In Uganda Chimpanzee trekking is one of the most loved tourist activities in the country. The activity begins in the early morning at 8:00am and this goes on for a couple of hours (2 to 5 hours) depending on the movement of the chimpanzees within their natural habitat. Once you meet the chimps you will be allowed one hour in their presence after which you will carry on with other activities. Unique about Uganda is that there are a number of destinations where these chimpanzees can be seen while in their natural habitat and these include: Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary, Kibale forest national park and the Kyambura gorge found in Queen Elizabeth national park. Chimpanzee trekking is a bit more challenging when compared to gorilla trekking considering the fact that chimps are more elusive. They swiftly move through the forest, limping from on tree branch to another so hikers have to keep up with their movement. On the other hand, Kibale National Park comprises of so many open clearings which makes it the most ideal place to have up-close encounters of the chimpanzees while they are in the open eating.
Although Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed, there are a number of times when visitors have not been able to see chimpanzees. All the chimpanzee treks are led by specialist guides from the Wildlife Authority beginning the trek at 8:00am taking 3 to 4 hours and spending an hour you will spend with the chimpanzees. Chimpanzees can only be visited by persons who are fifteen and those over. However occasionally, children who are above twelve years are also allowed to trek but only at the discretion of the park-ranger, if they show a good level of physical strength and body fitness as well as willing to follow the instructions they will be given by the guides. For anyone to take part in this exciting activity, they must have a chimpanzee trekking Permit. For Kibale Forest National Park it costs USD150, however during the months of the low season, which are – November, April as well as May, they are discounted to only USD 100 per permit. In Uganda, there are a number of destinations where these chimpanzees can be seen while in their natural habitat and these include: Ngamba, Kibale and Kyambura Gorge. Chimps can be visited all year round, however avoid the wet months of November, April as well as May when the trails are very slippery and muddy.