Budongo central Forest Reserve is located within the boundaries of Murchison falls Nation Park which lies in the Northern end of the Albertine rift valley in northern Uganda.
This tropical forest is very important but less explored habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees which is almost the largest chimpanzee communities in the country and 8 other species of primates. It is also home to rare forest bird species, such as the Puvel’s Illadopses, which is endemic to this region. More importantly Budongo Reserve is the largest remaining Mahogany Forest in East Africa, with impressive trees growing up to 80 meters. With a network of 115 km of trails, this unexplored area offers you great opportunity for exploration and Adventure
Chimpanzee Habituation Experience
Chimpanzee Habituation in Budongo Forest started in 1992 with the aim to habituate the chimpanzees to human presence, without necessarily altering their natural behavior. This is a long process, and it can take up to 15 years to fully habituate a chimpanzee community. The Habituation Experience offers you the unique experience to join the professional guides on their daily program and follow the chimps during their activities. (Please note that this activity is not available during peak season months July, August and September)
This little known and unexplored forest offers opportunity for many different activities within the forest including
– FOREST WALKS AND BIRD WATCHING
Enjoy a guided primate walk in the lush expenses of the tropical forest, in search of the habituated chimpanzee family. Your guide will explain more about the animals and plants species that you encounter on your way. Also look out for other primates like the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys, different type of birds, tracks of mammals and much more. Chimp tracking can be experienced daily with two viewing times per day. The hike takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on the movement of the chimpanzees. Once the chimps are found you will stay for one hour with these amazing creatures to watch them eating, resting and playing.