Chimp & Primate Tracking in Uganda & Rwanda

Chimpanzees are the closest animal relative to humans, and we share around 98% of DNA.

Seeing chimps in the wild is an experience which can only be described as moving. From their use of simple tools, social structures and interaction with young ones, the experience is akin to humans.

On a chimpanzee tracking tour, visitors are guided into the thick rainforest by an experienced ranger as they look for chimps. They spend about 1 hour with the chimps before heading back.

The best places to see chimps and other primates are found in Uganda and Rwanda, with Kibale National Park being the absolute primate capital of the world. Many of our safaris are designed to include chimp tracking as part of your tour.

Take a look at some of our these safari packages and let us know what is inspiring your next great adventure.

Additionally, feel free to reach out to us for a fully custom-made safari. This can be designed with all your needs, budget and schedule as the basis.

Where will I see chimpanzees in the wild?

You can see chimpanzees in several rainforests in Uganda and Rwanda. The best place to see chimps in the wild is Kibale National Park in Uganda.

Kibale is home to more than 5000 chimpanzees as well as more than 10 other species of primates. It provides the best chimpanzee viewing experiences in the whole world.

Besides Kibale, Chimpanzees can also be seen in Budongo Forest and Kyambura Gorge of Uganda as well as Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda.

Our safaris for chimpanzee tracking often go to Kibale since it offer the best opportunity and guarantee for seeing chimps.

When is the best time to go on a chimp and primate tracking safari?

The dry season months are regarded the best time to see chimpanzees in the wild. This is because the reduced rainfall makes it easier to navigate the dense rainforest.

The dry season months are typically between December and February, as well as between June and September.

You should however know that rainforests have microclimates that make it possible to receive rain throughout the whole year. This means that even in the dry season months, the rain can start without prior warning.

We therefore advise our clients to follow their schedule when it comes to gorillas and chimps since their natural forests can never guarantee a dry day of tracking. The good thing about East Africa is that you can witness heavy rain for a short time and then the sun comes up again to dry and warm you.

Are Chimps & other primates Friendly? or Aggressive?

The chimpanzees and primate you track are generally friendly and not aggressive towards visitors.

The chimpanzee groups you track are habituated for several years so that they can get used to seeing humans without fearing or attacking. This is why you don’t have to be afraid of them.

The other primates are not necessarily habituated but they are used to seeing people and also pose no threat. 

Facts About Chimpanzees

What are some rules I need to know for a chimp safari?

When you are going for a chimp tracking experience, you always start off with a briefing from the rangers who are in charge of the parks. In this briefing, the rangers will tell you all the rules and guidelines to follow for a successful chimpanzee tracking exercise.

These guidelines are inline with the ongoing conservation of the chimpanzees, other primates and the natural environment they call home. Here are guideline to keep in mind.

  • Do not litter or throw anything in the forest. Only leave footsteps, only take pictures and memories.
  • Do not feed or touch the chimps, any other primates or any animal you find in the park.
  • Follow the guidance of your ranger throughout the whole process

What should I pack for primate tracking in the wild?

With each safari, we often advise our guest on what to pack that will specifically work for that safari. This depends on the number of days, all the activities involved and the season of their travel.

Generally for chimpanzees, you need to be prepared for the reality of spending time in the middle of a rainforest. The chance of rain, mud and some cold.

Here are some things you should carry.

  • Long sleeved shirts and long pants to keep the bugs and insects away.
  • Sturdy ‘broken-in’ hiking shoes to traverse the forest.
  • Sunscreen to protect you from the harsh overhead sun.
  • Camera with extra battery to capture the photos.
  • Binoculars to easily see the primates when they are far or up the trees.

Where will I stay on my Chimp & Primate tracking safari?

Chimpanzees are a great tourism activity that attracts many visitors to both Uganda and Rwanda. The result of this is well developed hospitality infrastructure – such as hotels and lodges.

There are many lodges for guests to choose from, and they are tailored for various budgets and styles. Whether you want to camp under the stars or relax in luxury on your chimp safari, it is all there to make sure that your experience is great.

Papaya Lake Lodge

These lodges and hotels employ a professional team to take care of you, and the experienced chefs are able to make delicious local and international foods.

What are some other activities worth combining with a Primate tracking safari?

A chimpanzee and primate safari can easily be combined with other activities such as gorilla trekking, wildlife viewing in the savannah, cultural encounters, white water rafting and mountain climbing among many others.

Most of our safaris already combine chimpanzee and primate tracking with some of these other travel experiences. Take a look at any of our packages to get a great idea of how various activities combine well with chimpanzee tracking to make a great flowing safari adventure.

Why Should you go on a Chimpanzee safari with Primate World Safaris?

We want to take you on a  safari to track chimpanzees in the wild in Uganda, or Rwanda.

Here are 3 great reasons why we are the right choice.

  • We have more than 10 years of experience taking guests to visit the various parts of East Africa.
  • We have a team of knowledgeable people ready to help you achieve your safari dreams.
  • We have well trained professional driver guides who know Uganda and East Africa like the back of their own hands.

To really get a proper feel of who we are as people and as a company, read the about us section and take a look at our reviews of platforms like TripAdvisor.