Chimpanzee Safari Uganda: Kibale Chimp Tracking with Safari With a Heart

Embark on an unforgettable adventure with Safari With a Heart’s Chimpanzee Safari in Uganda. This exceptional experience allows you to explore the beauty and wonder of Kibale Forest National Park, home to diverse primate species including the fascinating chimpanzees.



  • Guided Walks: Join expert guides for morning or afternoon walks through the forest, offering an opportunity to observe chimpanzees and other primates in their natural habitat.
  • Biodiversity: In addition to chimpanzees, keep an eye out for black & white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys.
  • Birdwatching: Discover a variety of bird species and learn about the unique plant life within the forest.
  • Small Group Experience: Enjoy a personalized experience with group sizes limited to six people, ensuring an intimate and engaging adventure.
  • Advance Booking: Ensure your spot by booking in advance, especially during peak season.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Venture into the forest on a thrilling trek to find the chimpanzees, guided by knowledgeable experts who will provide insights into the behavior and ecology of these incredible primates. Each group spends a precious hour with the chimpanzees, observing their interactions and daily activities. The treks start early in the morning and again in the afternoon, with each trek lasting 2 to 3 hours.

Chimpanzee Habituation:

For those seeking a deeper experience, the chimpanzee habituation program offers an unparalleled opportunity to spend extended time with the primates. This unique experience involves accompanying researchers and guides as they follow chimpanzees throughout their daily activities. From their morning routines to evening nest building, you’ll gain an intimate understanding of chimpanzee life. This program allows you to observe the chimps for up to 6 hours, offering a rare glimpse into their social structures and behaviors.

Other Destinations for Chimpanzee Trekking

While Kibale Forest National Park is renowned for its chimpanzee population, you can also experience chimpanzee trekking in other prime locations across Uganda:

  • Budongo Forest: Located in Murchison Falls National Park, this forest is home to a significant population of chimpanzees. The forest is also rich in bird species and other wildlife.
  • Kyambura Gorge: Situated in Queen Elizabeth National Park, this gorge offers a unique trekking experience with its dramatic landscapes and diverse wildlife.
  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary: Located on Lake Victoria, this sanctuary is accessible by speedboat from Entebbe. It provides a safe haven for rescued chimpanzees and offers an educational and interactive experience.
  • Semuliki Wildlife Reserve and Kalinzu Forest: Both locations offer excellent opportunities for chimpanzee trekking, with Kalinzu Forest being particularly noted for its beautiful scenery and biodiversity.

What to Pack

Prepare for your adventure with the following essentials:

  • Insect Repellent: Protect yourself from insect bites.
  • Waterproof Hiking Boots: Essential for navigating the forest’s sometimes muddy and uneven terrain.
  • Long-Sleeved Clothing: Helps protect against scratches and insect bites.
  • Bottled Water and Snacks: Stay hydrated and energized during the trek.
  • Walking Stick: Useful for maintaining balance on uneven trails.
  • Camera and Binoculars: Capture memories and observe wildlife from a distance.
  • Rain Gear: The weather can be unpredictable, so it’s best to be prepared for rain.

Rules and Regulations

To ensure a safe and respectful experience for both visitors and chimpanzees, it’s important to follow these guidelines set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority:

  • Health Precautions: If you feel sick, especially with flu or a cough, you should not participate in the trek to prevent transmitting illnesses to the chimpanzees.
  • Distance: Maintain a distance of at least 8 meters from the chimpanzees to avoid disturbing them.
  • No Feeding: Do not feed the chimpanzees, as human food can harm their health.
  • Quiet Observation: Avoid making noise while trekking to prevent scaring the animals away.
  • No Flash Photography: Use a camera without a flash to avoid startling the chimpanzees.
  • Environmental Care: Do not litter or pollute the forest. If you need to relieve yourself, do so in a way that minimizes environmental impact.
  • Minimum Age: The minimum age for chimpanzee trekking is 15 years.

Best Time to Visit:

Chimpanzee trekking is possible year-round, but the dry season from June to September and December to January offers the best conditions for spotting chimpanzees. During these months, the forest trails are less muddy, and the thinner foliage makes it easier to see the primates. However, trekking during the wet season can also be rewarding as the forest is lush, and food is abundant for the chimpanzees, making them easier to locate.

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Conservation Efforts

By participating in chimpanzee trekking with Safari With a Heart, you contribute to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting these incredible primates. The Jane Goodall Foundation and the Uganda Wildlife Authority work tirelessly to preserve chimpanzee habitats and ensure their survival for future generations.

Explore the wonders of Uganda’s chimpanzees with Safari With a Heart and create memories that will last a lifetime. Book your adventure today and embark on a journey of discovery and excitement.

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