Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls National Park

Cost of chimpanzee trekking in Kiniyo Pabidi Forest in Murchison falls National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls National Park

Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park: Murchison falls is the largest and oldest national park located in north western Uganda in Masindi, Kiryadongo, Bulisa and Nyowa districts. The park was gazette as world life reserve in 1926 and later in 1952 it was officially open as a national game park on an area of 3893 sq km. The park has got over 76 mammal species and 451 bird species. It’s controlled and managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority

Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park is one of the most beautiful activities done in Murchison falls national park done in the southern sector of the park in Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Budongo forest and is the largest natural forest in Uganda. Chimpanzees leave in natural forests and savannah tropical Africa. They belong to great apes family with orangutans and gorillas, have large brains and are intelligent because they are 98.7% human DNA.

Chimpanzee trekking in not only done here in Uganda but also in destinations such as Kibale National Park, kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park then Kalinzu forest and Budongo forest with over 800 chimpanzees.  Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park is done in Budongo forest either early morning at 7:30 am and in the afternoon at 2:00 pm starting with a briefing at headquarters about rules and regulations after which you are grouped into groups of 8 and given a guide. This will take you about 2 to hours and more depending on where chimpanzees are because sometimes they deep in the forests to look for food in dry season.

When the chimpanzees are found the visitors get to spend time with them, learn about their habits, lifestyle and behavior they do take pictures with them, record memories with flash less cameras. But as you trek gorillas you can as well come across primes i.e. olive baboons, blue monkeys, bland and white colobus monkeys as well as red tailored monkeys.  Bird species e.g. grew crowned crane, piapiac, red-throated bee-eater, shoebill, silver bird, goliath kingfisher among others making chimpanzee trekking memorable.

Cost of chimpanzee trekking in Kiniyo Pabidi Forest in Murchison falls National Park

For chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Murchison falls national park, visitors have to first acquire permits to trek chimpanzees and remember that Children below 15 years of age are not allowed to trek chimpanzees. A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Budongo goes for USD90 per person and only 16 permits are issued out a day from Uganda wildlife authority but you can contact Africa adventure vacations to acquire permits for you. Prices of the permits change basing on the season where by in high season it’s expensive and price lowers in low season.

When to do chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Murchison falls national park.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Budongo can be done any time throughout the year being that Budongo is a rain forest and anytime the rain can fall though its done best in dry season that’s months of June July August and September then December January and February . It’s during this period that there is less rainfall making chimpanzee trekking trails accessible in the forest and roads passable. But in wet season chimpanzees re easily found because of heavy rainfall making food available for chimpanzees hence you will not trek for long hours that’s the months of March, April, October and November

Apart from chimpanzee trekking there are other activities in Murchison falls National Park such the game drive where you get to see animals and bird species, boat cruise where you see the strongest water falls in the world and water animals as well as birds, guided nature walk/ hiking, birding and sport fishing.

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