Best  Time to Trek Chimpanzees in Uganda

Popularly known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is an amazing safari destination in Africa and a great place for a chimpanzee trekking adventure. The country is home to many interesting places where you can trek the chimpanzees, namely; Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kalinzu forest and Ngamba island on the Lake Victoria- a home to orphan chimpanzees that haven been rescued from poachers( it is a perfect place to see chimpanzees especially to be who have limited time  

However, Kibale Forest National Park is the best place to trek chimpanzees in Uganda and East Africa at large. There are over 5000 chimpanzee individuals in Uganda about 1450 is surviving in Kibale forest National Park which is one of the key reasons, the park is called the “Primate Capital of East Africa. During your chimpanzee trekking experience here, you encounter a number of other exciting primates which include; the Vervet monkeys, black and white Mangabey monkeys, red colobus monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, olive baboons, bush babies among others.

When you take a road trip to kibale forest, you can choose to either enjoy a hour chimpanzee tracking experience or delight a full day chimpanzee habituation experience also termed as CHEX.

Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda | Kibale National Park

Kibale forest National Park and the best time to trek chimpanzees in Uganda

As earlier mentioned Kibale forest National Park is a great place to see habituated chimpanzees for a hour trek or a whole day chimpanzee habituation experience with the researchers. There are about 13 primates in kibale forest with a huge population chimpanzee community dominating the place.

It is important to note that chimpanzees are one of the main tourists attractions along with the Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking are one of most interesting and popular activities for all nature lovers on a Uganda Safari.

The Best time to trek chimpanzees in Uganda

The best time to trek the chimpanzees can any time you come to Uganda and whoever traveler that would like to take part in the chimpanzee trekking experience is required to book the chimpanzee permit at least 4-6 months prior to the dates of travel. This is due to the fact that during the dry season, there is a high demand for chimpanzee permits thus they get sold out so fast. Though you can trek chimpanzees any time of the year, we recommend the dry season as the best time to trek chimpanzees in Uganda, in this period the roads and tracking trails are dry thus easy to navigate through, also hiking during during the chimpanzee trekking exercise is easy compared to the rainy season when Roads are slippery, wet and muddy thus making chimpanzee safaris difficult. Remember to hire a 4×4 safari vehicle with ability to manage all road conditions including the remote areas.

The dry season is experienced in the months of December, January, full end of February( short dry season) and June, July, August, September and early October. It is also a high season when many tourist are flocking in the country for Uganda Safaris thus permits tend to get sold out so quickly.

With our professional team at Mumwe Global Safaris, we assist you check the availability of the chimpanzee permit according to your travel dates at the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Therefore, feel free to get in touch with our reservation team by sending an email on or call us directly on 0700135510/ +256-414699459 to speak directly to our customer care personnel.