Primates

 

Gorillas

Uganda is home to the endangered mountain gorillas and you can trek through the forest to view them. Briefing begins at 8am and a maximum of 8 people plus guides are allocated a gorilla family to track. It can take 2–6 hours to find the group, depending upon where they are, the terrain and the fitness of group members. Once found, you can spend an hour with them, watching them go about their daily activities – eating, playing, grooming and relaxing.

Minimum age: 15 years old

Fitness requirement: most people can track gorillas, but we can select a part of the forest with easier terrain if necessary. NB you will not be able to track gorillas if you are ill (including colds and flu) to avoid transmission of disease.

Permit required

Locations: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Gorilla habituation experience

Accompany researchers and guides whilst they carry out gorilla habituation work, the process by which wild mountain gorillas become more used to humans observing them. Unlike gorilla tracking, with the habituation experience you can spend more time with the gorillas (around four hours) and learn from the researchers/guides who move with them.

Location: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Chimpanzees

Uganda is the best place to track chimps in East Africa, with over 5,000 individuals in protected and unprotected areas. Go tracking for around 3–4 hours either in the morning or afternoon. You can spend an hour with the chimps, as they go about their daily activities.

Minimum age: 12 years old.

Permit required

Locations (protected areas): Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge (Queen Elizabeth National Park), Kaniyo-Pabidi (Budongo Forest/Murchison Falls national park), Kalinzu Forest near Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Chimpanzee habituation experience

Spend a day with a group of chimpanzees, entering the forest early in the morning to find them as they wake up. As you learn about their behaviour and how to identify the individual chimps, these primates become more habituated to humans. This makes it easier for tourists to track them and for researchers to observe them.

 

Permit required

Locations: Kibale National Park.
 

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Located in Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island is home to a number of orphaned and rescued chimpanzees.

It is run by the Chimpanzee Trust, which cares for the chimps, engages in conservation education and offers visitor experiences to raise funds. 

Visitor experiences include:

  •   half and full-day visits
  •   overnight stays in furnished tents
  •   long-stay visits
  •   3–6 photography workshops
  •   caregiver experiences* – help with feeding, medical checks and research
  •   fishing trips on the lake
  •   bird watching and evening fruit bat watching

* to avoid passing illnesses to the chimps, you may be required to provide evidence of health checks and vaccinations.

Golden monkey tracking

With around 4,000 individuals living in the shadows of the Virunga Volcanoes, you can track golden monkeys for around four hours in the bamboo forest. These endangered primates have been habituated so you have a good chance of seeing them. The trail is steep in parts and can be quite slippery, but the rangers will accompany you, at your pace.

Location: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

 

 

Mangabey tracking

Mangabeys can be found in different parts of Uganda and can be tracked as a single species or with other primates, depending on the location.
 
 
 
 

 

 

Other primates

Uganda has a variety of other primates which can be found at different locations around the country.

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