Uganda’s biggest tourist attraction is of course the incredible mountain gorillas, but these aren’t the country’s only great apes. Humankind’s closest resemblance, the chimpanzee, is found in a number of areas of Uganda. Some of these groups have been habituated to human contact in the same way as the gorillas, and although their more active lifestyle and unpredictable nature makes them slightly less approachable, there’s no doubt that hanging out with chimpanzees is a great life experience.
visitors can join daily chimp-tracking walks at Kibale Forest National Park that normally last around three hours with a maximum of one hour spent with these cute creatures. Those who want a deep personal immersion can arrive at the park’s visitor centre in the pre-dawn gloom to set out on the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience. If you turn out to be lucky, feel your heart race in utter excitement as the apparently playful chimpanzees turn determined killers on the hunt for monkeys.
For alternative chimpanzee experiences check out Budongo Forest Reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve