Uganda tops chimp trekking wild destinations list!
After taking lead on the Wanderlust’s top wild destinations for chimpanzee trekking, Uganda is undeniably a prime spot for tracking these amazing creatures, one of man’s closest relatives. Uganda hosts the best chimpanzee trekking destinations in the world within the Albertine rift valley region where East Africa meets Congo’s jungle, it’s just a matter of knowing the best spots to go to. With vast biodiversity, this is a habitat for most of the chimpanzees in Africa alongside several endemic wildlife species unrivaled by any other eco-region in the continent.
Being the Pearl of Africa, Uganda safaris have been on many tourist’s bucket lists for Africa safaris because of the profusion of wildlife and numerous bird species. For primate watching and tracking, the country is much rewarding just like Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and birding safari in Uganda tours.
3 excellent spots for chimpanzee trekking in Africa
Kibale Forest National Park Uganda
From the Kanyanchu river camp area which is the focal point for chimpanzee habituation, Kibale forest national park offers you a long-awaited opportunity to trek and glimpse at the chimpanzees. Blessed with over 1200 chimpanzees, Kibale forest park is the excellent and busiest chimp trekking point. Situated in south western Uganda, on a Uganda wildlife safari to Kibale forest, you go for chimpanzee trekking by 8:00am spending 2-4hours in the tropical jungle and a single hour in the presence of the chimpanzees. On the other side, you can go for chimpanzee habituation that starts at 6:00am till 7:00pm both activities available year-round.
Budongo Forest Reserve Uganda
Budongo Forest Reserve specifically Kaniyo Pabidi forest close to Kichumbanyobo gate of Murchison Falls National Park is another excellent spot for chimpanzee trekking in Africa. Close to Lake Albert, this outstanding reserve is home to over 600 chimps that tourists can trek on either a half day or full day chimpanzee trekking tour. The canopy is thick and an amazing forest to visit with no worries on how to get there because of the favorable terrain.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda
If you haven’t trekked chimpanzees yet in a valley then this is one amazing primate trekking experience to undertake on a wildlife safari in Uganda at Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kyambura Gorge is a deep, forested cut within Queen Elizabeth national park with a small community of chimps that were isolated from the Maramagambo forest. You can decide to take a nature walk in the gorge also known as valley of apes and still leave with great memories.
Apart from the wild or natural habitat, you can still sight chimpanzees at Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary which is a rescue place for orphaned chimpanzees in Uganda. Situated on one of the islands on Lake Victoria, many tourists go here for a 1 day Ngamba chimpanzee tour as they sight the surviving chimps here display their character.
Though Uganda is undoubtably the best destination for primate tracking due to its prime habitats, it’s not the only option in Africa, as tourists have other spots in East and Central Africa to track chimpanzees.
For those on Tanzania wildlife safaris, Wanderlust suggested Mahale Mountains National Park and Gombe stream National park as the prime destinations. Tourists on Rwanda wildlife tours have the chimpanzee trekking opportunity at Cyamudongo forest of Nyungwe Forest National Park.
Now you know all the best places to meet these lovely creatures, the wait is over, just plan your next Africa trip.