Uganda has a lot of opportunities for chimpanzee activities in the region of East Africa including chimpanzee habituation experience. Uganda shelters more than 5000 chimpanzees in the wild and over 1000 habituated in different protected areas. Though the main chimpanzee destinations in Uganda include Kibale national park, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest on the fringes of Queen Elizabeth national park.
In Uganda, chimpanzee trekking experience allows travelers to spend only one hour with the chimpanzees and this is the most common chimpanzee activity that is done in in Uganda; however chimpanzee habituation is another exhilarating encounter that has developed overtime and is attracting global attention. With this experience, travelers spend the whole day with the chimpanzees watching them leave their nests as early as 6:00am until they return to build new nests at 7pm. Chimpanzee habituation is only done as a tourist activity in Kibale national park, other destinations are still being studied and developed.
Chimpanzee habituation experience begins early in the morning, this means travelers need to wake up before dawn after having an early breakfast, then carry packed lunch and meet the ranger guides for pre-trek briefing before the chimpanzee adventure begins.
The travelers will proceed with their respective guides and head to the forest to spot chimpanzee nests a night before, then view the chimpanzees rising from the nests at the break of dawn.
The travelers will have an entire day to watch chimpanzees in their natural habitat and this will make their day interesting and memorable as they watch an episode in the whole period of habituation for the chimpanzee group they are visiting. On the journey of chimpanzee habituation visitors get a chance to view the chimpanzees leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 – 6:30 am before feeding, copulating, hunting, breastfeeding, resting, patrolling and displaying to the time of building new nests around 7pm.
Travelers don’t only view the activities of chimpanzees but also monitor the unique features and differences of chimpanzees, like learning how to identify the different chimpanzees as individuals by their markings, scars and other unique features that uniquely identifies them from the rest.
The traveler’s remarkable day ends when chimpanzees climb into their new nests for the night, before visitors heading back to their lodge with good memories and the satisfaction of a day well spent. When preparing for the chimpanzee habituation in kibale national park, don’t forget to pack the camera because during the activity nice shots are taken of chimpanzees doing various activities.
A group of 12 people are allowed to do chimpanzee habituation in Kibale national park on any given day.
During habituation experience in Kibale Forest national park, chimpanzees are not the only primates and wildlife spotted because Kibale shelters more primates compare to other destinations in Uganda. Primates like monkeys, baboons and many others are observed and mammals like Elephants, Buffaloes, Bush pigs and numerous bird species. This forest protects more than 350 bird species and the exotic plants, trees and butterflies add beauty and richness to the forest. Therefore, once you happen to have a chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale national park, keep the eyes wide open so that you don’t miss anything.
Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale forest national park can be enjoyed any time or season of the year however for convenience, the best months to experience the activity better are January, Feb, June, July and August when the vegetation is dry and weather is friendly.
Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale forest national park is an exhilarating, educational and adventurous experience that you won’t dare miss out while on a Uganda safari this year.