Sharing 98.4% DNA with humans, chimps are our closest living relatives on earth. No surprise why tracking these amazing creatures is such a once in a life time experience!
The guides at are skilled in the art of chimpanzee tracking. They look for clues well hidden in the forest to locate the chimpanzees. Here are a few examples:
Chimpanzees use tree branches and foliage to build nests that are used for sleeping. To spot a chimpanzee nest, you must have a keen eye as they often appear to be nothing more than a dense patch of foliage in the forest canopy.
Chimpanzees travel on the ground in a motion called knuckle walking. This type of movement can leave behind a knuckle print.
Chimpanzees dung can help the guides to determine how recently a chimpanzee has been in the area.
When chimpanzees eat they discard parts of fruits or wads of leaves. These clues help the guides to track the chimpanzees.
DO’S AND DON’TS
Please respect the simple rules for the safety and preservation of the forest, its animals and visitors…
When in the forest:
- You must be accompanied by a guide
- Leave all items where you found them in the forest
- Smoking is prohibited
While viewing chimpanzees:
- Follow your guide’s instructions
- Remain at least 10 meters from the chimpanzees
- Don’t eat or drink in front of the chimpanzees
- Don’t use your flash when taking a photo as it frightens the chimps
- For conservation purposes time spent with the Chimpanzees is limited to one hour
- If you are ill you are not allowed to visit the chimpanzees as you will put them at risk
- The minimum age for chimp tracking is 15 years
- Group sizes for chimp tracking are limited to 8 people
EXTRA : WHAT TO BRING ?
- Yes, you could carry one bag for you all though individual backpacks would also be practical.