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How long does the Chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu take, chimpanzee trekking timings and conditions vary tremendously as the chimpanzees move continuously through the forest this also determines how long and challenging the chimpanzee trek will be that day of your trek. It is good to be prepared and remember the weather can change with very little warning. The terrain is often steep and through areas where there are no marked paths. The distance walked during chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu can take up to more than 5 miles which is approximately 3 to 4 hours to find the chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest and back, this means you will spend approximately 2 hours each way. You will set off for the chimpanzee trek at 8 am and be back by 12 pm.
About Kalinzu Forest
Kalinzu Forest is located close to 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. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest is one of the major activities done in this forest and many who have done it have had an experience worth the money spent.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest is worth the money, 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 trek here takes 2 to 3 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, Monkeys, Butterflies, depending on your luck and sighting during the trek through the forest.
How is chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest worth the money?
What you pay for chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest that is $50 this gives you an opportunity to learn more about how the chimpanzees that are still surviving in Kalinzu forest as this gives you a great travel and learning experience through the trekking. The money paid also helps in conservation of the chimpanzees and their natural habitat Kalinzu forest. If here was no chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest, this forest would be all destroyed by now through encroachments from the communities but with the existence of this activity which also brings in foreign exchange to the country and the local communities around the forest when you visit and pay the entrance fees this has encouraged the local communities and the government of Uganda through National Forest Authority and Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the original home of these chimpanzees which has in turn promoted environmental conservation in Uganda, this makes the money spent on chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest worth.
What is the cost and money spent on chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest?
The cost of chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest depends on days to spend and places where to stay on your safari to Kalinzu forest for this activity. A chimpanzee trekking permit costs $50 for a foreign non-resident, $50 for a resident per person per trek, this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 1 hour encounter with the habituated chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest. On top of the permit you will also pay other services for a successful chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest which include transport, accommodation and guiding. Below are the popular chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kalinzu forest for you to choose from;
How to book chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
How long does the Chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu take? You will need to have your chimpanzee trekking permit secured in advanced to confirm that you are booked for chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest. Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for availability of chimpanzee trekking permits online with the Kalinzu forest management once we confirm 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 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 Kalinzu forest. It is advised to book your permits in advance atleast 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact these sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis.
Best time to Booking chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
The best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest 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.
Where to stay during your Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
There are many accommodation options in Kalinzu forest where you can stay during your Chimpanzee trekking here these range from budget camping options, mid-range to luxury let us now we will book for you accordingly.
The best places to stay are accommodations in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ishaka or Busenyi town Options include Tuza Hotel, Kyengabi Resort, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, 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.
How to access Kalinzu forest for Chimpanzee Trekking
By Road; Kalinzu forest can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala to Kasese either via Fort portal or Bushenyi which 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. The best way to get Kalinzu forest from Kampala is driving through the Kampala-Mbarara-Busenyi highway.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kasese airstrip from here you will transfer to Kalinzu forest. 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 Kalinzu forest for chimpanzee trekking
Why book your chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor-made chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kalinzu forest. It has a very diligent and trustworthy team. Your queries are answered within 20 minutes 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. 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 how long does the Chimpanzee trek in Kalinzu take.