A beautiful combo of gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking experience gives you the best way to identify the difference between the two animal in the wild. They are both primates that may look similar yet different in character and behavior. Viewing the mountain gorillas touches inside your inner feeling whereas the excitement chimpanzees give is unforgettable.
In Uganda, the chimpanzees are residents of Kibale National park, Kyambura gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi Forest, Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and others.
Gorilla trekking destinations in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has gorilla trekking areas with different gorilla families so far amounting to 19 gorilla families
In Rwanda Chimpanzee trekking is done from Nyungwe National Park. Volcanoes National Park is the only gorilla trekking destination in Rwanda.
How To Make A Combo Of Gorilla Trekking With Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda
Have the dates when you wish to do gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. Our safari consultant will advise you on the number of days you can take between the two. Although they are both Uganda safari activities, they are done in different parks with a time difference of about 6 hours from one park to another.
To do gorilla trekking, you need to attend briefing early morning and time of return is unknown depending on the prevailing factors in the forest. It is only one time of gorilla trekking per day. Chimpanzee trekking has two sessions early morning at 0800hours and afternoon 1500hours. Each time you need to attend briefing on time taking about 2 hours to 3 hours in the forest.
You must get gorilla permits for both gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in advance because they are sold off fast yet a limited number each one’s permits are released per day.
Together with our consultant Arch safaris And Tours, you can customize your Uganda safari itinerary inclusive of gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. You can also check with our premade uganda primate packages on Gorilla safaris.
In case you have no unchanging reason for wishing to do gorilla and chimpanzee trekking on certain dates, one of them or both can be altered to soot your days on safari
If you agree on the days then checking availability from the Uganda Wildlife Authority listing proceeds. In case there are still some Uganda permits available on the day you trek the gorillas, we advise our clients to purchase their permits as soon as possible.
The status of the gorilla permits changes any time because first come first serve basis is used to reserve them. no permits is reserved without payment to prevent chances of reserving permits that serious clients would be ready to purchase yet reserved for unserious clients. This was a policy set by Uganda Wildlife authority the gorilla selling body in Uganda.
For chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda, you have to know the day when you wish to do chimpanzee safari in Uganda. Note that 6 people are allowed to be with a group of chimpanzees at a time. Know the session when you hope to do chimpanzee trekking in the morning or afternoon.
When you purchase your gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits, we require you to provide some personal details like Nationality, names on the passport, date of birth, passport expiry date and others.
The current cost of Uganda gorilla permits is $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents, 250000 shs for East African residents.
Kibale chimpanzee trekking permits costs $200 per person per session and prices for other chimpanzee trekking destinations vary with destination.
The cost of the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits includes
Park Entrance fees for the National parks
The Uganda wildlife Authority charges a fee for entering every National park. this is support fund for the conservation and maintenance of these parks. The conservation of the primates in Uganda requires some funding and government support.
Ranger Guide Fees for both Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking
This is the job for the rangers so they deserve to be paid to encourage them to devote themselves to support the life of these primates. They are vulnerable primates that deserve to be defended. The rangers do a lot to learn about theses primates from the wild and pass this information to tourists.
Gorilla and Chimpanzee Medical Care Fund
Teams of veterinary doctors often do timely check ups on these primates by randomly collecting dung or blood samples to check in the labs and establish there general health status. All this deserves funding and the sell of the gorilla permits and chimpanzee permits is one of the ways to collect these funds.
Security of the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking areas
Both gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking are in the wilderness so the primate, the tourists and the locals around deserve protection. The ranger guides work with Uganda security bodies to offer protection to these primates.
Every tourists would like to return home in one piece so there is need to provide security for all gorilla and chimpanzee trekking clients.
Local community support
The funds got from the sale of activities within the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking destinations are shared with the local community to help to include them in the conservation campaign.
They use this money to support community projects like water centers, hospitals, road maintenance and others.
How To Book accommodation For Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda
Spending your nights within the destination or on the outskirts of the gorilla or chimpanzee trekking destination is a great idea.
Each of these destinations has designates time for starting the trek that is Gorilla trekking in Uganda starts with briefing at about 0800hour and chimpanzee trekking early morning briefing at Kanyanchu at 0800hours.
To catch up with this time, you must have had your night close or within the park. When you miss briefing for gorilla or chimpanzee trekking, you may be disqualified from gorilla trekking. You are given different instruction on how to behave while with the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees. The brochures and internet has some but not all because these primates have different individual traits like humans.
Some of Bwindi Impenetrable Ntaional Park Accommodations :Gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla Forest camp, Engage lodge, Silverback lodge, Buhoma lodge, Bwindi View Bandas, Gorilla Resort, Lake Kitandara Tented Campsite, Volcanoes Loge and others
Some of Mgahinga national park accommodations include Gahinga Lodge and others in Kisoro town
Uganda Accommodations For Chimpanzee trekking destinations
Some Kibale National Park accommodations include Primates Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, CVK, Kibale Safari Lodge and others
Some Kyambura Gorge Chimpanzee sanctuary accommodations to book include Mweya safari Lodge, Jacana Lodge, Elephants Lodge, Simba Safari Lodge and others
Some Kaniyo pabidi Accomodations in Murchison falls National park include Paraa Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Murchison River lodge, Red chillis Lodge, Chobe safari Lodge and others
When Is The Best Time For Gorilla And Chimpanzee trekking Safari In Africa
Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas can be seen in the wilderness any time of the year. You have are sure of seeing them any time of the year. They are not probability to see primates because when the conquer to feed from a certain area, they do it for some time till when food is exhausted.
Usually the drier months that is June to September and December to January are most comfortable for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking because there is usually less rains received in the forest.
Chimpanzees live in communities just like humans and mountain gorillas live in families that are not easy to break or get away from.
Other factors that may make the chimpanzees or mountain gorillas relocate to a new destination include.
Having a fight with another gorilla family and the family loses, they move together to a particular destination that can be traced by rangers any time.
If the gorilla family loses a family member, they may go into a somber mood and into hiding for some times.
Low Season for Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking
During the wet seasons that is March to May and November, there are less tourists in the wilderness to obstruct you from clearly capturing the best pictures of the chimpanzees or mountain gorillas.
Chances of getting discounted prices for chimpanzee and gorilla trekking packages are high because the service providers like lodges, vehicle hire, driver guide hire has less demand.
Chances of having a solo chimpanzee and gorilla trekking experience are high since there are less people booking. In case you wish to close of the gorilla and chimpanzee trekking families, this is the best time to use when less people are booked to these families.
For production companies, the low season for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking are the best when you have no one to stand before your cameras to obstruct you from capturing the best moments of these primates. Even your photographing and filming crews are comfortable.
Chances of finding infants born are more common in the low season when conception is likely to happen with less human interference with the
How Difficult Is Gorilla And Chimpanzee Trekking Safari
Gorilla trekking in Africa is done in highland areas where at times you are required to hike the slopes to get to where the mountain gorillas are lounging.
The vegetation around the areas where mountain gorillas live is tangled after a number of years of surviving the arid condition of the ice age period.
At times ranger guides need a machete to make way for tourists to get to the gorillas. The surface of most of the trails is soggy because of the dense network of rivers that tend to over flow during severe rainy seasons.
What Time Do You Locate The Mountain Gorillas
Locating the mountain gorillas may take between 2 hours to three quarters of the day. This is based on factors like the proximity of the mountain gorilla food.
Mountain gorillas live in a certain location for some times until the food is exhausted then the Dominant silverback has the duty to search new feeding grounds. This is one of the reasons why it is hard to confirm the easiest family to trek.
In case the gorilla family losses a member, they sob for some time just like humans. They are emotional creatures too.
Some times the severe rainy seasons push the mountain gorillas to the slopes far deep in the forest. You have to take some times searching to locate them
When a wild family attacks the gorilla family you are trekking and it loses, the entire family may be split or move into the deeper ends of the forest.
The pace of the trekkers may also contribute to time of locating the mountain gorillas because the ranger guide follows the pace of the slowest trekker so that no one is lost in the thick forest.
The nature of the topography of the area where chimpanzees live is fairly flat with limited undergrowth. There forests like Kibale National park in Uganda, Nyungwe National park in Rwanda and others have trails constructed by usual trekkers.
Foldable Safari hat to protect your hair from water falling off the trees and buzzing insects in the wilderness.
Safari boots that can move on slippery slopes.
A torch to light in the evening when lights go out
A camera to take photos of your experience with the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
Insect repellent to keep away stinging insects in the wilderness.
Long trousers and trousers to provide extra protection to your body.
A pair of stockings to tack in your trousers and offer extra security to your body.
Snacks to munch on when hungry especially when you take long hours in the wilderness.
Foldable water bottle to carry with drinking water to use for quenching thirst.
A back bag to carry in your belongings so that they are not lost in the wilderness when you fall.
Garden gloves to wear in case you need to catch a tighter grip when you are in the wilderness.