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Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Permits – How Much Is a Chimpanzee Trekking Permit in Uganda?

Uganda chimpanzee trekking permit is a legal document issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to travelers intending to undertake Uganda chimpanzee safaris.

Chimpanzee trekking tours in Uganda are mainly done in Kibale National Park. However, there are other areas to track chimpanzees on your Uganda safaris such as Kalinzu Forest and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park.

According to UWA- the body responsible for national parks in Uganda, Uganda chimpanzee trekking permits are issued to persons having at least 12 years of age.

For a notable experience, you should complement Uganda wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking expeditions on your Uganda chimpanzee trekking tours.

Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Permits Price, Cost for Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Permits

The cost for chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda is not as expensive as gorilla trekking permits. Chimp tracking permits in Uganda vary in price depending on the destination you are going to visit.

a. Cost for Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale National Park- How Much Is Chimp Tracking in Kibale?

  • Foreign Non-Residents: $200
  • Foreign Residents: $150
  • East African Citizens: UGX 150,000

b. Price for Uganda Chimpanzee tracking permit in Kalinzu- How much is chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu Forest?

  • Foreign Non-Residents: $50
  • Foreign Residents: $40
  • East African Citizens: UGX 30,000

c. Cost for chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest

  • Foreign Non-Residents: $120
  • Foreign Residents: $110
  • East African Citizens: $80

d. Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kyambura Gorge

  • Foreign Non-Residents: $50
  • Foreign Residents: $40
  • East African Citizens: UGX 30,000

How to Book a Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Permit? | How to Get a Chimp Permit in Uganda?

You can book your Uganda chimpanzee trekking permits directly through the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) by contacting them via email or telephone.

In most cases, travelers book their Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda through trustworthy tour operators.

When you book your Chimp tracking permit with a safari company, you’ll provide them with personal details, the date as well as the destination you wish to visit. The company will check for permit availability for you and later ask you to make a deposit.

Upon making payments, it will acquire a chimpanzee trekking permit. A scanned copy will be shared with you as confirmation.

Can You Buy Last Minute Chimpanzee Permits in Uganda?

Yes, it’s possible to get a last-minute chimpanzee trekking permit in Uganda. However, this limits you on the destination you wish to visit especially during the peak season.

In Uganda, last-minute chimpanzee trekking permits are normally available in less busy chimp trekking destinations such as Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge, and Budongo Forest.

We advise you to book in advance your Uganda chimpanzee trekking permit to avoid disappointments. The booking should be at least 2-3 months before your tracking date.

Being with great experience in arranging Uganda chimpanzee safaris, we are capable to get for you a last-minute chimpanzee tracking permit.

What Does the Chimpanzee Permit in Uganda Include?

Uganda Chimpanzee trekking permits include the park entrance fees. More still on this fee, you have the service for chimpanzee trackers as well as 2-armed park rangers that ensure your safety while in the jungle.

Note that, the Uganda chimpanzee trekking permit excludes other safari fees such as transportation, and accommodation.

Is Chimpanzee Trekking Worth It?

Undeniably, chimpanzee tracking is worth the money! After gorilla trekking tours, chimpanzee trekking expeditions offer a memorable amazing thrill with Chimps- (man’s closest cousins) in their natural habitat that most travelers on safaris in Africa would wish to experience.

During the chimpanzee trekking adventure, you’ll spend one magical hour with Chimpanzees amazingly feeding, playing- swinging in trees, grooming, kissing, etc.  After this lifetime safari encounter, most travelers agree that chimpanzees are truly humans in the wild.

This adventure is worth the money indeed!

Best Time to Book Your Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Permit

You should book your Uganda chimpanzee trekking permits at least 2-3 months before your chimp tracking dates. This should be more especially in the peak season; June, July, and August as well as early September plus December-February.

Booking in time avoids last-minute disappointments (failure to get tracking permits) as in this time, the permits are on high demand.

Can You Cancel a Chimp Permit in Uganda?

Yeah, it’s possible to cancel your Uganda chimpanzee tracking permit and a refund will be given back to you provided you paid it fully. You can’t get a refund on cancelation with a 30% deposit booking.

If you have paid fully your Chimp tracking permit, the following UWA’s cancellation policy applies:

  • 91 days + before tracking- 75% refund.
  • 46 to 90 days before- 50% refund.
  • 9 to 45 days before- 25% refund.
  • 0 to 8 days before- No refund

In case the park warden notices on site that you can’t trek chimps due to illness, you’ll get 50% of your chimpanzee tracking permit. Human diseases mostly flue and cough are fatal to chimps.

Before 7 days to your tracking date, you can reschedule to the date that favors you.

Some Common Questions About Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking Tours

  1. Best Time for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda- What Is the Best Time to Do Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda?

Dry months offer the best experience for Uganda Chimpanzee safaris. These months include June to early September and December to February. Usually, around this time less rainfall is received in destinations for chimpanzee trekking, and this makes the hikes easier.

Rainfall is usually much from March to May and the parks usually get very moist. This causes trails to get slippery and rainfall can be expected in most hours of the day.

Visting in wet months is a blessing in disguise as chimps can easily be spotted- they don’t move deep into the forest. More still in this low season, some lodges give out a discount to their clients.

Talk to our Uganda travel expert on the best time to track chimpanzees in Uganda.

  1. Where Is the Best Place to Track Chimpanzees in Uganda?

Kibale National Park- the World Capital for Primates is the best place for Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda.

Uganda Kibale Forest National Park is home to over 1,500 chimps out of the 5,000-chimpanzee population in Uganda. Apart from chimps, Kibale is also home to other 12 primates counting Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Vervets, Blue Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, etc.

Other popular areas for Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris include Kalinzu Forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo Forest in Murchison falls park.

  1. What Is the Age Limit for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda? | How Old Do You Have to Be to Go Chimpanzee Trekking?

According to the Uganda Wildlife Authority, only persons aged 12 years and above are allowed to track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park. Probably, this was due to children being prone to contagious diseases (flu and cough) which are fatal to chimpanzees.

  1. Is Chimpanzee Trekking Safe in Uganda?

Uganda Chimpanzee tracking adventures in all destinations Kibale National Park inclusive are safe.

In Uganda, all chimp treks take place on habituated chimpanzees that are used to human presence, and it’s done in the presence of trained armed park rangers who guard you while in the jungle.

Furthermore, there are chimpanzee trekking rules and regulations that have to be followed by visitors! For example, never to feed chimps and keep an 8m distance while in the presence of chimps.

  1. What Are the Chances of Seeing Chimpanzees in Uganda?

In Uganda, the chances of sighting chimpanzees for instance in Kibale forest national park are over 95%. No visitor has ever missed to encounter Chimpanzees.

However, remember that these are wild animals, in case you search for them the whole day and you fail to see them, you’ll be refunded 50% of the chimpanzee permit fee.

  1. How Fit Should One Be for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda?

Uganda Chimpanzee trekking expeditions can be done by any person who has a reasonable level of fitness. Unlike Mountain gorillas, chimps live in low altitude areas, therefore, expect no strenuous hikes.

Just be well set with your comfortable hiking boots, insect repellents, and sunhat, and we advise putting on long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

  1. What to Pack for Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda?

Your packing list for Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari should miss, comfortable hiking boots, insect repellents, rain jacket, as well as long-sleeved shirts and trousers. Other items include a sun hat, garden gloves, sunglasses, plus a warm sweater.

We are available to help you book your Uganda chimpanzee trekking permit. Don’t get stuck! As you plan to undertake Uganda chimpanzee safaris, never miss gorilla tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, game drives, and boat cruises in Murchison Falls National Park as well as Queen Elizabeth Park.

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