Let’s Take a Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Safari to Kibale National Park As We Have a Candid Moment with these Chimps
I guess these are some of the questions that are lingering in your mind right now “But aren’t chimps the same thing as monkeys? And if not so what’s the difference and why does it matter? The outright answer to the first question is NO though they share a quite a number of similarities which we are going to explore as we go on. First and foremost, Monkeys, chimpanzees, and humans all belong to a group of mammals called primates.
What are primates?
Primates are mammals that are characterized by their advanced cognitive development and abilities, grasping hands and feet, and forward-facing eyes, along with other characteristics. Some primates (including some great apes and baboons) are typically terrestrial (move on the ground) versus arboreal (living in the trees), but all species of primates have adaptations to climb trees. Millions of years ago, primate ancestors evolved different defining characteristics from one another, branching into many species within different groups such as great apes, lesser apes, and Old/New World monkeys, are seemingly similar. Although this sometimes confusing because of the numerous categories of primates and to get this clearly we have to understand that all of the apes regardless of their smaller groups have similar characteristics, but there are characteristics that separate these apes following their smaller subgroups. For example Great apes, which has members like chimps, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and humans, yes, you had me right humans or people like you and I. We belong together with these wild members in the same. What sets this subgroup apart from the rest of apes is the fact that all the members of this group generally have larger brains, larger bodies, and no tail. Often, Dr Goodall often likes to use Mr H a monkey plush toy who travels with her everywhere she goes and in her lectures to she usually likes to demonstrate this difference by asking the crowd, “How can we tell that Mr H is not a chimpanzee?” She will then dangle Mr H by his tail and say, “Chimps have no tail!”
Ok, so we understand how to identify great apes, but what about monkeys? Let’s try to also understand monkeys as well. There are many different species of monkeys, monkeys belong to the group that is known as ‘lesser apes’. This group has members such as Gibbons and Siamangs. This group is characterized by a small size of its members who have thin arms, and a slightly smaller brain. These monkeys are further divided into “New World” and “Old World” monkeys. Many Old and New World Monkeys have tails, tend to walk on all fours like a cat or dog, and have the smallest brain out of the groups. Some Old World monkeys include baboons and guenons, while some New World monkeys include Capuchin and spider monkeys! I hope you can now tell the difference between monkeys and chimpanzees as monkeys have tails while chimpanzees don’t have any tail on them.
Now let’s get back to chimpanzees and humans. Humans did not evolve from chimps, as is a frequent misconception. Chimpanzees and humans share a recent common ancestor, and as some of this ancestral population evolved along one line to become modern chimpanzees, others of this ancestor evolved along a line of various species of early human, eventually resulting in Homo sapiens (you and me!). Chimpanzees are genetically closest to humans, and in fact, chimpanzees share about 98.6% of our DNA. We share more of our DNA with chimpanzees than with monkeys or other groups, or even with other great apes! We also both play, have complex emotions and intelligence, and a very similar physical makeup.
After Dr Jane Goodall’s research in Gombe forest of Tanzania, she managed to observe that chimpanzees, just like humans were able to make and use tools during their daily routines and this groundbreaking discovery redefined everything that scientists thought they knew about what separated humans and chimpanzees! Furthermore, this completely changed the notion that humans lived outside of the animal kingdom but rather put them alongside the rest of the animal kind.
Now that you have a clear picture of what chimpanzees are and how close we are related to them, I believe it’s time for you Kibale National Park Uganda “The Primate Capital Of The World” so that you can finally put this theory to taste as you compare these note with reality. I promise you will dumbfound with how true this is. Kibale National Park habituates 5000 wild chimpanzees and is home to a population of around of over 20 communities that have been habituated for visitors to see hence giving you the best to chance to see man’s closest relatives the chimpanzees with so much ease. Tourist attractions in Kibale National Park include the 350 bird species such as the great blue turaco, African pitta, and green breasted pitta. Other tourist activities in Kibale National Park Uganda include birding, nature walks in Bigodi wetlands, community walks in Rweteera community. During your visit to Kibale Forest National Park, you can choose to stay in any of the numerous lodging facilities which include luxury safari lodges like Primate Lodge Kibale, Crater Safari Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Chimpanzee Forestguesthouse, Kibale Forest Guest House, Kibale Forest Camp, Rweteera Safari Camp. Getting to Kibale National park is easily done by road as it lies only 312km away from Kampala city Uganda capital. However, if you are interested in flying to Kibale, as of today, you will have to stomach flying to Kasese then drive to remaining distance between Kasese and Fort portal which is about 150km away or 2 hours of a road ride.
For you ultimate encounter with these chimpanzees, allows us Prime Safaris & tours Ltd to take you on a Uganda chimpanzee safari to Kibale as we have been tried and tested by both time and other tourists before you and we have emerged as one of the best Uganda safari tour companies that have best Uganda safari packages for chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest as well other tour Uganda packages to their destinations in Uganda such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls national and Kidepo Valley National Park for a spectacular Uganda wildlife safari in these parks. For anyone looking to have an encounter with the mountain gorillas which also belong to the same group with us humans, no one else organizes Uganda gorilla safaris as Prime Safaris ltd does. We also promise to give you the best experience during your Rwanda gorilla safari to track gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. When it comes to making gorilla safaris in Congo, Prime Safaris & tours ltd is king as we offer the most competitive gorilla trekking safaris in Congo’s Kahuzi Bieiga National Park for a magical moment with lowland gorillas as well as Virunga National Park for another moment with mountain gorillas.
- Here are some packages for you to select from for a Uganda safari
- 1 day Jinja source of the Nile tour Jinja tour day trip
- 1 day Kampala city tour trip Uganda
- Sipi falls day trip
- Ngamba island chimpanzee day tour
- 1-day Mambamba swamp birding excursion
- 1 day short Uganda safari to Lake Mburo
- 3 days Uganda safari to Lake Mburo
- 2 days chimpanzee trekking safari in Uganda
- 3 days chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Kibale National Park
- 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari
- 10 days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Safari
- 2 days Murchison Falls safari in Uganda
- 3 days Murchison Falls national park Uganda safari
- 2 days Queen Elizabeth national park
- 3 days Queen Elizabeth safari Uganda
- 2 Days Gorilla Safari in Bwindi
- 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi
- 3 days Uganda Safari to Kidepo National Park
- 4 Days Safari in Uganda to Kidepo Valley National Park
- 2 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour Mgahinga Gorilla Park
- 3 days Uganda Gorilla Tour to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park