Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda

A simple guide for planning a safari adventure to see Africa's wild chimpanzees in Uganda, including tailor-made safari packages.

The Chimpanzee Trekking Experience

Chimpanzee trekking is an immersive wildlife experience where you venture deep into the forests of Uganda to observe chimpanzees in their natural habitat. 

The day starts with a buzz of anticipation. After a hearty breakfast, you'll arrive at the trekking center, where a briefing will prepare you for your chimpanzee trekking adventure. Your guide, deeply knowledgeable about wild chimpanzee behavior, will share important guidelines for a respectful and safe encounter.

With hearts pounding, you'll set off into the forest, following your guide along winding trails. The air thickens with the scent of damp earth and the symphony of unseen forest creatures. Listen closely – the rustling of leaves, the distant calls of monkeys, and maybe even the excited hoots of chimpanzees will guide your way.

Suddenly, your guide raises a hand, signaling you to stop. A hush falls over the group. There, through the dense foliage, you catch a glimpse of movement – a flash of black fur, a playful face peering back at you. Your first encounter with a wild chimpanzee is a moment that will take your breath away.

Observe as they swing effortlessly through the trees, forage for food, and interact with their troop. Witness their playful antics, their gentle grooming, and the occasional squabble – a fascinating glimpse into their complex social world. For a precious hour, you'll share their rainforest home, a humbling reminder of our connection to these incredible creatures.

Where to trek chimpanzees in Uganda

  • Kibale Forest National Park: Boasting the highest concentration of chimpanzees in East Africa, Kibale Forest offers an exceptional chance of encountering wild chimpanzees. Explore a network of trails winding through the dense forest, listening for the telltale hoots and pant-hoots of a nearby troop.

  • Budongo Forest: This ancient forest within Murchison Falls National Park is home to a smaller but equally fascinating chimpanzee population. Trek through its primeval atmosphere, feeling a deep connection to the natural world.

  • Kyambura Gorge: Known as the "Valley of Apes," this lush gorge within Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a unique setting for your chimpanzee adventure. Descend into the gorge's depths, where sunlight filters through the canopy, creating a magical backdrop for your encounter.

Guided by expert trackers, follow the chimpanzees as they forage, play, and socialize. Witness their remarkable intelligence and complex social interactions, a humbling reminder of our shared ancestry. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda cost $200 USD for foreign residents and can be booked in advance to secure your spot. Reaching these destinations often involves a combination of domestic flights and scenic road transfers, all easily arranged for a seamless journey.

Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris