We arrange Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. Each location offers a diverse and rewarding wildlife encounter with these fascinating Great Apes. Chimpanzees are our closest living relatives sharing 98% of human DNA. Adult males weigh between 35 & 70 kilograms and reach heights of over 3 metres with a life expectancy of 40 years although in captivity they have been known to live up to 60 years.
Chimpanzees are found in Nyungwe Forest Reserve in Rwanda & Kibale Forest, Kyambura Gorge and even Bigodi Swamp in Uganda. Visitors are guided by National Park Wildlife Rangers who follow the chimps daily and are experts in their movements and behavior. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is a little more difficult than tracking Gorillas because they move faster & high up in the trees, therefore sightings are not guaranteed however should you miss the Chimps; you can be more certain of sightings of the Black & White Colobus Monkeys or the Red Tailed and Vervet monkeys as well as Baboons and the Grey Cheeked Mangabey. Your guide will also point out Pittas and other bird species as well as endemic plant species within the forests. The Chimps have become habituated to researchers and the Wildlife Authority trackers, but they are not at all tame. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda takes place in the early morning when the Chimps move from their nocturnal nests and the late afternoon when they move onwards to new nests for the evening. The walks are led by a specialist Wildlife Authority guide and usually last between 3-4 hours with 1 hour spent with the Chimps although there is no limit if you trek in Nyungwe Forest (Rwanda).