Chimpanzees are one of man’s closest relatives and the habituation experience offers an opportunity to learn about these primates. Chimpanzee habituation in Uganda can be undertaken in Kibale National Park which is home to 13 primate species with chimpanzees having the highest population. The park was dubbed the (primate capital of the world) because of the primates in the Kibale forest.
Chimpanzees share about 98.7% of their DNA with humans making them the second closest to humans after the Bonobos. About 1500 chimpanzees live in Kibale Forest National Park and go through a habituation experience before tourists can be allowed to have chimpanzee trekking experiences.
Kibale National Park is located southwest of Uganda within a tropical rainforest. Kibale forest is comprised of varied tracts of tropical forest cover interspersed with patches of grasslands and swamps dominated in the northern and central parts of the park which in total covers a geographical area of about 795 square kilometers.
Chimpanzee habituation is the process of making chimps used to the presence of human beings. The process takes about 2 years or more to fully get used to people.
The chimpanzee habituation experience enables tourists to accompany researchers and habituators (those that take the chimpanzees through the habituation process) into the forest. For chimpanzee habituation, the groups that are visited are less accustomed or used to the presence of human beings than those that are visited during chimpanzee trekking. During the habituation experience, those involved follow and view the chimps as they exhibit their characters.
Chimpanzee habituation in Kibale National Park is available for tourists who make an early booking either for the full day or half-day experience. For those starting the habituation trek in the morning, they can watch chimpanzees leaving their nests early morning between 6:00 – 6:30 am.
Then after they continue their day with daily activities like feeding, copulating, breastfeeding, resting, displaying, and patrolling until in the evening when it’s time for the chimps to build new nests for the night.
The chimpanzee habituation experience ends in the evening when the chimps go to their nests. The full-day experience is such an experience having to learn a lot about the chimps and by the time you leave the forest, you will be familiar with the chimp individuals including their body markings and personalities. Lunch, water, and snacks should be carried if the activity is going to be a full-day experience.
Here are a few facts about chimpanzees;
Chimpanzees live in family groups of about 15-20 individuals though some are very large to even 100. They are highly sociable, communicative, and intelligent animals with complete social relationships, and hierarchies usually led by a male chimpanzee.
Chimpanzees communicate largely through body language and hoots, pants, and barks.
They are also one of the only primate species known to create and use tools. Some of the acts that display the chimpanzee intelligence include digging insects out of tight space, opening hard nuts or fruit with rocks. Their capability to do this contributes to the variety of the chimpanzee diet ranging from fruits to insects and much more. The skills used to collect their food as well as use tools can be passed on from one generation to the other since the chimpanzees live for about 40 years.
Apart from the habituation experience, Kibale Forest is also a top chimpanzee trekking destination. Kibale Forest is known for the best chimpanzee safari experiences in Uganda since it guarantees great views of these apes. The forest is ranked as the best destination to see wild chimpanzees in East Africa.
Chimpanzee trekking experience starts with a briefing at 8:00 am by the park rangers. After the briefing, you then be guided by park rangers to the forest, about 2 armed rangers will go along with you. You follow the trails and with the ranger guides expertise, they will be able to identify where the family is and lead you there.
To have a chimpanzee trekking experience, be ready to go walking through the forest in search of the chimps for about 2-5 hours depending on where the chimps are spending their day at. On finding the chimpanzees, you will be given one hour in the presence of the chimps as you take photos and film all the best moments of the trek.
Kibale Forest National Park is very accessible for chimpanzee trekking and a 4 days Uganda primate trekking safari is a good itinerary.
Chimpanzee habituation and trekking in Uganda are the second popular activities after Uganda gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. There are also Uganda wildlife safari activities in the savannah parks as well as other activities. We also tailor Kenya safari or Tanzania safari itineraries to all kinds of travelers.
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