Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda : Chimpanzee trekking is a great up close encounter of the humans and the chimpanzees in their natural and wild habitat. Guests have a chance to enter the forest on foot for this thrilling and natural activity by purchasing a chimpanzee permit. Chimpanzees are commonly referred to as chimps and these are one of the species under the great ape. The Chimpanzees tend to stay in the forested and the savannah lands of the tropical Africa.

The Chimpanzees are known to share 98% of their DNA with humans making the closest wild animals and these are very social animals, and just like in the humans too take care of their young ones and have a life expectancy of 50. The Chimpanzees are currently listed on the International Union of Conservation of Nature as endangered animal species.

Chimpanzee trekking is a common tourist activity in Uganda and Rwanda and this activity is offered in the Kibaale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest, and the permits can be purchased from the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices while the chimpanzee trekking in Rwanda is done in the Nyungwe forest national park. The Nyungwe forest national park is currently under the management of the African Parks.

Chimpanzee trekking is an early morning activity more enjoyable in the wee morning hours of the day. The Kibaale forest national park is one of the best destinations for the chimpanzee trekking and it is a home of about 5,000 chimpanzees with about 1,500 of these found in Kibaale forest national park. The Kibaale forest national park is not only a chimpanzee home but also a home to about 12 other primates’ species, birds and other mammal species.

Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Nyungwe forest chimps

Once you are booked for a Rwanda safari tour, you will need to know the best time to visit for chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking is best done in the months that have clear weather and being a tropical area, Uganda and Rwanda, have two seasons throughout the year and these are the rainy season and the dry season.

The dry season months of these countries runs from December to February and again later in the year from June to September and the rainy months run from October to December and then March to May. The dry seasons  is where the temperatures are high and less to no rains are experienced in the area while the wet seasons is when there are much rains expected at any time of the day of the year. The dry seasons are the busier months and this is the high season where big numbers of guests flock the country thus Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.

The dry season months are the best time to visit the chimpanzees which answers the question of when is the best time to visit the chimpanzees. The best months to take on a chimpanzee trekking is in June, July, August, September, December, January and February. It will be easier to pass through the forest when the rains are not much or not even experienced.

These months are great months to visit however you will need to note that the demand for these months can be high so you will have to book your chimpanzee trekking permit ahead of your travel.

Best time to do chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Chimpanzee Safaris in Kibale

The wet months are also good months to visit if you prefer to have an exclusive experience with less crowds. Being dry months does not rule out a rain pour on your chimpanzee trekking as these chimpanzees prefer to stay in the rain forests.

The chimpanzees in Rwanda can be visited in the Nyungwe forest national park and there is a chimpanzee family in the Gishwati Mukura forest that is undergoing habituation and should be ready for visits soon. The wet season months have an advantage of fully enjoying the experience and attention from the service providers as there is less competition for services.

No matter the free month you have to travel, the chimpanzee trekking can be booked throughout the year. We look forward to hearing from you whenever you are ready to book your chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda and Rwanda.

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