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Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest, What is chimpanzee trekking? Can one do chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest near Murchison falls national park? Where is Budongo forest located?  Chimpanzees are the closest animals to humans since they share their 98% of their DNA with humans. Therefore, spending time with chimpanzees is an opportunity to observe and appreciate their, intelligence, beauty, and social structures.

Chimpanzee trekking is an activity of walking through the jungles mainly of rain forests in search chimpanzees and one you find them. You spend one full hour observing them in their natural habitats. Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest can take about 2 to 5 hours depending on their location on a particular day. These chimpanzees are trekked in their natural habits and this is why Uganda is one of the best destinations for chimpanzee trekking in the world. Trekking chimpanzees is one of the popular activities in Uganda. And regarded as the best destination for primates safaris in the world.

Budongo forest national park as a trekking haven

Many travellers are not aware that Budongo forest is a home to chimpanzees, those who have visited this forest can tell that they had a best experience with chimpanzees. Therefore, if Kibale national park is the best destination for chimpanzee trekking, Budongo forest offers the best chimpanzee trekking experience.

It should be noted that Uganda is unique in its ability to combine a huge diversity of wildlife and safari experiences along a single itinerary. This cannot be the case with other destinations in the world. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is one of the most remarkable wildlife experiences one should not miss out on a safari in Uganda.

Location of Budongo Forest

Budongo forest reserve is part of the Murchison Falls National Park. This is a park with the most powerful waterfalls and other activities. It offers therefore opportunities to do activities like visiting the top of the falls, going for game drives, boat cruises and a cultural encounter. Rhino sanctuary is also one hour drive from the forest and thus a chance to track the rhinos even on the same trip. Therefore, your trip to Budongo forest can be an opportunity to spot all the big 5 mammals (Leopard, Lion, Elephant, rhino and Buffalo).

Budongo forest is located in North West part of Uganda, a 3-4 hours’ drive from Entebbe international airport or from Kampala via Masindi town. Entrance to Budongo Forest reserve costs $40 per person for foreign nonresidents.

How much is chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest?

The cost of a chimpanzee permit in Budongo costs $130 for the foreign nonresidents (FNR). This is after a recent change in management to Amos Wekesa of great lakes Safaris. Trekking is for adults and Children of 12 years and above is allowed to trek chimpanzees. Note that due to conservation reasons, a group of up to 8 people can track at a time.

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