Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
Uganda provides the greatest opportunities for the various Chimpanzees activities in East African region including Chimpanzee habituation experience. Uganda is home to over 5,000 chimpanzees in protected and unprotected areas. The five main Chimpanzee destinations in their Natural habitats in Uganda are Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge (in Queen Elizabeth National Park), Kalinzu Forest and Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Chimp tracking, which is available for an hour is the commonest chimpanzee activity in all the above 5 locations. However, there is another option that allows you to be with chimpanzees all day long in the forest.
Chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX) is a full-day activity that occur in the chimpanzee community which is undergoing habituation. The daily activity of Chimpanzee Habituation Experience means an early breakfast, a packed lunch (taken from your lodge, at your own cost) and meet your guide. From here, you take off to where the chimpanzees built nests the night before. You will spend the rest of the day with chimpanzees as they rise from their sleep to when the go to bed. Chimpanzee habituation is aimed at getting the chimpanzees used to human presence and is a long process that can take up to two years before a group of chimpanzees can safely be considered habituated.
Kibale Forest National Park
The diversity and density of primates in Kibale Forest is the highest in Africa. The most famous of its 13 species is the chimpanzee, our closest relative. Kibale Forest’s 1450 chimpanzees represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. The forest is also home to East Africa’s largest population of the threatened red colobus and the rare I’Hoest’s monkey. Other primates include the black-and-white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, bush baby and potto.
At least 70 othe mammal species are present in the park though ground-dwelling animals are difficult to see in dense forest. An estimated 500elephants are present, along with buffalos, leopards, warthogs, bush pigs, golden cats and duikers. A keen observer may spot reptiles and amphibians as well as a colorful variety of 250 species of butterflies.
The Budongo Forest is a moist, semi-deciduous tropical rain forest located at the top of the Albertine Rift, situated between 1° 37 N – 2° 03 N and 31° 22 – 31° 46 E.t is known for its former abundance of East African mahogany trees as well as being home to a population of chimpanzees.
Recorded from Budongo are more than 360 bird species, some 290 butterflies, 130 moths, 465 trees, and 24 mammals, of which 9 are primates. Chimpanzee tracking has become an activity popular with eco-tourists, necessitating behavioural guidelines for visitors in order to avoid undue disturbance of both animals and forest. Trails have been cut criss-crossing the forest, initially to ease access for research workers and since then used by eco-tourists, forest animals and poachers.
Bunngo Forest’s rainy season is from March – May and again from September – November, the dry season being December – February.
Embark on an adventure to meet the magnificent primates of Uganda. Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest and a wild game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest is a memory you should live.
Track the playful chimps of Kibale forest National Park, track the tree climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth NP and make the holiday complete by visiting the Bwindi impenetrable Forest for the mighty gentle giant mountain gorillas.
Kyanbura Game Reserve
Kyambura Game Reserve or Chambura Game Reserve, which borders to the west of Kyambura Gorge, is part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) in Uganda. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including the only primates in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The area is an important water source for many animals and is surrounded by savanna, but is generally noted for its high concentration of primate life located in the gorge.
Kyambura is the only place in QENP where habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys are seen. The park is also known for its variety of avian species including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater and the African finfoot.
Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Kalinzu Forest reserve is located in Bushenyi district in the Southwestern part of Uganda near Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo forest. It is approximately 375 kilometers which is just about 6 hours drive up to the reserve headquarters. The forest lies on an average altitude of about 1400m above sea level. The reserve is known for its 414 species of trees and shrubs including prunus African Ficus and Parinari among others. The forest is also famous for its six different primate species that include chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’hoest guenon, vervet monkeys, and baboon. The reserve also harbors 378 species of birds including sun birds, black and white casket, cuckoos and the Great Blue Turaco, it host also 97 moths, 262 butterflies ,flowers and reptiles
Due to the fact that Kalinzu Forest is near to Queen Elizabeth National Park, it provide a refuge to savannah grassland species such as leopard, lion, wild pig and Duiker, waterbuck, giant forest hog, buffaloes, elephants to mention but a few.