Is chimpanzee habituation worth the money in Uganda?
Is chimpanzee habituation worth the money in Uganda? Yes Chimpanzee habituation in Uganda is worth the money due to the exceptional chances it offers travelers to enter into the jungle from morning to evening, watching troops of chimpanzees do daily activities such as feeding, breastfeeding, playing, hunting, and resting. The normal chimpanzee trekking time is 1 hour but chimpanzee habituation gives you a maximum of 4 hours to be around the gentle primates.
Uganda has 2 destinations where chimpanzee trekking activities can be done and these are Kibale forest national park in the western part of Uganda with the highest population of chimpanzees in Africa and Budongo forest right next to Murchison falls national park in the northwestern part of the country. The experience at the end of the trekking activity feels the same with 99% chances of meeting chimpanzees and being around them for over 4 hours.
Spend 4 hours with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park or Budongo forest of Uganda
In both Kibale forest national and Budongo forest, the chimpanzee habituation exercise starts with a briefing at the offices where trekkers are taught about the rules and regulations of the trekking after which grouping is done and trekkers are led by the guides into the jungle and the search begins. While searching for the mountain gorillas, the trekkers have chances of seeing different animal species in the forest, birds as well as different tree species. on locating the chimpanzee family, the trekkers are given up to 4 hours to be with chimpanzees in their natural habitats making them get used to human presence. You will chimpanzees do activities like copulating, breastfeeding babies, feeding, hunting, patrolling, resting, hunting, and building nets where they are to sleep that night.
Where in Uganda can one stay up to 4 hours with chimpanzees?
The best places to do chimpanzee habituation in Uganda are Kibale forest national park in the western oat of the country and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park in northwestern Uganda.
Kibale forest national park
Kibale forest national park has the best chimpanzee trekking experience with over 1500 chimpanzees that are living in the park. The park covers a total area of over 766 sq. km with over 13 primates namely black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, pottos, Demidoff Galago, grey checked mangabeys, patas monkeys, Uganda red colobus, and the beautiful L’Hoests monkeys.
Not as much visited a Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest is part of the Murchison conservation area and its found next to Murchison falls national park. The forest is one of the country’s places rich in mahogany trees with good nature walking activities, birding, and chimpanzee trekking. Spending up to 4 hours with chimpanzees in Budongo forest is only done in the low season of March to May and October to November but the normal chimpanzee trekking is done at any time of the year.
How much are chimpanzee habituation experience permits in Kibale national park and Budongo forest?
Each place has its chimpanzee habituation experience permits costing $250 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents while those of Budongo forest cost $230 per person per 4 hours. The chimpanzee habituation permits for both national parks include a guide fee, entrance fee, and 4 hours around chimpanzees. The permits for both places are got from the Uganda Wildlife Authority although they can be booked by trusted tour operators on your behalf. The tour operator can go further and book your accommodation as well as transport means to the parks.
How to book chimpanzee habituation permits for Budongo forest and Kibale national park?
There are different ways of booking chimpanzee habituation permits for Kibale forest national park and Budongo forest. one of the ways is by booking the habituation permits by yourself from the Uganda Wildlife Authority website. The way and is by using a trusted tour operator such as 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 chimpanzee habituation permits for either Kibale forest national park or Budongo forest, all we do ask you are the travel dates after which we do check for availability of the permits with the Uganda wildlife authority and then get back to you. when the permits are available, we do ask for payment after which secure you a permit and second you a scanned copy for confirmation. Note that the permits are sold to person ages 12 years and above. we normally advise our clients most especially those planning to habituate in the dry season book their habituation permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences
What is the best time to go for 4-hour chimpanzee habituation in Uganda?
Chimpanzee habituation in Uganda can be done at any time of the year but its best enjoyed in the drier month which occurs in June to September and December to February characterized with little or no rainfall. During the dry months, the roads leading to the park are passable, the vegetation is thin making clear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery.
Accommodation on a chimpanzee habituation safari in Kibale forest national park or Budongo forest in Uganda
Both Kibale forest national park and Budongo forest have different accommodation facilities where travelers on a chimpanzee habituation safari can have a comfortable stay while in the parks. These range from budget to mid-range to luxury and where to stay depends on your travel budget.
Accommodation facilities in Kibale forest national park include Primate lodge, Kyaninga Crater Lodge Crater Safari Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Kibale Forest Lodge, Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge, Kibale forest camp, Chimp Nest, Kibale Forest Camp, Lodge Bella Vista, Rwenzori Guest House, Nyabulitwa County Resort and Safari Camp, Ndali Kasenda Crater Lodge, Chimpundu Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, and Mountains of the moon hotel among others.
Accommodation facilities for Budongo forest include Budongo eco-lodge, Saitek forest cottages, Kabalega resort hotel, Masindi hotel, and new court view hotel among others.
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 in Mgahinga and Bwindi, mountain gorilla habituation, birding, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. Yes, chimpanzee habituation is worth the money in Uganda and booking can be done at any time of the year.