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Queen Elizabeth national park

Chimpanzee trekking in queen elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth national park is found in the south western part of Uganda in kasese district. It covers an area of 1978 sq km . it was known as Kazinga national park but in 1956 it was renamed to queen Elizabeth national park after queen Elizabeth’s visit. The park has diverse population such as savannah grasslands, savannah woodlands, wetlands, tropical rainforests, lake Edward and lake George that are connected with the Kazinga channel, the crate lakes, Kasenyi plains, Maramagambo forest, Kyambura gorge valley in which different activities are done

The park is commonly known for the unbelievable tree climbing lions found in the Ishasha sector of the park, there are also other wildlife animals like elephants, buffaloes, hippos, nocturnal leopards, zebras, antelopes, Uganda Kobs, giraffes, warthogs, crocodiles, bushbucks and tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector among others.The park is also a home to the great primate animals like chimpanzees, white and black colobus monkeys, grey checked mangabey, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys among others that are found in the tropical rainforests of Kyambura valley gorge and Maramagambo forest.

Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the great adventure experiences that a number of travelers prefer to enjoy when they visit the park.

Where to go chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park?

In Queen Elizabeth national park, Chimpanzees are found in two forest destinations namely Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forest, but since Maramagambo forest has not yet been declared for chimpanzee trekking and has no habituated chimpanzees, trekking is only carried out in Kyambura gorge

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge is an exciting and interesting activity since travelers get an opportunity to explore wildlife animals such as the elephants, the hog forest hogs, the buffaloes, bushbucks among others that visit the valley for water and other primates like white and black colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, red tailed monkeys and gray checked mangabey

Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge is done into two phases the morning phase and the evening phase which both have different experiences. chimpanzees are more active in the morning as they wake up, hunt for food in the forest when there is less sunshine and during the even they are resting in the tree shades as well as making nests for the night. The activity can take hours without locating the chimpanzees since chimpanzees are mobile creatures. On locating a chimpanzee family, visitors are allowed to spend only one hour with the chimpanzees, learning their behaviors, watch them breastfeeding their babies, play, rest, making nests for the next night among other behaviors of the chimpanzees in the jungle.

Tourists are also able to see different bird species like white winged warbler, African broadbill, falcon flycatcher, papyrus gonolek, African Skimmer among others.

What is the cost of chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park?

Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the best alternatives for chimpanzee safari adventures due to fact that the trekking permit is more affordable than in Kibale forest national park and Budongo forest.

The chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura gorge is $ 50 USD per person per day while in Kibale it is  $200 USD per person making it cheaper. The permits are acquired thruogh the Uganda wildlife authority or through a trusted tour company where travelers provide their details and some payments and after booking an invoice is sent to them confirming their payments. The permits can also be got from Mweya information center in the park

Best time for chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park

Best time to visit Queen Elizabeth national park for the chimpanzee trekking adventure is during the dry season in the months of June, July, august, September, December, January and February when there are little rainfall, the trails are passable that is not muddy and slippery and the vegetations have not over grown making the tracking less complex.

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What to pack for chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park? 
  • long sleeved shirts and trousers to protect their bodies.
  • water proof hiking gum boots and long socking
  • rain jackets that will help you in case it rains while trekking.
  • a hat and sun glasses to protect your eyes from direct sun rays
  • binoculars to enjoy bird watching while your trekking in forest
  • cameras to take videos and photos

Other interesting parks

murchison falls naional park

kibaale national park

rwenzori national park

queen elizabeth national park

bwindi impenatrable national park

mghinga national park

lake mburo national park

mt elgon national park

kidepo national park