Murchison falls national park chimpanzee trekking
Murchison falls national park chimpanzee trekking; Murchison falls national park is the oldest and largest protected area located in northwestern part of Uganda. The park was gazette in 1952 and covers a total area of 3840 square kilometers which is comprised of 76 mammal species including the big four mammals such as elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, other animals like waterbucks, Uganda kobs, giraffes, primates like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons and over 451 bird species. Chimpanzee trekking in Murchison falls national park is done in Budongo forest a tropical rainforest located at the top of the Albertine rift in the southern part of the park.
Chimpanzee trekking experience in Budongo forest
Chimpanzee trekking is the second major activity done in Uganda after mountain gorilla trekking and apart from Budongo forest, chimpanzees are found in other destinations like Kibale national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest and Toro-Semuliki game reserve. chimpanzee trekking is an interesting and one of the major activity in Budongo forest which allows visitors to move on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzee families and once found spend one hour with them in their natural environment. Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest starts early in the morning with a briefing at the starting point where after you will be allocated a park guide who is well conversant with trails in the forest and start trekking. During chimpanzee trekking which takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours you will be able to view other primates like blue monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, view different tree species, birds like black headed paradise flycatcher, chocolate backed kingfisher, cassins hawk eagle, slender billed greenbul among others. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their habits, lifestyle, watch them hunt, feed, breastfeed, play, fight, rest, groom young ones among others.
Cost of chimpanzee trekking permit
A chimpanzee trekking permit is a card that is issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years that allows him or her to spend one hour with them in their presence. A chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest costs USD 120 per person for foreign non residents, USD 110 per person for foreign residents and USD 75 for East African citizens during the peak season. A chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest also costs USD 110 per person for foreign non residents, USD 100 per person for foreign residents and USD 70 per person for East African citizens during the low season.
How to book a chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest
A chimpanzee trekking permit in Budongo forest can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve global safari whereby you will contact us with the date and month when you wish to visit the chimpanzees. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money we will purchase the permit on your behalf as your on a Uganda Safari.
When to go for Murchison falls national park chimpanzee trekking safari
Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest- Murchison falls national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best period id during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season there is less rainfall in Budongo forest therefore vegetation will be thin which allows you to clearly view chimpanzees and chimpanzee trekking trails will be passable compared to the wet season when the trails are muddy and slippery.
Where to stay during your chimpanzee trekking safari in Murchison falls national park
There are a number of accommodations in Murchison falls national park where you can stay during your chimpanzee trekking safari. The accommodation in the park range from luxury, midrange, budget and campsites including Budongo Eco lodge, Murchison Backpackers, New Court View hotel, Boomu women’s group Bandas, Masindi Hotel among others.
Murchison falls national park chimpanzee trekking is an adventurous activity that can be combined with other interesting activities like game drive, boat cruise, bird watching, guided nature walks, sport fishing, hot air balloon among others. For more information you can contact us at Achieve global safaris or visit our website for affordable safari packages.