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Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting sport in which people travel into the forests in search of habituated chimp families and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. After gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Meanwhile, Chimp trekking is Uganda’s second most popular safari activity.

Uganda is home to approximately 5000 chimps, which are spread across several national parks and game reserves. Including Kibale Forest National Park, Toro-Semuliki Game Reserve, Budongo Forest National Park in Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kalinzu Forest Reserve in Bushenyi District.

Where to go for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda

Kibale National park

Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda and is one of the most popular chimp trekking sites in the country with roughly 1500 chimps. This park is famously named the “Primate Capital” since it is home to 13 primate species. Such as chimps, grey-cheeked Mangabeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, bush infants, and pottos. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park has two sessions: one at 8:00 a.m. and one at 3:00 p.m.

Chimpanzee trekking

This activity in Uganda’s Kibale National Park begins with training at the Kanyachu Information Centre. Following which tourists are divided into groups of six to hike each habituated chimp family. Following the briefing, you will begin hiking in the forest with a park guide who will show you the chimp routes to follow and share facts on the endangered chimps. Trekking in the forest takes around 2 to 3 hours, and after the chimps are located. You will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural environment shooting photographs, capturing the moments, and learning more about their lifestyle, customs, and mannerisms, among other things.

Visitors who wish to spend more time with the chimps can take advantage of Kibale National Park’s chimp habituation experience. Chimpanzee habituation is the process by which chimps are educated to get accustomed to human presence. The procedure is carried out by a team of researchers, guides, and trackers, among others. A full day chimpanzee experience permits four guests to spend four hours with the chimps under habituation. As opposed to the one hour provided while trekking.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

The full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX) works with a chimp community which is undergoing habituation. Early visitors can watch chimps leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30am. Before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying until it is time to build new nests around 7pm.

The park’s population of elephants travel between the park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other terrestrial mammals that are found within Kibale National Park. For instance red and blue duikers, bushbucks, sitatungas, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, common warthogs, and African buffalo. The carnivores that are present such as  African leopards, African golden cats, servals, different mongooses and two species of otter. In addition, lions visit the park on occasion.

The park boasts many species of birds, including the olive long-tailed cuckoo, western tinker bird, two species of pittas (African and green-breasted) and the African grey parrot.

Budongo Forest

Budongo is a natural forest located in the southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park. Uganda’s largest and most visited national park. This jungle is Uganda’s second finest chimp trekking location after Kibale national park. And chimp trekking is done in two sessions, the morning session beginning at 8:00 am and the afternoon session beginning at 2:00 pm at the park headquarters. Trekking through the jungle takes around 2 to 3 hours or more depending on where the chimps are located. Because they tend to go deep into the forest in search of food. Especially during the dry season.

Once the chimps have been located, you will spend one hour with them in their natural environment, photographing them with flashless cameras, preserving the moments. Learning about their behaviors, and habits, and watching them play in the trees, among other things.

Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest is a natural forest reserve in western Uganda in Bushenyi district and it is located between Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest reserve is home to chimpanzees which may be observed in the morning or afternoon by following woodland paths. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest takes about 2 to 3 hours and once you have spotted these primates, you will be allowed to spend an hour with them in their natural habitat.

Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura Gorge is situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda’s second largest National Park. This park is known as the “Valley of the Apes” due to its abundance of primate species such as chimpanzees, olive baboons and also the black and white colobus monkeys.

A Chimpanzee Trekking Permit and its Cost

A chimpanzee trekking permit is a document or card issued out by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to any Tourist who is above the age of 12 Years old and it allows him or her to visit a habituated chimp family and spend one hour with them in their natural habitat.

Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda vary depending on the destination where they are, for example, a chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale Forest National Park costs $200 for foreign non-residents, $150 for foreign residents, however Effective July 2024, the price will be $250 for Foreign Non Residents, $200 for Foreign Residents and UGX 180,000 for East African citizens, while a Chimp Habituation permit in Kibale forest national park costs $250 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents, and UGX 200,000 for East African citizens and effective July 2024, the prices will be$300 for Foreign Non Residents, $250 for Foreign Residents and UGX250,000 FOR East African Residents.

A chimpanzee habituation permit costs $50 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents and UGX 30,000 for East African citizens in Kyambura gorge, $90 for foreign non-residents and foreign residents in Budongo forest, $50 for foreign non-residents and foreign residents in Kalinzu forest, and $30 for foreign residents and UGX 20,000 for East African citizens in Toro-Semuliki.

Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can be done at any time of year, but the best time is during the dry season which starts from June to September and also December to February. Furthermore,  the dry season is also known as the peak season and visitors prefer this time because there is less rainfall in the forests. Since the roads leading to the chimpanzee trekking destinations are passable, the shrubs in the forest are short and also trees in the forests have short leaves which allows for clear viewing of the chimpanzees.

What to pack on your Safari

When packing for your chimp trekking safari in Uganda, you should include the following items:

Chimpanzee trekking permit

Hiking shoes

Rain jacket/poncho

Warm sweater

Bug repellent, a long-sleeved shirt and pants

Energy snacks


Pair of binoculars

Chimpanzee Tracking Rules and Regulations

Trackers with diseases such as diarrhea, cough and flu may not be allowed to enter the park.

A distance of about 8-12m is important between you and the Chimpanzee.

Flash photography is not allowed.

Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to enter the park.

Respect the animals

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