A gorilla and chimpanzee safari in Uganda is a thrilling adventure that allows you to get up close and personal with these incredible primates in their natural habitat. Uganda is home to both chimpanzees and mountain gorillas, making it one of the best destinations for primate tracking and wildlife enthusiasts. Here’s a guide to planning your chimpanzee and gorilla safari in Uganda:
Permits and Regulations:
Gorilla Tracking Permit: To visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda, you’ll need to obtain a gorilla tracking permit. These permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and should be booked well in advance, as they have limited availability. Each permit allows you to spend a limited amount of time with a gorilla family group. You will spend 1 (one) good hour face to face with these ultimate gorillas in the jungle. When you want to book the permit, you will need to book through the agency, to make the process so smooth.
Chimpanzee Tracking Permit: For chimpanzee tracking, permits can be obtained for various chimpanzee trekking locations such as Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, and Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu near Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: This is one of the best places in the world to see mountain gorillas located in South Western Part of Uganda. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to several habituated gorilla families. It is one of the most renowned and important conservation areas in Africa and is primarily known for being home to approximately half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas
Kibale Forest National Park: Kibale is famous for its chimpanzee tracking experiences and boasts a high population of chimpanzees. Kibale National Park has the biggest concentration of chimpanzees in the whole world, hence known as the primate capital of the world. It’s also home to other primates and a variety of bird species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kyambura Gorge): This Park offers both chimpanzee tracking and a unique opportunity to see chimps in a stunning gorge setting.
Choosing a Tour Operator:
It’s advisable to book your safari through a Kenlink Tours that specializes in customized safaris. We can help you arrange permits, transportation, accommodation, and guides.
Ensure the operator is ethical and follows responsible tourism practices that prioritize the well-being of the primates and their habitats.
A typical chimpanzee and gorilla safari in Uganda usually lasts about 3 to 7 days, depending on the specific locations you want to visit and the activities you wish to include.
Uganda offers a range of accommodation options, from luxury lodges to budget campsites, depending on your preferences and budget.
Staying at lodges within or near the national parks can enhance your overall safari experience.
Wildlife Viewing Etiquette:
Follow the guidelines provided by your guides and the park authorities to ensure the safety of both the primates and visitors.
Maintain a respectful distance from the primates to avoid potential disease transmission.
Keep noise levels low and avoid direct eye contact with the animals.