Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest

The vast Kalinzu jungle is located in the southwestern part of Uganda close to the thick Maramagambo forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest is home to various mammals and reptiles that stay in its thickets and well-grown woodlands. It is yet a home to over 300 bird species that fly in and out daily for example cinnamons, egrets, cranes, marabou stocks, African jacanas, African fish eagles and secretary birds.

Kalinzu forest also harbors 6 species of primates that is to say baboons, chimpanzees, blue monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, velvet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys and L’hoest’s which are tracked down by visitors daily though chimpanzees are the highlights of the tracking activities.

Chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu forest.

Chimpanzee tracking starts with a briefing just before the visitors are allowed to enter the jungle, it is in this briefing that visitors are equipped with necessary information on how to behave up close to these wonderful primates. Embarking on the journey to the jungle, visitors are accompanied by professional tourist guides and rangers through the thickets and woodlands of the tropical rainforests. The morning session of tracking starts at 8:00 am while the afternoon session starts at 2:00 pm, a full trek can go up to three hours – this is because chimpanzees have movement patterns that aren’t monitored and so it is not an assurance that they can be found where they were the past day.

When encountered, visitors are allowed to spend an untroubled hour with the chimpanzee families taking pictures with them, feeding them and also learning a lot from their social interactions. Some various rules and regulations govern this exciting activity which prevents visitors from charging animals when followed cautiously.

Attractions in Kalinzu forest.

Various bird species.

The forest is home to over 200 bird species, it avails visitors with an opportunity to observe them well in this dense forest. There are spots in the forest where visitors can view birds without struggling. Birds often viewed incorporate black bee-eaters, cinnamon, egrets, crested cranes, malachite kingfishers, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary birds, African fish eagles, African jacanas and shoebills.

Chimpanzees and other primates.

The dense forest is home to several primates such as golden monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and L’hoest’s that can be encountered while in the thick jungle. These are so appealing to visitors and help improve their experiences.

Dense tropical rainforests.

These include thickets and woodlands that give a good breeze that helps visitors to relax, live in the moment and appreciate Uganda.

Activities done in Kalinzu forest.

Chimpanzee trekking.

This is conducted in the forest by a team of professional guides and rangers who accompany visitors through the thickets and woodlands and get up close experience with these wonderful primates in their natural habitats.

Nature walks.

Nature walks help visitors to connect more with biodiversity. As visitors walk through the thick forests and lush vegetation, they get to appreciate their lives more and what nature has to offer which improves people’s personalities.

Bird watching.

Various species of birds can be encountered in this forest and the fact that there are gazetted areas with the state of art binoculars where these birds can be watched from without a hassle is a plus. Birds include egrets, cinnamons, black bee-eaters, African fish eagles, African jacanas, Marabou stocks and the popular shoebill.

Butterfly watching.

This is yet another activity that has taken shape in this forest due to the beautiful butterflies that flock to it in large numbers smelling and hanging around the breathtaking tree species. They are good for photography and filmmaking and this explains why most visitors are engaged in this activity.

Camping.

There are various camping sites in the forest which allows for sleepovers in the forest as visitors admire the wilderness, breeze and feels of the jungles of Uganda.

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