Chimp Tracking in Murchison Falls

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Red Chilli Rest Camp
Red Chilli Rest Camp

Chimp Tracking in Murchison Falls

Tour Details

Meet your closest cousins!!!  Chimpanzees share 98.8% of their DNA with humans and tracking these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat is a magical experience.  Chimpanzee tracking is available in various different areas around Uganda but Budongo forest is among the best spots in the country.  The forest is the largest natural mahogany forest in East Africa, covering an area of 825 sq km and hosts 600 individuals in total.  Around 100 of these are fully habituated for tracking at Kaniyo Pabidi. 

The Kaniyo Pabidi Eco-tourism site, which was initially managed by The Jane Goodall Institute, is now managed by Uganda Lodges, together with the National Forest Authority (NFA) .  Over the past 12 years they have developed this  forest reserve, with its unique species of primates, birds and plants.

Following the pre-tracking briefing, you will walk or drive to the trailhead for the start of an unforgettable adventure – hiking in the footsteps of a habituated family of chimpanzees. En route your guide will enthrall you with stories and facts about the forest and the other species of primates, birds and other big mammals which may also be sighted. Upon finding the chimpanzees you will spend an unforgettable hour with them as they go about their daily life: feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching in their natural habitat.

Departure & Return Location

Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison Falls National Park

Departure Time

06:30 am

Price Includes

  • Transport to and from Budongo Forest
  • Chimpanzee tracking permits

Price Excludes

  • Food and drinks
  • Park fees
  • Any private expenses

06:30Deart for Budongo Forest

You will depart early from Red Chilli. Please make sure you order a packed meal the night before if you require one, as the kitchen will not be open when you leave. Long trousers and/or long sleeves are recommended, as are insect repellent, binoculars, rain coat, drinking water and camera equipment.


Arrive at Budongo Forest headquarters, where you will receive your briefing from your guide before starting the trekking

08:15Chimpanzee Tracking

Set off on your trek in search of the chimps. This can take up to 4 hours depending on where the group you are tracking are currently located. Upon finding them, a maximum of 1 hour can be spent with the chimps, observing their behaviour.

12:00Head back to Red Chilli

After returning to the headquarters you will set off back to Red Chilli, where you should be back in time for lunch.

  • Trip cost excludes all food/drinks/other personal items, unless otherwise sepecified in the itinerary
  • Trip cost excludes park entry fees
  • Cost includes transport/fuel and activities as per the itinerary.
  • Staff tips are never expected but always appreciated.
  • A 50% deposit or payment in full is required in order to secure your reservation. Please see our payment terms and conditionsfor further information.
  • Pick-ups en route may be considered if FULL PAYMENT is made in advance – please enquire before booking.
  • Baggage is limited to 1 medium backpack per person. Excess baggage can be stored at Red Chilli Kampala free of charge.
  • If you are arriving at Red Chilli Kampala on the morning of departure please report to the reception by specified time. We cannot wait for latecomers and will not refund deposits should this occur.
  • Take all sensible precautions against malaria.
  • Do not approach any wild animals you may see around the camp/park, & do not startle them with flash photography.
  • Drink plenty of water at all times & protect yourself from the sun.
  • Take care of your valuables at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss.
  • We can supply packed lunches on request from Red Chilli Kampala. However last orders are taken at 21.00 the night before the trip departs. If you are unable to meet this deadline, please email or call ahead with your order.
  • Please leave yourself plenty of time between the scheduled return of the trip and any ongoing travel connections. We cannot accept responsibility for any missed connections due to late return
Terms and Conditions

From only US$155 per person!

Price dependent on number of people on the trip:

  1 Person 2 People 3 People 4 People 5 People 6 People
Standard Price (Per person) $ 290 $ 250 $ 235 $ 230 $ 225 $ 220



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