Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris
Chimpanzee Tracking in the Rwanda and Uganda rainforests is one of the most interesting African jungle experience you can take on while in Uganda and Rwanda. Here are some of the pre-planned chimpanzee tours you can choose from. Our consultants can also customizr a chimp trip for you anytime.
Chimpanzees have been considered by scientists to have intelligent, sociable and communicative abilities that puts them very close to man. In addition to that they share about 98% of the human DNA composition which make them the closest relatives to humans. Chimpanzees have very traits that have attracted thousand of travellers into the Eastern rainforests for the activity called “chimpanzee tracking” where a group of toursist is escorted into the jungle to follow a chimpanzee group and watch them do some of these amazing human-like traits like crush nuts using stones, use of sticks to capture termites from their holes, use empty pods for hollowing out water, groom each other, hunt, make out calls and build there evening nests in their natural habitats.
Chimpanzees live in groups between 10 to 100 members. The group members can babysit young ones in the group, groom one another, hold each other’s hands and even kiss! At the age of 4years, the young ones become independent. Chimps are social but if disturbed, they can become unsociable and aggressive. Chimpanzees feed and make sleeping nests from in the trees, although they can also spend sometime on the ground. They feed mainly on fruits, flowers, leaves and seeds and this is what makes them first choice for research labs.
Chimpanzees Tracking with Naterow will be done in Kibale National park, Budongo Forest Reserve, Kyambura Gorge Reserve and Kalinzu Forest reserve respectively. But the best areas to spot chimpanzees are mainly Kibale national park and Budongo forest reserve.
The most rewarding chimp trekking experience in Uganda is done in Kibale National Park which a walk in the forest which starts from the Visitor center at Kanyanchu at 8am and lasts in the range of 3hours. Although chimpanzees are the most sought-after primates by visitors in Kibale National Park, there are other interesting primates like the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys, among other primates of up to 13 species that visitors can see.
This is a fascinating experience where visitors are allowed to spend enough time with the chimps and observe they as they forage and jump from tree to tree, from the time they leave their nests in the morning to the time they start to build new nests in the evening. The chimpanzees of Uganda are habituated and can freely enjoy their daily life even with human presence in their habitat. chimpanzee habituation in Uganda can be experienced in Kibale National Park mainly where over 1000 chimps lodge among other primates which count up to 13 species.
Chimpanzee Trekking Rules
Respect the chimpanzee tracking rules and regulations given to you by the park authorities like the 8 meter rule where you are expected to observe chimps from a distance not lesser than 8 meters away. The reason for these rules is to protect both you and they chimpanzees. People with airborne diseases from humans like flu are not allowed to visit the chimpanzees because they can also get affected by the same disease. Also, children under the age of 12 are not allowed top track chimpanzees.
Please do not provoke the chimpanzees once you enter the forest, they need maximum freedom. For example, do not use flash photography cameras. A group of only 6 people are allowed to track a particular group of chimpanzees.
What to carry along
We recommend shoes with good grip which can support you while climbing steep moist and muddy slopes.
Wear long sleeved clothes to protect you from pricking thickets as you traverse the verdant jungle.
Uganda`s weather especially in the rain forests is unpredictable, you should carry a rain gear.
A pair or binoculars, enough drinking water and snacks to bite on would be good for you.\
Efforts to conserve and protect chimpanzees in Uganda are acknowledged and well supported. Every time a visitor undertakes chimpanzee tracking in Uganda, he or she contributes to the conservation efforts.
The threats to Chimpanzee are increased pressure from four decades of high human population growth in the region and an associated increase in human activity and disease.
But there great efforts by the government Wildlife authorities and NGO’s like The Jane Goodall Institute that keep the number of chimps up there.
Chimpanzee Safaris Destinations
Places To Go See Chimpanzees
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