Chimpanzee tracking (Kibale)

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There are several places to visit the habituated chimpanzee troops, but the most well-known and for the best experience, Kibale National Park is the place to do this. You might find yourself following a family through dense jungle or steep gorges, so a level of agility and fitness is required! You will spend approximately an hour with the chimps accompanied by rangers watching their acrobatics through trees, peaceful meanderings or lively interactions. Whilst sightings are never guaranteed, guides know the chimps movements so chances of a successful trek are definitely in your favour.

To reach the stage of complete habituation, like the main troop in this forest, the chimpanzees have to go through a few years of habituation training and you can be a part of this. The habituation experience starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations. After the briefing, you start trekking through the forest in search of the troop. Once located, you are allowed up to four hours with the troop as they acclimatise to your presence. This can be a full-day trekking experience and you will be able to view other primate species and birds along the way.

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