Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is one of the rich havens of primates in the world. The country has a great deal of primates including Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, golden monkeys, Black and White colobus, the baboons, vervet monkeys, Bush babies, among others that combine to present memorable primate safaris in Uganda.
Uganda avails great opportunities to have a close contact with the primate family either during a stunning Uganda gorilla trekking safari or chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda. Other organized primate experiences include; golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and primate walks in Semuliki and Kibale National Park Uganda which also has nocturnal walk experience.
Chimpanzee tracking is one of the wonderful Africa safari tour experiences that is offered in most of forest national parks of Uganda. Uganda is a proud home to over 5000 chimpanzees both in the protected and unprotected areas. Chimpanzees in Uganda mainly dwell in forest zones, with very few recently spotted in Savannah woodlands of Semuliki valley National Park. Major forest habitats where chimpanzees thrive in Uganda include Kibale Forest national park, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, and Budongo forest on the fringes of Murchison Falls National Park. Chimpanzees in Uganda are fully habituated and therefore can be easily accessed by visitors on their adventure safari in Uganda.
In Uganda one can as well access chimps from the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (formerly, Uganda zoo) in Entebbe and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a home to the orphaned chimpanzees and under the behind-the-scenes experience, the guests have an opportunity to feed, play, and take a selfie with a lovely long lost cousin.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is apparently the best in the region. It is a wonderful home for over 1500 chimps meaning 30% of the chimps in Uganda call this park home. Not only these are the only primates here, but also the park habours twelve other species of primates making it the popular “primate capital of the world”. Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is so unique that one will always spot at least 5 of the 13 primate species in the park within a single excursion.
Kibale National Park offers both chimp tracking where one only spends an average time of around one hour with the chimps and the mighty Chimpanzee Habituation Experience where one goes to spend the whole day in the forest with the chimps right from 6am when the chimps leave their nests up to 7pm in the evening when they climb in to their new nest for the night.
For 220 USD and 150$ for Chimpanzee Habituation Experience in Uganda (CHEX) and Chimpanzee trekking respectively, you can spend your safari holiday in Uganda with the fascinating man’s closest living relatives.