Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest : Kalinzu forest reserve is located in southwestern part of Uganda in Bushenyi district near Queen Elizabeth national park and Maramagambo forest. Kalinzu forest is known for harboring different wildlife species including 378 bird species, 6 primate species such as chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, 265 butterfly species, 98 moths, 414 tree species among others. Kalinzu forest reserve also attracts some mammals like buffaloes, wild pigs, lions, leopards among others which come from the nearby Queen Elizabeth national park.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
Kalinzu forest is a home of over 320 chimpanzees and about 70 chimpanzees have been habituated and are open for trekking. Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest starts early in the morning with a briefing at the reserve headquarters about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing you will start trekking in the forest with a well trained guide who is conversant with different trails in the forest.
Trekking of chimpanzees in the forest is done in two sessions that is the morning session which starts at around 8:00am and the afternoon session which starts at around 2:00 pm, each session takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view different bird species, other primates like red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, different tree species, colorful butterflies among others.
Once the chimpanzees are found you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their habits, behaviors, take photos, record videos, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, hunting, grooming young ones, mating, fighting, resting, playing among others.
Cost of a chimpanzee trekking permit in Kalinzu forest
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kalinzu forest costs USD 50 per person for foreign non residents, USD 50 per person for foreign residents and UGX 30,000 per person for East African citizens. Chimpanzee trekking permit in the forest is cheap compared to other destinations like Kibale national park where a chimpanzee trekking permit costs USD 200 per person for foreign non residents, USD 150 per person for foreign residents and UGX 150,000 per person for East African citizens.
Chimpanzee trekking permit in the forest can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority by contacting the offices via email or telephone calls or booking through the reception center of Kalinzu forest or through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris. When booking through a tour operator you will contact us with your names and date when you wish to visit the chimpanzees. We will check for permit availability and if the permits are available you will be asked to make a deposit. Once we receive the payment we will purchase the permit on your behalf.
Best time to go for chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest
Chimpanzee trekking in the forest can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season Kalinzu forest reserve receives less or little rainfall therefore access roads to the reserve will be passable and chimpanzee trekking trails will be dry and passable compared to the wet season when the trails are wet, muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.
Where to stay during your chimpanzee trekking safari in Kalinzu forest
Kalinzu forest has no accommodation facilities therefore you can stay in accommodations in Queen Elizabeth national park such as Jacana safari lodge, Katara lodge, Mweya safari lodge, Park view safari lodge, Engiri game lodge among others.
How to get to Kalinzu forest
Kalinzu forest in located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means driving through Mbarara- Kasese highway to the forest headquarters which takes about 6 hours drive in a 4WD safari vehicle.
The forest can also be accessed by air transport means whereby you will book charter or scheduled flights from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Mweya airstrip and then connect to the reserve headquarters by road.
Apart from chimpanzee trekking, Kalinzu forest offers other activities like guided forest walks where you will get up-close and personal with wildlife species in the forest and bird watching where you will be able to view variety of bird species.
For more information about chimpanzee trekking in the forest or chimpanzee trekking packages you can visit our website or contact us at Achieve global safaris.