As commonly termed or described, Murchison Falls is the best destination to be at in Uganda, the country’s largest park. The park does not only show case mighty and powerful waterfalls but also has beautiful natural forest, the Kaniyo Pabidi Forest which is approximately 8km from the Kicumbanyobe gate on the Masindi side. The forest is easily accessible from the park main gate and sign posts are well staged to help many visitors to the park to find their way.
Apart from safari game drives, chimpanzee trekking can be done at the park and trekking can be done every day of the week at the park starting off at the Budongo eco lodge. The forest is mostly dominated by giant mahogany and the beautiful ironwood trees which form good hiding places for the chimpanzees and good playing grounds for young adults as they swing in the trees.
To book chimpanzee tracking at Murchison falls National Park, one can buy permits at the Uganda wildlife authority in advance or pay on ground at the forest trekking headquarters. Chimpanzees are very shy primates, therefore during the trekking; one has to be very quick and keen to take a clear photograph before they disappear in the tree canopies. These primates are very close or more so they are cousins to human beings to a percentage of 90. During the trekking, you will be guided by the park ranger and offers great information about the way of life of the chimpanzees. Do all the instructions as told by the ranger to avoid any problems to your life by animals in the forest. The other part of the forest also known as Rabongo forest can also be explored on foot in search for the chimpanzee and the black and white colobus monkeys. Many other primates like the red tailed monkeys, baboons can also be spotted in the forest.
Bird watching is also possible alongside primate trekking at the Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests with great chances to see the white thighed Hornbill, chocolate – Backed Kingfisher, giant gonorek, yellow sunbird and so many more.
One can hire a car in Uganda to Murchison falls to see the chimpanzees at the Kanyio Pabidi forest any time of the year and the forest is easily accessible with the help of road maps, Gps and direction by the local people by those that are on self drive trips. Chimpanzee trekking permits can be arranged in advance for primate trekking trip at Murchison falls, all you need to do is to send us and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office directly at +256700135510