how about trekking gorillas and chimpanzees during christmas holidays in Uganda?
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The Christmas season of 2023 is a few months away. If you are planning your holiday in the East African wilderness to track the giant mountain gorillas or more active African chimpanzees, then Uganda is the ideal option for a primate encounter.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda
Uganda offers over half of the remaining mountain gorillas globally. The remaining mountain gorilla population is located in Virunga National Park in the DRC and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
In Uganda, tourists can trek with mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Also, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers over 340 bird species for bird watchers.
Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda
Uganda’s highest numbers of chimpanzees are in Kibale Forest National Park, situated in the western part of Uganda. Kibale Forest is also known as the primate capital of Africa. Kibale Forest National Park is also blessed with more than 370 bird species, making the park a hub for bird lovers.
Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest
How many primates can be spotted in Kibale National Park? The park has over 13 primate species that can be viewed in the swamps and in the forest.
• Chimpanzees (over 1500 members)
• Velvet monkeys
• Red-tailed Monkeys
• Grey-cheeked mangabeys
• L’Hoest Monkeys
• Olive Baboons
• Black and White Colobus Monkeys
• Uganda Mangabey
• Uganda Red Colobus
• Demidoff Galago
• Uganda Mangabey
• Blue Monkeys
Chimpanzees in Uganda can also be tracked in Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bugoma Forest Reserve, and the orphaned Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is located on an island that was exclusively gazetted for chimpanzees.
How do I book a gorilla and chimpanzee safari in Uganda?
The most critical or first step is to book the gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Booking the permit in advance is advised to prevent disappointment because December is a very busy time of year. Bookings can be made via Devine African Safaris.
Gorilla trekking permit cost
The cost of the mountain gorilla permit in Uganda is $700 per person. In comparison to Rwanda, the cost is between $1500 and $400 in the DRC.
Chimpanzee permit cost
The cost of Uganda’s Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale is $200 for non-residents and $150 for residents. In Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge, the cost is $50.
Yes, mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking permits can be rescheduled to any further date, provided there is availability for the new date. Rescheduling mountain gorilla trekking permits and chimpanzee permits for Uganda is done at no cost.