Where to see Chimpanzees in Uganda
Uganda is a fantastic destination for chimpanzee trekking, offering several national parks and forested areas where you can observe these primates in their natural habitat. It’s such a stunning and lifetime experience meeting these soulful individuals in their habitats. It’s very fascinating to learn that these chimpanzees share 97.3% DNA with us in their presence.
The common or eastern chimpanzee, one of the two subspecies, is the only subspecies in Uganda, with an estimated population of about 5,000 individuals living in Kibale, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Bwindi, Bugoma Forest, Rwenzori Mountains, and other forest reserves.
When planning a chimpanzee trekking adventure in Uganda, it’s essential to obtain the necessary permits and book guided tours in advance. Permits for chimpanzee tracking can be limited, so it’s advisable to make reservations well before your visit. Be prepared for trekking through dense forests, and follow the guidelines provided by your guides to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience while minimizing your impact on the chimpanzees and their habitat.