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“You will need a good pair of trekking boots as you will be hiking in the jello-like mud , also carry a rain coat, packed lunch and at least one litre of bottled water per person. Tuck your trousers into your boots so that the safari fire ants don’t find their way up your legs . ” - Skywalker

"Thumbs Up for the Chimps"

Views: 859 Visited: Nov 2012 Reviewed: Apr 26, 2013

Our destination was Kibale (pronounced: Chibale) National Park which is a 5 hour drive from Uganda's capital Kampala. Our purpose was to find habituated chimpanzees. Our trek started at the kanyanchu centre where we were required to pay the Ugandan Wildlife Authority trek fees. The charges are 150 USD for foreign non-residents, 100 USD for local residents .

After a short briefing from a guide we started our trek comforted by the armed ranger we were ready for a worry free adventurous day . The morning dew,chirping birds and overwhelming flora and fauna around us was a sight to behold, make sure you carry a good camera with superb zoom speeds so as to capture this lifetime experience All was good but after an almost 3 hours of hiking, we started questioning the trek , we were tired , hadn't seen any chimpanzees, the road was too muddy and the safari fire ants were a constant irritation as we battled them every few seconds - a really very unpleasant experience.

NOTE (You will need a good pair of trekking boots as you will be hiking in the jello-like mud. Also, carry a rain coat, a packed lunch and at least one litre of bottled water per person. Tuck your trousers into your boots so that the safari fire ants don’t find their way up your legs. Insect repellant will also make your trek a bit more pleasant.)

The guides were extremely friendly and knowledgeable even when harassed with inexhaustible number of questions but after almost 4 hours of trekking we were all smiles,finally it all led to this. The family we saw had about 20 members, they were mating, screeching and jumping around without a care in the world. Its Amazing how high they can climb from tree to tree. We were also lucky to see a grey cheeked mangabay and red tailed monkey which is very rare! The sight was so unique, out of this world I would call it. We wanted to get closer to the chimpanzees but we were advised to keep an 8m distance.

The experience was worth every hassle and penny we used. A place you must visit.

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