Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Posted by Binny Shah-Patel     Posted on 29/05/2019
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  • Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle, and in this unique and lush destination you can go on a safari and see lions prowling the open plains (or if you are lucky see them relaxing in trees), or see the famous primates that Uganda is known for.

    Lions in trees

    Lion in a tree

    While Uganda is famous for its gorilla trekking, did you know there’s such a thing as chimpanzee trekking available too? Perfect for primate lovers! We would recommend combining a safari with gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.

    Chimpanzee

    Cheeky Chimpanzee

    One of the locations that chimpanzee trekking can be done is at Kyambura Gorge located on the outskirts of Queen Elizabeth National Park, known as the “valley of apes” in the south western part of Uganda, and is available all year round. It is a remarkable underground forest and the forest walk is rewarding and the views of the gorge from a look out point are priceless.

    Chimpanzees are our closest relatives sharing about 98.7% of the DNA with man. They adapt to their environments over time, developing tools for survival, much like humans. You can spend an hour with these creatures in their natural habitat and see how they go about their lives in the forest. You will be able to follow them with the help of trackers who go ahead of you, and ranger guide to get great pictures and learn more about the chimps.

    Things to note:

    • While it is an all year round activity, the optimal times for chimpanzee trekking are during the low-season months of March, April, May and November when there are fewer tourists, but keep in mind this is also the rainy season.
    • You must book your CHEX permits in advance.
    • Please note that in order to prevent transmitting human-borne diseases to the chimps, anyone who is ill will not be allowed in the park.
    • The weather is unpredictable, so rainproof gear, including boots with strong traction, is recommended, especially during the low/rainy season when the slopes are muddy. If needed, a heavy-duty rainproof poncho can be rented.
    • Carry insect repellent with you and spray it liberally on yourself prior to the trek.
    • We recommend wearing a long-sleeved shirt and long pants to protect your skin from the foliage, which can be prickly.
    • Wear hiking gaiters or tuck your pants into your socks/boots to prevent ants from climbing up your legs.

    Suggested itinerary

    Gorillas, Wildlife & Chimps

    This 6-night itinerary starts in Entebbe where you will have a transfer to Kibale Forest, followed by Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi, and return to Entebbe.

    Are you inspired to visit Uganda and see these amazing primates?

    We would love to work with you to plan the trip of a lifetime. For more information on how our safari experts can help you, call Somak Holidays today on 020 8423 3000, or visit our website here:

    https://www.somak.com

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