A 1 day chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest (Kaniyo Pabidi in Murchison Falls National Park)
Budongo Forest reserve is located in Western part of Uganda approximately a 6-7 hours drive away from Kampala as you head to the famous Murchison Falls national Park, covering an area of 793 sq km of which 53% it is a forest and the other area is grassland. This forest reserve is home to different wildlife species such as over 359 bird species, 465 species of trees, 9 primate species, 289 butterfly species, and 24 species of mammals as well as 130 species of moths. Budongo forest is also famous for mahogany trees and a big number of Chimpanzees approximately 600 to 700 chimpanzees.
The reserve has 6 groups of Chimpanzees to be habituated and trekked all year round, this means that visitors are always at high chances of seeing these primates. Trekking starts at 7:00 am as you are led by the ranger guides to look for these amazing primates that share a DNA of about 98% with the human beings. Chimpanzee trekking can take you 30 minutes or even a full day, how long it takes is mainly dependant on the location of these primates. The Budongo forest reserve is managed both by the Uganda wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Jane Good all Institute.
You will be picked up by your driver guide from your hotel and drive northwards Budongo reserve for chimpanzee trekking. You will go through Masindi where you will enjoy viewing the beautiful vegetation, feel free to take photos as many as you can. The guide will explain to you each and every detail of concerning your trip along the way.
Upon your arrival at Pabidi, have lunch at any lodge/restaurant of your choice as you prepare to go for Chimpanzee tracking. As you track you will be guided by the ranger guides who are skilled and knowledgeable about these primates, during this you will also be able to see various tree species like the mahogany, monkeys like vervet, olive monkeys, snakes and birds can also be spotted.
After trekking, you will start off your journey back to Kampala whereby you will arrive in the late evening. Trekking can take a long time sometimes but it is always worth it, being a great experience and time watching these primates.
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Please note that the groups of chimpanzees can be tracked by 6 people in each group and also only children above 7 years are allowed to track.