Kibale National Forest is nestled among picturesque rolling hills of lush, green tea plantations near the Bigodi swamp. It is a beautiful area to just chill: except that chimpanzee trekking is high on every visitor’s Must Do list, and Kibale National Forest is the place to find chimps.
A trek can take as little as four hours, but you should plan on a full day: the family groups can and do move! So, you will require the services of an experienced UWA Guide, who will lead you directly to them.
And additional option – which One Village Tours can arrange for its clients – is a full day with the chimps. Known as a Habituation Experience, you would arrive before dawn, stay all day within the group of chimps, and depart after they have returned to their tree nests. It’s an experience almost impossible to describe.
Besides chimps, you will see: the black and white colobus monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and the potto.Chimps, monkeys and baboons may also be seen in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Rwenzori mountains, Semliki National Park and the Toro-Semliki National Reserve.
While gorilla permits are ~US$500, chimpanzee trekking permits are only around ~US$150, and Habituation Experience permits are ~US$220. But you must get them in advance - and that’s where One Village Tours can help.