Chimp tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the other activities that can be done in the park. Queen Elizabeth National Park is among of the most remarkable national parks within Uganda because of the outstanding Wildlife as well as Bird-life, it also a perfect place to enjoy chimp tracking / trekking done within the Kyambura Gorge where there are several habituated Chimpanzees. The scenery within this gorge is very spectacular and there are several other mammals plus birds to be seen as you start out in the morning on your chimpanzee trekking tour.
Queen Elizabeth national park has five prominent ecosystems ranging from the thick underground rain forest in kyambura gorge to the swamps along kazinga channel.
The dramatic Kyambura gorge is also known as the valley of Apes and is found in the eastern part of famous queen Elizabeth national park. If you visit the gorge you will see a world different from the one you know; it is drained by river kyambura, it has a rain forest that is near to the equator. The top of the trees receive just enough sunlight. The underground vegetation is eye catching and verdant. And if you come to visit this gorge, you will not go back home the same, but with a lot to write and talk about.
The type of vegetation in kyambura gorge is adoptable to the life style of the famous chimpanzees; it is characterized with the tall thick trees and the underground rain forest vegetation. The trees give fruits seasonally. This makes the stay of the chimpanzees an enjoyable one, due to the presence of their main course (fruits).
Kyambura gorge has a mobile community of chimpanzees that is very mobile compared to the other chimpanzees in other national parks like Kibale. In July 2013, over 24 chimpanzees were given names by Uganda wildlife authority. A tourist stands a chance of about 80% to see the habituated chimpanzees once they pay a visit.
There is a thing about the chimpanzees that are found at Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park. Almost all of them are habituated chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth national park; meaning the chimpazees are familiar with humans and they can carry out their activities in presence of humans. The chimpanzees are also in other areas like kibale national park. But, it’s by luck that a tourist can spot one habituated chimpanzee in kibale national park because they are too many and mobile in the forest.
Besides the trees being tall and fruitful in the seasons, their branches are easily bent. This makes the work of building nests by these chimpanzees, an easy work. The chimpanzees make nests in the tree branches by bending them to make them connected and they line the branches with twigs to make the nests firm.
As if that is not enough, the gorge has several habituated chimpanzees, that you can enjoy watching. They swing in the tree branches, during the morning hours, to come and look for their food. There are other places in the kalinzu forest which is found in bushenyi, kibale national park, but queen is spectacular for this activity since it has a wide range of wild life, which supplements the chimpanzees to give you a memorable experience.