THE CHIMPS OF UGANDA
Just like the Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees are also an endangered species, with about 150,000 individuals left in the wilderness. The chimps share 98.7% of human DNA and are considered to be our closest of the living relatives.
However in the wilderness, the chimps live in big groups ranging from 15-120 individuals, while communicating through systems of vocalization, body postures, facial expressions and gestures much like the human-beings do.
Uganda hosts the biggest population of chimps in the whole world, which are found in Kibale forest National Park, Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve; Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park and Budongo forest.
In Uganda it is possible to do safaris the traditional way and do chimp tracking or take part in a chimpanzee habituation experience with a ranger-guide.
Uganda’s temperate climate has made it easy for travelers on a uganda safari in that the chimps can be tracked all year round in any of the parks where they are offering a true wonderful safari experience while tracking them in the wild.
While in the forest, the ranger guide will lead travelers to the chimp and whereas some of the experienced ranger-guide will communicate with these chimps; mimicking their calls to locate where they are at that moment. After trekking through the forests, it is so thrilling to see how the chimpanzees react in the wilderness.
“Kyambura Gorge” boasts of the so called lost chimpanzees of the underground forest. It has been noted to have 25 habituated chimpanzees, which are currently open for trekking.