Kalinzu forest reserve is found in the western Uganda Bushenyi district. It is closer to Queen Elizabeth national park and the Maramagambo forest. It has over 414 tree species, 6 different primates including chimpanzees, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, approximately 380 bird species, reptiles butterflies, etc. The reverse can be accessed via the Kampala-Masaka- Mbarara-Bushenyi route which is 375km taking approximately 5 hours. It is about 10km from Bushenyi. the reserve offices are located near the road and hence easily seen by passing visitors from Queen Elizabeth national park
Chimpanzees are the major attractions in Kalinzu Forest. Chimpanzees are interesting creatures because they look and behave like human beings since they share 98% of their DNA with us. Chimps give birth after every 5 years and look after their young ones until they are about 12 years old. They live in large communities each with a different culture. Chimpanzees are very intelligent, and known for a variety of tools and tricks to hunt insects, smaller primates and antelopes. Unlike gorillas, chimp communities are always evolving with female adolescents in particular living in the group to join others.
Besides being hunted for meat and sold as pets, the main danger to chimpanzees is the loss of home due to the increased cutting of trees. Uganda government together with Uganda wildlife authority declared killing chimpanzees illegal
However, there are other chimpanzee trekking destinations in Uganda namely; Kibale national park, Budongo forest kanpyo Pabidi eco-tourism in Murchison falls national park and tambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park