CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KYAMBURA GORGE
Chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge is among the most rewarding tourism activities you can participate if you’re interested in having an amazing time during your Uganda safari. Queen Elizabeth national park is famous for the game drives in Uganda where a number of attractions can be seen like the tree climbing lions in the ishasha sector of the park, the boat cruise in queen Elizabeth national park, lion tracking in queen Elizabeth among other interesting activities in queen Elizabeth national park, birding in queen Elizabeth national park among other interesting activities in one of the most rewarding national parks in Uganda.
However, with the increased numbers of tourists that visit the country to take part in a number of activity in the park, it has led to the exposure of a number of activities that were not initially highly participated in have picked on for instance chimpanzee trekking in queen Elizabeth which is carried out in Kyambura gorge also known as the valley of apes because of the different primate species like the black and white colobus monkey, Mona monkey, vervet monkey, silver monkey, dent’s monkey and the dominant species which are the that can be seen when you visit.
What to expect during chimpanzee trekking?
The Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth national park is found on the eastern part of queen Elizabeth national park and for tourists interested in taking part in chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, they are expected to first obtain a chimpanzee trekking permit from a trusted tour operator or from the Uganda wildlife authority. Once you obtain your gorilla trekking permit, you will make your way to the gorge but t should be noted that the activity is quite challenging because it involves hiking down and up the valley to get to habituated chimpanzee troops and for tourists to participate in the activity, they are expected to be 12 years and above to qualify to participate in the activity.
After being cleared for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, you will participate in the briefing sessions where you will understand the rules and regulations to follow for an amazing and safe experience in the park. as you hike through the forest of Kyambura gorge you will come across a number of attractions like bird species for instance; Carruthers’s cisticola, white-winged scrub-warbler, slender-billed starling, baglafecht weaver, yellow-browed citron, papyrus canary, thick-billed seedeater, you will also have the chance to see the numerous primate species as you make your way to your habituated chimpanzee troops.
When you get to the troops you will have an amazing experience observing a number of features of the primates like how they co-exist with one another, their feeding patterns, how they communicate for instance they can be heard hooting, the chimpanzees communicate by clapping and slapping the ground, you will watch the adult females feeding their infants and during movement you will get to see the infants clinging on their mother’s fur among other interesting features of the primates that will you will get to see when you spend one hour with the habituated chimpanzee troops to make the activity quite memorable
Packing list for chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge
- A camera should not be missed out on among the items to carry during chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge because there a number if attractions that can be seen and the features of the chimpanzees that can be seen.
- Binoculars although optional can also be carried to aid in watching the different bird species for an amazing experience in the park.
- Face masks can also be carried to avoid spreading the virus to fellow trackers and the chimpanzees when you get in contact with the primates.
- Hiking boots can also be carried to aid in the easy movement in the Kyambura gorge because it has a number of impenetrable routes and so on.
- Insect repellent can also be carried to avoid being bitten by a number of insects that can cause irritation with their bites causing quite an uncomfortable activity in the park.
Other areas where you can participate in chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda include chimpanzee trekking in kibale national park, in kibale national park you can also participate in chimpanzee habituation in Uganda which involves tourists participating in training the chimpanzee troops to get accustomed to human presence for chimpanzee trekking to take place. You can also participate in chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest (that can be seen as you make your way to Murchison falls national park where you can take part in the boat cruise in Murchison falls national park where you will get to see the world’s most powerful falls.