Chimpanzee Trekking Rules & Regulations
Chimpanzee trekking rules and regulation are the rules given to any traveller who visits Uganda safari on chimpanzee trekking experience before embarking to their natural habitats. Note that, for you to engage in this incredible chimpanzee trekking you need to know about the primitive rules and regulation in order to follow the exact procedures. And it is well known that chimpanzees share 98% DNA of human genes that’s why it’s very good for you to know the rules followed while tracking this great apes.
In Uganda, Chimpanzees can be tracked in kibale national park known as the best primitive capital with over 1500 individual chimpanzees, Perhaps, Uganda host with a total number of 5000 chimpanzees of which other chimpanzees can be encountered in Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest and many more. Kibale chimpanzee tracking permits cost USD150 but by 1-July -2020 it will be at a fee of USD200. Chimpanzee habituation permit per now costs USD200, by 1st –July-2020 it will be costing USD250. Chimpanzee tracking permit in Budongo forest cost USD80 per person per day, a client who prefer tracking in kyambura gorge chimpanzees permits cost USD50 per person and chimpanzee habituation at a cost of USD100 all these changes were made by the body that governs all Uganda’s national park ‘’Uganda wildlife Authority but only one national park Kibale national park and rest were maintained at the same rate like those of Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest and kyambura gorge.
The chimpanzee tracking rules and regulation were administered under the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Below are the chimpanzee tracking rules and regulations followed before proceeding to any chimpanzee tracking forest trail heads, because you should be aware of these educative rules.
- You should always be attentive on your first visit on chimpanzee tracking safari.
- Travellers should always follow guide’s instructions.
- You should keep a distance of 7 meters away from these endangered chimpanzees.
- Do not eat or drink in front of the chimpanzees.
- It is advisable to always carry your camera which you can use to photoshoot as many as you wish but not using flash digital cameras because they scare chimpanzees away.
- The trackers are given one hour to enjoy their unique nice looking.
- Travellers who are sick are not allowed to visit the chimpanzees because they may be infected by that exact disease you have since we share almost the same DNA ‘’98%’’.
- The minimum age to engage in chimpanzee tracking is 15 years of age.
- There is a limited number of 8 people allowed to participate in chimpanzee tracking experience.
- Travellers are not allowed to smoke in natural habitats of this great apes.
- Traveller should always be accompanied by a guide.
- You shouldn’t chase the chimpanzees because they might turn aggressive to you or kill you.
- You should keep your voice at low rate so that you can see more.
- If you want to ease yourself, do so off the trail and after bury your waste ‘’30cm deep with tissue used.
- Do not leave your rubbish in the forest, you instead go back with them.
- You shouldn’t provoke our related cousins.
- Travellers with colds, flu, diarrhoea cannot track chimpanzees.
- Stay in the group when you meet chimpanzees and do not shout.
- Chimpanzee tracking is best done in the morning hours when they are de-nesting from the trees to begin their day for food hunting and in the evening hours is the best watching time of chimpanzees while gathering up to make new nests for the night.
- Lastly, Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa as the best selling point of primitive destination in the entire East Africa that harbours with over 5000 individual chimpanzees.
What to carry on your chimpanzee tracking safaris to any Uganda primate’s destination.
Here are the best essentials to carry with on your chimpanzee safari in Uganda and below are the required essentials as follows;
- Travellers on their visit to Uganda safari –chimpanzees tracking, they should not miss out to pack solid comfortable walking shoes.
- Rubber hiking shoes which can help you to descend and ascend in the forest trail heads.
- Insect repellent, note that chimpanzees live in natural forest where you get bitten by any forest insect in order to be secure, you need to pack this insect repellent.
- You should always pack rain gears and hat for you to be safe in the period of rainfall.
- Carry enough binocular in order to have a great viewing of beautiful bird species.
- You should always carry clear cameras with enough batteries for you take clear photo shooting as a remembrance.
- Carry warm clothes for the night as this side of the country gets cold.
- You shouldn’t forget your waterproof bag where you can keep all your personal documents, cameras, packed food, mineral water.
- Travellers should carry enough mineral water, energetic snacks or packed food because one to engage in chimpanzee habituation is a full day activity and it needs you to carry enough drinking water and packed food.
In general, chimpanzee tracking is an incredible experience that gives you a lifetime to encounter with your related closest cousins in their natural forest of kibale forest. Chimpanzee trekking is an opportunity for you to see other wildlife species in kibale forest national park such as small primates like black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, red monkeys, green vegetation, different bird species, tree species among others. You’re advised to book for your chimpanzee trekking permits in advance before your time of arrival to Uganda and visiting kibale national park can be made throughout the year but the most favourable months are the dry months of the years which starts from June to September and December to February.