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How many hours does a person spend with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park?

Kibale forest national park is located in western Uganda harboring the biggest population of chimpanzees in not only Uganda but also Africa. Kibale was gazette in 1993 and is now protecting over 1500 chimpanzees

How many hours does a person spend with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park?

How many hours does a person spend with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park? Kibale forest national park is located in western Uganda harboring the biggest population of chimpanzees in not only Uganda but also Africa. Kibale was gazette in 1993 and is now protecting over 1500 chimpanzees and other 12 primates namely black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, Demidoff Galago, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, grey checked mangabeys, patas monkeys, Uganda red colobus, and pottos. Kibale forest national park is also home to over 250 butterfly species, 70 mammals, 70 reptiles with the largest being the Nile crocodile, and over 375 species of birds are finding their home in this forest. There are so many activities that can be done in Kibale forest national park but chimpanzee trekking is the most done followed by the habituation experience. To trek chimpanzees in this park, you will need a valid chimpanzee permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The chimpanzee trekking permit allows trekkers to be around the chimpanzees for 1 hour while the habituation permits allow travelers to be with chimpanzees for up to 4 hours.

How many hours does a person spend with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park?

Kibale forest national park has 2 chimpanzee activities and these are chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation. The time to spend with chimpanzees depends on the activity you want to and for this matter chimpanzee trekking permits allow travelers to spend only 1 hour with the chimpanzees while chimpanzee habituation permits allow tourists to spend up to 4 hours with chimpanzees. The chimpanzee trekking permits allow tourists to be around chimpanzees for 1 hour while learning about their habits, watching them do daily activities, and taking photographs. The 4 hours given during chimpanzee habituation allow trekkers to be with chimpanzees making them get used to human presence, do their daily activities, learn about their habits, and take photos.

How much are chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park?

The chimpanzee trekking permits are the most required requirements when you want to trek in Kibale forest national park. The trekking permits are issued out by Uganda Wildlife Authority a government body in charge of tourism in the country. The trekking permits can be booked using the Uganda Wildlife Authority website or can be booked through a trusted local tour operator.

The chimpanzee trekking permits in Kibale forest national park cost $200 for foreign non-residents, $150 for foreign residents, and shs100,000 East African citizens. The trekking permits allow trekkers to be around chimpanzees for a maximum of 1 hour as you watch them do daily activities, learn about their habits, and take photographs. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park is done twice a day with the first session in the morning and the next one in the evening.

The chimpanzee habituation permits for Kibale forest national park costs $250 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents while East African citizens pay UGX150,000 and this fee includes the guide fee and park entrance fee. The permit includes 4 hours of being around chimpanzees while making them get used to human presence, learn about their habits, and take photos.

The trekking activities in Kibale forest national park start in the morning at 7 am with a briefing at the park headquarters. This is where the trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the chimpanzee trekking activity or habituation. After all these the trekkers are ground and led into the jungle by different armed rangers who talk them through different trails of the park looking for the chimpanzees with opportunities of seeing some of the park animals, birds, and different tree species. After locating chimpanzees, the trekkers are given 1 hour if it’s the case of chimpanzee trekking and 4 hours for habituation. During this time, the trekkers get an opportunity of learning chimpanzee habits, watching thing them do daily activities as they take photos.

Ways of booking chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park?

There are different ways of booking chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park. The first option is by booking the permits by yourself from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, this can be done by using their website but it takes time since they might take longer to respond. The second method is by using a trusted tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacation a company licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and also a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. When you use us to book for you a chimpanzee permit for Kibale all we shall ask you ae the travel dates then we shall have to check for availability with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and when we have confirmed that the dates are available we shall then ask you for payments and then we shall secure you a permit after which send you a scanned copy for confirmation. If you are intending to visit the Kibale forest national park in the dry season, we advise you to book your trekking or habituation permits in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid inconveniences.

Accommodation in Kibale forest national park on a chimpanzee safari

There are a number of accommodation facilities that someone on a chimpanzee safari to Kibale forest national park would stay. These accommodation facilities for Kibale forest national park range from budget to mid-range to luxury options and where to stay depends on your income. Most of the lodges in the Kibale forest are found outside the park and these include Primate lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Kibale Forest Lodge, Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge, Kibale forest camp, Ndali Kasenda Crater Lodge, Chimpundu Lodge, Chimp Nest, Kibale Forest Camp, Lodge Bella Vista, Rwenzori Guest House, Nyabulitwa County Resort and Safari Camp, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Mountains of the moon hotel, and Kyaninga Crater Lodge among others.

What is the best time to have a chimpanzee safari in Kibale forest national park?

Kabale forest national park can be visited at any time of the year for chimpanzee safaris but there are some months that are better than the rest. The drier months are the best for a chimpanzee safari and these are June, July, August, September, December, January, and February. During the drier months, the roads leading to the park are dry, the vegetation in the park is thin giving clear views of chimpanzees and good photography, and then the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Booking can be done at any time of the year.