Uganda as always said is the best destination for chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale Forest National Park the habitat for primates in the East Africa which is so far considered the best place for chimpanzee habituation in Uganda. Kibale Forest National Park is one of only a few blocks of tropical forest remaining in the country, the park is surrounded by a complex, fine-scale agriculture and manioc fields interspersed with monospecific plantations of Eucalyptus and pines. The park is adjacent to the northeastern border of Queen Elizabeth National Park, hence allowance for the migration of various species, such as elephants.

 

The park is located in western Uganda approximately 5-6 hours’ drive from Kampala which is the Capital City of Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is particularly rich in primates, 12 primate species recorded namely Chimpanzees, black and white and the red colobus, blue monkey, olive baboon, de brazza’s monkey, l’hoest’s monkey, pottos, galagos among others. Chimpanzee habituation experience is the most exciting encounter to tourists who come to track Chimpanzees at Kibale Forest National Park.

 

The cost of Chimpanzee habituation permit has now been increased from 220 USD to 250 USD per person for foreign non-residents while East African Citizens permits cost 200,000 Uganda shillings the excursion usually takes 6 hours per day, Chimpanzee tracking permits is 200 USD for foreign non-residents per hour and East African residents is 150,000 Uganda shillings. For our Mid-range Chimpanzee habituation meant for you who want affordable primate Safaris in Uganda, kindly click here for more information on how you can book your Chimpanzee habituation Safari in Uganda. 

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Chimpanzee during feeding time.

Pearlland Safaris introduces you to a half day Chimpanzee habituation expereince that takes place in Kibale Forest National Park which is a park that has the highest diversity and concentration of primates in Africa. Similarly you can have the same experience in Budongo Forest (Murchison Falls National Park)

Chimpanzees have always been of special interest to tourists and the study of human biological and physiological characteristics and their evolution. As our closest living relatives, they provide the standard against which to assess human uniqueness and information regarding the changes that must have occurred during the course of human evolution. Given these circumstances, it is not surprising that Chimpanzee have been studied intensively in the wild.

Tourists during a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

 What Exactly is Chimpanzee habituation Experience (CHEX)?

Chimpanzees in their natural habitat are a wild bunch and would not entertain human visitors within their territory. With chimpanzee habituation, the chimps over two years are continuously put in the presence of humans by expert researchers to make them get used to having them around then later more humans are allowed to come spend regulated time with the primates. This is what we call the habituation experience.

 

Most visitors visit the chimpanzees much like the Mountain Gorillas for one hour, however another option that allows you to be with chimpanzees all day long in the forests of Budongo (Murchison Falls National Park) or Kibale Forest National Park is the habituation experience which goes all day with chimpanzees in their natural setting.

Uganda Wildlife Authority which is the body in charge of the whole experience recommends that Chimpanzee Habituation Experience not be for the faint hearted which means an early breakfast, a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into the forest. You meet your guide and you are off to where the chimpanzees built nests the night before. Dawn is just breaking and the chimpanzee community you are going to be with the rest of the day is rising from their sleep.

 

However you are here for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience which entails getting the chimpanzees used to the presence of humans (removing the fear of humans from the group), a process that takes up to two years and on this special day you are part of that process by your whole days presence in the forest. Years ago, it used to be that you had a 20% chance of seeing chimpanzees in the wild, however today because of the habituation process, this chance has increased to over 90%.

Your day will be full of activities, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the chimpanzees and you will get to learn to identify them as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars and other unique features that make them stand apart from rest. The day ends as the chimpanzees climb into their newly built nests for the evening and you too head back to your lodging for the evening.

 

Half day Chimpanzee habituation cost USD 150 for both foreign non-residents and foreign resident, and USD 25 for East African Citizens, this excursion usually starts early in the morning at around 6am and stops at mid-day, you are advised to wake up at 5am, have an early morning breakfast then proceed to your provocative yet thrilling encounter in the jungle of Kibale Forest National Park.

At least 13 primates can be seen at the Park namely Chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, De Brazza’s monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Red colobus monkeys among others. The half day chimpanzee habituation encounter gives you an opportunity to accompany Kibale’s anthropologists and habituators as they follow chimpanzees throughout their daily activities, a process which usually takes up to 2 years. Kindly contact us for more information about great Primate Habituation Safaris in Uganda.

Getting there

It is about 300 km from Kampala with a tarmac road going to Fort portal and also a distance of 37 km on murram road to Kibale National Park.

 

Preferred Accommodation for your stay

Luxury Preference

Kibale Primate Lodge

Ndali Lodge

Crater Safari Lodge

Mid-range Preference

Chimps Nest

Kibale Forest Camp

Mountains of the Moon Hotel

Budget Preference

Nyinabulitwa Country Resort and Safari Camp

Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve and Community Campsite

You can choose from some of our best packages to plan your trip with us. Click here to inquire.

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Located in south western Uganda and covering an area of 331 square kilometers while situated on the edge of the Western Rift Valley, the park occupies the highest part of the Kigezi Highlands. 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest lies along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, about 30 kilometers by road northwest of Kabale town and 35 kilometers north of Kisoro town. The park is a home to approximately 480 endangered mountain gorillas, which constitutes approximately half of the world’s population. The park facilitates gorilla tourism which has become the favorite tourism asset for Uganda, birding safaris for birders, cultural safaris and wildlife.

How to get there

It is approximately 9-10 hours’ drive from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, 1 hour and 30 minutes’ drive from Kisoro Airstrip and 3 hours’ drive from Kigali Airport.

Seeing mountain gorillas in the jungle is an incredible experience and a focus for most travelers to Africa. With the high cost of gorilla tours to Rwanda, Uganda is now a priority for thousands of travelers from all over the world to experience this face-to-face encounter with the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Uganda gorilla tours take you deep into the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda. The pearl of Africa is blessed to be of the three countries which shelter the world’s mountain gorillas together with Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo sheltering the surviving population of these critically endangered species together with Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In the reservation process of any gorilla safari to either Bwindi or Uganda, travelers often ask the advantages of gorilla trekking in Rwanda and the challenges they are likely to face. These are very good questions, which provide travelers with extensive knowledge regarding the pros and cons of gorilla safaris to Uganda.