The Common Chimpanzee can be tracked in Uganda in the Kibale Forest, Kyambura, Rabongo Forest, and Semliki Park, and at Budongo and Kanyiyo, close to the Murchison Falls National Park. In Rwanda, they can be tracked in the Nyungwe and Cyamdongo Forests, and it may soon be possible to track them at the Gishwati Forest.
In Tanzania, Chimps can be tracked in the Mahale and Gombe Stream National Parks. There are also chimps on Tanzania’s Rubondo Island, which are slowly habituating to humans, but sightings cannot be guaranteed.
For chimp tracking, the terrain in Rwanda is more challenging than it is in Tanzania and in Uganda, and if you would like to see these endangered, and extremely beautiful monkeys, we recommend that you track them at the Mahale and Gombe Stream National Parks in Tanzania, and at the Kibale Forest in Uganda.
Visits to the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Kenya, and to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda offer a unique opportunity for close viewing of chimpanzees in a natural forested environment. Pre-arranged supplementary feeding times bring the chimpanzees to within meters of the raised walkway specially designed for easy viewing. Excellent photographic opportunities are available as well as just enjoying being near one of our closest animal relatives with behaviours similar to ours. These chimp sanctuary visits are also ideal for children, who may not be old enough yet to enjoy the tracking experience.