Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is one of the top Uganda Safari activites that travelers enjoy as they explore the chimpanzee species. Uganda is famously known as a great tourism destination when it comes to a unique variety of wildlife species such as primates like chimpanzees, gorilla and the Big 5 plus bird species. On traveler’s visit to Uganda to adventure in wildlife safari it’s when you can get great opportunities of viewing various endangered chimpanzees. Since Uganda shelters roughly 5000 individual chimpanzee found in the protected areas. In Uganda chimpanzees are found in famous kibale forest national park which harbors with the highest number of chimpanzees of about 1500 individual chimpanzees and the rest are found in Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National park, Kalinzu forest, Budongo forest-Murchison falls national park and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve.

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

However, too many travellers who visit Uganda on chimpanzee safari, they usually talk about chimpanzee trekking, not knowing that there is an exceptional chimpanzee habituation experience. The activity which is a full day encounter in the chimpanzee community which is undergoing habituated in Kibale forest national park that lies in western Uganda. Chimpanzee habituation experience starts early after morning breakfast, given packed lunch from your lodge have a short briefing about chimpanzee rules, after meet a guide to take off to where the chimpanzees built the nests the night before and remember it’s a full day activity that’s why you’re give packed lunch, when you found them you will be given a great chance to spend the rest of the day with them, learn how they breastfeed, resting, learn how to identify the different chimpanzees as individuals by their marking, watch them while leaving their overnight nests between 6:00 to 6:30 am before feeding and also enjoy their social behaviors since they are trained to get close to human presence just like the gorilla habituation experience the same goes to chimpanzee habituation. You will also watch how these chimps patrol and display their new nest around 7 pm, then after you head back to your lodge with good memories.

In Uganda where can one do Chimpanzee habituation experience from?

In Uganda, one can enjoy the experience of chimpanzee habituation in either kibale forest national park or Budongo forest. But, we recommend you to go to Kibale forest national park for your chimpanzee habituation experience since it harbours with the highest population of chimpanzees with over 1500 individuals.

How much is a chimpanzee habituation permit?

One to be able to participate in chimpanzee habituation experience must have a valid chimpanzee habituation permit in order to encounter in this memorable experience. A single permit to habituate chimpanzees costs USD200 but by 1st July 2020, it will be costing USD250 per person per group. The permits can be obtained directly from Uganda wildlife Authority offices. Due to a high number of visitors who usually engage in this magical experience, travellers are advised to book as early as possible like 6 months before to avoid disappointment at the last minute bookings. You are required to first pay a 30% booking fee and complete the payment 90 days before your arrival date.

What else would you see during the habituation Experience

When you encounter habituation experience in kibale forest, expect to see lot more species besides chimpanzees. Note that kibale forest national park is home to 13 primate species of which the other 12 species expect to see them on a habituation experience like the blue monkeys, white and black monkeys, red tailed monkeys, over 350 bird species. On your habituation experience, you can’t go missing spotting these beautiful birds, tree species, butterflies, wild animals what you need to do is keep your eyes wide open so that you do not miss anything.

What rules considered before embarking for chimpanzee Habituation Experience

  • Children below 15 years old are not allowed to habituate chimpanzee.
  • Do not litter in the park.
  • When travellers get close to chimps, you should speak at a low tone.
  • Cameras with the flashlight are not allowed.
  • You should keep a distance of 7 meters away from a chimpanzee.
  • Travellers who are sick are not allowed to participate in this activity.
  • Do not move, stay in the group

Best season for Chimpanzee habituation experience

The best season to do chimpanzee habituation experience is in dry months which starts from June to September and December to February. But still, during wet seasons, you can do chimpanzee habituation experience because, within these periodical wet months of March, April, May and November Kibale National Park receives fewer tourists and the possibility of getting a permit at the last minute is high and the accommodation rates lower. For the dry months, there can be lots of convenience and most of the tour companies tend to give packages combined with chimpanzee habituation experience and other amazing cities.

Where to stay on a habituation tour in Uganda

With no worry, kibale forest national park has got comfortable and rewardable accommodation facilities ranging from Mid-range to Luxury range and such lodges include; Ndali lodge, Primates lodge, Crater safari, papaya lake all are luxury lodges.

Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse, Chimps Nest, Kibale Forest Camp Are Mid-range /standard. 

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

What to pack for chimpanzee habituation Experience?

Travellers who come to do chimpanzee habituation Experience on Uganda safari, you must be very ready to encounter in a full day magical habituation experience in the rain forest of kibale. And always ensure to pack appropriate essentials if you want to have an unforgettable encounter with the endangered chimpanzees. Among the major things you must pack for chimpanzee habituation include;

  • Hiking boots to ease your walk through the rain forest.
  • First air kit and gardening gloves to protect your hands from muddy grounds.
  • Enough mineral water bottle.
  • Hat to protect your head and sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Long-sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your arms.
  • Worm clothes like a sweater, jacket for the unpredictable forest rain.

The habituation experience remains magical an exceptional experience of its own. Contact Achieve global safaris today and book your chimpanzee habituation trip in order for you to enjoy a full day of a close encounter with the unique endangered chimpanzees in their native habitat of kibale forest.

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