Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest reserve

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest reserve

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest reserve

Budongo forest is a phenomenal rainforest sitting at the edge of the Congo biome and its one of the best places in Uganda to see the west African endemic species in Uganda, the forest is close to Semuliki forest which borders the Ituri forest and birds migrate across the eco-system, This is the biggest Mahogany forest found in the whole of East Africa as well as habitat to the largest number of chimpanzees throughout Uganda. The major tourist sites within this forest are the Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site, and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site which is located at boundaries to Murchison Falls National Park and dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees.

The 115-kilometer expanse is a remote chunk of the Budongo forest. The forest’s close proximity to Murchison falls national park offers a safe haven for other wildlife like elephants, Lions, Leopards as well as Buffaloes. Early in the morning is the ideal time for nature walks because then you will have an opportunity to find a number of forest inhabitants licking salt by the forest glades. River Waiga offers refreshments to the various wildlife species within this forest.

Chimpanzee trekking is one of the top activities in this area alongside birding and forest walks, morning hours offer a spectacular chance to encounter the chimpanzees, most times as you start your trek you will hear loud sounds and this absolutely exits visitors as they explore this rainforest, trekking in this area is done in the morning and afternoon where visitors will explore the forest for 4 hours and spend 1 hour with the chimpanzees.

Best time to trek chimpanzees in Budongo forest

Budongo forest is located in lower altitudes meaning the best time to trek chimpanzees is usually during the rainy season from March to June and from October to January when there is a lot of food in the forest and lower temperatures.


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