A memorable experience with our closest relatives, the chimpanzees, will require the expertise and confidence of a host company and guide, such as that Range Land Safaris provides. Uganda’s forestland, abundant with the vegetation and fruits of the chimpanzee’s main diet, is a place where these sociable black coated apes continue to make their home. Humans and chimpanzees share 98% of the genetic code. Most of the similarities between chimpanzees and human beings are consistently striking, not only in skull and skeletal structure, but also in the nervous system, the immune system, and in many behavioral and emotional aspects. As we guide you along their path on this unique adventure, you will witness the behavior these primates display in their daily life, bringing you to realize our striking similarities.
With an experienced guide alongside as you trek the chimpanzees in their natural habitat, you will hear their many high pitched calls before you see them. They are very noisy and they have about 33 different calls. If you stay with them for a Habituation Experience, you will learn about the differences in their vocalization, which includes screaming and pant hooting, as first noted by the famed researcher, Jane Goodall. Such “voices” can be head when they are happy, when they have plenty of food, when they are planning to move, when they are scared or encountering an enemy, and when a female is in estrus or preparing her nest.
Chimpanzees form an extended community of up to 100 individuals which roam the forest from morning to evening eating different fruits and hunting for colobus monkeys. They will sometimes form small socially mobile subgroups of close family members, such as brothers, sisters or mothers and daughters. “But female chimpanzees can cross to another community while male chimpanzees normally spend their entire life in the community where they were born”, explains Bosco, one of the senior Chimpanzee guides and Jane Goodall representative in Kibale. Uganda, often referred to as “The Pearl of Africa”, has over 3% of the global population of Chimpanzees, as well as other primates. The Kibale Forest ranks among the top in population. Other forests in Uganda include Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, Semliki National Park and Bugoma Forest.
The most rewarding of chimpanzee experiences, is the extended Habituation Exercise which involves tracking from morning time de-nesting to evening nesting hours. Here you will witness the chimpanzees waking up from their beds, trek with them the entire day and watch them prepare their beds for the evening sleep. For an abbreviated yet equally rewarding experience, there is the option of the Chimpanzee Tracking Experience which gives you one hour observation to witness these amazing relatives of ours, in their very own natural habitat.
In addition to any safari plan, Range Land Safaris will organize this special Chimpanzee tracking or Chimpanzee Habituation Experience that will enrich your trip with lifetime memories.