Where is the Best Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda?

Posted by on June 6, 2019

The Best Chimpanzee Trekking Parks & Places

Where in Uganda is the Best Chimpanzee Tracking found with sure sightings?


Find the parks for the Best Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda. Uganda is the Best Country in East Africa with over 5,000 Chimpanzees for Chimpanzee Trekking which includes a 1-hour visit with a Chimpanzee or Group or the All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, also called CHEX.

Kibale Forest is the premier Destination 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.

The Chimpanzees are one of Uganda’s main attractions along with the Mountain Gorillas.  Chimpanzee Trekking is one of the most popular activities in Uganda. 

Uganda, without a doubt, is the Best Chimpanzee Destination in all of East Africa. Uganda has more chimpanzees, 5,000 plus than any other East African Country.  It has more Chimpanzee Trekking Destinations than any other East African Country, and it is no wonder that Uganda is the Premier Primate Destination in all of East Africa.

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


Where is the Best Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda


 1.  Kibale Forest – Best Park for Chimpanzee Trekking:

For the Best Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda, it is  Kibale Forest that wins hands-down. If you want to see Chimpanzees on a Trek or during an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

Kibale Forest is the park for the Best Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda, but not only in Uganda but all of East Africa.

None of our Clients have ever missed seeing the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, home to 1,500 Chimpanzees plus 12 other primates making it a primate lover’s paradise. The success rate for Chimpanzee Sighting approaches 100%.

Cost for a Chimpanzee Permit is 150 USD and includes park entrance on the day of the trek.

Kibale Forest is also the best park for the sought the all-day  Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX.


 2. Kalinzu Forest –  (near Queen Elizabeth Park):

Kalinzu Forest is the 2nd  best area in Uganda for Chimpanzee Trekking. Since the Forest Ministry handles it – minimum age here is 12 years old, and the price for permits is 30 USD.

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

Japanese Researchers have habituated the Chimpanzees here for over 20 years – they have done an excellent job habituating the Chimpanzees here.

There are no quality lodging facilities here so you have to stay in Queen Elizabeth Park and we will select a lodge near to Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest.

There is no lodging in or near Kalinzu Forest beside a campsite. We arrange Lodging in nearby  Queen Elizabeth Park.


 3.  Budongo Forest – Murchison Falls:

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 the 40 USD daily Murchison Falls Park Entrance.

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

The project here is overseen by the Jane Goodall Institute and Uganda Wildlife Authority in a joint venture.

Budongo Forest is near Murchison Falls Park in northern Uganda.  It is easily added to any safari that takes in Murchison Falls Park.

There is only one lodge to choose from here, Budongo Ec-Lodge which does a nice all-around job for your overnight stay here.


 4. Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Treks (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 50 USD plus the daily entrance of 40 USD.

In 2018 the sightings for Chimpanzees declined; however, many of our Clients still want to visit the Lost  Gorge of Kyambura.


 5. Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve Chimpanzee Trekking:

The Semuliki Wildlife Reserve 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

Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is close to the Rwenzori Mountains Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, and Kibale Forest.

Semliki is easily accessed from Queen Elizabeth Park.


 Best Advice about Chimpanzee Trekking:

Your Safari in Uganda will determine where you trek Chimpanzees.  If you are planning to track Gorillas and want to combine it with Chimpanzee Trekking then the logical places to include would be Kibale or Kalinzu Forest. Kibale Forest has the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience called CHEX.

Uganda is the best East African Country for Chimpanzee Trekking with more Chimpanzees and more trekking locations plus it is the only country where the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is offered.

Those that want more than one Chimpanzee can do so in different locations in Western Uganda. Some Trek in Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to Mountain Gorillas but to Chimpanzees, however, they are not tracked because of conservation reasons.


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