Chimp Habituation In The Gorge – Semuliki National Park Uganda

  • Gazelle Safari Africa

  • Uganda
  • Aug 10, 2022

Before wild chimps are opened to visits by tourists, their resident chimps undergo a two-year habituation phase that makes them friendlier to tourists.

During this guided adventure in a gorge at the heart of Semuliki National Park, you will experience what happens behind the scenes as rangers acquaint these primates with human behaviour.

Compared to Uganda Gorilla Tracking, this experience is quite different. It entails walking a little faster as the Chimps are constantly on the move. This is one of the great activity which needs to be added under Uganda Safaris.

The Chimp Habituation process allows wild chimpanzees to get used to human presence around them through continuous and sustained visits. This effort is led by experienced researchers and park guides. It can take up to two years for these apes to get accustomed to humans around them.

The gorge provides stunning scenery for this experience with a mix of riverine forests, ancient mahogany trees and lush thickets that have yet to be opened by forest elephants.

On the outside, it is surrounded by Lake Albert on one side and a golden-brown grass savannah on the other (side). The trails you will follow are well maintained—thus making it possible to do adventures even in rainy seasons like April.

If you don’t register luck in seeing the chimps the first time, you will get another opportunity to come back the next morning at 6.30 am for another trial. The forest has very few people so you could feel alone in the park. 

The park doesn’t have a litter and you do see armed rangers on foot patrolling to protect animals from poachers. They are friendly and happy to offer you tips on areas where they have seen lots of wildlife on that day.

Uganda Chimp Habituation is a great experience for those interested in learning about the behaviour of chimps and spending more time in their presence. It could last the whole day but this rewarding experience is one you cannot find anywhere else.

What To Wear During Chimp Habituation

Wear protective clothing like long-sleeved shirts and trousers for insect bites and piercings.

In case it is the rainy season like the months of April to May and Oct. to Nov, you need to carry rain gear.

Repellant for insects to protect you against bites.

Not only is Semuliki National Park is the best place for Chimpanzee Habituation Experience the park also has a unique biodiversity environment with great scenery including beautiful landscapes crater lakes, hills, swamps etc. Therefore Semuliki National Park should be on the top of the list as the best national park to be visited for chimpanzee habituation experience while on your Safari In Uganda.


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