Chimpanzee tracking is among the tourist attractions you can do on your safari to Tooro semuliki national park, though the chance of seeing these primates in Semuliki is not the same if compared to chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest national, this is the top destination in Uganda for chimpanzees with over 1500 chimps.
Chimpanzee habituation in Semuliki is hampered because of landscape as the cliffs hampers and become a barrier to keep the chimps on a truck, as they do cross from over the sharp cliffs that the habituates cannot manage to cross. This is an amazing experience to track the wild chimpanzees in the wilderness.
Chimpanzee tracking in Semuliki national park usually begins at 8 am and takes about 4 hours to complete. It will take you through shrubs, thickets, swamps, and many more during the process of tracking and habituation, you can also see other primates like a red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, vervet monkey, Central African red colobus monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey, and baboons.
The processes of habituation in Semuliki national park are not much amazing as that one for Kibale forest national park. Chimpanzee tracking here is wild and they still undergoing habituation and the population is not high than other areas inhabits chimpanzees.
Most of the tourists always asking themselves what to pack for chimpanzee tracking after getting a Chimpanzee permit. This is all you need to get an amazing experience without any disturbance as explained below.
Is one of the most important thing that you should for your chimpanzee tracking safari as they are suitable for climbing steep moist muddy slopes.
Long-Sleeved Shirts / Blouse
When you are coming for chimpanzee tracking, try to carry long-sleeved clothes since chimpanzees are staying in the big forests. Putting on long clothes will protect you from the thickets as they move through the verdant jungle.
You should not forget to carry a rain jacket since African weather is not unpredictable. Any time it may rain even during the dry season.
Energy giving snacks
Chimpanzee tracking in Semuliki national park usually takes 4 hours so it is very important to bring enough drinking water plus snacks.
This is an optional thing but it is very useful during this activity because it protects you from germs and reduces the risk of other infections that may affect you, during the activity you hold onto vegetation when you’re hiking.
Other important requirements during the tracking include a camera with extra batteries, Pair of binoculars, sunglasses, Insect repellants which will give you protection against any insect bike and among others.
Tourist activities you can participate in after chimpanzee tracking in Semuliki national park are bird watching as the park is home to over 441 bird species, visit Sempaya hot springs which is used for boiling materials like eggs, matooke, cassava and so on that will make you wonder on how it came about., cultural tours and among others.
Semuliki national park is located in southwestern Uganda in Bundibugyo district, it can be accessed by road on 2 routes, especially if you’re coming from Kampala city, and 4WD vehicles are best for both routes.
Route 1: Kampala-Fort Portal via Mubende is the shortest route than route 2 which covering over 180kilomaters and takes about 4-5 hours drive.
Route 2: you may use Kampala-Masaka via Mbarara and Kasese. It takes 465 kilometers and 7-8 hours. The route is longer but it gives you a chance to visit other places along the way like Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, and others.
Uganda is the best and remarkable destination with many other national parks like Kibale forest national park which is a famous place for unique chimpanzees with about 1500 chimps, Or visit Bwindi forest for adventure gorilla trekking, one of the top tourist attractions which attract most of the tourists visit Uganda.
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