Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Sharing 98% of our DNA,Chimpanzees are human’s closest relatives even closer than gorillas. You can find them in 21 countries on the African continent but very easily seen in Uganda because chimpanzee trekking in Uganda offers the highest success rate than anywhere else in the world. Uganda has 5 different places where one can see chimpanzees; Kibale forest National Park, Kalinzu forest reserve, Kyambura Gorge, Bugoma forest and Budongo forest.

4 Day Uganda wildlife and primate safari

1. Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest

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Most people that think of Uganda, they imagine of Gorilla trekking and often forget about Chimpanzee trekking. However, Chimpanzee trekking should not be under looked for trekking Chimpanzee in Uganda is one of the best wildlife encounters in Africa.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest National park is the best in Africa not only because of high success rate of seeing them but also great well maintained walking jungle trails and a large volume of chimpanzee families that live in the forest. There is also other primates concentration including red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, mangabey, blue monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey baboons, bush babies among others

chimpanzee trekking in Uganda’s Kibale Forest National park happens at 8am in the morning and at 2pm in the afternoon everyday. You will be escorted by a ranger guide into the jungle in search for the chimpanzee after a short briefing. Along the way, your guide will tell you about the fauna and flora of the area, pointing out earlier signs of chimpanzee presence and once you have spotted the chimpanzee, you will be allowed to observe them for one hour. There is no day that is same here, some time you will walk for about 3 hours to 5 hours in search of chimpanzees

Canopy Walk in Nyungwe Forest

2. Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge

Kyambura gorge is the only place in Queen Elizabeth N.P. where you can see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates.

Created after the ancient movement of tectonic plates the Kyambura gorge forest is an important habitat Chimpanzees in Uganda, hippos, monkeys, elephant and a variety of birds. The Kyambura gorge also nicknamed as the Valley of Apes is one of the most popular place for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda part of Queen Elizabeth National park one of the most visited park in Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura is done in the morning by 8:00am and expect to be lead by a knowledgeable guide into you into the dark forest in search of our close relatives. The views from the Kyambura view point are breathtaking and we guarantee you that it will be one of the best views in Africa

Even with a wide variety of wildlife, chimpanzee trekking is the highlight of Kyambura Gorge but chimpanzee sighting success rate here is about 80% compared to Kibale forest that has 95% . A typical trekking tour here involves about 2-3 hour nature walk through thick vegetation and crossing rivers. One has to be ready to get soaked in mud. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge can be included on any tour that is going Queen Elizabeth National park a home to tree climbing lions of Ishasha sector

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3. Chimpanzee Trekking in Budongo Forest MFNP

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest – Uganda

Trekking Chimpanzees in Budongo forest in Uganda; The forest is situated on the Southern part of Murchison falls national park which is one of Uganda’s top protected and conservation. The Forest in Budongo area part of MFNP is well known by adventurous travelers for its chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

Here visitors are able to move on foot into the heart of a tropical rainforest looking for some of the habituated chimpanzees and once found you will have a chance to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat.

Kaniyo Pabidi section of the forest is home to various groups of chimpanzees that are habituated for tourism and conservation purposes

The forest is characterized and mixed between trees and savanna with a variety of wild fruits which feeds the chimpanzees and other monkeys. There is also a fair amount of mahogany trees and ironwood trees a perfect mix for chimpanzee nests

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4. Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu forest Reserve

The main activity that draws visitors in Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve is its amazing chimpanzee trekking experiences. The Forest is home to one of the largest families of chimpanzees in Uganda. Many visitors including us here at Laba Africa have rated it the second best destination for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda just after Kibale Forest National park not only for its cheaper here 80USD as compared to Kibale Forest where a permit cost 200\$. The park is home to wild chimpanzees 320 and close to 50 are habituated for tourism and conservation purposes.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest Reserve is an opportunity to also see many forest residents like, birds such as Great blue turacos and primates like baboons, blue monkeys etc.

Communication here is by radio where Uganda wildlife rangers communicate on where the chimpanzees have been spotted or slept the day before. Once you have located the chimpanzees here, you will follow them while they go about their daily lives. Chimps are very vocal and move fast, a certain degree of fitness here is needed to keep up with their movements and be able to take some nice pictures

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth National Park

5. Chimpanzee Trekking in Bugoma Forest

This natural reserve is the largest remaining natural tropical forest along the Albertine Rift Valley between Budongo forest and Semuliki National Park one of  is the finest birding destination in Uganda. 

Bugoma is home to about 500 chimpanzees (10% of the Ugandan chimp population), making the forest an ideal Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari destination. The forest is also having residets of about 221 bird species and a good bird watching tour in Uganda

Bugoma Forest

This Tropical rainforest is located in Western Uganda on the southwestern side of Hoima District, the Northeastern side of Kyenjojo Town, and the eastern side of Lake Albert found in Hoima District and is managed by the National Forestry Authority.

A count in 2010 estimated that 600 chimpanzees reside in the forest together with black and white colobus monkeys, reptiles, Uganda Mangabey monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, golden cats (profiles aurata) and side-stripped jackals. A small number of bush elephants have been recorded in recent years.
The trees make Bugoma a big environmental asset in the region since the trees absorb carbon dioxide gas emissions from the atmosphere.


Where Else to see Chimpanzees in Africa apart from Uganda?

Chimpanzees can be seen in 21 other African countries but they are more concentrated in Uganda. Here are other countries that you can see chimpanzees

Chimpanzees in Mahale National Park Tanzania

With an area of 1613 sq Km, The park is nestled in the slopes of Mahale mountains and was initially created to be a permanent home for 100s of Chimpanzees in the area. The Park is known for its amazing sunsets along Lake Tanganyika a perfect stopover for those looking for something a bit less touristy in Tanzania.

The park’s breathtaking buffet of habitats include rainforest, grasslands, bamboo and woodlands.  The park is also home to some 50 species of animals have been spotted here and over 90 exotic species of fish that call lake Tanganyika home.

There are daily chimpanzee trekking guided by trackers and rangers that will divide you into groups of six and hike the narrow mountain trails to find these amazing creatures. Once they have been located, enjoy an hour with them while they groom each other, feed and making nests there is also other variety of primates like baboons, red colobus, red-tailed, vervet monkeys etc so be sure to look up the treetops to have a chance to see them.

Gombe Stream National Park National Park Tanzania

Gombe Stream National Park is one of the smallest National Parks in Tanzania. It is comprised of  a thin strip of ancient forest straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that surround the northern shore of Lake Tanganyika, about 16 kilometers from Kigoma town.

The park was popularized  by the famous British researcher DR Jane Goodall who was doing research about Chimpanzees  here


The park is generally comprised of primates. On top of the Chimpanzees you may see olive baboons, red-tailed and red colobus monkeys among others


Chimpanzee trekking is walking in tropical rain forests in Africa in search of wild chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda can involve walking through tough terrain, small rivers, swamps and itching
vegetation leaving you tired  and sore especially if you’re not used to walking for long hours.

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda cost from 70$ per person to as much as 200$ per person as of 2022-2023. The prices are different depending on the location you
choose to do your chimpanzee trekking tours. Trekking in Kibale forest is 200$ because it has more sighting rates than
Kyambura gorge

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