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Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

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Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

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Rowie wrote a review Nov 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia585 contributions86 helpful votes
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We visited the Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve to go Chimpanzee Trekking. We met up at 8am ath the office of the Forest Reserve and I can't comment on the public toilets here as I did not need to go. Our guide was excellent, she did all she could to educate us on the chimps and explained clearly to us as we went along the various fauna, etc.The route thru the jungle was manageable thou the ground was wet from rain in the wee hours of that morning. I had on a pair of knee guards and I would reccomend these guards for those with weak knees. Do not bring a walking pole, the staff will have wooden poles which they will offer to those who need it. As it is a canopied forest it is shady thruout which is nice. Our trek in to the chimps took no more then an hour and there they were a family of chimps up in the tree tops. Honestly gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park was more satisfying then chimp trekking, albeit more costly. Here's why. Gorillas are easier to spot in terms of size and less fidgety for one. The chimps we saw were high up in the trees and none happened to be on the ground which can be quite the norm. Thou I would rather see chimps in their natural environment then in a zoo, it became quite apparent that the if we did get lucky to spot some chimps on the ground, they would scurry up a tree fast. Thus it was wishful thinking to see the chimps with the naked eye as the thick foliage of the jungle covers much! To enjoy this activity bring along a pair of binoculars and a long lens if you want better pictures. It proved almost impossible to get a good shot of the chimps without. At least you would get a close up view to see how adorable these chimps are, especially the young ones! Overall we were happy with the crew and felt that they did their best to offer a good experience. We enjoyed the jungle trekking and all else the jungle had to offer.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Elizabeth Loeb H wrote a review Aug 2019
53 contributions9 helpful votes
We spent about three hours hiking in this nice forest. The hike was easy and we saw the chimps within an hour. We also saw the colubus monkeys, other monkeys, the great blue turacos and tons of other birds. Robert was our guide and he was great and extremely knowledgable. HIghly recommended (and very inexpensive -- no chimp permit needed).
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Pearl Haven Safaris wrote a review Jul 2019
Kampala, Uganda13 contributions7 helpful votes
Our clients appreciated the relaxing environment, nature walks and birds. We will recommend this to our next clients.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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luke r wrote a review Mar 2019
london11 contributions5 helpful votes
We had an amazing morning searching and finding the chimps. Our guide was great and we found the chimps within about an hour of walking. It’s an easy place to get to as it’s just off the main road and I imagine you could get public transport there. We were staying in Mbarara so got a taxi there early in the morning and it’s about an hour and a half drive. We saw around 10 chimps with some babies. They were constantly on the move but we managed to get some really close moments with them and occasionally they would walk across the floor. We also saw 4 other types of monkey and overall given the price (140000 per person) we thought hat it was great value.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Tom M wrote a review Dec 2018
26 contributions11 helpful votes
My wife and I were just here in December, 2018. We were very fortunate to see 2 male chimps for about an hour. They were mostly up the trees, but did come down for a little while. We also saw black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, and red tailed monkeys. My guess would be chimps are not always seen on a trek through this forest, but it is much less visited than Kibale and Kyambura Gorge, and the forest is beautiful!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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