Chimpanzee trekking: frequently asked questions : When we talk of primate safaris chimpanzee trekking is next to mountain gorilla trekking; and about 50% of the population that treks gorillas also treks chimpanzees.

Kibale National Park

And like mountain gorilla trekking, trekkers always have questions and here are some of the common questions asked about chimpanzee trekking.

What is chimpanzee trekking?

Chimpanzee trekking is a safari activity that involves individuals going into a forest to search for the famous chimpanzees and when they find them they spend an hour with them.

Where is chimpanzee trekking done?

Chimpanzee trekking is East Africa is done in Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania.

In Uganda trekking is done at the primate capital in Kibaale National park, Budongo forest, kyambura gorge and Ngamba Island.

In Rwanda chimpanzee trekking is done at the Nyungwe National park.

How long does it take to trek chimpanzees?

A Chimpanzee trekking experience takes about 4 to 6 hours and you spend one hour in the presence of the chimpanzees.

How many people trek the chimpanzees at a time?

10 to 12 people can trek a chimpanzee group in a day.

How much are the chimpanzee trekking permits?

Chimpanzee trekking permits are costed differently per country per chimpanzee habitat. In Kibaale National park, permits  cost 200 USD per person per a trek.

Do chimpanzees eat people?

No, chimpanzees do not eat people.

They are herbivorous animals so they feed on fruits, tree stems, shoots and small insects.

However, if you disturb the chimpanzee’s peace during your trekking experience. The animal can fight you and leave you for dead.

What level of fitness should I have before I trek chimpanzees?

Any person who is health and can walk a reasonable distance with any problems can trek chimpanzees. The trekking trails are not so rough and tedious like in mountain gorilla trekking so basically is healthy and fit person can trek the chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee trekking: frequently asked questions
Primates in Nyungwe National Park

However, if you feel you need to do some training before you trek, you can go ahead and do.

Can children trek chimpanzees?

No children cannot chimpanzees. The acceptable age for chimpanzee trekking is 15 years and aabove.

Chimpanzee trekking: frequently asked questions : Can I trek the chimpanzees more than once?

Yes, you can. However, you should know that for every fresh chimpanzee trekking experience you will be required to pay for a fresh permit. Because each permit just gives you just one trekking experience.

Also a chimpanzee family can only be visited once in a day, so if you want to have another trekking experience, you will have to wait and do it the next day.

Chimpanzee trekking: frequently asked questions : Which days of the week are good for chimpanzee trekking?

Any day of the week you choose to trek the chimpanzees is perfect. The chimpanzees don’t have anything that changes on any day. They live the same life and routine every other day.

Which time of the year is the best for chimpanzee trekking?

Any time of the year, you wish to trek the chimpanzees is perfect as stated above the chimpanzees have the same routine and life nothing changes in them.

However, during the rainy seasons trekking is quite tiring because of the wet trails other than that nothing changes.

What other safari activities can I do with chimpanzee trekking?

Well depending on your time, you can have a chimpanzee trekking safari and do other activities in the same place you had the chimpanzee experience or in another place.

Other safari activities you can do after the chimpanzee trekking activity include but are not limited to bird watching, forest walk, nature treks, community tours and sightseeing.

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