Are you planning to do chimpanzee trekking in Africa, Uganda or Uganda and you want to know the Chimpanzee trekking health requirements? Chimpanzees are highly susceptible to human diseases including flu and colds. If you are participating in a chimp trek then you need to be free of any visibly contagious diseases and this is checked at the start of the trek by the Park Authorities. If they are in any doubt of your condition, they reserve the right to prevent you from continuing on the trek. Our advice is that if you feel you are worried about this aspect, you please inform your safari guide as soon as possible, and he will seek advice as to the best way to manage the situation.
Chimpanzee trekking minimum fitness level
Chimpanzee tracking is generally not as difficult compared to gorilla tracking but still can be a hard hike and requires a good level of fitness – especially if you need to follow the chimps which can move swiftly through the forest.
You will be guided through the forest on your chimp tracking by a Uganda Wildlife Authority guide whom you will meet at the departure point in the morning of your trek. Your guide can help you book a porter (or two!) so that you can track without having to carry the few essential items listed below in a day park which you should bring with you. The porters are from the local community and very used to the local conditions and can assist in pushing, pulling and supporting you during your trek to the chimps. They are usually an additional fee, over and above your safari cost, and you should budget on approximately USD15 per porter per day as a fee with additional tipping being optional.
As the porters do not have tracking permits they will be stopped a short distance from the point you will be viewing the chimpanzees. Please remember to take whatever you may need from your bag to view the chimps and rather leave valuables at the lodge/camp for security reasons.
You will be allowed up to one hour for viewing of the chimps from when they are sighted by your group. This is to ensure that the wild animals are not over exposed to human presence. Whilst in their presence you will also be required to keep minimum distances from them – generally between 5-7 meters and your guides will ensure this is enforced.
What are the Best places for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda?
Chimpanzee trekking is one of the unique activity to do for any traveler visiting Uganda to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat Chimpanzee trek in takes 3 to 4 hours, half day or full day depending on the movement of chimps in the forest, once they are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting and playing great experience and worth the money. The trek also gives chances of viewing other primates, reptiles and mammals like the forest Elephants, Monkeys, Butterflies, depending on your luck and sighting during the trek through the forest. Chimpanzee trekking health requirements
The Best place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is Kibale Forest National Park,
Kibale Forest National Park is best known for its number and variety of resident primates with 13 species of primates including the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda estimated at over 1500 chimpanzees, other primates found in Kibale Forest include the nocturnal busbaby and potto, Monkeys, baboons among others. Kibale forest national park is also a popular destination for birders with over 335 bird species recorded. Other Best places for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda where to go for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda include;
Budongo Central Forest reserve and its activities is under the management Uganda Lodges and National Forestry Authority where as for Kibale Forest National Park this is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Chimpanzee permits are very essential for you to be allowed to trek chimpanzees in Budongo and Kibale Forest National Park
Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge is among the activities done in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This can be done in Kyambura Gorge which is within the Park. The chimpanzee tracking is done in the morning and afternoon and we can book you the permits and organize this trek for you depending on the itinerary and timing of the activities. The Chimpanzee permit for Kyambura costs USD50 per person per trek which is way cheaper compared to other chimpanzee trekking destinations whereas a chimpanzee permit in Kalinzu forest is $40 which is much cheaper compared to Kyambura. Chimpanzee permits can be booked at the reception Centre of the reserve or more conveniently through a tour operator.
Kalinzu Forest is found adjacent to the famous Queen Elizabeth National park and Maramagambo forest in Bushenyi district Western Uganda. The Forest is has about 414 Species of trees, it harbors 378 Species of Birds, six different Species of Primates, Blue Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys and Chimpanzees, 262 Butterflies, 97 Moths, Reptiles and Flowers. There are about 200 chimpanzees found in Kalinzu forest and are the main attraction with over 70 habituated chimps for trekking every day by visitors, these stay into two communities. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority. The forest is safe, there are combined efforts for protection and conservation of nature.
Best time for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda
The best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda Kibale National Park is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the chimpanzees offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact chimpanzees don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing chimpanzees in their natural habitat Kibale forest anytime of the year.
Why book chimpanzee trekking with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor made chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kibale National Park. It has a very diligent and trust worthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences and you will be able to feel the worth of doing the chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. It all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us here about Chimpanzee trekking health requirements.