Identification: Tail-less apes which is covered with black hair, large protruding ears of human shape. The race which is found in East the Africa is the long haired Chimpanzees (Pan troglofytes schweinfurthi) with long hair all over body and full bravery beard prominent in adult males.
Different from other primates, chimpanzees do not live in crowds; but do form 100 individuals, which travel within the forest .They are, socially mobile in sub groups that often revolve around a few close family members. Male chimpanzees normally spend their entire life within the community into which they were born, whereas females are likely to migrate into a neighboring community at the some point after reaching adolescents.
Chimpanzees are essentially inhabitants of the western rainforest, but their range does not extend into the extreme west of Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda, which have a combined population of approximately 7,000 individuals. In Uganda, Kibale has a well-established chimpanzee tracking program with a very high success rate. Well, it is in large part of our close evolutionary kinship with chimpanzees that makes these sociable black- coated apes of the forest so enduringly fascinating. Humans and chimpanzees are consistently striking not only in skeletal structure and skull.
Best Places to view Chimpanzees in Uganda
Located about 3 and half hours from Uganda’s capital Kampala, Budongo forest which is part of the largest wildlife conservation area in Uganda- Murchison falls National Park. Well you can make this one day tracking experience. Make Budongo forest a very interesting forest for overnight experience which include all day habituation at Budongo forest. The forest is not only a place to see our closest relatives in the world- but a much sought after place for birders, those that appreciate original forests which is filled with Mahogany, Ironwood and Fruit trees.
This is part of the great Albertine Rift Valley which is fabulous gorge with a thick forest at the bottom where you will be in position to track chimpanzees, combining it with wildlife and birds of Queen Elizabeth. The gorge is a close proximity to Bwindi Impenetrable National park. This makes you to catch 2 primates in one visit to Uganda.
Kibala Forest; the premier Chimpanzee Destination min Eastern Africa
The forest is the jungle- one of the two jungles in Uganda and a home of about 13 different species of primates including about 1500 chimpanzees. Visiting Kibale forest is an experience where you will come across other mammals including forest elephants, forest buffaloes, butterflies and exotic birds.
Well, consider your self-staying in a tree house, six meter in the tree tops and primate, birds, butterflies around you-Kibale forest Jungle, it is truly an experience such as none other Africa.
The forest is accessible from Mweya area of queen Elizabeth National park which is approximately 2 hour drive. The forest in western Uganda is regarded as one of the those special places that you need to explore. In case you are visiting Queen Elizabeth National park, and you are willing to get up early, Kalinzu forest is one of the perfect location for chimpanzees tracking and you can track on some nature walks and hikes making you spend a whole day here.
What to bring
Wear shoes with good traction, suitable for steep muddy slopes. Some people feel more comfortable when moving through the jungle. Carry rain gear, as the weather can be unpredictable. Carry enough water and food and Binoculars. The chances of seeing the Chimpanzees are more than 95 percent in Kibale forest, making it the best place to track Chimpanzees in East Africa.
The best place to spend to spend the night while in Kibale is Primate Lodge Kibale which is located in the middle of the forest, just where you start the chimp tracking from. There are other luxury Tented camps, bars and restaurants which are located in the middle of the forest.