Are you planning to do Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and you want to know how hard and challenging is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest? Like Gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee tracking also is one of the primate tourism activity which was affected by the outbreak of Covid-19, the outbreak of Covid-19 caused a standstill for chimpanzee trekking activities in Uganda and for the past 4 months chimpanzee trekking has been on the hold given the fact it’s the primates which are a high risk of being infected with Covid-19. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is mostly done at Kibale Forest National Park apart from this park there are other places where one do chimpanzee trekking including Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest close to Murchison Falls National Park.
How hard and challenging is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. The Chimpanzee trekking altitude in Uganda ranges between 1160 and 2607 meters and 1,600 metres (5,200 ft) in elevation. The terrain is often gentle and through areas where there are marked paths and trails this makes the chimpanzee trek in Kibale forest easier.
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. Chimpanzee trekking is done in two sessions in the morning and afternoon this will be determined by the chimpanzee permit you purchase and your itinerary to trek in a given session accordingly.
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How to book Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park
For you to book Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, you will need to have your Chimpanzee trekking permit secured in advance to confirm that you are booked for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email at Eco Adventure Safaris so that we check for the availability of Chimpanzee permits online with the Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm chimpanzee permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your chimpanzee trekking permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will confirm you are booked for Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park. It is advised to book your chimpanzee trek in Uganda in advance atleast 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact chimpanzee permits like gorilla permits also are limited and sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis.
How much is Trekking Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park
A Chimpanzee permit costs USD200 for the Foreign nonresident, USD150 for the Foreign resident and USD30 (100,000 Uganda Shilling) for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this chimpanzee permit gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park. On top of the chimpanzee permit you will also pay other services for a successful Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park which include transport, accommodation and guiding. Our 3 Day Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park all inclusive costs USD1050 per person sharing in a group of 2, USD1400 for a solo traveler, USD1060 for 3 people per person sharing and USD1050 for 4 people per person sharing. Contact us here and we will book for you accordingly.
What is the best time for Trekking Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park?
How hard and challenging is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest. Trekking Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park 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 Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park, 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 Kibale Forest National Park can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
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 Trekking Chimpanzees 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 your Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris we are well set to host tourists with various SOPs put in place in-line with WHO for the safety and health of our clients, we ready to organize your safari following precautions set to prevent the spread of COVID and ensure you do your safari safely and successfully. Eco Adventure Safaris and its team bring you closer than ever to the wonders Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. From Gorilla trekking to the chimpanzee habitation in Kibale, cultural tour across Rwanda and city tours, we have everything you need to make your first or occurring experience in the region a memorable one. Click here for a complete list of our entire packages, and in case you have any questions, please click here to get in touch with us about how hard and challenging is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest.