Chimp trekking in Budongo Forest is a moist, semi-deciduous tropical rainforest located at the top of the Albertine Rift in Murchison Falls National Park. The forest is considered the largest natural rainforest in the whole of East Africa and is famously known to be a home to the chimpanzees. Budongo Forest is enroute to Murchison Falls National Park. It is also known for having the biggest number of mahogany trees in Uganda.
Chimpanzee tracking as an activity involves walking through the rainforest in search of the primates depending on the family allocated to you, when you encounter the chimps, one is allowed to spend time with them observing their way of living in their natural habitats and then trek back.
Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest is done twice a day both early in the morning around 0700 hrs and in the afternoon around 1500 hours daily. A tourist can track on either of the shifters according to their choice. The activity takes about three to four hours generally and within this time, trekking from the briefing area through the rainforest to the chimpanzee family, spending time with the primates in their natural home for about an hour and trekking back.
Chimpanzee tracking can be done all year, however the most suitable is the dry season which is December to January and June to August which is easier since the ground is not as slippery as it can be in the rainy season.
For all our Guests we always purchase these permits in advance from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). The permit is 130 USD per person. The activity is only allowed for people who are 15 years and above. The activity strictly happens with the accompaniment of an armed ranger and guide for security purposes.
One must strictly keep with their group throughout the activity.
There are quite a number of safari camps in the Murchison Falls area however we have partnered with some of the most remarkable and incredible lodges and camps where you can stay from High End to Luxury Camps, our Safari Experts will guide you based on your safari interests tailor the options to much your exact expectation
It takes approximately 5 to 6 hours on the road from Entebbe International Airport to Budongo forest however our safari Experts usually combine this with a short Visit at the Ziwa Rhino Conservancy to break half the journey to the amazing Budongo, however, we partner with the Industry’s leading air safari operators like Aerolink which is usually 1hr or 2 depending on the connection.
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