What Are The Best Destinations Where To Go For Chimpanzee Tracking In Uganda? Uganda, an East African country often referred to as the “the Pearl of Africa” is considered to be a haven for wildlife enthusiasts who travel on a safari seeking a unique and immersive experience with our closet living relatives known as the chimpanzee species. Uganda is also well renowned for its beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity and there are several primate destinations where to visit for chimpanzee tracking activities hence allowing tourists to witness these fascinating creatures within their natural habitats. Therefore, in the essay below we will explore more about the best destinations for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda and some of these include;

  1. Kibale Forest National Park.

Kibale national park is located in the western region of Uganda and it is ranked as a premier destination for chimpanzee tracking because it hosts the largest population of about 1,200 chimpanzees in the whole of East Africa hence making it an ideal location for primate enthusiasts. This national park is surrounded with dense and lush forests, which provide a picturesque for tracking the chimpanzees. However, during this activity tourists always get chances to encounter with other various primate species such as;

  • The red colobus monkeys.
  • grey-cheeked mangabeys,
  • red-tailed monkeys (or red-tailed guenons)
  • black and white colobus monkeys
  • Uganda red (or ashy) colobus monkeys
  • L’Hoest’s (or mountain) monkey
  • vervet monkeys
  • olive baboons
  • Uganda mangabeys
  • patas monkeys
  • blue (or diademed) monkeys
  • grey-cheeked mangabeys
  • Prince Demidoff’s bushbabies (galagos)
  • Bosman’s pottos and many others.

 2.Budongo Forest Reserve.

Budongo forest reserve is part of Murchison falls National Park, which is located in the western region of Uganda and it, is also considered as another remarkable destination for chimpanzee tracking. More so, this pristine forest is dominated by towering mahogany, ironwood trees which create a serene and enchanting atmosphere hence making it a good natural habitat to the habituated chimpanzee groups.

In addition, the chimpanzee tracking within Budongo forest provides tourists with great opportunities to explore other places like the Royal mile, which is famously known as a birding trail where bird lovers can spot a variety of bird species such as; the chocolate backed kingfisher. Therefore, this combination of bird watching and chimpanzee trekking makes budongo forests as well rounded destination for all the nature lovers.

  1. Kyambura Gorge
What Are The Best Destinations Where To Go For Chimpanzee Tracking In Uganda?

The Kyambura Gorge is a forest, which is found at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge is dominated by a dense forest, tropical rainforest and it is home to about 17 chimpanzees and is a cut off from the larger forests like Kalinzu and Maramagambo where other chimpanzees live, this last led to them being called the lost chimps of Kyambura.  However, to track chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge will require one to book permits through the Uganda Wildlife Authority and your tour operator. Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura Gorge is normally included to game drives, boat cruise and lion tracking Uganda safari adventures in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

  1. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is one of the must visit destination where  to see chimpanzees in Uganda, this sanctuary is located on Lake Victoria on Ngamba Island and is home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees. Ngamba Island is home to rescued and orphaned chimpanzees from all over Uganda, the sanctuary is not designed for chimpanzee trekking but provides an exceptionally opportunity to close observe the chimpanzees in a unique setting from a secure raised platform as the come to feed three times a day.

  1. Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest is another amazing chimpanzee trekking destination in Uganda located outside Queen Elizabeth National Park, the forest is arguably the second-best place to track chimpanzee in Uganda. Kalinzu Forest is home to approximately 40 chimpanzees habituated for chimpanzee trekking yet the forest is home to more than 300 chimpanzees.

Kalinzu Forest is also home to blue monkeys, black and white colobuses and vervet monkeys among others. In addition to primates, Kalinzu Forest is home to over 410 bird species, butterflies, moths, reptiles among others.

  1. Toro Semliki National Reserve

Toro Semuliki National Reserve is a great chimpanzee trekking destination located in the western corner of Uganda along the border between Uganda and DR Congo, the park is home to 260 chimpanzees living in three communities. The chimpanzee in this reserve are being studied by scientists from the Indian University and have been found to have a unique habit of moving upright as they leave forest to go feed in the savannah.

Toro Semuliki National Reserve is home to other primate species like chimpanzees, Red-tailed, vervet, Black, white colobus monkeys and Baboons. You can also encounter wildlife species like waterbucks, warthogs, bushbucks, buffaloes, Uganda kobs and elephants.

Contact our trusted tour operators for more information about the best destinations where to track chimpanzees and then book with our tours and travel companies such as; Achieve Global Safaris who offer the best tour packages while on your safari in Uganda.  

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