Primates in Uganda

Primates in Uganda; Uganda is one of the most visited country in that it harbors the highest concentration of primates in Africa with the habituated and non-habituated primate species. Uganda is a home of 20 primate species including 13 primate species which are found in Kibale forest national park including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, dwarf galago, blue monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, olive baboons, patas monkeys, bush baby, pottos among others. The most famous primates in Uganda are the endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and the unique golden monkeys.

Destination for primate viewing in Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the primate viewing destinations in Uganda in that it harbors the endangered mountain gorillas which can be viewed during gorilla trekking. Bwindi impenetrable national park is famously know for harboring half of the world’s mountain gorilla population and trekking starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow. Gorilla trekking takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, different bird species among others and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.

Primates in Uganda
Bwindi Gorillas

Bwindi impenetrable national park also offers gorilla habituation experience an adventurous activity where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Gorilla habituation experience is a full day activity and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their habitat which helps you to learn and monitor the gorillas, participate in the naming process, watch them feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, take photos among others. A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens while a gorilla habituation permit costs 1,500 USD per person for foreign non residents, 1,000 USD per person for foreign residents and 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is another primate viewing destination in Uganda in that it harbors mountain gorillas which can be viewed during gorilla trekking. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family which is available for trekking on a daily basis and gorilla trekking starts early in the morning just like Bwindi impenetrable national park. During trekking, you will be able to view other wildlife species and once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is also known for harboring the unique golden monkeys which can be viewed during golden monkey trekking an interesting and active activity which starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest following trails of left over bamboo shoots and leaves which takes about 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on where the golden monkeys are located. Once the golden monkeys are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their environment. Mgahinga gorilla national park also offers golden monkey habituation experience where visitors will spend four hours in the presence of the golden monkeys. A golden monkey trekking permit costs 60 USD per person for foreign non residents, 60 USD per person for foreign residents and 40,000 UGX per person for East African citizens while a golden monkey habituation permit costs 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 100 USD per person for foreign residents and 100,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Kibale forest national park is one of the most visited primate viewing destinations in Uganda in that it harbors 13 primate species with about 1,500 chimpanzees. Chimpanzee trekking is the most popular activity in Kibale forest national park and it starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations at Kanyachu visitors Centre. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest in search of chimpanzees with an experienced park guide. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on their location and during trekking you will be able to view other primate species, different bird species, plants among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Kibale forest national park also offers chimpanzee habituation experience where visitors will be able to spend four hours in the presence of the chimpanzees under habituation process. A chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale forest national park costs 200 USD per person for foreign non residents, 150 USD per person for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX per person for East African citizens while a chimpanzee habituation permit costs 250 USD per person for foreign non residents, 250 USD per person for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Primates in Uganda
Kibale Chimps

There are other destinations for primate viewing in Uganda such as Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park where you will be able to view chimpanzees, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Toro-semuliki wildlife reserve and Kalinzu forest.

Gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking and chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) or through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global safaris where you will contact us with the date, month, year and primate destination you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability and if there are permits on your desired dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.

Best time to go for primate viewing in Uganda

Primates in Uganda can be visited anytime throughout the year though the best period is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the primate destinations therefore access roads, gorilla trekking, golden monkey and chimpanzee trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the wet/ rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.

For more information about primates in Uganda, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable primate package.

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