Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kibale National Park Uganda

Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park

Nature Walks
Best Time to Visit
Chimpanzee permits in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park


Kibale National Park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and covers an area of about 26km south-east of Fort Port which takes about 6 hours drive from Kampala capital city. Kibale National Park is known as the “primate capital of the world” with 13 primate species including chimps as the major center of attraction to the park.
Trekking chimpanzee in Kibale National Park has two sessions which both starts from the Kanyanchu Visitor center. The morning session commence at 08.00 and lasts 2 to 3 hours depending on how close the group is and you’re given as well 1 hour period with the chimps and the afternoon session begun at 15.00 and also last 2 to 3 hours. Visitors can also decide to do a full day chimpanzee habituation which takes a full day chimpanzee habituation from 6 am in the morning during de-nesting up to 6pm in the afternoon during nesting.
Trekking chimpanzee in protected area known for moist evergreen rain forest in Kibale National Park is enriching experience in Uganda, and is a very rewarding experience in the most sought after primate by visitors, but you should look out for the black & white Colobus, red tailed monkey or the grey cheeked Mangabey. Your guides will be able to show you pittas & different bird species and will give details of the tradition of the plant species within the forest. This walk is for 6 people in a group. Advance booking is all-important especially during Peak Sea.
While on your chimpanzee tracking experience, you will be able to meet other primates other than the chimpanzees and some other mammals such as the forest elephants, duikers or buffaloes on your lucky day. Chimps can be spotted busy feeding on fig tree or you may also meet them on the ground. Chimp tracking gives you an opportunity to see the chimpanzees in the their natural setting busy breast feeding, some even breeding, grooming each other, and you will be able to see their real life setting and also you will be able to hike and see some other tree species. Many butterfly species do exist within the park, you also be able to watch the butterflies.

Nature Walks

This is an exploration of the park’s diverse habitats providing very close contact with nature walk. During nature walk the client is able to site some tree species, butterflies, monkeys, insects, birds and many other species of organisms within the park. The walks begin at 08:00 am, 10:00 am and 02:00 pm from Kanyanchu Tourist Centre and take about 2-3 hours. On your lucky day, you may also be able to encounter the chimpanzee during the nature walk. Different trails do exist within the park to which your guide will lead you through as you do your nature walk. Enjoy a cool forest breeze with a relaxed mind, lost in the forest as your minds are taken away with the beauty of the nature of Kibale tropical forest.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to go chimpanzee trekking to avoid crowds is April through May, during the rainy season. But you’ll be trekking in a rain forest so you’re likely to get wet any time of year! The best months to visit Uganda for drier weather are also its peak tourist season from June to October.

Chimpanzee permits in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzees tracking permits for Kibale Forest National Park cost USD$150 per person for non-foreign residence in the high season but in the low season it costs US$100 in May April and November, this is for half day tracking, while for East African residence they pay 100,000 Uganda shillings. While a full day tracking chimpanzee permit goes on for USD$200 in both low and high season, and East African residents pay 150,000 Uganda shillings.
Each session is restricted to 16 people so we strongly advise that you to book your chimpanzee tracking permits few months ahead of the time of your arrival to Uganda to avoid disappointments.
Chimpanzee tracking permits can be booked or purchased through us or directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority at their offices in Kampala Uganda or at head office in Isunga at Kibale National Park.