Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale Forest National Park: There’s More to Uganda than Gorillas!

Described by Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a country that is slowly but surely emerging from its turbulent past to become one of the most popular holiday destinations on the African continent.


Image Source: Uganda Wildlife Authority

Home of the Rwenzori Mountain Range, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls, Lake Victoria, and the world’s last remaining Mountain Gorillas, Uganda really does have it all, and if you want to see the very best of what this East African gem has to offer, you need a well-planned itinerary that will show you both the main visitor attractions, and a few ‘off the beaten track’ highlights that many travellers simply don’t get to see.

While most animal lovers head to Uganda to take a Gorilla Trekking Tour, there are many other primates in town, and if you want to get up close and personal with +/- 1,500 chimpanzees, one of the best places to do so is in the Kibale Forest National Park.

Established in 1991, the Kibale Chimpanzee Trail is fast becoming one of Uganda’s most popular activities.  Over the years, the chimpanzees have become habituated to the presence of humans, and as a result, there is more than a 90% chance that you will see these beautiful creatures during your trekking adventure.

Inquisitive, playful, and more than a little bit vocal, chimpanzees are often heard before they are seen, but when you do finally come face to face with man’s closest living relatives, you begin to realise just how spectacular they really are.

On the Kibale Kanyanchu Primate Walk, you could encounter up to thirteen different species during your three-hour tour, making it a great choice for those with limited time, and if you have a day or two to spend in the area, you could sign up for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX), where you will get to spend the whole day with the chimps.

Uganda is a haven for wildlife lovers, and if you’ve done Kruger, the Okavango Delta, and the Serengeti Plains, this could be the perfect spot for your next animal adventure!





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