Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – Spend more time with Chimpanzees – Guaranteed Chimpanzees Habituation Experience
It is amazing to spend an hour tracking the Chimpanzees of Uganda, it is another experience to track them for the entire day.
Tourists always don’t realize that they have a chance to choose between Chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee habituation experience. Tourists do come to Uganda for the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee tracking.
There are almost 5,000 Chimpanzees within Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park alone has close to 1500 Chimpanzees
Most Tourists do visit the Chimpanzees much like the Mountain Gorillas for one hour, there is however another option that allows you to stay with the Chimpanzees all day long in the forests of Budongo in Murchison Falls National Park or Kibale Forest National Park which is the habituation experience all day with Chimpanzees in their natural habitat.
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is not for the faint of heart it means an early breakfast, with a packed lunch and drinking water, set off to the National Park offices in the forest. Meet your ranger guide and you are off to where the Chimpanzees built nests the previous night.
Dawn is just breaking and the Chimpanzee community whereby you are going to be with them the rest of the day from their time of rising from their sleep not until they build their new nests for their next night.
You are here for your Chimpanzee Habituation Experience which entails getting the Chimpanzees used to the presence of humans (to remove the fear of humans from the community), a process that takes up to two years and today you are part of that process by your all day presence in the forest. Years ago, it used to be that you had a 20% chance of seeing Chimpanzees in the wild, today because of the habituation process that has increased to over 90% chances.
Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures with different angles of the Chimpanzees while in their day by day activities and you will get to learn to identify them individually by their markings, sometimes scars and other unique features that make them stand apart from the rest.
The day ends as the Chimpanzees climb into their newly built nests for the evening and you head back to your lodging for the evening and overnight.
When is the best time?
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is best in the months of March, April, May and November, when there is less tourist congestion. In a small group there is always a ranger plus a maximum of four people, you get much closer to the Chimpanzee than during Chimpanzee tracking in larger groups. The adventure costs USD250 for foreign non-residents, USD200 for foreign residents and USD70 for East Africans. But with effect from July 1st 2020, chimpanzee trekking permits price will be increasing read more in our article. Great Adventure safaris organizes Chimpanzee trekking safaris to Kibale Forest National Park.