Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Forest
One of the top activities that draws tourists to Kalinzu forest is mainly chimpanzee trekking, Kalinzu forest harbours a various number of chimpanzees in Uganda, the region is a home for the habituated chimpanzee families and it has become one of the second-best locations for chimp trekking after Kibale forest national park. The park harbours an approximately value of 300 chimpanzees and 50 habituated chimpanzee that have been open to tourists for chimpanzee trekking. Many tourists visiting queen Elizabeth national park have always preferred to take part in chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest. Although there is a highest concentration of chimpanzee in Kyambura gorge also situated in queen Elizabeth national park. It’s easier to reach Kalinzu forest through the Mweya sector of queen Elizabeth national park, the route is a bit shorter and covers approximately 40 mins drive to get to Kalinzu forest. Chimpanzee trekking, usually starts in the morning with the briefing at the park headquarters led by the ranger guides who will guide you through the dos and the don’ts while with the chimpanzee. The activity is a bit tiresome but not as hectic as gorilla trekking but it also requires physical fitness to walk through the stiff terrain and sometimes, the ground is muddy in the forest which sometimes makes it difficult to trek through the forest, the trek normally lasts for 3 to 4 hours before you locate the chimpanzee. The chimpanzees are very mobile so you will need to follow them closely until you locate them. You will be guided by the rangers/ tour guides through the forest since they are a bit familiar with the habituated chimps, they will guide you through and help locate the chimpanzee for you.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest has two sessions, the morning session and the afternoon session, the morning session starts at 8:00am while the afternoon shift starts at 2:00pm. Either you go for chimp trekking in the morning or afternoon, it’s all up to the clients choice since there is no difference, the trek offers the same experience throughout, the chimps are more active in the morning since they be feeding around and securing their territory and the afternoon, the chimps take time to relax the shade under trees to protect themselves from the heat of the sun therefore, it makes it easy to locate them since they are all settled in one place and a successful rate of you spotting the chimps in Kalinzu forest is 95%.