EXPERIENCE EAST AFRICAChimpanzee Experiencein Tazania
Tanzania offers chimpanzee experiences in three different locations — Rubondo Island, Mahale and Gombe — each of which is slightly different. Our recommended location is Rubondo Island Camp, situated on Lake Victoria’s Rubondo Island National Park. Here, guests can enjoy a one-of-a-kind adventure by assisting in the rangers’ efforts to habituate the chimpanzees to humans.
The park was originally established as a haven for endangered species by Professor Bernhard Grzimek of the Frankfurt Zoological Society. Over a 4-year period (1966–69), he released 16 chimpanzee rescued from European zoos — the first-ever attempt to rehabilitate captive chimpanzees. They have now reverted to an unhabituated state characteristic of wild chimpanzees. From just 16, the population has grown to around 35. Rubondo is situated between the Serengeti and Rwanda, making it an ideal stop on an African safari itinerary or gorilla-trekking trip.
EXPERIENCE TROPICAL BEACHESChimpanzee Experiences in Our Uganda and Rwanda
Uganda offers excellent chimpanzee-trekking experiences in Kibale National Park and Budongo Forest near Murchison Falls. Spend a fascinating day observing wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat, an exciting experience as the chimpanzees set the day’s pace and programme.
Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest National Park is one of the most important rainforest reserves in East Africa. Here, you can spot semi-habituated chimps while exploring the excellent walking trails.
EXPERIENCE EAST AFRICAGorillaTrekking
Eastern and mountain gorillas are listed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. The world’s last remaining mountain gorillas live in three countries (Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) spanning four national parks (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park). These are regions that still feature the tropical or subtropical forests that are the gorillas’ natural habitat.
EXPERIENCE EAST AFRICAGorilla ExperienceUganda and Rwanda
Rwanda offers excellent mountain-gorilla trekking in the Virunga Mountains (Volcanoes National Park), where you will set out in groups of up to eight people to visit a gorilla family for one hour.
Your gorilla experience will not only be awe-inspiring, it will also help contribute to much-needed gorilla conservation in the area. Money earned from the sale of gorilla-trekking permits is used to ensure a healthy and sustainable gorilla population and environment, and to improve the standard of living for local people.
Uganda also offers mountain-gorilla trekking in Mgahinga National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Contact us for more information or to find out which experience will be best suited to your needs.
EXPERIENCE EAST AFRICAWhen toTrek
You can track gorillas year round, but the best times are the drier months from about June to mid-September and December to February.
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