What is the number of chimpanzee permits in Kibale national park?
What is the number of chimpanzee permits in Kibale national park? Chimpanzee permits are the documents that allow travelers to be trek and be around chimpanzees for 1 hour or 4 hours in their natural habits. Chimpanzees in Uganda are found in so many places but the most famous one is Kibale forest national park and it’s the same park we find the highest number of chimpanzees in the whole world. Kibale forest is famous for having over 13 primates and that is why it’s called the primate capital of Uganda.
56 chimpanzee trekking permits are available in Kibale forest national park every day and these are available in the morning and evening hours. For the case of chimpanzee habituation, it’s only 12 permits that are available every day in the park, and tourists who do buy these permits get an opportunity to be around the chimpanzees for up to 4 hours while making the apes get used to human presence.
Kibale forest national park can be visited at any day of the year and the park can be accessed by either road transport or air transport. To trek any of the chimpanzee troops in Kibale forest national park, you must be 15 years of age and you must possess a chimpanzee trekking permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
How many (Number) chimpanzee trekking permits are in Kibale forest national park?
The fact that there are 7 habituated chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park, automatically means that there are 56 chimpanzee trekking permits in Kibale. With chimpanzee trekking also done in the evening hours, it means that the same permits are available in the evening hours. trekking of chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park is done by groups of 8 trekkers led by the ranger guides who take them around different trekking trails around the park.
How to book chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park?
Africa adventure Vacations helps travelers on booking chimpanzee trekking or habituation permits for Kabale forest national park. All we do ask from our clients are the travel dates that they would want to trek or do their safari in Uganda. Once we have got the dates, we do check for the availability of the chimpanzee trekking or habituation permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and once the permits are available on that day we shall let you know and send you the payment forms. Once we have received the money, we shall go further to book for you the permits and send you the scanned copies for your records. Apart from booking the permits, we can also book for you the transport and accommodation facilities in the park.
How many chimpanzee habituation permits are in Kibale forest national park?
Kibale forest national park has a total of 12 permits for habituation every day. The permits are available in the morning and evening hours every day at any time of the year. There are 3 troops of chimpanzees undergoing habituation in Kibale forest national park and to buy a chimpanzee habituation permit you automatically get to be around these chimpanzees for a maximum of 4 hours.
Spending time with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park
To spend 1 or 4 hours with chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park, you must have a valid chimpanzee trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The whole activities start with a briefing whether you are trekking the chimpanzees in the morning or in the evening and in this briefing, the trekkers are taught about the dos and the don’ts of the chimpanzee activity. Those going for chimpanzee trekking are grouped nit exceeding 8 and those going for habituation are grouped not exceeding 4.
From the grouping, the trekkers are led by the guides into the jungle to search for these gentle primates. During the search, they have chances of seeing some of the park primates such as red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, mammals, different bird species, and different vegetation types. When the trekkers meet the chimpanzees, those for trekking spend 1 hour while those with habituation permits spend 4 hours around the chimpanzees and this will help them know about the chimpanzee behaviors, watch them, do daily activities such as playing, breastfeeding, and you will be allowed to take photos.
How much does it cost to see chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park?
After understanding the number of chimpanzee permits in Kibale national park, you need to know the cost of seeing chimps in Uganda’s Kibale forest. Uganda wildlife authority sells 2 types of chimpanzee permits. The first one is the chimpanzee trekking permit and its sold at $200 for foreign non-residents, $150 for foreign residents, and shs150,000 East African citizens. The other permit sold in Kibale forest national park is the chimpanzee habituation permit and it costs $250 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents then East African citizens pay $150,000. The chimpanzee trekking permit comes with 1 hour of being around chimpanzees while the chimpanzee habituation permit comes with 4 hours of being around chimpanzees. if you are planning to visit the park in the dry season, we advise you to book the permits in advance of 3 to 4 months to avoid disappointments since Uganda Wildlife Authority sells permits on a first come first serve basis.
What is the best time to visit Kibale national park and see chimpanzees?
Kibale forest national park is open for chimpanzee trekking at any time of the year but the best time to visit the park are the days of the dry season. The dry season days are those in June to September and December to February and during these days there is little or no rainfall, the vegetation is thin with clear views of the chimpanzees, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Tourists can also visit Kibale forest national park in the rainy season to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season in Kibale forest national park happens from March to May and June to September so tourists need to know that during these months, the vegetation is thin with unclear views of the park animals, the rainfall is too much making the trekking trails slippery and the roads to the park are impassable. To trek chimpanzees in the dry season, we advise you to book your chimpanzee trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences.
Accommodation options on a chimpanzee safari in Kibale forest national park
Several accommodation facilities are built-in and outside Kibale forest national park. Travelers going for chimpanzee trekking or habituation in Kibale forest national park are therefore asked not to worry about the accommodation facilities in and around Kibale forest national park for the park has accommodation ranging from budget to mid-range to luxury.
The accommodation facilities in and around Kibale forest national park include Primate lodge, Ndali Kasenda Crater Lodge, Isunga Lodge, Kibale forest camp, Crater Safari Lodge, Kibale Forest Lodge, Chimpanzee Forest Guest House, Turaco Treetops Lodge, Aramaga Rift Valley Lodge, Chimpundu Lodge, Lodge Bella Vista, Chimp Nest Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge, Kibale Forest Camp, Rwenzori Guest House, Nyabulitwa County Resort and Safari Camp, Mountains of the moon hotel, and Kyaninga Crater Lodge among others.
In conclusion, tourists planning to have a chimpanzee safari in Uganda can take a visit to Kibale forest national park and if they are to do so we advise them to book their chimpanzee trekking permits in advance of 3-4 months because they sell out quickly most especially in the dry season.
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