Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda and Uganda : After the mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda the next biggest primate activity is chimpanzee trekking. Rwanda and Uganda are both primate hubs, each hosting over 11 primate species in the different habitats. With the most common being the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.  Well since we all know where mountain gorilla trekking is done in both countries here is a list of where chimpanzee trekking in done.

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Rwanda has only one chimpanzee trekking site which is Nyugngwe National park. This is the only place or habitat for the famous chimpanzees. The park houses over 500 chimpanzees that roar around and make their home in the Nyugnwe forest trees. On your trekking experience you will have to endure terrains from this ancient forest, as you admire the diversity of the tree species and the water falls. The park is about 5 to 6 hours from Rwanda’s capital and usually the trekking experience is done for about 6 to 8 hours. Meaning a chimpanzee trekking trip to Nyungwe will be a 3 days safari for you.


Uganda unlike Rwanda has multiple chimpanzee trekking sites, each with its unique experience.  However Kibaale being the capital of primates has the most chimps. So the list of chimp habitats is:-

  1. Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is the most popular place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. The park is home to 2000 chimpanzees plus other primates. On your trekking experience in the park you are rest assured to find the chimpanzees because they are all over; in fact the park is known as the primate capital in East Africa. Kibale National Park is located in Western Uganda about 4 to 5 hours from Uganda’s capital Kampala. A visit to this park will not only give you a spectacular chimpanzee trekking experience but also some other amazing activities like forest walking, bird watching and many more.

  1. Budongo Forest

Also located in western Uganda, Budongo forest is another chimpanzee hub in Uganda with about 500 or more chimpanzees living in the forest. Budongo forest is known for its huge mahogany trees and being home to a variety of primate species; top of the list are the chimpanzees then Baboons, monkeys and many more. The forest is a short distance from Murchison falls National Park and usually persons who visit the forest also take the advantage and visit the famous Murchison Falls National park.

Chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda and Uganda
Budongo Forest
  1. Kyambura Gorge

Located in Queen Elizabeth National Park this gorge is known as a valley of apes. Kyambura gorge is home to about 300 chimpanzees and other primates. It’s made of thick forest will a valley form the draining of the Kyambura River which flows into the Kazinga channel. A visit to this gorge will give you a run for you fitness because of its formation, you have to take a moderately strenuous hike to reach the chimpanzees and other creatures in the forest.

  1. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

If you are not up for the challenge of adventuring forests for chimpanzees, your best option to sight Chimpanzees will be Ngamba Island. Ngamba Island is a chimpanzee sanctuary for orphaned chimpanzees. The Island is currently home to about 50 chimpanzees and is located in Entebbe in the middle of Lake Victoria. Unlike while the other chimpanzee trekking places where you are not allowed to feed the chimpanzees, at Ngamba Island you can actually feed the chimpanzees and interact very closely with them. The other bonus of visiting Ngamba Island is you get an opportunity to take a boat cruise and enjoy the beauty Lake Victoria on your way to the Island.

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