Discover the fascinating antics, playfulness and magic of Chimpanzees while on a forest walk in Kibale National Park in southern Uganda.
One of the most memorable encounters on an African safari has to be an excursion in search of Chimpanzees. These trips need to be booked well in advance as only 32 people are allowed into the park at a time. The tours leave from the Kanyanchu Visitors Centre and are lead by experienced rangers.
The walk will search out a group of habituated Chimpanzees so that visitors can see their daily activities. The tours leave at 08:00 and 15:00 hours daily. The groups contain a maximum of 16 people but usually set off in groups of 8 visitors. The Chimps are easily found on the morning expedition because the guides normally know where they made their nests the night before.
Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed as these animals are free roaming, but normally have a 90% success rate. The walks last between 2 to 3 hours and pass through some picturesque jungle terrain.
Visitors need to note that human illnesses are easily communicable to the Chimpanzees and for this reason they cannot be approached closer than 8 meters. If a visitor is ill with flu or diarrhoea they will not be permitted entry into the park. No Children may go on the tour and no flash photography is allowed.
Although Chimpanzees are the main primate that many visitors want to see, the forests of Kibale National Park contain the highest density of primates in the world and visitors could see Black and White Colobus, Red Tailed Monkeys and the Grey Cheeked Mangabey.
Kibale National Park is also known for its amazing birdlife and over 320 species can be seen, including the Joyful Greenbul, Grey-throated Flycatcher and the Narina trogon. The knowledgeable guide will talk about the many uses of the tropical vegetation - look out for delicate Orchids and stunning Bromeliads.