What are the chances of seeing chimpanzees in Uganda?

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What are the chances of seeing chimpanzees in Uganda?

What are the chances of seeing chimpanzees in Uganda?

Trekking chimpanzees through the low-laying rainforest of Uganda is an exciting adventure, following this exceptional troop of chimpanzees in Kibale forest, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest or Budongo forest is one of the greatest primate encounters in Uganda.

Uganda has the highest population of chimpanzees in Africa and this makes chimpanzee trekking in Uganda a top safari adventure.

Behavior of Chimpanzees

Chimpanzees are highly social. They live in communities of several dozen animals, led by an alpha male and his coalition of male allies. Research has shown that male and female chimps have individual personalities, with females being more trusting and timid.

Actual chances of seeing the chimpanzees in Uganda

The chances of seeing chimpanzees in Uganda depend on the time of year, during extremely dry seasons of the year like July and August and December to February there is little food and the chimpanzees scatter across the forest to avoid food competition, this will call for individuals to stay more quiet when they find food so that other members of the troop do not come in and finish the little they have and this can make it extremely difficult for the guides to locate the chimpanzees and secondly the activity is controlled meaning chimpanzees are visited twice a day, in the morning and in the afternoon hence each session is given only 4 hours regardless if you locate the chimpanzees or not.

The chance of seeing chimpanzees also depends on the location and below are our expert independent reviews.

  • #1-Kibale forest national park -70%
  • #2-Kyambura gorge-55%
  • #3-Kalinzu forest 50%
  • #4-Budongo forest 40%

Best time to trek chimpanzees in Uganda

Chimpanzee trekking is an all-year trekking adventure and individual luck can be a factor but our Top months are May June, September, and October which is just the end and begging of rainy seasons and there is a lot of food in the forest for the chimpanzees to feed on.


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