Kibale National Park is the only park in Uganda where you can habituate chimpanzees, Kibale is awfully rich in primates, with 13 species recorded, the highest total for any Ugandan national park. Kibale forest is the most salient stronghold for chimpanzee, red colobus, but it supports eight other diurnal primate species: vervet, red-tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s, and blue monkey, mangabey, black and white colobus, olive baboon, and chimpanzee; there are 4590 chimpanzees in Uganda.
Most prominent among Kibale’s primates is a Chimpanzee population of up to 1,500 individuals, four of which are habituated to humans. The Kanyantale Community has been the subject of daily tourist tracking out of the Kanyanchu since 1993. The other three are all reserved for research and include Ngogo, which is the world’s largest chimp community, numbering more than 200 individuals. Another community called Buraiga, whose territory lies close to Kanyanchu is currently being habituated for tourism.
In Uganda, chimpanzee habituation is carried out at Kibale National Park also commonly known as the primates’ capital, located in Western Uganda, dominated by rainforest-interspersed with tracts of thick forests and swamps. Spanning altitudes of 1100-1590m, Kibale boasts a floral composition transitional to typical eastern Afro-montane and western lowland forest with more than 200 tree species recorded in total. Areas of mature forest are still liberally endowed with large buttressed mahoganies, tall fruit figs, and other hardwood trees whose canopy is up to 60m above the ground.
Cost of Chimpanzee Habituation Permits
Kibale National Park is the best Park in East Africa where chimpanzee habituation experience is carried out; chimpanzee habituation permits cost 250 USD per person-you spend the whole day with the chimpanzees while chimpanzee trekking permits cost 150 USD per person trekking chimps for one hour.
Chimpanzee habituation starts very early in the morning, you are advised to wake up very early to prepare yourself have breakfast, packed lunch and 2 bottles of drinking water, then our driver guide will drive you to the park headquarters at Kanyanchu visitors information center where you will meet fellow trekkers before you hit the jungle.
Our driver guide will accompany you and the park ranger to the starting point of your chimpanzee habituation experience on their day-to-day activity. At the headquarters, our driver-guide will leave in the hands of your guide be briefed about the rules and regulations before you set off into the forest to see the mighty cousins. Chimpanzee habituation is an exciting activity-you will be able to see and stay with the chimpanzee the whole day as they play and feed, take colorful pictures and videos with our closest cousins. After the trek, you then go back to the Park headquarter to get your Chimpanzee Habituation Certificate.
How to get permits for Gorilla Habituation
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