Chimpanzee trekking Rules and Regulations in Kibale National park : Chimpanzee trekking is the popular safari activity done in Kibale National Park and which is the second biggest safari activity after the gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the chimpanzee tracking safari activity involves moving in the deep forests of the park while searching for the habituated chimpanzee families through viewing their previous locations and later can get them after that evidence, and after getting them the tourists spend with the chimpanzee one hour in their specific habitats.
Kibale National Park is a tourism safari destination located in the western Uganda, known for the various numbers of the chimpanzees that are over 1500, not only that the park has also got other primate like red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboon and many others without forgetting variety of the bird species. It’s so amazing during the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park which gives you the chance to look at our closest cousins on this planet.
Chimpanzees are such attractive primates that share about 98% of their DNA with the human genes that’s why it is important to know the rules followed while trekking these primates, that are habituated in Kibale National Park, though Uganda has a total of over 4950 chimpanzees and Kibale National Park is the greatest and renowned national park with the half population of the chimpanzees in the country.
Chimpanzee trekking rules and regulations.
Tourists are always recommended to keep a distance of about 7 meters away from the chimpanzees when carrying out chimpanzee trekking in order to keep themselves safe and the chimpanzees safe as well.
The visitors are recommended to follow the exact and the right guide instructions during the chimpanzee trekking that are given by the park guides before carrying out the activity.
Chimpanzee trekking is done with 6 people in the group and the two guides, as the chimpanzees are endangered species in Africa and in the whole world therefore more presence of the humans might lead their migration, that’s why most of the people who carry out the chimpanzee trekking are always limited.
Smoking is totally expelled from the Kibale National Park while doing the gorilla trekking that is as well as when you are drinking or eating anything during the presence of the chimpanzees and when some of the food particles might fall down that can happen in the increase of the risk of the disease transmission. You should avoid eating during the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park because the primates are wilderness in their character that is they may want to take your food by force they see you with it and this may end up injuring you, so the vital thing you need to know is to keep food away from them.
During the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, the park only allows you to stay in your own group. It’s good to stay in your group during the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park because you can never be safe in Kibale National Park alone because the forest has got the variety of number of the wildlife animal species like lions, cerval cats, leopards and among others that are dangerous to the human life so staying in your group during the chimpanzee trekking in the park is also another way to ensure your safety inside the forest, also finding the group of the chimpanzees to trek is a great ideal to keep distance of about 8meters from them because you can inherit their diseases or cause them yours.
The minimum of the age of an individual to carry out chimpanzee trekking is 15 years and above, therefore the very young children are not allowed to carry out chimpanzee trekking, but however they can enjoy the other children’s activities in Kibale National Park like the children forest tactics lessons and among many others.
When you are feeling not fine before doing chimpanzee trekking therefore you are recommended not do the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park because the human disease can easily be transmitted to the chimpanzees which can easily be spread to other chimpanzees therefore if you are not feeling fine and you are having some sickness you are therefore not recommended to carry out the chimpanzee trekking. For example the tourists who are ill with the signs of flue, diarrhea, and stomach upsets, malaria and among many related illnesses.
Keep your voices at a low tone while doing the chimpanzee trekking and while in the presence of the chimpanzees because they may run and keep away which may hinder you from trekking the chimpanzees very well. It’s so that you do not disrupt their peace and allow you to enjoy other wildlife species along the trail like the bird species, butterflies, golden monkeys, and among others without forgetting the green vegetation.
You are also discouraged not to use the flash light cameras while taking pictures with the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park because this frightens the chimpanzees while trekking them.
According to the rules and regulations of chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park, the safari activity has got its specific period of time to be best done, that is the dry season is the best season of the year where the chimps can be best trekked in Kibale National Park to add on that the dry season in the park makes the fruits in the park to become ripe thus making the chimpanzees to be found everywhere in the forest while looking for the ripe fruits that makes them to be easily trekked, compared to the wet season that hinders the proper sighting of the chimpanzees in Kibale National Park.