Booking chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park
Booking chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park: Chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation are major activities done in Kibale forest national park. The national park is located in the western part of Uganda harboring the highest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. The chimpanzees in Kibale forest national park have been fully habituated and are used to human presence around them while other are still going through habituation to get used to human beings.
It’s a must for travelers to get chimpanzee trekking or habituation permits in order to spend time with any of the chimpanzee families of Kibale forest national park. The chimpanzee permit is a legal document from the Uganda Wildlife Authority a government body controlling and managing all the tourism activities in national parks within the country.
How to book chimpanzee permits with a local tour operator?
Using a local tour operator is the best option when booking chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park. Local tour operators make booking faster and easier because they have direct contact with people in the reservations office at Uganda Wildlife Authority. Getting a trusted local tour operator is always a big challenge with google and friends who have traveled before, you will always get one who is good for you.
The best local tour operators are normally those that have licenses from the Uganda Tourism Board and those that are members of different tourism associations within the country. Africa Adventure Vacation is one of the local tour operators that can help you on booking chimpanzee permits at no extra fee.
To book with us, you will get the dates of the month and year you want to have your safari, then indicate the type of chimpanzee permit you need and thereafter send us the information via email. We shall use this information to check for availability of chimpanzee permits with the Uganda wildlife authority. Once we find the chimpanzee permits available on your planned dates, we do let you know.
We shall send you an invoice for you to make payments for the chimpanzee permits. After sending the money, you will send us a scanned copy of the receipt of payment and add on your personal details. After we have confirmed your payment, we shall go ahead book the permit for you, send you a scanned copy, and when you arrive in the country you will find it with us.
How to book chimpanzee permits directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority?
This method is usually used by tourists that are organizing safaris by themselves. The method involves a tourist getting the dates of the month, and year they want to travel first. Next is knowing whether they will need the normal chimpanzee trekking permit or full day chimpanzee trekking permit. The tourists get the email of the reservations office at Uganda Wildlife Authority and send them a clear message.
The moment the chimpanzee permits are available on the planned dates, you will receive an email telling you about the availability. You will also be sent an email containing the invoice for you to make payment for the chimpanzee permits. Once you have done your payment, you will send an email with the scanned copy of the receipt of payment together with your personal details and your permit shall be booked.
When to book chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park?
Booking the chimpanzee permits of Kibale forest national park depends on the time you want to visit. The park has the high season when a high number of tourists visit the park and the permits sell out. The national park also has the low season where a few tourists visit the park and permits never sell out.
Tourists that are intending to visit Kibale forest national park in the dry season/high season of June to September and December to February must book permits at least 3-4 months before the safari day. This is advised because a lot of tourists visit the park and permits tend to sell out so to be on the safe side and assured of trekking it’s better you book permits very early.
Tourists that are visiting Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee trekking during the rainy season can book permits in advance of 3-4 months for proper planning. Tourists can still book permits 1-2 months before the safari day and they will be available because a few tourists visit the park.
The price of chimpanzee permits in Kibale forest national park
Kibale forest national park has two types of permits which are the normal trekking permits that come with 1 hour around chimpanzees and fully day habituation permits. The normal chimpanzee trekking permits cost $200 for foreign non-resdints, $150 for foreign residents, and UGX150,000 for East African citizens. Chimpanzee habituation permits cost $250 for foreign non-residents, $200 for foreign residents, and UGX200,000 East African citizens.
Are chimpanzee permits for Kibale forest national park worth the money?
Yes, chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation permits in Kibale forest national park are worth the money. The price you pay for chimpanzee trekking is worth the 1 hour you stay around chimpanzees learning about their habits, taking photos, and watching them do daily activities. It’s also worth the money because what is collected is used in the conservation of these primates to make sure that their population increases.
The price you pay for chimpanzee habituation which is $250 for foreign non-residents, $200 for foreign residents, and UGX200,000 East African citizens is also worth the money because you do get an opportunity to be with chimpanzees a whole day. You not only watch them do daily activities but you also get a chance to be part of the activities that make them get used to the human presence around them.