Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks – Habituation Experience – Uganda – Rwanda

Posted by on January 14, 2018

The Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks – Habituation Experience Safaris Uganda – Rwanda

Discover the Best Parks for Chimpanzee Trekking or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX – in Uganda – Rwanda

Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks – Habituation Experience – Uganda – Rwanda.  There are many Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks - Habituation Experience - Uganda - Rwandaopportunities for chimpanzee Trekking or an all-day Habituation Experience in Uganda. 

Kibale Forest is the foremost place for chimpanzee tracking and the all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX), but both can also be done in Budongo Forest (Budongo during the off-season) near Murchison Falls Park.

In Rwanda, Chimpanzee Tracking is best in Nyungwe Forest National Park where you can also track a troupe of over 400 Ruwenzori Colobus Monkeys.

Kibale Forest wins hands down as the Best Park for Chimpanzee Trekking and for year-around Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

Minimum Age for Chimpanzee Trekking is 15, except in Kalinzu Forest where it is 12 years.

Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks – Habituation Experience – Uganda – Rwanda:

Best Chimpanzee Trekking - Habituation Experience Safaris in Uganda The difference between a Chimpanzee Trekking and Habituation Experience Safari:

The Habituation Experience (CHEX) is being all-day with a chimpanzee group that is being habituated.  Any Safari that takes in Kibale Forest and or Budongo Forest (during the off-season) can choose a Habituation Experience – CHEX instead of a normal Chimpanzee Trek.

The cost for a Habituation Experience in Kibale Forest is 220 USD for a permit compared to 150 USD for a trekking permit that is 150 USD (1 00 USD during April-May – November in Kibale Forest only).

The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, especially in Kibale Forest has become popular in recent years since visitors like to spend more time with a chimpanzee group.   There are fewer permits available for the Habituation Experience than for Trekking.

Kibale-Forest-SafarisKibale Forest – Best Park in East Africa for Chimpanzee Trekking or the Habituation Experience Safaris:

If you want to see Chimpanzees on a Trek or Habituation Experience – Kibale Forest is the park.  Only 4 hours from Kampala you can see Chimpanzees on a two-day safari.

Kibale Forest is close to Queen Elizabeth Park, the Semliki Valley, the Rwenzori Mountains and is  on the Western Uganda Tourist Track that includes Murchison Falls Park, Bwindi Impenetrable forest (7 hours from Kibale but can be broken by staying in Queen Elizabeth one or two nights) – Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo Park.

None of our Clients have ever missed seeing Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest – you can also pick from Budget to Luxury Lodges in or near the park.

Budongo-Forest-near-Murchison-FallsBudongo Forest – Murchison Falls – 2nd best Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda:

Budongo Forest is the 3rd best place for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda. The probability of seeing them exceeds 80%.  The Price for permits is 80 USD plus 40 USD daily Murchison Falls Park Entrance.

Chimpanzee Trekking takes place in the morning and in the afternoon.  Habituation Experience during the off-season.

The project here is overseen by the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority.

You can easily add on Budongo Forest to a Murchison Falls Park Safari – if your safari takes in Queen Elizabeth Park – Trek Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest.

Kalinzu-Forest-ChimpanzeesKalinzu Forest – Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris (near Queen Elizabeth Park):

Kalinzu Forest is the 2nd  best area in Uganda for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris.

Since it is handled by the Forest Ministry – minimum age here is 12 years old and the price for permits is 30 USD.

It is near Queen Elizabeth Park and a Chimpanzee Trekking Safari can be incorporated with a visit to Queen Elizabeth

The Chimpanzees here have been habituated by Japanese Researchers for some years – there are no quality lodging facilities here so you have to stay in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Kyambura-Gorge-Queen-Elizabeth-Park-ChimpsKyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Safaris (Queen Elizabeth Park):

Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth is the 4th best place for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda.

The Trekking down in a deep gorge and there is a smaller Chimpanzee Group found here.  For reliability of seeing them we are dealing with about a 50% chance.

What might make up for it is the incredible scenery of the Gorge where you traverse rivers, forests, streams.

Many of our clients include both Kyambura Gorge and Kibale Forest for a Chimpanzee Trekking Safari.

Permits are 50USD plus daily entrance of 40 usd.

chimpanzee-trekking-semlikiSemliki Valley Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris:

The Semliki Valley is known for birding, tropical jungles, the Semliki River and more and more for Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris.

The Chimpanzees have been habituated by Indiana University who at times have worked under adverse conditions.

The Trek is quite long and you see other primates, a lot of birds that are found in the Congo and incredible scenery

Semliki Valley is close to the Rwenzori Mountains Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Kibale Forest.

Nyungwe-Forest-Chimpanzee-TrackingNyungwe Forest – Rwanda – Chimpanzee Trekking:

Nyungwe Afro-Montane Forest is the best place in Rwanda for Chimpanzee Trekking.

You start quite early in the morning since sunrise is one hour earlier in Rwanda than in Uganda.  Rwanda is on Central African Time.

Unlike in Kibale Forest, Chimpanzee trekking is not a 90% plus success rate.  There is however much else to see here and as the Chimpanzees become more habituated the success rate will increase.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Nyugwe Forest is a hit or miss thing, more often miss than hit and one can read many of many disappointing treks on TripAdvisor.

Best Parks for Chimpanzee Treks – Habituation Experience – Uganda – Rwanda.  There are many opportunities to visit the chimpanzees in Uganda and Rwanda– above are a few of them, we can design a safari for you that will meet your wishes and include as many chimpanzee visitations as you would like including all-day chimpanzee habituation experiences…


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