chimpanzee tracking in uganda

Primate Tracking in Kibale

Kibale Forest National Park boasts of 15 primate species, 372 bird species, and 350 tree species is known as the primate capital of the World. With about 1450 chimpanzees, chimp tracking is the most common activity in this rain-forest. The chimps are most active in the morning and evening hours so visitors can enjoy seeing chimps leave their nests as early as 6:30 am. The Kanyanchu primate walk will get you to see many primate species including the chimpanzees and a good variety of diurnal monkeys invariably encountered. Kanyanchu’s chimps have been tracked since 1993 and the chances of locating them are excellent. Guided primate tracking in Kibale start at 8:00 am in the morning and 2:00 pm in the afternoon and last an average of 3 hours depending on various factors. Also a full day chimpanzee habituation experience (CHEX) is available in Kibale National Park. This rain-forest is one of Africa’s foremost research sites and is located in western Uganda can be accessed via Fort-portal or Kasese towns.

Primate Tracking in Kyambura Gorge – Queen Elizabeth national Park

This one of the best primate tracking experiences that teaches visitors more about the ecosystems of Kyambura gorge other than discovering chimps in their natural habitat. The entrance to this gorge is a pleasant spot for a picnic and the Kyambura River flows deep through this thick forest, 100 meters below the Kicwamba escarpment. Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed but visitors have a good chance of hearing and seeing them as they are habituated. The primate tracking in Kyambura takes about 1 to 3 hours depending on how easily it is to find the primates. Visitors can track either in the morning at 8:00 am or in the afternoon at 2:00 pm.


Primate Tracking in Nyungwe Forest, Rwanda

Rwanda’s pristine & montane rain-forest with various primate species, birds, mammals and more. Nyungwe forest park is home of roughly 400 chimpanzees, and has one of East Africa’s last intact populations and boasts two wild chimp communities that welcome guests i.e. Cyamdungo & Uwinka. The trained guides will lead the visitors through the park’s forests to enjoy Chimpanzee tracking, which is a popular activity followed by canopy walks, hiking trails, birding etc. Chimpanzee tracking is not guaranteed but you will enjoy learning about these primates and their natural habitats from an expert guide. The primate walks start early, so to succeed in this challenging activity you will probably have to get up early to be able to see the chimps.