Mostly the safari enthusiast trek into Uganda to witness the huge Mountain Gorilla, however, chimpanzee trekking is an exciting and unforgettable experience as meeting the magnificent gorillas. Generally overshadowed by the Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees are unarguably one of the top things to see in Uganda. Chimpanzees are interestingly considered as one of the closest relative of human beings sharing almost 90% of DNA with the human.
There are 3 distinctive areas in Uganda where you can grab a chance of meeting these unique species of animals, in Kibale Forest, Kyambura Gorge (near Queen Elizabeth) and Budongo Forest (in Murchison Falls). Unlike Gorillas, Chimpanzees live in community and generally, these communities consist of 100 members.
Chimpanzees are considerably faster, active and communicate with one another through a complex, subtle system of vocalizations. As like human you can spot a range of behaviors from eating, playing, mating, and fighting as well as some of the chimpanzees are spotted using some of the tools available around them. Chimpanzees communicate with their groups not only with vocalization but also they use facial expressions, body postures, and gestures too.
Uganda is home to a sizeable population of 5,000 individuals according to a study. These species are very smart and mostly in case of any health issue, they self-medicate themselves using plants with medicinal value. They touch their adulthood at 13 years and up to 5 years they stay with their mother learning what to eat and what to avoid by watching their mothers.