For most tourists, a safari to Africa is largely to see the big game but surprisingly, this part of Africa’s region has a lot more to off the world and chimpanzees are a few most magnificent creatures to see.
Scientifically, chimpanzees are called pan troglodytes and features among the 4 Great Primates. Over 172000 to 300000 of these wild creatures still thrive on earth today. You can see them in the wild while on safari in East Africa only in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya but only in captivity.
In East Africa, Uganda alone is a home to more than 5000 chimpanzees, all of which are widely distributed in various tropical rain forests thus making it the most significant destination for you to see these most fascinating creatures while in the wild. It comprises of many places where you can embark on chimpanzee trekking.
They include among others Kibale Forest National Park which is located in western Uganda and a home to 13 primate species of which chimpanzees are part. To track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park you will be at Kanyanchu Visitor Center and permits cost $150 per person.
It can be done at any time of the year but it is ideal during the dry season which starts from June to September and December to February. However, you can also track them during wet season also known as the low season and this begins from March to May and October to November.
Other places include Budongo forest which is located within Murchison Falls National Park northwest of Uganda; Kyambura Gorge which lies within Queen Elizabeth National Park and permits for chimpanzee trekking in this area cost $50 and you can also go for the morning tracking or the afternoon one; Kalinzu forest still in Queen Elizabeth National Park and chimpanzees within this forest reserve have been habituated and you can easily get here even when you are at Mweya; Tooro Semuliki wildlife reserve as well as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park but they have not been habituated for tourism.
You can also see them in Nyamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary and this island is part of the mighty Koome archipelago that lies about 23 kilometers south east of Entebbe and mainly offers refuge to about 50 orphan chimpanzees. Besides, you can head to Uganda Wildlife Education Center and still catch a glimpse at these amazing creatures.
In addition to mountain gorillas, Rwanda also inhabits over 13 distinct primate species including chimpanzees. To track these incredible primate species, the best options for you to explore include Nyungwe forest national park or Gishwati Mukura national park.
These forested protected area also reward you with amazing views of varied primate species that thrive within this here besides chimpanzees including the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons a mention but a few.
Burundi’s Kibira National Park
In Burundi, you can catch a glimpse at these beautiful primates in Kibira National Park which lies at the extreme Congo Nile range between elevation 1550 and 2660 meters. This park’s vegetation consists of montane rain forest which overviews the Teza and Rwegura with tree species such as Newtonia buchananii, Symphonia globulifera and others. About 200 bird species thrive in this park and many primates. Besides, you can as well as pay a visit to Kenya and Tanzania.
Conclusively, chimpanzee trekking is one of the most sought after primate adventures you need to explore in life while you are on safari in East Africa. You can incorporate it with gorilla adventure safaris and make your vacation memorable.