Chimpanzee tracking Experience : Chimpanzee tracking is the most opted for Safari experience that rewinds about tracking the closest relatives to human kind by DNA make up. The forest chimpanzees offer un rivaled experience on your Uganda safari though it doesn’t beat off gorilla trekking, both experiences involve penetrating the old jungles in search for these primates. Chimpanzee tracking should be one of your adventure activities to rub off from your bucket list, a close encounter to these forest chimps gives a defined understanding about they how they live and interact in communities just like a human being does
Uganda is home to over 5,000 chimpanzees in protected and unprotected areas. Trekking chimps is an incredible wildlife experience. Uganda has five key trekking destinations for chimps that include Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kyambura gorge), Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison falls national park, Kalinzu forest and Semliki Wildlife reserve. Chimpanzee trekking allows you to step into their world in the wild. This activity is a must for all those visiting Uganda for the first time.
Chimpanzee trekking is done in small groups of about 8 people led by Uganda Wildlife rangers for about three hours inclusive one hour with the chimps, where you view them from a safe distance of about 8-10 meters.
The best time to trek chimpanzees is the peak tourist dry season of June to September and December to February when it’s easier. Rain is still possible during the dry season because of Uganda’s tropical climate. During the peak season accommodation prices are high whereas during the dry season the prices are reduced hence if you are ok with difficult trekking then rainy season is the best for you. The chimp permits are also cheaper and secured easily during the rainy season because of lower demand. During the rainy season, the trails will be more slippery, and the forest will be dense as a result it increases the difficulty of the trek.