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Where is best to go for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, chimpanzee trekking in Kibale compared with Kyambura gorge. Kibale Forest National Park is best for chimpanzee trekking, 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 bushbaby and potto, Monkeys, baboons among others. Kibale forest national park is also a popular destination for birders with over 335 bird species recorded.
Chimpanzees are the biggest pull factor for tourism in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge with chimpanzee trekking as the most participated in an activity in both forests. Chimpanzee trekking in both places is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Chimpanzee permits are very essential for you to be allowed to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura Gorge. Contact Eco Adventure Safaris to tailor your interest and we will help you secure these permits for you. We do provide adequate information to travelers on chimpanzee permits, trekking, Uganda general travel information and alternative activities in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge.
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 the Kyambura gorge costs $50 per person per trek which is way cheaper compared to the chimpanzee trekking permit of $200 in Kibale Forest National Park.
The chimpanzee Trekking permit is issued for those interested to see the chimpanzees that are already used to people and only allows one hour of viewing and staying with the chimpanzee once you find them. There are two sessions for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge forest namely; Morning session that starts at 8:00am and afternoon session that starts at 2:00pm through put the year.
The chimpanzee treks at both Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge start early morning with briefing about the dos and don’ts at the forest headquarters, you are later grouped in groups of members each with Park guides, Rangers who lead you to the forest for your chimpanzee experience. The trek takes about 3 to 4 hours, depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. Once the chimps are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting and playing. The trek gives of chances of viewing other primates, reptiles and mammals and the chances of seeing chimpanzees at Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge are 95%.
What is the best time for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge?
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge is best done in 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 chimpanzees to trek in the Forest, 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. Chimpanzee trekking in both Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura gorge can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well-organized activity and you have 99% chance of seeing the Chimpanzees.
How to access Kyambura Gorge for Chimpanzee Trekking
By Road; Kyambura Gorge can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala to Kasese either via Fort portal or Bushenyi which is approximately 6-7 hours drive. You can as well access the park through Kampala-Fort portal-Kasese highway, from Kasese you will connect to the Kyambura Gorge with 1-2 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kasese airstrip from here you will transfer to Kyambura gorge. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the gorge for chimpanzee trekking
How to access Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee Trekking
By Road; Kibale Forest National Park can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala to Fortportal which approximately 4-5 hours drive. You can as well access the park through Kampala-Mabara-Kasese highway, from Kasese you will connect to the Kibale Forest with 1-2 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kasese airstrip from here you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Park
Where to stay during Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge
There are many accommodation options in Kyambura gorge where you can stay during your Chimpanzee trekking here these range from budget, mid-range to luxury let us now we will book for you accordingly.
Accommodation in Kyambura Gorge, Budget options include Pumba Safari Lodge, Elephant Hab lodge among others these cost USD90-100 per person per night, mid-range include Buffalo Safari Lodge among others these cost USD150-200 per person per night, Luxury options include Kyambura Gorge Lodge, Katara Lodge and Mazike Lodge these cost USD250-700 per person per night.
Where to stay during Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
There are many accommodation options in Kibale Forest National Park where you can stay during your Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park these range from budget, mid-range to luxury let us now we will book for you accordingly.
Accommodation in Kibale Forest National Park, Budget options include Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Isunga Lodge, Mountains of the Moon, Rwenzori view Guest House, Kibale Home Stay among others these cost USD90-100 per person per night, mid-range include Kibale Forest Camp, Turaco Treetops Lodge and Prime Lodge Kibale among others these cost USD150-200 per person per night, Luxury options include Ndali Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge and Kyaninga Lodge these cost USD250-700 per person per night.
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale or Kyambura?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing chimpanzee safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife, and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions, and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale compared with Kyambura.