The Kyambura Gorge experience is more than discovering Chimpanzees in their natural environment; it teaches visitors about the ecosystems of Kyambura Gorge’s “underground” rain forest, including vegetation types and fruiting seasons, forest bird identification and behavior, and chimpanzee and other primate ecology.
Although chimp sightings are not guaranteed, visitors stand a pretty good chance at hearing and seeing these dark cousins of man because the chimp family is habituated. Tours last between one and three hours and start at 8am and 2pm daily.
Chimpanzee Tracking in the Kyambura Gorge
The Kyambura Gorge jungle is the best spot for chimpanzee tracking lovers as it does offer the finest tracking experiences.And while on the mountain gorilla trek,be ready to enjoy various sights of different interesting wild life species like savanna elephants, a number of baboons, vervet monkeys, different bird species, water bucks among others, all habituated in the thick forests of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Unlike mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking in Queen Elizabeth is quite easy; as the Kyambura forest gorge has a well-developed tracking network of trails rising right from top of the gorge running down the forest and the river, providing you with a beautiful scenic view over the varying forest vegetation.
Usually, there are game rangers available to guide your tracking process while giving you all the necessary information on these creatures. The tracking process can last from 30 minutes to long hours according to the movements made by the chimpanzees as they look for food and water. On your hunt, be ready to witness great views of birds as they sing and rejoice through the woods of Queen Elizabeth national park.
To track chimpanzees, you must wake up early and report to the starting point by 8:00 am which is the morning tracking time while 2:00pm is the afternoon time for late trackers. Tracking chimpanzees in Kyambura gorge can be engaged in at any time of the year.
To enjoy the chimpanzee tracking tourist activity in Uganda, one to first acquire the tracking permit that is usually at 50 USD at Uganda Wildlife Authority. Or buy the chimpanzee permits from the park headquarters (Katunguru).
What To Carry
When planning a Kyambura gorge chimpanzee tracking trip in Uganda, one should be aware of what to include in their package as this too adds on the experience you get while on this adventure. Among the things that should be considered is a pair of hiking shoes to ease movements within the gorge forest, sweater since hiking may start very early in the morning, and possible rains, a cape / robe, a pair of binoculars and long trousers or pants.