Chimpanzee trekking

Observing chimps in their natural habitat


Noisy and curious, intelligent and social, the chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human. Chimpanzees fascinate humans and are favorites both in zoos and the wild, Chimps live in groups called troops, and these large groups are made up of smaller, very flexible groups of just a few animals, perhaps all females, all males or a mixed group.

The chimpanzee has a thickset body with long arms, short legs and no tail, much of the body is covered with long black hair, but the face, ears, fingers and toes are bare. They have hands that can grip firmly, allowing them to pick up objects. The discovery that they used “tools” for certain purposes surprised the world, you don’t want to miss out this experience.

Chimps are very active and therefore a chimpanzee trekking is most of the time harder than a gorilla trekking. A chimpanzee habituation experience is a lifetime experience that allows accompany the researchers and habituation at chimpanzee during their daily activities, thereby getting used to human presence without changing their natural.

During your tour, expect coming across the chimps de-nesting (in their nocturnal nests) between 05.30 to 06.30, before them throughout the day till they make new nests and the night around 19.00. You might also encounter other primates, many birds and occasionally an elephant. 

Best places for a chimp trekking are Kibale Forst (Uganda), Nungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda) and Mahale Mountains (Tanzania).

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