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Comparing Chimpanzee Trekking – Uganda versus Rwanda

Posted by on November 30, 2018

Chimpanzee Trekking – Comparing Uganda with Rwanda

Comparing Chimpanzee Trekking – Uganda or Rwanda? If you want to see Chimpanzees there is only one Choice – Kibale Forest in Uganda

Comparing Chimpanzee Trekking – Uganda or Rwanda?- If you want to add Chimpanzee Trekking to your Safari in Rwanda or Uganda you will want to know where is the best place to track Chimpanzees and where do I have the best opportunity to see them.

Rwanda’s Chimpanzees are found in Nyungwe Forest National Park (400 Chimpanzees) and Cyamudongo Forest. There are two groups which are semi-habituated in Nyungwe and another is in Cyamudongo.  The new Gishwati-Mukura National Park also has a few Chimpanzee.

Uganda is the Primate Capital of East Africa, 480 plus Mountain Gorillas out of a total of 880 found in Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.  When it comes to Chimpanzees, there are about 5,000 chimpanzees in Uganda, almost 1,500 of which are found in Kibale Forest National Park. Visitors can track Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest and in the Semliki Valley.  Chimpanzees are also in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest but there is no official tracking there.

The Pros and Cons of Chimpanzee Trekking in Rwanda:

Pros:Comparing Chimpanzee Trekking- Uganda or Rwanda

  • Chimp Trekking in Nyungwe Forest is easily combined with Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
  • Nyungwe Forest offers many other activities include other primates such as large groups of Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Birding, Hiking and Forest Canopy Walk.
  • Good Roads to get to Nyungwe Forest
  • One of the Best Luxury Lodges in Rwanda, Nyungwe Forest Lodge.


  • Chimp Sightings are a hit or miss-more miss than hit, mostly you miss out on them but are rewarded by other things in this rare Afro-Montane Forest –  Just read the TripAdvisor Reports.
  • Price for Permit is high for a hit and miss trek
  • Long Disappointing Treks without seeing Chimpanzees
  • Chimpanzees are semi or non-habituated making them hide from Humans upon their approach
  • Lodging Choices are limited
  • Lodging in most cases it is a distance from the Chimpanzee trekking trailhead

Pros and Cons of Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda:


  • Best Chimpanzee Trekking in East Africa with Kibale Forest being the best park to see them, no clients have ever missed seeing them there.  Budongo Forest is a good second choice as is Kalinzu Forest, followed by the Kyambura Gorge and the Semliki Valley.
  • All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Treks are offered in Kibale Forest all year-long and in Budongo Forest during the off-season.
  • Prices for Chimpanzee Trekking range from 30 USD to 150 USD with the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Trek is 220 USD for a permit in Kibale Forest.
  • Lodging Choices for Chimpanzee Trekking are many ranging from Shoe-String to Luxury around Kibale Forest.


  • Drive-Times between Parks has to be co-ordinated
  • Stand-alone Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris are limited to Kibale Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest and Semiliki.
  • Kyambura Gorge as of late has not been good for Chimpanzee Trekking.  It is best to do so at neaby Kalinzu Forest

Our Advice:

Comparing Chimpanzee trekking Uganda or Rwanda?. It comes down  to where you want to track Chimpanzees which is most often combined with Gorilla Trekking.

Do visit Nyungwe Forest, even though you may not see chimpanzees since there are many other activities there and it is the largest Afro-Montane Park in Africa.

For Chimpanzee Trekking, that is not iffy (no client has ever missed seeing Chimpanzees) include Kibale Forest National Park with its 13 kinds of primates and almost 1,500 chimpanzees.

It will be well worth your effort spending an hour or a full day with the chimpanzees (Chimpanzee Habituation Experience) in Kibale Forest.

We know Uganda and Rwanda and we know how to put together a Primate Trekking Safari that is right for you.

Bottom Line – If you are intent on seeing the Chimpanzees in the Wild – the best Choice is Kibale Forest – the alternative is a Chimpanzee Trek often without Chimpanzees in Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.

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