Kibale Chimpanzee Permit Prices increased to $200
High demand for permits to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National park has called for an increase of chimpanzee permit prices by $50 each. Africa Adventure Safaris notifies all her potential travelers that with effect from 1st July 2020, each permit to trek chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National park will cost $200. Kibale Forest National park is a primate capital and a first stop Centre for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. The tropical rain forest is home to the highest population of chimpanzees along with other 12 primates. 2 shifts of chimpanzee trekking (morning at 8:00 am and afternoon at 2:00 pm) are arranged to give a high population of visitors chance to trek the endangered chimpanzees. Uganda Wildlife Authority increased gorilla permit prices from $ 600 to $700 starting with 1st July 2020.
Reasons for the increase of chimpanzee permit costs?
Well, the major reason behind the increase of chimpanzee permit costs in Kibale forest national park is to promote conservation of endangered chimpanzees for sustainable tourism. Chimpanzees are listed among the endangered species which if not handled with care can get extinct denying the future generation a chance to meet their lost cousins.
Also, the cost of the increase of chimpanzee permits in Kibale Forest is to limit the number of travelers visiting these apes. Chimpanzees share 99.9% of human genes hence our closest relatives susceptible to human diseases. Tourist crowds in Kibale forest park disrupt the peace of chimpanzees and some of their social behaviors such as mating among others.
More still, increased chimpanzee permit costs is meant to support the livelihoods of local communities adjacent to Kibale Forest National park. Some percentage of the money collected from the sale of chimpanzee permits is given back to local people to improve their standards of living.
What about the already booked permits
All permits booked before 1st July 2020 cost $150 each. Even those beyond 2020 but were booked before the announcement of the new prices will cost the initial price ($150). Uganda wildlife Authority will check out its system to confirm before giving you permits at $150 with no difficulty.
How to book chimpanzee permits in Kibale Forest National park
Do you want to book and reserve a chimpanzee permit to Kibale Forest? Africa Adventure safaris are at your service. AAS does all the reservations with Uganda Wildlife Authority saving you all the hustles of dealing with UWA direct. Booking is recommended at least 6 months before the actual trekking date to ensure timely planning. Travelers/ travel operators booking chimpanzee permits are required to pay 30% booking fee and top up 90 days to the actual date. Anyone who does not finish payment 90 days in advance will lose his/her permit. Contact Africa Adventure Safaris today, disclose your trekking date and we shall do the rest for you.
Other primates in Kibale Forest
Besides chimpanzees, Kibale forest national park is home to numerous other primates, which include among others:
1. Black and white Colobus monkeys
2. Blue Monkey
3. Red-tailed monkeys
5. Grey-cheeked Mangabey
7. L’Hoest monkey
8. Uganda Mangabey
Tips for trekking chimpanzees in Kibale Forest
To ensure a peaceful and enjoyable chimpanzee encounter in Kibale Forest national park, Africa Adventure safaris offer you travel tips for trekking chimpanzees in Kibale forest. These include:
• Do not trek when sick, Chimpanzees are susceptible to human diseases
• Wear hiking boots to ease your movements in the jungle forest
• Carry enough drinking water
• Pack energy-giving snacks
• Carry sweaters and rain jackets
• Do not look directly into the eyes of chimpanzees
• Pay attention to where chimpanzees call. It helps you to know which direction to take
• Do not use flashlight cameras
• Keep a distance of seven meters away from chimpanzees
• Do not litter in the jungle.
3 Days chimpanzee tour to Kibale Forest National park
Day 1: Pick and transfer to Kibale Forest
On this day, the driver guide from Africa Adventure Safaris will pick you from the airport or your hotel in Kampala and transfer to Kibale Forest National park, Lunch stop in fort portal and overnight stay at any of the lodges in the park.
Day 2: Chimpanzee trekking
You will wake up early, have a cup of coffee and with your packed lunch transfer to Kanyanchu information center for briefing and registration with the park. Thereafter, hike into the jungle forest t meet your lost cousins. Hiking time varies depending on the location of chimpanzees on that day. You will spend an hour in the company of chimpanzees and embrace their human-like characters. If time allows, you will go for a nature walk in Bigodi wetland and return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Departure
After morning breakfast, check out of the lodge and drive back to Kampala to catch up with your connecting flight at Entebbe airport.
In conclusion, Kibale forest national park is the best place to visit and trek chimpanzees. Contact Africa Adventure Safaris, book your Uganda chimpanzee tour and enjoy a stay with man’s closet relatives.
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