Uganda chimpanzee tracking & habituation permits – cost of the tickets, how to book

Uganda offers many amazing wildlife experiences and chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation are one of those you should not miss on your safari trip to the Pearl of Africa. The country has more than 5000 chimps in several forest reserves and a number of these forest reserves have been prepared for the chimpanzee experiences.

Below are places where you can do chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habitation and the pricing of the chimp tours at each place.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is the most popular destination for chimpanzee tours in Uganda. This is because it has the biggest population of chimps and therefore offers the best chances of seeing the chimps on your trip. It is however also the most expensive chimpanzee destination having the most expensive permit or ticket.

Kibale Nation Park offers both the ordinary chimpanzee trekking which allows one with the chimpanzees and the chimpanzee habituation experience which allows more time with the chimps.

Pricing for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park.

Foreign Non-residents Foreign residents East African citizens
USD200 USD150 UGX150,000

Pricing for chimpanzee habituation experience in Kibale National Park

Foreign Non-residents Foreign residents East African citizens
USD250 USD200 UGX200,000

Budongo forest, Murchison Falls National Park

Budongo Forest is the biggest forest in East Africa and has the second biggest population for chimps in Uganda. A part of this massive forest lies in the boundary of Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s number one destination for safaris to see animals. The chimpanzee tours in Budongo forest are done at Kaniyo Pabidi in Murchison Falls and is a nice addition to a safari tour in Murchison Falls National Park.

Pricing of chimpanzee tracking in Budongo Forest

  Foreign Non-residents Foreign Residents Ugandan Citizens
Low season USD120 USD110 USD80
High season USD130 USD120 USD85

Low season: 1st March – 31st May and 1st Oct – 31st Oct

High season: 1st January – 28th February, 1st June – 30th Sept, and November 1st – 31st

Pricing for chimpanzee habituation in Budongo Forest

Foreign Non-residents Foreign residents Ugandan Citizens
USD 230 USD 160 USD 90

Above pricing does not include park entry fees in Murchison Falls National Park, follow link Murchison Falls National Park entry fees.

Kalinzu forest

Kalinzu forest is not outstanding or popular chimp trekking destination but offers a nice chimpanzee experience with very good chances of seeing the chimps, yet so cheap. The forest has more two 200 chimps and one habituation group.

It is located near Queen Elizabeth National Park and would be the best option to add the chimp trekking activity if you doing a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Foreign Non-residents
USD 40


Kyambura gorge, Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kyambura Gorge is a famous underground forest in valley situated within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The gorge has small population of about 20 chimps, habituated for chimp tracking. However, the chances of seeing the chimps is about 50%, thus when you decide to do the trekking you should have it at the back of your mind that is easy to miss the chimps. The forest walk in the gorge is however a beautiful nature experience with sightings several other wildlife and beautiful scenery to enjoy.

Foreign Non-residents Foreign residents East African citizens
USD50 USD40 UGX30,000

Above pricing does not include park entry fees in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Foreign non-resients = $45, Foreign residents = 35, East African citizens = UGX25,000)

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