Uganda is known for having 5000 chimpanzees than any other East African Country. 1500 of them are in Kibale Forest National park, the primate Capital of East Africa with 12 species of Primates and the best place well known for chimpanzee Trekking in the region. In Kibale forest, Chimpanzee tracking is the major activity and it requires one hour viewing the chimps while 3 hours are required when walking in the forest however a chimpanzee permit has to be paid in time before the actual date of tracking.
In addition to this, there is also Chimpanzee habituation. In this activity, tourists stay all day with a group of Chimpanzees following them from morning to night. You will witness them feeding, playing while getting first-hand information from guides. This means you will be able to see other primates, birds, butterflies, and mammals. Before the activity, you need to book for a special permit to be obtained for you from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The Permit costs are 150 USD for Chimpanzee Trekking and 1,500 USD for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.
The most favorite of kibale’s walks embarks from the Kanyunchu visitor center at 8:00am and 3.00pm and last for 3 hours with a great expectation of finding the chimps. While on your track, the ranger will have to explain to you more about the animals and plants you will find.
In conclusion therefore, Kibale Forest National Park is not only a primate paradise but also there are other places from which Chimpanzees can be found and these may include the following; there is Budongo forest and Kaniyo Pabidi located within Murchison Falls National Park, the Kyambura Gorge found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ngamba Island Sanctuary and not forgetting the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary to mention but a few.