Murchison falls national park is the largest national park in Uganda covering an area of about 4000 square kilometers, The park is very rich in diversity hence being an habitat to over 46 mammal species, over 450 bird species and many tree species.
The park has a lot of attractions offering outstanding views ranging from the famous Murchison falls which is the world’s strongest water fall to forests, Victoria Nile the longest river in the world and many more.
Murchison falls national park is endowed with forests like Rabongo, Kaniyo pabidi forest and Budongo forests. This forest make the park an ideal place for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, there are over 600 Chimpanzees in this forests Kaniyo pabidi forest and Budongo forests are the largestmahoganyforestsfound in East Africa.
The best time for chimpanzee trekking is in October to January, its more easy to accesschimpanzees during this season as the grass is short and the fruits are ripening. Chimpanzee trekking always takes place in the morning and afternoons tourists must be accompanied by a game ranger.
Areas for Chimpanzee trekking
Budongo forest is one of the best places for doing a chimpanzee trekking activity, it’s also the largestmahogany forest in East Africa. The forest is an habitat to over 360 bird species, 450 tree species, 24 mammal species, 130 moth species and over 250 butterfly species. A part from chimpanzee trekking tourists can come across other primates like; olive baboon, white and black Columbus monkeys, red tailed monkeys and blue monkeys among the rest.
Kaniyo pabidi forest
Kaniyo pabidi forest is also found in Murchison falls national park and is situated near Kichumbanyobo gate of the park, it’s one of Uganda’s untouched wilderness where you experience nature in it’s natural state. Though chimpanzees are occasionally seen, it harbors a lot of birdlife and butterflies birds like; hornbill, puvels illadopsis, and kingfisher among the rest. The forest is mainly dominated by ironwood and mahoganytrees.
Rabongo forest is a tropical riverine forest found in Murchison Falls National Park. The forest is pitched on a island surrounded by golden grasslands, the forest is also an ideal place for Chimpanzee trekking and bird watching tourists here can view primates like; red tailed monkeys, olive baboon, white Columbus monkeys and black Columbus monkeys.