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Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, visitors walk with a scientist to watch chimpanzees descend from their overnight nests between 6 and 6:30 a.m.
Visitors then stay with the chimpanzees throughout the day, observing and photographing the chimpanzees as they feed, copulate, hunt, breastfeed, rest, patrol, until it is time to build new nests in the canopy above the forest at 7 p.m.
The fee is $220, and the program will be available to just four visitors per day on first come first serve ahead, the programe runs November, and March through May.
The hiking is arduous, because chimps can move quickly over uneven, densely vegetated terrain and steep muddy slopes. In addition to waterproof shoes with good traction, bring rain gear, insect repellent, hiking gaiters to keep biting ants from crawling up your pants, and a walking stick.
Apart from the chance to spend much more time with the chimps than on a conventional trek, the day affords better opportunities to glimpse other primate species, such as the endangered red colobus and I’Hoest’s monkey.
Our travelers will learn more about chimpanzees through habituation at the same time help to increase the chances of better sightings for future visitors. This will happen through spending an entire day in the company with researchers studying a chimpanzee family undergoing habituation for tourism.
A chimpanzee's natural behavior is to run or climb as far from humans as possible (in Uganda and other countries, local people illegally hunt and eat wild chimps and steal their babies to sell as pets). It takes at least two years of constant daily observation to get a chimpanzee troop to feel comfortable enough with human presence for safari chimpanzee treks to succeed.
After more information about your Affordable Uganda Safari holiday? Call the Affordable Uganda Safaris Information Line (from within Uganda) Monday to Friday or drop us an email.
Telephone: (+256) 0752 643809 (within Uganda)