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Budongo forest is located close to Murchison Falls National Park, it is home of more than 600 chimpanzees, of which a small community has been habituated for eco-tourism purposes book your Budongo chimp permit through a tour operator. This family consists of 80 individuals, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these amazing apes in their natural environment. Other primates that can be observed are the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabeys. Budongo forest and its activities are under the management of Uganda Lodges as it was authorized by Uganda wildlife Authority and National Forestry Authority.
A chimpanzee permit is very important when booking a chimpanzee tour to go for chimpanzee trekking or habituation in Budongo Forest. A Budongo chimp permit allows you to see the chimpanzees in Budongo Forest and they are of two categories namely; the chimpanzee trekking permits and the chimpanzee habituation permits. Budongo chimp trekking permits allow you to spend only one hour once you find the chimpanzees in the forest and the chimpanzee habituation permits allow you to see and view the chimpanzees for four hours only activity that gives you a chance to spend more time with the chimpanzees in Budongo Forest. In recent times, the internet has certainly changed the travel industry and made it easier to book the Budongo chimp permits yourself directly through the Uganda Lodges. But booking the Budongo chimp permits is not nearly as straightforward and easy and it is in our assertion that you should book your Budongo chimp permit through a local tour operator and reasons include;
1. Save yourself a lot of time during booking the Budongo chimp permit
Book your Budongo chimp permit through a tour operator will help you save time, the local tour operator will help check for your availability of the Budongo chimpanzee permits online with Uganda Lodges on your planned dates of travel, receive the payment and purchase for you the Budongo chimp permit reducing the hustle for you to follow this process of getting the permits.
2. Less confusing on how it works to get the Budongo chimp Permit
Booking the Budongo chimp permit through a local tour operator will help you easily understand how it works for purchasing the Budongo chimp permits and how to sign in for the trek, the local tour operator will advise you on where to go for the trek in the Budongo forest, where to stay during your chimp trek and everything you need to know before coming for your chimp trek in Budongo. The local tour operator will help you figure out how the Budongo chimp permits are secured, advise on the easy and safe routes to take where to go for the Budongo chimp trek among others.
3. Expert advice on booking the Budongo chimp permits
If you choose to book your Budongo chimp permits with a local reputable tour operator Specialist like Eco Adventure Safaris their expertise and knowledge of the logistics, where to stay on your chimp tour in Budongo, best times of year to trek chimpanzees in Budongo, what to pack for the chimp trek in Budongo and more is definitively worth the effort.
4. To avoid mistakes during booking the Budongo chimp permits
The local tour operator will help advise you on the booking process of the Budongo chimp permits that is starting from booking a specific date for your trek according to your planned travel itinerary, where to go for the chimp trek to avoid no show and lose out on the permit. It is so easy to make a mistake because you don’t know where to go, starting point of the gorilla trek among others. This is why booking your Budongo chimp permit with a local tour is always a better option.
5. A local tour operator works as your backup when things go wrong for example covid-19 uncertainty that halted international travel
When things go wrong and they do for example the recent outbreak of covid-19 that affected international travels which also affected those who had booked chimpanzee trekking in Budongo, who will you turn to if you booked on-line? In such cases a local tour operator in Uganda will help advice on the way forward in order to avoid losing out on your Budongo chimp permits. You will be helped to reschedule your Budongo chimp permits to future dates or advise on refunds options if they are availed by Uganda Lodges.
How to book Budongo chimp permits through a local tour operator.
The process of booking your Budongo chimp permit is very easy once you contact a local tour operator in Uganda Eco Adventure Safaris about your planned trek and preferred date. The Budongo chimp permit has to be purchased in advance to secure a spot for your trek for any date depending on your travel dates and availability of the permits that day. To secure a place for a day’s Budongo chimp trek you will need to secure your Budongo chimp permit in advance months or days prior visiting Budongo Forest. When you book an all-inclusive chimp tour to Budongo with Eco Adventure Safaris as your local tour operator in Uganda, All you need to do is to send us your actual dates when you prefer trekking chimpanzees and we will check availability of permits online with Uganda lodges. We will reserve your permit tentatively and send you a permit payment invoice. Once you make payment, we will go ahead and secure your permit and thereafter send you scanned copies of receipts for your records and perusal.
Booking Budongo chimp permits is essential for your chimp tour to Budongo, depending on availability of the permits on that particular date. You can choose the Budongo chimp trek date on your birthday date, anniversary date, Christmas date, Easter date or any date that you most prefer to create an everlasting memory. We shall purchase and book the permit for that date depending on availability on Uganda lodges permits system. All this needs to be done months or weeks in advance.
What is the cost of Budongo chimp permit?
The cost of the Budongo chimp permit depends on the activity chosen between chimpanzee habituation experience and chimpanzee trekking in Budongo. The Chimpanzee trekking permits in Budongo USD 130 per person Non-Foreign Residents, USD120 Per person Foreign Residents and USD85 per person for Uganda Citizens and you are given an opportunity to spend 1 hour encounter with the chimps in Budongo forest. The chimpanzee Habituation permits in Budongo cost USD250 per person Non-Foreign Residents, USD250 Per person Foreign Residents and Uganda shillings 150,000 for Uganda Citizens and you are allowed to spend four hours’ time with the chimpanzees. The Budongo chimp permit price is inclusive of the entrance fees into Budongo forest, guiding fees in the forest, and conservation fee of the chimpanzees in Uganda.
How to get to Budongo Forest?
Budongo Forest Reserve can be accessed by road as it only 4-5 hours’ drive from Kampala/Entebbe to Masindi /Budongo central Forest Reserve. You can access the forest reserve from the main gate of Murchison falls national park and you will be required to Pay Park entrance fees, As all our packages are inclusive, you should not worry at all as you will have chance to even visit the tops of the falls and participate in other activities as per your interest.
You can as well visit Budongo forest reserve by air, there are daily domestic flights to Pakuba, Chobe, Bugunga Airstrips in Murchison falls National Park, and this reduces your drive time to only one hour by flight. Aerolink Uganda operates Morning and afternoon flights to Murchison from Entebbe international Airport, considering your itinerary you can opt for chattered or scheduled flights to see the chimpanzees in Budongo Forest Reserve.
Where to stay in Budongo Forest during your chimpanzee tour?
Most of the travelers have always opted to stay within Murchison Falls National Park as it have a variety of lodges and which are close to Budongo Forest Reserve. There are number of options ranging from budget to Luxury lodges. You can stay at Murchison River lodge, Paraa safari lodge as luxury options, then Pakuba Safari Lodge and Kabalega wilderness camp for midrange option, you can stay Red chilli Hideaway, Pumba safari lodge for budget clients. Yes you can stay in Budongo forest as well at Budongo Eco lodge which is a budget lodge as you listen to the sounds of from the forest.
Why book your Budongo chimp permit with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing gorilla trekking 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 book your Budongo chimp permit through a tour operator.