Chimpanzee Habituation Experience Kibale Forest on Uganda Safari
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One of the best places in Africa to hang out with our closest relatives is Uganda’s Kibale National Park home to more than 1,400 chimpanzees and the continent’s highest diversity and density of primates. Most tourists opt for one of the twice-daily, ranger-guided, three-hour chimpanzee hikes. But as rewarding as this experience is, you are limited to spending just one hour with the primates once the guide locates them to avoid provoking stress or transmitting human-borne diseases.
Chimpanzee Habituation experience is one thing to spend an hour with the chimpanzees of Uganda it is another experience to be with them all day long.
Most people do not realize that they have a choice between chimpanzee tracking and a Chimpanzee habituation experience. People come to Uganda for the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzee tracking. There are 4950 chimpanzees within Uganda; Kibale Forest alone has the most with almost 1500 Chimpanzees
Chimpanzee Habituation experience is a process where by a trekker spends more hours or even the whole day with the chimpanzees deep in the forest. This process involves removing the fear of humans from the chimpanzees while Chimpanzee tracking is where by a trekker goes to the forest to view the already habituated chimpanzees. The habituated chimpanzees are normally confined in one area and are not aggressive and stubborn. They are friendly.
Chimpanzee tracking can take 1-3 hours. Normally chimpanzees or even gorillas that are not familiar /used to human beings are taken into the habituation process to remove the aggressiveness from these creatures when they interact with human beings.
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience (CHEX), visitors hike with a researcher to watch chimps descend from their overnight nests between 6:00am and 6:30 a.m. You stay with the group all day, observing and photographing the chimps as they forage for fruit, copulate, hunt, breastfeed, rest, patrol, and display until it is time to build new nests in the canopy above the forest floor around 7 p.m. The fee is $220, and the program, available to just four visitors per day who book ahead, runs November, and March through May. The hiking is thrilling, because chimps can move quickly over uneven, densely vegetated terrain and steep muddy slopes. In addition to waterproof shoes with good traction, bring rain gear, insect repellent, hiking gaiters to keep biting ants from crawling up your pants, and a walking stick. Apart from the chance to spend much more time with the chimps than on a conventional trek, the day affords better opportunities to glimpse other primate species, such as the endangered red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey.
Most visitors visit the chimpanzees much like the Mountain Gorillas for one hour there is however another option that allows you to be with chimpanzees all day long in the forests of Budongo or Kibale Forest it is the habituation experience all day with chimpanzees in their natural setting.
The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience is not for the faint of heart it means an early breakfast a packed lunch and you are off before dawn breaks into 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.
When is it best to trek?
The habituation experience is best in the months of March, April, May and November, when there is less tourist congestion. In a small group (a ranger plus a maximum of four people), you get much closer to the chimps than during chimp tracking in larger groups.