Where can I track Chimpanzees in Uganda?

Kibale National Park

The main chimp trekking destination, Kibale Forest is easily accessible to Kampala and operates treks twice a day. In addition to the standard trek with its hour contact with the animals, longer habituation treks are also available. The chances of a successful contact are highest here, but so are visitor numbers.

Kyambura Gorge

A delightfully secret (almost) cleft in the surface of the otherwise flat surface of the savannah bordering Queen Elizabeth National Park, visiting the chimps of Kyambura is the perfect option for those with limited time staying in the Park. Although the chances of a successful sighting are lower than at Kibale (60%), the entire experience is fascinating as you descend into the forest world. Seeing the chimps is a bonus.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Budongo Forest Reserve

If you are staying at Murchison Falls, then a day at Budongo on the trail of the chimps is the perfect contrast to exploring the park on game drives or by boat. With sighting chances higher than Kyambura but lower than Kibale, it is a great place to find our closest cousins. The guiding is particularly good here and the low visitor numbers add a nice feeling of privacy.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Semiliki Wildlife Reserve

Don’t expect it to be easy to find the chimps in Semliki: they live in a dry forest environment and so have to range far and wide to secure enough food. But do expect it to be fascinating. The research programme here is on the cutting edge of science as they try to work out the relationship between the chimps walking on two legs and the evolution of our own species.