Tap to inquire

What Chimpanzee Species are found in Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park?

Uganda has been dubbed the primate capital of the world with over 13 primate species distributed all over the country including half population of the world endangered mountain gorillas. Chimpanzees in Uganda can be found in Kibale forest national park, Budungo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kalinzu forest and Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park.

The eastern chimpanzee

The eastern chimpanzee is one of the sub species of the common chimpanzee found in Uganda, this species can also be found in Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, Central African Republic and Democratic republic of Congo.

Chimpanzees spend most of their time on trees and on land but build their nests every evening before dark on the tree tops daily, the infants sleep together with their mothers until a certain age when they sleep in their own nests though not far from the mothers nest until they are mature enough.

Eastern chimpanzees are omnivore’s animals though their diet is mainly composed of vegetables like fruits, leaves, shoot, stems, seeds, bark and sometimes supplement their diet with insects, termites, ants, small antelopes and small monkeys.

Chimpanzees have also been seen hunting together as a group for example killing small red colobus monkeys, they participate in hunting by others blocking the prey while some are chasing and when the hunt is successful they all share the meat. The greatest predator to eastern chimpanzees is leopard and humans that encroach in chimpanzee habitat; they involve in poaching for bush meat and pet trade and diseases like Ebola is also the biggest threat to chimpanzees.

Eastern chimpanzee bodies are covered with black hair except the hands, nose, ears, toes, fingers and the face. The adults can weigh between 40-60 kilograms in the wilderness with an average height of 63 inches for males and 51 inches for females.

The southern chimpanzee

The north populations and the southern populations have been urged to be different sub species by Colins Groves of Australian National University instead of one species.

Best time to visit chimpanzees in Uganda

Chimpanzees in Uganda can be visited all year round but the best time is in the dry season of June to September and December to February when the forest vegetation is not dense and slippery while the roads leading to the national parks are easily accessible, the trekking trails are also not muddy and slippery during this time. The wet season of March to April and October to November are also good because chimpanzees can easily be found as the food is abundant in this season and some lodges give discount rates which is an advantage for budget travellers.

What to carry for chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzees in Uganda leave in rainforests that sometimes receive rainfall even in the dry season therefore its better to come prepared with water proof hiking boots, rain coats, warm and long clothes, energy snacks, plenty of drinking water and insect repellents.

Chimpanzee trekking permits

Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can be accessed from Uganda wildlife authority or a trusted tour operator, children under the age of 15 years and adults with infections like flu will not be allowed to trek gorillas. The permits cost $150 in Kibale forest national park, $110 in Kalinzu forest, $80 in Budongo forest and $5à in Kyambura gorge.

Book your dream safari below.


    Your Name


    Your Email

    WhatsApp Number

    Length of Tour

    No. of People

    Date of Travel



    Special Requests

    How did you find us

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Featured in:

    Do you need to visit multiple destinations or need to customize a trip to match your interests? We are very open to this and are willing to help. Kindly click to inquire below to navigate to the detailed booking page.

    National Geographic
    Gorilla Doctors
    Dian Fossey
    Dian Fossey
    Fauna & Flora
    Uganda Safari Guides Association
    Uganda Wildlife Authority
    Uganda Wildlife Educational Center
    Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities
    Tourism Uganda

    Why you should choose us?

    We are beautiful one day and perfect the next! Book with us and book it out of here!


    Who we are

    We are a passion-drive travel agency that will make you love Africa even more than us.

    Read more

    Booking with us

    We offer very flexible booking terms that you'll love. We make it easy for you to book or reschedule your trips.

    Read more

    Our promise to you

    We promise you make you fall in love with Africa through our tailor-made safari holidays

    Read more

    Values & commitments

    We are commited to offering you the best service as possible. Your experience & comfort always comes first.

    Read more

    Our cause

    A small portion of our profits proceeds towards supporting single mothers in local communities.

    Read more

    How we work

    To offer a more rewarding way to travel, we do stuff the right way; right from the planning process.

    We pay attention

    We will spend time and pay attention to your expectations, then propose an experience that you might like.

    We complement

    Next we will discuss our selected options, point out the best safaris for you and make awesome recommendations.

    We hold your booking

    We will tentatively hold your booking and make reservations while we talk through the safari details or make changes.

    Speak to an expert to start planning your African safari holiday...

    Give a call to one of our specialists or arrange a video meeting/session for awesome ideas and safari advice.

    +256 787 23 0575
    Eddie Safari Guide
    Ronnie Safari Guide