Chimpanzee habituation in Uganda has been added on the list of things to do in Uganda. Although most tourists interested in primates come to Uganda especially for the tracking of chimpanzees and gorillas. Habituation experience of chimpanzees in kibale forest national park has proven to be more fun. Habituation is the method used to get wild primates accustomed to seeing humans around them before officially being viewed by tourists. It is something that is done for both Chimps and Gorillas, taking up to 3 years.
More than 4950 Chimpanzees have ever been reported to live in Uganda, and around 1500 of these live in Kibale National Park alone. This park located in the Kabarole district is the only place in Uganda where, Chimpanzee Habituation takes place. One needs a permit to be approved to go to see these primates. The prices for Chimpanzee tracking in kibale forest, are $150 charged for Chimp tracking, while for habituation one pays $220 and foreign residents pay $150, while East Africans pay just $70.
Not only does this give them an hour in their presence, but a whole day to spend all their time with these chimps. In order to truly enjoy this habituation experience, it is important to encourage bookings to be made 3 months before the actual day and, if possible, during the months of March to April and November where there is considerably less congestion. Another thing to remember is that this experience is not for those who are weak hearted.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY OF CHIMPANZEE HABITUATION IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK.
Your Chimp habituation day starts with breakfast early in the morning, get your parked lunch prepared and head out to meet your guide who will drive you to the park. With only a limit of 4 persons per group, excluding researchers and guides, you will head straight for the forest in search for Chimps.
The tracking starts from the spot where the primates were last seen constructing their nests the night before. If you’re lucky in seeing them early, you’re likely to see them just waking up. Usual habituation of Chimpanzee starts at dawn about 6:00 or 6:30 a.m. You will have a chance of seeing a number of chimpanzee daily activities among others may include copulation, breastfeeding for infants, nursing, patrolling, hunting, and nest making later about 7 p.m. as they are preparing to sleep.
But Chimpanzee habituation is not the only thing you should be sure to do today, since Kibale National Park is not only rich in primates but also in other things. Besides the 12 primate species in the park, such as the Central African Monkey, the Black and White Colobus Monkey, the Blue Monkey, the L’Hoest Monkey and the Red Colobus Monkey of Uganda, there are other life types, such as the Red and Blue Duikers, the Sitatungas, the Giant Forest Hogs, the Bushbucks, the Wild pigs, the African Buffalo and the Common Warthogs. Carnivores include the two otter species, the lions, the African Golden Cats, the Leopards and the numerous Mongooses.
There is also a prolific bird life in the park with more than 325 bird species, including African Ground Thrush that is exclusive found in to Kibale National Park among others Albertine endemic bird species. Elephants also do common visits to the park.
All this gives you more excuses to go to Chimpanzee Habitation in Uganda, because it’s a thrilling, informative and adventurous safari in Uganda that you don’t want to skip.