The best time is in the morning because the trackers know where they nested the previous night. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that tourists who embark on the afternoon session will not encounter the Chimps. Also, the fact that Chimpanzee are wild animals you should not be totally disappointed if you don’t meet them because they are mobile animals.
The full day adventure called the chimpanzee Habituation Experience-dubbed CHEX involves visiting a chimpanzee community (troop) still undergoing habituation. Tourists have to wake up as early as 6am and venture into the jungle to capture all the moments with the Primates from the time they leave their overnight nests, feed, hunt, play, copulate/mate rest, breastfeed, groom, patrolling and interaction between one another until the time they build their overnight nest at 7pm. This is when your activity ends. Because it is an all day activity, tourists are advised to carry enough drinking water and packed lunch.
The following are the chimpanzee tracking guidelines in Kibale Forest National park; Tourists below the age of 15 years are not allowed to track the chimpanzees, tourists with communicable diseases such as flue and cough are not allowed to visit these primates because they are susceptible to those illness the fact that they share majority of their DNA with humans, maintain a distance of 8 meters when with these primates, flash photography is not allowed because it startles the chimps, avoid eating in the presence of the chimpanzees, and you shall only enter the forest in the company of a tour guide.
The following are the important things to carry for chimpanzee tracking; strong waterproof hiking boots, long sleeved shirts, long trousers, a backpack, a camera (non-flash) and a pair of binoculars, packed lunch, enough drinking water, a chimpanzee tracking permit, a rain jacket/poncho because the weather is highly unpredictable and a hat among others.