Ssese island

This is a collection of 84 islands in the northwestern part of Lake Victoria locally known as lake nalubale. Some of the 84 islands are under Entebbe while others are governed by kalangala. The island was named ssese due to the presence of tsetse flies in the past. Let’s talk about the best tourism and relaxations destinations among the 84 islands

Bugala island

This is the largest among the 84 islands that make up ssese island. The island has got about 26,000 people of which 66,000 live in kalangala. Bugala island is the 10th largest island found on a lake worldwide.  The island can be accessed by a ferry that docks at luku.

Bugala island has got several hills that give the best views of the lake, the approaching boats/ferries and the different human activities at the island. The island has also got the largest palm oil plantation in Uganda. Some of the irresistible activities that one would engage in while at bugala island include bird watching, primate viewing; enjoying the vervet monkeys, few colobus monkeys, bush bucks and many primates, different snake species, 3 types of butterflies and afew hippos located in the southern part of the island.

Bugala island is a sanctuary of 3 endemic species of rats and butterflies.

Ngamba island

Ngamba island is mostly covered by a rain forest. By 1998 , the island was turned into a sanctuary for the rescued and orphan chimpanzees. The island protects a vast number of chimps and some of the present activities once you visit ngamba island is helping the orphan chimps adapt the life at the island and also help out in feeding the adults.

Banda island

Banda island is the perfect place for camping and relaxation. The island is owned by an individual and it can be accessed by boarding a boat from kasenyi. Banda island has got standard cottages and you can also come along with your own camping gears.

Bulaga island

This island is mostly surrounded by sandy beaches and clifs. Bulaga island is more so perfect for nature walks giving you an amazing view of the lake and the distant islands. The island can be accessed by a speed boat from munyonyo taking you only 45minutes.

Bulaga island is commonly known as the birders paradise due to the presence of numerous bird species. The present accommodation facilities at bulaga island include the pineapple bay lodge and one minute south.

Some of the other islands include the bugaba island which is the mother and the home of the African grey parrots. The nsirwe island famous for its spider breeding and bird breeding, the kigungu island, bubembe island, funve island, serinya island, kitobo island and many more.

Activities/what to do at ssese island
  • Bird watching
  • Swimming in the bilharzia free fresh water body.
  • Chimpanzees
  • Sport fishing
  • Villages and nature walks
  • Primate viewing ;enjoying the colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and may more.
  • Playing beach games
  • Agriculture tours ; taking you through the largest palm oil plantation of Uganda.
  • Quad biking
  • Culture visits expecting to see the nanziri falls , the wanema’s shrine in bubeke .
  • Hone moon and vacations
  • Marine life viewing
  • Lots of discoveries expecting to see john speke’s house.
When is the best time to visit ssese island?

The island is free to visit any time throughout the year expecting the rain interaction during the months of April – May and September -November.

 

Chimpanzee trekking in Congo is done at Virunga National Park.  you can also visit virunga national part for these amazing experience in chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking safari is yet another activity that has attracted many tourists to the country to explore a number of attractions and different wildlife species. Chimpanzee is a big ape genus endemic living in central Africa’s trees and savannah, monkeys and other sub species that live in the tropical moist forest, grassland-forests, mosaic and savannah woodlands of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The chimpanzee lives in the eastern tropical forests and the common subspecies of the chimpanzee include the Eastern chimpanzee which ranges from the Ubangi River in the Central African Republic of Congo, to western Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Proof from fossils and DNA testing suggests that chimpanzee family are the nearest living relatives to human beings. Chimpanzee range on different behaviours and live in groups of about 20 to 80 members, chimpanzees are mobile and they move on the ground but in most times during day, they prefer to live on trees jumping from one tree to another as they interact with one another, chimpanzee are very social primate species to humans unlike the gorillas. They live in groups with the dominant male as the leader of the family, the male leader offers protection to the family, providing food and shelter for the family members.

The chimpanzee are omnivorous animals and mainly feed on leaves from branches, fruits, insects and they usually hunt animals like colobus monkeys and young antelopes for meat. Democratic republic of Congo harbours the larges number of the chimpanzee with over half of the world’s population of chimpanzee which has attracted many travellers to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Travellers taking part in chimpanzee trekking in Congo, will visit the following areas from which chimpanzee trekking takes place from.

Chimpanzee trekking in Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Chimpanzee in Congo are one of the most famous animal species that travellers look out for in the wilderness during their Congo Safari tours. Which as become of the famous activities although mountain gorilla trekking is one of the biggest primate safaris which is only in three east African countries namely Virunga in Congo, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park in the Uganda. With a bout 1000 gorilla species left in the world and distributed on these national parks, which has attracted a lot of tourists for gorilla trekking. However, Virunga national park, has a hidden gem of chimpanzee of habituated groups that can be visited by the travellers having interest in chimpanzee trekking in Congo.

Chimpanzee habituation process in the democratic republic of Congo, started in 2014 by a Congolese team trained by the Frankfurt Zoologist Society embarked on the journey to habituated the chimpanzee groups living in the Virunga national park with the team of trained people to take part in this activity. Chimpanzee habituation process, takes place in Tongo forest one of the protected areas in Virunga National park with a number of 32 members habituated in this area. These has enabled travellers taking part in chimpanzee trekking to located the chimpanzee easily during the trek in the forest. Travellers on chimpanzee trekking, are advised to book accommodation closer to the trekking location since the activity starts early morning at 6:00 am with the visit at the park headquarters. Unlike gorilla trekking, which allows 8 people, chimpanzee trekking only allows 4 people only to trek the chimpanzee for a period of one hour with the chimps. During chimpanzee trekking, visitors who are ill or having chronic diseases will not be allowed to trek the chimps to avoid transferring infections to the chimpanzee since they are vulnerable to human infections.

Lwiro Chimpanzee Sanctuary; is one of the primate sanctuaries that is gazetted to protect the life of the chimpanzee, the sanctuary is situated in south-eastern part of the Democratic of Congo in Bukavu town. The sanctuary was established in 2002 by the Congolese institute for nature conservation and National Centre for Research in Natural Science. This place is one of the best homes to protect the chimpanzee and one of the best places for chimpanzee tourism in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Lwiro chimpanzee sanctuary is situated with in the two national parks that is Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega National parks. The sanctuary can be visited by the travellers taking part in chimpanzee trekking, the sanctuary mainly keeps orphaned chimps which are under rehabilitation at the centre. The sanctuary is located in the place that can be easily accessed by the travellers after gorilla trekking, it can be an addition o your gorilla trekking safari in Virunga national part in DR. Congo.

Jeunes Animaux Confisques au Katanga (J.A.C.K) is a home to over 35 young chimpanzees aged between 5 to 15 years old, the sanctuary keeps over 17 females and 18 male chimpanzees. Jeunes Animaux Confisque au Katanga is located in Lubumbashi city in the democratic republic of Congo. Travellers on chimpanzee trekking, can always visit this sanctuary since its always open to visitors and the public for education purposes.

Accommodation facilities for visitors taking part in chimpanzee trekking in Congo

There several accommodation facilities in Congo put in place for travellers taking part in chimp trekking, the lodges are situated closer to the sanctuaries since it requires an early morning rise for the start of the activity due to the fact that, chimpanzee trekking as well as gorilla trekking start early morning. The lodges range from luxury, mid-range and budget lodges to meet the interest of the visitors.

Kibumba Tented Camp; Is situated within the park and comprises of 18 tents with comfortable accommodation offering best services ranging from bar and restaurant serving the best dishes both local and international dishes. The lodge is situated in area that offers the best spot to go for chimpanzee trekking and also offers an opportunity to client who want to do hiking activity to hiking in Mount Nyiragongo.

Bukima Tented Camp; Located near the boundary of the Virunga National Park, the lodge offers luxury accommodation for guests. The Bukima Tented Camp site gives guests a specular view of Mt. Mikeno whose peak goes up to the division of chimpanzees and the red glow of Mount Nyiragongo lava lake.

Lulimbi Tented Camp; is located in the eastern part of Virunga National park in Ishasha sector in queen Elizabeth national park the region is dominated by the savannah plains which harbours a lot of wildlife species that has enabled guest to have great views of wild life species like elephants, buffalos, warthogs and others  and they are spotted mostly during the game drives along the southern sector of Virunga national park.

Mikeno lodge; the lodge has about 12 rooms at the lodge each with unique setting and nears the spot where hiking munt Nyiragongo and chimpanzee trekking activity kicks off from. Mikeno lodge offers excellent restaurant serving both indoor and outdoor dining, with a complimentary breakfast and additional meals. The lodge is situated an area surrounded by forest which offers guests pleasant sounds of the different bird species.

Chimpanzee trekking in Congo / Congo chimpanzee trekking at Virunga National Park

Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest – For many travellers in Rwanda, Gorilla trekking Rwanda is the main activity that has attracted many tourists in to the country, Rwanda is a bio diverse country with a lot more activities for visitors to engage in and do beyond the just gorilla trekking while on their Rwanda Safari. Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park, has become one of the top activities that has attracted a number of visitors, visiting the park daily. Chimpanzee trekking, is the second-best activity done in Rwanda after the famous gorilla trekking, chimps are found in Nyungwe forest  national park in Rwanda, the park harbors number of chimpanzees some of which have been habituated for chimpanzee trekking activity. Chimpanzee trekking, involves the movement of trekkers in to the forest in search for the habituated chimpanzee families that have been opened for gorilla trekking, reason being that the habituated chimpanzees are used to the sight of humans and they will not run away in hiding when you meet them compared to those that are not under habituation. Nyungwe Forest National Park, found in the southwestern part of Rwanda, is one of Africa’s oldest and largest montane rainforest. The park is famous for chimpanzee trekking, but tourists visiting the park, will also have an opportunity to spot other wildlife species living in the forest including; bird species, butterflies, amphibians, reptiles, primate species such as grey cheeked mangabey, black and white colobus monkeys, Vervet monkey, I’hoest monkey, silver monkey, golden monkey, Mammal species which include; duikers, the cats family-golden cats, African civet, side stripped jackal and different vegetation types among others.

 There are many aspects in which Rwanda chimpanzee trekking is distinct from the perception of mountain gorilla trekking, unlike the mountain gorillas, the chimps are constantly moving at high speed around the trees, leaping from tree to tree making noise. While the gorillas are usually found sitting, eating quietly with in the forest clearings. The other major difference between these two is the monitoring encounters and by this the gorillas, during gorilla trekking, the trekkers are usually allowed to watch and take pictures of them for one hour, but with the tracking of chimpanzees in Rwanda, there is no limited time given , keeping up with them is also the main challenge and the largest deciding factor of the amount of time spent with them. Of all the primates found in Nyungwe forest national park.

Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking experience

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest is one of the most done activities by many visitors in the park. Chimpanzee trekking starts off from three reception centres, that’s Uwinka, Kitabi and Gisakura where by the tourists wake up are required to rise up early morning and drive to the park headquarters in preparation for the start of the activity. While heading for chimpanzee trekking, visitors will be advised to carry some packed lunch and enough drinking water, these will be offered at your lodge. These help in energy boosting during the trek in the forest.

When you arrive at the park headquarters, you will be met by the park rangers where you will be briefed about the does and the don’ts of chimpanzee trekking then after, drive to the starting point of the trek into the forest. Since the chimp’s nest at night, some of the park rangers go ahead of the trekking group to find them and communicate with the tour guides/ rangers the location of the chimpanzee they help in locating the chimpanzee families for the trekkers. when you have met the gorillas, The tourists will be allowed to spend only 1 hour with the chimpanzees in Nyungwe forest National park, and get to observe them so closely studying their behavior, going about their own lives and see the human like features and behavior that makes them the closest relatives of humans. The chimps also interact with each other, deafening screams, the loud hoots and booming hitting of the tree barks is such an amazing and unforgettable experience of the life time in the wild. The activity for about one hour to half hours of the day depending on the current location of the chimpanzee on that day, Note that they are wild animals and move a lot from one place to another in search for food, therefore, you will trek for some time before you locate the chimpanzee families but its worth it as you will view some animal species roaming about in the forest.

The habituated chimpanzees in the Nyungwe forest harbours around 60 members and due to the nature of the landscape and terrain it gives limited chances to see the chimps, while the chimpanzee community in the Cyamudongo forest that has a smaller number of about 30 chimps provides the most perfect location for chimpanzee trekking. The Nyungwe Forest National segment is part of Cyamudongo forest and takes about 4-and-a-half-hour drive from Kigali.

The cost of chimpanzee trekking permit in Nyungwe forest national park

For any travellers participating in chimpanzee trekking, will be required to present a valid chimp trekking permit as a gate pass in to the forest to trek the chimps. Therefore, any travelling planning or Having interest in visiting Rwanda and mainly Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest, will be required to purchase a permit on your preferred dates of chimp trekking in advance before they are sold out to avoid missing out on the activity. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Nyungwe forest, costs $ 90 per permit foreigners, $ 60 per permit for foreign residents, there over 64 permits per day that are issued in Rwanda for chimp trekking and only 8 people per day for every single chimpanzee family. Therefore, it’s advisable to book these permits well in advance before they are sold out. The permit allows you access and to spend one hour with the habituated chimpanzee in their natural habitat, park entrance fees and the services of the ranger guide who will be with you throughout the activity in the forest.

While choosing the chimpanzees instead of the mountain gorillas, selecting Rwanda for the primate experience is financially more feasible and it is a choice that will not disappoint. More so, there are a lot people visiting Rwanda and travelling in the forest sighting the gorillas hanging around the lodges. The mountain gorillas are so habituated and thus they are familiar with humans and they have been noticed several times visiting the nearby lodges in search for food droppings although not common, but they have been seen once in a while.

Chimpanzee trekking, best time of the year

Nyungwe forest national park, is open to travellers anytime of the year and the activities offered at the park, are open to tourists throughout the year. Although, the dry season is considered the best time of the year, when the ground is dry and less slippery which makes it easy to trek through the forest. But the wet/rainy season would be the best time of the year considering the nature of the chimpanzee, they are wild and move a lot, but the wet season, is ideal and best for chimpanzee trekking when there is plenty of food, fruits, vegetation. plants in which chimpanzee feeds on helps in reducing their movement. Which makes it easy to the tourists to locate them in the shortest time possible. Bird watching in Nyungwe forest, is also at its peak during the wet season when there is a lot of migratory birds noticed in the forest. The wet season starts in the month of march to May, through November these months are best for chimpanzee trekking in the forest. The dry season, is from the month of June, July, September to December and February where by its recorded to receive little showers or no rainfall at all. During these times, the chimpanzees move a lot in the forest in search for food, hence making it difficult to locate the chimpanzees. Never the less, there is still a great chance that you will meet the chimpanzees. The park also offers other activities besides chimpanzee trekking, like Canopy walk and Nature walks, which are best done during the dry season when the ground is dry and less slippery.

Necessary Essential’s required for chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park

  • Tourists taking part in chimpanzee trekking, will be required to pack the following essentials for their chimpanzee trekking safari, you will be required to pack these but pack light.
  • The first and the most essential equipment you need to have secured is the chimpanzee trekking permit which you will need to have booked early in advance. Since it’s the essential document required for you to participate in chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest national park.
  • Hiking boots, are essential mostly during the rainy season, it helps in hiking through steep slopes and muddy and slippery ground to keep your feet dry and free from any cuts that will harm your feet.
  • Long sleeved shirts/ blouse and the long pair of trousers, to protect your arms and legs from cuts in the forest since the forest is thick and bares thorny trees that may cut you , the forest also harbors insect that may bite you and cause infections, therefore, you will required to wear long sleeved shirts and blouse during the chimpanzee trek.
  • Garden gloves, will protect your hands in case you slide, you will need to hold on to something for support. You may touch thorny trees and also, some plants when touched may be infectious and inch so wearing the gloves, will prevent you from ant harm.
  • Long and thick pair of socks, you will tuck the trouser inside to prevent the insects/ ants that may enter through the trouser and bite you causing diseases.
  • Water proof jacket and warm sweater to prevent you from getting wet in case of the rain, and also to keep you warm. The weather in the tropical forest is unpredictable since you might experience rain at any time during the chimpanzee trekking.
  • Insect repellent, will protect you from the insect bites in the jungle like mosquitoes, Tsetse flies among others.
  • Energy giving snacks are essential, it helps to keep your feet at all times in case the hike gets difficult, it helps in energy boosting. During the chimp trekking, the trek might take closely 2 hours to half hours of the day depending on the location of the chimpanzee.
  • Walking stick, this will be offered at your lodge, the walking stick, helps in support while trekking most specially during the wet season when the ground is dry and slippery.
  • Camera, is also of great value for visitors going in safari, it helps in taking photos for your gallery and recording videos used for memories during your safari in Africa.
  • The back pack, is a must as it helps you carry all the above equipment required for chimpanzee trekking. It should be water proof in order to protect the delicate equipment like the cameras, batteries, others items like energy giving snacks, insect repellent among others.
  • Lastly and the most important thing is to always remember to take porter with you in to the forest, they help in carrying and protecting your bags while you are with the chimpanzee. And in case the trek gets tougher, they also help to give you a push or pull during the trek in the forest. The porters are available at an extra cost.
  • For the great and exciting chimpanzee trekking safari, contact adventure in the wild safaris, we will be glad to arrange this safari for you with unforgettable experience during your safari tour in Nyungwe forest national park.

Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe forest / Rwanda Chimpanzee Trekking

Chimpanzee habituation experience, is mainly done in two sectors that is in Kibale forest national park being the prime destination for primate safaris in east Africa, the other location where you can do chimpanzee habituation is in Budongo forest situated in Murchison falls national park. when we look at gorilla habituation, it’s a bit different from gorilla trekking, gorilla habituation is an activity where by travellers spend the whole day with the chimpanzees under habituation in their natural habitat, this activity is a process done to make the chimpanzee get used to the presence of humans , these process, is mainly done to prepare the chimps before they are opened to chimpanzee trekking activity for the travellers taking part in the activity. Kibale forest is one of the top tourist destination for primate safaris, the park harbours approximately 1500 chimpanzee roaming around the forest, with 4950 recorded chimpanzee in Uganda and others are distributes to other national parks like in Budongo forest of Murchison falls national park, kalinzu and Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale is still recommended as the top chimpanzee destination in east Africa. Not only that, the park is also a home to over 11 other primate species that can be spotted around during your chimpanzee habituation process in the forest.

Gorilla habituation process is the same as gorilla habituation in Bwindi, habituation is done on new gorilla families and the exercise can last for about 2-3 years is when the chimpanzees or gorillas are ready and opened for trekking. During this time, the researchers, ranger guides, scientists and the visitors on chimpanzee habituation visit a particular gorilla family frequently until when they are used to humans. The activity normally starts in the morning with briefing at the park headquarters, therefore, visitors are advised to rise up early for morning coffee/ tea and the lodge will give you packed lunch and enough drinking water then driver guide will transfer you to the park headquarters to join others for briefing there after you will be lead by the guide in to the forest for the start of the activity. Chimpanzee habituation, is whole day experience as you will participate in the habituation process in activities like naming of the chimpanzee, making calls, studying their behaviours and others and you will get enough time to ah all the questions you need and you will get answers since there is an experienced staff to give you all the information. Chimpanzee habituation is an activity introduced by Uganda wildlife authority a body responsible of all national parks in Uganda.

Chimpanzee habituation is an adventurous experience that will give memories of your life time and any one in Uganda would not like to miss during his/ her visit in Kibale forest national park. a maximum of four people is allowed per day in each of the chimpanzee families under habituation. Clients will spend four hours with the gorillas in their natural habitat as you will get to study their characters, ways, and behaviours among themselves and you will have enough time to take pictures and make videos for your memorise, compared to the normal chimp trekking which is only lasts for one hour. Note that the time is counted from the time you meet the chimps but the normal trek can last for 30 min or half hours of the day depending on the location of the chimps on that day.

Chimpanzee habituation, is basically practised at Kanyanchu information centre in Kibale forest national park, the park harbours more than 200 chimpanzee with over 45 chimpanzee groups. During chimpanzee habituation, visitors will also have an opportunity to sight other primates roaming in the forest including; black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, large species of birds, butterflies and also some mammals like the forest elephants, buffalos, bush pigs, Duikers, and many others. This will offer you a lot of fun and excitement when you view these animals at close range.

Chimpanzee habituation permit

For any person to participate in chimpanzee habituation, the permit price goes for $220 per person for non- foreign residence, $150 per person for foreign residence and $70 per person for east African citizens. Chimp habituation is done all throughout the year but the best month is from march, April and November, by this time, the park is free and weather is a bit favoring but there is no guarantee that there will be no rain. For any person having interest in this activity is advised to book the permits early in advance before they are sold out.so you need to secure your permit three month in advance

How to Get There?

Kibale forest national park, can be accessed by road from Kampala/ Entebbe airport depending on the time of your arrival, the drive time takes a bout six hours on a good road and about 2 hours drive via kasese to Kibale national park.

Equipment’s Required for Chimpanzee Habituation

These equipment’s are the essentials recommended for all travellers taking part in chimpanzee habituation to carry along with when travelling to Uganda for your chimp habituation experience. You are required to pack all the necessary equipment’s but park light for easy caring and transportation. travellers on chimp habituation, will be required to park the following; Hiking boots in order to hike n steep slopes and in case of the rain, they help keep your feet dry, water proof jacket/poncho, long pair of trousers and long sleeved shirt/ blouse to protect you from insect bites that could be harmful, garden gloves, pair of thick socks, so that you can tack your trouser inside the sock to prevent the insects from getting inside through the trouser, hat , sunglasses, insect repellent, packed lunch and enough drinking water this will be offered by the lodge, energy giving snacks, cameras , binoculars and others that you will require for the safari.

Things to Consider During the Gorilla Habituation Experience a among other

  • When you’re with the gorillas, you are not allowed to eat In front of the chimps as they may get provoked and grab the food from you
  • Smoking In front of the chimps is prohibited
  • Chimpanzee are vulnerable to human disease, in case you have got cold or flu, do not go in to the forest you will be arranged another day for your chimp habituation
  • When taking photos, do not use flash camera lights as the chimps may feel disturbed and will be forced to attack you.

 Activities in Kibale National Park

Not only does the park offer chimp habituation experience, the park is diverse and has various activities for visitors visiting Kibale forest national park. including;

Chimpanzee trekking, this is the highly done activity by may clients in Kibale forest, chimp trekking has become the prime safari activity in Kibale forest national park and other sectors like Kyambura gorge, kalinzu forest in queen Elizabeth, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. but Kibale remains the top-notch national park in East Africa best known for harbouring large number of chimpanzees. Chimp trekking in Kibale forest, has got two sessions the first session starts in the morning and the second in the afternoon with the briefing at the park headquarters before the start of the activity and there after you will be lead by the guide in to the forest to begin the search for chimpanzee habituated families and when you have located them , you will be given one hour with the chimps. This time you are free to take photos, study their behaviour, the chimps are known to be have the same DNA has humans which makes the them our closest relatives. watching them comes with a lot of excitement and an interesting experience.

Bird watching; Kibale forest national park, harbours over 350 recorded bird species that you will spot around kanyanchu information centre located with in the parks premises, bird watching experience starts at 7:30am , during this time, you will be able to spot birds like white hornbill, African pitta, papyrus gonolek, white winged warbler, great blue turaco

Nocturnal forest walks; Nocturnal forest walks in Kibale forest is an activity that takes place at night after dinner in your lodge, you will be guided by arranger who carries a spotlight for easy viewing of the animals like; push babies, Pottos, and some forest birds among others. During these hours, the forest is so quiet and the animals have retired to their sleeping nests, it’s so easy to spot the animals.

Bigodi wetland sanctuary; this activity is managed the community surrounding the park and the community are the beneficiaries of this activity the activity is normally lasts for 3 hours and it’s a good location for birding experience. Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is a tropical jungle within the forest, filled with natural wonders with amazing sounds of the forest, birds singing, during his trek, you will be able to view primates  including chimpanzees in the afternoon, birds including the large Blue Turaco , black capped apalis purple-breasted sunbird dusky crimson wing, collared apalis and many others. There are also incredible plants, trees, palms, Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary has become a must visit place to all travellers taking part in chimpanzee trekking and chimp habituation in Kibale Forest.

Birding –Kibale National park; this activity is done at kanyanchu around Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park. This wetland harbours up to about 138 recorded bird species which can be seen along the swamps and the walkways which are the viewing platforms, the birds such as white breasted Negrofinch, Black bishop, Western Nicator and the grey-winged Robin-cat. The activity begins at 7: ooam at kanyanchu.

Bushcraft Children Activities; the minimum age required for chimp trekking is 15 years and any person below the age is a child and will not be allowed to trek chimpanzees but there are plenty of Things for the children to do and see while the parents are on chimpanzee trekking. The rangers will guide the children through the wonders of the forest showing them wildlife, plants, trees, birds, and monkeys.

Kibale Forest is among the few places where children can take Bushcraft classes and activities where the children will explore the Forest and have the time while in Kibale forest national time, the activities are full of fun and memories of life time. We also make sure that your children have a good and kid friendly driver with them to make sure that they feel comfortable and have the best time during their activities in the forest. For travellers who would like to visit Uganda together with their children, will be advised to book this activity in advance so early preparations.

Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru; Visit this amazing cave for its beauty, cultural beliefs, the cave is located not too far from Kibale Forest national park and it’s also one of the places visited by many travellers, The Amabere caves is just a short drive from Kibale the driver will be telling you the old stories and nature you will hear the stories of old and see nature at work as you are guided on the hike to the caves and the waterfall. The hike /nature-walk lasts for about two-three hours in length and you will be led by local guide provided by the owner of the property. Form this place, you will also discover the three nearby crater lakes that can be visited on a hike. This property is a privately-owned site and there is a fee charged for visiting the Cave.

Accommodation facilities in Kibale forest national park

Kibale forest has got several accommodation facilities for travellers visiting the park, chimpanzee trekking and chimp habituation, is not one days activity, travellers visiting Kibale will advanced to find accommodation nearer to the park so an early morning rise for start of the activity, chimp habituation is a whole day activity with the chimps in their natural habitat. The park offers a variety of accommodation to choose from to enable you have the best of your primate safari in Kibale forest national park. lodges include; chimpanzee forest guest house, Kibale forest camp, primate lodge, Crater safari lodge and many others, these accommodations range from luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation to meet the interest of the clients.

Chimpanzee habituation experience is when travelers in Uganda visit the chimpanzee families that are still under habituation. In Uganda, chimpanzee habituation is done in Kibale forest national park in south western Uganda which is also popular with chimpanzee trekking safaris. Kibale is the only national park in Uganda where visitors only find chimpanzee habituation experience. Therefore, for any person having interest in chimp habituation, will be required to show a valid chimp habituation permit on the day of the exercise before you enter the forest. To book a chimpanzee permit, one can either book directly through Uganda wildlife authority or through any registered tour operators in Uganda offering tour safaris to Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee habituation. Travelers on chimp habituation in Kibale forest will also have an opportunity to encounter other 11 primate species besides the chimpanzee, a variety of bird species can also be sighted here and many other animals like forest elephants and others. The main purpose to visit Kibale is mainly for chimp trekking and bird watching and also for the travelers who would like to take part in chimp habituation, you can also book a permit for that activity.

Price for chimpanzee habituation permits

Chimpanzee habituation permits are issued by Uganda wildlife authority at a cost of $220 per person taking part in the activity with this permit, travelers have an opportunity to be with the chimpanzee for a full day experience. The permit fees includes the following; park entry fees, services of an English speaking guide, during chimpanzee habituation, you will be guided by the rangers and the researchers who usually visit a particular chimp family until when they have passed the exercise and fully used to the sight of humans, then they will be opened for trekking by tourist. The habituation process normally lasts for 2 years is when the researchers are sure that the chimpanzee are now ready for trekking. Note that Uganda wildlife authority can change prices at nay time so will need to be well informed since they always amend the tariffs most especially after the period of two years.

How and where to book the chimpanzee habituation permits

For any person having interest in chimpanzee habituation, there are two options, one is you can visit or send an email to Uganda wildlife authority a government body managing all national parks in Uganda. Uganda wildlife offices is located in Kira road Kamwokya, Kampala, you can buy the permits directly. The second option is you can consult any of the registered tour companies in Uganda , adventure in the wild safaris books chimpanzee permits for all our clients as long as you book your safari with us, we will contact Uganda wildlife authority for the availability of permits for that preferred date of your activity then we will get back to you when we have confirmed the availability then you will proceed to make payments for the permits to confirm your booking then we will secure the permits on your behalf until the day for your chimp habituation activity.

Comparing chimpanzee habituation experience with chimpanzee trekking

Why would one opt for chimpanzee habituation experience besides chimpanzee trekking, although chimp habituation fee is much more than chimp trekking, the habituation fee is $220 person compared to chimp trekking which is $150 per person. But still travelers have different tastes and preferences, therefore, it’s all up to the clients to choose which would be best for them. For travelers who would like to spend much more time with the chimpanzee, can go for chimp habituation experience since the activity allows visitors to spend the whole day with chimpanzee still under habituation in their natural habitat, during the exercise, travelers can study their behavior, interact with the chimps, and share experience with the researchers and ask questions a bout chimpanzees its much more than that since visitors will also be active participants in the habituation process. While chimp trekking permit allows travelers only one hour with the habituated chimp families from the time you meet them compared to chimp habituation which is a whole day’s excursion and to be an active participant in major activities of habituating chimpanzee in Kibale forest national park. Contact adventure in the wild safaris and secure tour permit today and have the best of your chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale forest national park home of the chimpanzees our ‘closest relatives’.

when to book your chimpanzee, habituation permits

Both gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking or habituation permits, travelers have been advised to book their permits in advance to void missing out permits since there is high competition and permits get sold out quickly. Clients are recommended to book their permits 3 month in advance so that you can have an ample time to organise for your safari when you are rest assured of your chimp habituation permits. This is to help avoid scenarios whereby you will travel to Uganda only to miss on the activity because you secure your permits early in advance. These means that no visitors will be allowed to visit the chimps in the forest without a chimpanzee permit which is agate pass to the forest to meet the chimpanzee in their natural habitat.

Adventure in the wild safaris is a registered tour company we organise primate habituation experiences and trekking safaris and if you want to spend more time with Uganda primates such as gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees, contact us for permits, transport, accommodation and all logistics involved to make sure that your safari provides the experience of a life time. You can contact us by email, phone or WhatsApp Number we will respond to you and in case you have an questions, reach to us and we will be able to respond to you and answer all your queries before you make any final decisions for your safari.

Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Permits

Kyambura gorge is located in queen Elizabeth national park also popularly known for chimpanzee trekking experience. Uganda is popularly known as the primate capital in Africa, this is because, there are several sites for chimpanzee trekking different national parks in Uganda. for one to do chimp trekking, you can visit Kibale forest national park having the largest number of chimpanzee and many other primate species, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park also harbors habituated chimpanzee families, Kyambura gorge and kalinzu forest in queen Elizabeth national parks also offers an opportunity to travelers who have interest in visiting the habituated chimpanzee families. Therefore chimp trekking is mostly done in Kibale forest but in case a clients is having wildlife safari together with primate safari, there is no need to trek chimps in Kibale forest you can therefore trek the chimps in Budongo forest for the case of Murchison falls or Kyambura gorge and kalinzu for visitors visiting queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife safari since they both harbour habituated chimpanzee families opened for trekking than transferring to Kibale forest and yet they both have the same experience. For travelers who have limited time in Uganda, and may not need to trek chimp’s ion Kibale forest which is known to be the best place for chimpanzee trekking, can therefore opt for chimp trekking in Kyambura gorge situated in queen Elizabeth national park.

For nay person to participate in this activity, he/ she will be required to have a valid chimpanzee trekking permit to trek chimpanzee in Kyambura gorge. Note that the permits bare the location you will be trekking chimps from since there are several chimp sites in Uganda so you will need to know the right permit for the right location and the national park.

Cost of Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Permits

For any traveler on chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, will be recommended to purchase a permit which costs $50 per person unlike Kibale forest permits which go for $150 per person, therefore, when one treks chimps in Kyambura gorge, he/she will have saved $100 which can used for other activities. Chimpanzee trekking is mainly done on habituated chimpanzee families, these means that, they are used to the sight of humans and will not run and hide away from the visitors. The permit fees includes spending one hour with the chimps, services of an armed UWA ranger guide to provide security to visitors while in the forest, Kyambura gorge has one community of chimpanzee that is very mobile and in most cases, tourists have failed to locate them reason being these are wild animals are they move a lot they are not stationed in one place, which is not the case with Kibale forest national park which harbours a number of habituated chimpanzee families and they are easily located by the tourist due to the high population and the permit price is a bit higher than Kyambura gorge reason this is because of an certainty that Uganda wildlife authority put the prices of Kyambura gorge lower than Kibale forest national park.

Best Time to Book Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee Permits

Kyambura gorge chimpanzee family can be trekked twice a day, one shift in the morning and the other in the afternoon and the maximum number of people required to trek chimps is 6 people per shift. This therefore means that in total, there are 12 permits issued by Uganda wildlife authority to trek chimps in Kyambura gorge for each day. So, travelers are required to book their permits in advance in order to avoid missing out the permit for that specific day for your chimpanzee trekking. Permits can be booked online directly by Uganda wildlife authority or through any of the tour companies in Uganda offering tour packages for chimp trekking in Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park. Contact adventure in the wild safaris we will arrange for you Kyambura permits in advance in case you book all-inclusive safaris with us. Kyambura gorge permits are booked all year round meaning that Uganda is open for chimp trekking all year round.

Reasons to Visit Kyambura Gorge for Chimp Trekking

Taking part in chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park, come with a lot of advantages, the first reason to choose Kyambura gorge is that, the permit price id cheaper compared to Kibale forest and Budongo forest which pay $150 for Kibale and $90 per person for Budongo. The second-best reason is that, the fact that Kyambura gorge is located in queen Elizabeth national park, one can combine chimp trekking with wildlife safaris. Queen Elizabeth offers a lot of activities like wildlife viewing through the game drives, bird watching safaris, the park is known to be harboring number of recorded bird species, this place is situated for bird watchers as you will get to spend many bird species which are not spotted any where in Africa, visitors can also take part in boat cruise on the Kazinga channel this place is recorded with high concentration of hippos, Buffalo, crocodiles are birds seen along the shores of the lake and during the dry seasons, this is the best place to spot wild game who come in to drink water as it’s the only available source during the dry month of the year.