Chimp trekking safety precautions

How to limit dangers and annoyances

Chimp trekking is considered very safe. There is virtually no risk attached to tracking an habituated chimp community. These chimpanzees are used to people and mostly ignore us. Experienced rangers take visitors to see the chimps going about their usual activities while ensuring our safety.

  • Always follow your guide's instructions and guidelines.
  • Stay together as a group with your guide.
  • Always keep the recommended distance (at least 8m / 26ft). Wait for your guide’s instruction if a chimp approaches you.
  • Don't make any quick movements and keep your voice down.
  • Never block the path of chimps when they are walking.
  • Never look a chimp in the eyes.
  • Don't use a flash when photographing.
  • In the rare occasion of a chimp charging, crouch down slowly, look down and wait for further instruction from your guide.
  • Chimps are susceptible to human diseases. Never visit if you are ill and turn away if you need to cough.
  • If you need to go to the toilet, dig a hole in the ground and cover it up.
  • Never take food or drink close to chimps. You can leave your daypack behind with the trackers when you approach the animals.
  • Cover your arms and legs to avoid nettle stings and use insect repellent to protect against mosquitoes (those containing DEET are most effective).
  • Wear a hat, use sunscreen, and drink plenty of water.
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes, waterproof clothing and bring a waterproof bag for your camera and other belongings.