Chimpanzee Tracking at Budongo Forest
Murchison falls Conservation area is one of the destinations in Africa where tourists have the widest list of interesting tour activities to do. Visitors to the park enjoy activities such as a visit/hike to the top of the falls, boat cruise, game viewing, nature walks and the adventurous chimpanzee tracking which takes place in Budongo forest, Kaniyo Pabidi forest or Rabongo forest. Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forests are the major areas for chimp tracking because they are near and easily accessible from the park. They are located adjacent to Kichumabnyobo main gate in the southern side of the parks.
This is the largest forest in Uganda and east Africa. It is found in the southern part of Murchison falls national park and is a home a number of chimpanzees where some of them have been habituated for tourism. It is the main destination for chimp trekking in Murchison and as you walk through the trails of the forest to search for chimps, you’ll come across other primates such as black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and olive baboons. Budongo forest has over 450 tree species, 360 bird species, about 250 butterfly species and 130 moth species and more than 20 mammal species have been seen there.
Rabongo forest is a beautiful riverine forest situated in the middle of savannah grasslands in Murchison falls national park. It is quite remotely situated but can be accessed for chip trekking activities, primate search and forest walks for birding.
Kaniyo Pabidi forest
This forest has few chimps but a forest walk there surely offers a thrilling experience. More primates like monkeys and baboons are spotted. The forest has a variety of forest birds, butterflies and a few forest mammals.