PRIMATE SAFARI IN UGANDA

The primate exploration in the pearl of Africa is a captivating adventure. Immersing in the primate world of Uganda, encountering the various primate species, is a lifetime experience to look out for on primate safari in Uganda.

Uganda has continually taken up ownership of its title as the “the pearl of Africa” with evident natural beauty endowed with fascinating attractions and merrymaking activities.

The bountiful wildlife species in the Uganda national park is one of the major attraction that the pearl offers. The big five game together with other wildlife species make up the pearl a perfect sport for wildlife lovers.

Besides the wild game, the sight of the primates of the pearl is not be forgotten on a Uganda safari. Uganda has six major primate destinations located in the western circuit of the country.

Bwindi impenetrable national park in western Uganda in Kanungu district is the famous home for gorilla primates of Uganda. Gorilla trekking is highlight for tourists the visit this national park.

The different gorilla families of the park are located in the four sectors of the Bwindi forest. These include Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. The primate experience in these sectors in unmatched to any in the world. With the encounter of the world’s half remaining mountain gorilla population, witnessing these gentle species in their natural realm forests is a rewarding activity not to miss out on a Uganda gorilla safari.

Mgahinga national park is Kisoro is Uganda’s second gorilla destination. It has only one habituated gorilla family available for trekking in its forest. The gorilla habituation experience is as well another activity to on from the Batwa cultural and gorilla trekking in the park.

Kibale national park dubbed as the “primate capital of the world” is Uganda’s home of the abundant primate’s species. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Park is a no miss when visiting to this primate areas. There is higher visibility and tracking of chimpanzees in this national park compared to other primate destinations in Uganda.

Other primates in kibale include L’hoest monkeys, red Colobus monkeys, Grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkey, black and white Colobus monkeys and olive baboons.

Budongo forest near Murchison falls national park in north western Uganda, is another primate destination of the pearl. Chimpanzee tracking is the most prominent activity in this forest. The densely populated forest with giant mahogany trees and other fauna favor the primates of the robust chimpanzees in the robust.

A visit to Budongo forest for a primate encounter can add up and enhance the safari experience to Murchison falls National Park.

The kyambura gorge north east of Queen Elizabeth national park in western Uganda is a sister chimpanzee destination together with Kibale Park and Budongo forest.  The thick and densely forested gorge in Queen Elizabeth Park offers the chimpanzee tracking activity on a primate safari in Uganda.

The chimpanzees and primates in the kyambura gorge are hard to sight due to the thick forest where the find out from making chimpanzee tracking in this area a bit different compared to other areas.

Never the less, to compliment a wildlife visit in Queen Elizabeth national park, an enroute visit to kyambura gorge surely rewards from the breathtaking views of the gorge from the nature walks.

The Uganda wildlife conservation education centre cannot be forgotten when mentioning primate encounters in Uganda. It is located in Entebbe just a view kilometers from Kampala, is a best option for a near primate encounter near Kampala.

A lot of wildlife and primates are located at the centre. A simple excursion in a day is enough to sight all the primates at the Uganda wildlife conservation centre. Primates at this centre include the red tailed monkey, patas monkey, olive baboon, Rwenzori black and white Colobus and chimpanzees.

Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary is another home to the chimpanzees in Uganda. An up close encounter with the 49 chimpanzees of the sanctuary is a rewarding experience while at this island.

Primate safaris in Uganda are available whole round. Tourists interested in gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, monkey encounters or golden monkey tracking are requested to possess paid permits to engage in these activities.

The gorilla tracking permits are advised to be booked prior to the activity due to the shortage in the high demand seasons.  Gorilla permits for both Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable park cost $700 for the foreign nonresidents, $600 for the foreign residents and 250,000ugx for the East African residents.

For chimpanzee tracking in kibale national park, non-foreign residents permits cost $200, $150 for the foreign residents and 150,000ugx for the East African residents

Uganda is a habitat of 20 primate species distributed in the primate destinations of Uganda. Primates in uganda include; eastern mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, chimpanzees, white and black Colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, red tailed monkeys, blue monkey’s , grey checked mangabey, patas monkeys, De Brazza’s monkey, Potto and the Bush baby.

An experience with these primates is a live time encounter with getting to know in detail about these the species coupled with the experiencing through hikes and nature walks in their destinations. This is truly one of the expeditions to opt for, for all primate lovers on a Uganda primate safari.



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