“The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience” means an early breakfast – a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks in the forest. You meet your guide, and you are off to where the chimpanzees built nests the night before. Dawn is just breaking, and the chimpanzee community you are going to be with the rest of the day is rising from their sleep in the nests.
Keep your eyes open, and you will see much more than chimpanzees this day – Kibale Forest has Forest Elephants, Buffaloes, Bush Pigs, over 350 species of birds, 12 other kinds of primates and yes, there is much more to see besides the Chimps.
However, you are here for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – which entails getting the chimpanzees used to the presence of humans (to remove the fear of humans from the group), a process that takes up to two years – and today you are part of that process by your all-day presence in the forest.
Your day will be full, your camera will fill up with quality pictures of the chimpanzees, and you will get to learn to identify them as individuals by their markings, sometimes scars and other unique features that make them stand apart from rest.
The day ends as the chimpanzees climb into their newly built nests for the evening and you head back to your lodging for the evening.
What to bring and wear for the Habituation Experience:
You will need a daypack, inside two liters of water, a packed lunch from the lunch, some snacks like dried fruit or granola bars. Clothing: waterproof hiking boots, a hat, light rain jacket, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, insect repellent, binoculars, and anything else you might like.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, a day not soon forgotten can be included in any safari that consists of a Kibale Forest. Participants must be over 12 years old, the same age as for Gorilla Trekking.
Please Note – Effective July 1, 2020, the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience increases in price from $200 to $250. Chimpanzee Trekking In Kibale Forest increases from $150 to $200. All Safaris booked after July 12020 will reflect the price increase.
What is the Difference between an all-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience and Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda’s Kibale Forest?
When you go for Chimpanzee Trekking, you are one hour with a fully habituated Chimpanzee Group which means that they are used to Human Beings.
When you go on an all-day Habituation Experience you are observing a Chimpanzee Group that is in the process of being habituated, a process that takes up to two years long and you are a participant in the Process.
The best park for either activity is Kibale Forest.
Is the Chimpanzee Habituation a Better Experience than Chimpanzee Trekking?
As of late, the Chimpanzee Habituation has not been the most reliable activity. It has been somewhat iffy, hit and miss if one might say so resulting in long treks and few sightings. Not every day, not in every instance, but more than enough causing us to write this note in order to make you aware.
Some of our clients have been disappointed. Presently we would recommend the regular Chimpanzee Trek over the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. You might even want to consider two Chimpanzee treks. You have the option of trekking twice in Kibale Forest. You also have Kalinzu Forest and the Kyambura Gorge where you can trek Chimpanzees and then trek them in Kibale Forest.
When can I do the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience ?
You can do the Habituation Experience all year-long at Kibale Forest (365 days of the year) and during the off-season months in Budongo Forest. It is one of the best ways to see the Chimpanzees.
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