Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest

August 29, 2023 | Bujo Safaris

Located in western Uganda is Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve close to Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth national park. The forest reserve is home to about 379 different bird species, primates like baboons, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, L’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others. Kalinzu forest reserve is also home to nocturnal animals such as the bush babies, galagos, pottos among others.

Over 414 different tree species, 98 species of moths in addition to a variety of reptiles and flowers that can be spotted in this forest reserve. Mammals such as leopards, buffaloes, antelopes, lions among others are also found in Kalinzu forest reserve. Nature walks done in the forest are so relaxing and rewarding because you are able to see the Rwenzori mountains, Kazinga channel and Lake George. 

This forest reserve is known to be the best destination for chimpanzee trekking. It is home to over 320 chimpanzees and 50 habituated ones giving you a high chance to spot these primates. Kalinzu chimpanzee trekking permits are cheaper than any other destinations making it the best budget-friendly destination for chimpanzee trekking. 

There’s also a chance of meeting the fortune teller of the Kalinzu hills who will give you lots of information about the forest and the surrounding communities. 

Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest reserve.

Chimpanzee trekking is the main activity carried out in the forest and it's adventurous and fascinating. A home to over 320 chimpanzees gives you high chances of spotting these primates. 

Chimpanzee trekking is divided into two sessions, the morning and the afternoon session. The morning session begins at around 8:00 am with a short briefing on how one is supposed to trek and behave once they encounter the primates. Each of the chimpanzee families is trekked by a group of 8 people and this can last for 3 to 4 hours depending on where these primates will be found. 

Once you meet with the chimpanzees, you are given an hour with them as you learn and observe how they feed, breast feed, play among other activities. Along the trek, you will encounter other primates like black and white colobus monkeys and different bird species. Feel free to take photos of the breathtaking scenery, chimpanzees and bird species. 

Other activities to do while in Kalinzu forest reserve

Wildlife viewing: The fact that Kalinzu is close to Queen Elizabeth national park, it hosts various wildlife. You are able to see animals like forest buffalos, leopards, warthogs, forest elephants, duikers, hogs and some other primates like black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons among others. During the night game viewing, you will encounter nocturnal animals like bush babies among others. 

Bird watching: Kalinzu forest reserve is home to over 379 different bird species and that makes it one of the best places to spot birds. For the bird lovers, you can do birding either in the morning or evening by following the forest trails. During this activity, you are able to spot birds like blue turaco, white casket, long crested eagle, shoebill, African fish eagle, great crested pitta among others. 

Butterfly watching: The forest is home to 262 different beautiful butterflies with stunning colors. A guide will assist you through the forest and spot them. 

Camping: You can choose to do camping in the middle of the forest. This activity enables you to stay closer to nature as you enjoy the forest and wild nights. 

Nature walks: Nature walks in Kalinzu forest reserve enables you to discover the new world of waterfalls, singing birds, dense forests, thick vegetation among others. You can walk to Kishunja to see the Kalinzu forest and Rwenzori ranges from the top. You can also choose to do walks outside the forest where you will spot plantations.

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