotted well.