Primate Adventures

Primates are exceptionally well represented among the mammals found in Uganda and Rwanda.

Uganda’s apes include Mountain Gorillas, which can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park, and man’s closest cousin, the Chimpanzee, which is found in Semliki, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale has the largest population of Chimpanzees in the whole country (1450 at the last estimate) and boasts the highest diversity and density of primates in all of Africa. Seeing a mighty Silverback in his natural habitat, or watching infant Chimpanzees at play in the trees, is a highlight of any Uganda or Rwanda safari.

Uganda’s monkeys include Olive Baboons, Patas, Vervet, Golden, Blue, Red-tailed, De Brazza’s, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, as well as Black-and-white and Red Colobus. Nocturnal primates include Bushbabies (galagoes) and Potto, a sloth-like creature.

In Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park is one of the best places to track wild Mountain Gorillas and Golden monkeys, and further south, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a place rich in possibility for primate activities. Nyungwe has 13 resident primate species, including a population of Chimpanzees and 400-strong troops of Colobus monkeys—the largest tree-dwelling primate groups in Africa today. Neighbouring Cyamudongo Forest is a great place to track Chimpanzees as this forest is smaller than Nyungwe, making sightings more reliable.

Between Uganda and Rwanda, there are only twenty habituated gorilla families—not all of whom are available to track all of the time and the number of daily permits per group are strictly limited to protect the gorillas. This means permits are not necessarily available for requested dates, and early booking is recommended. We will always check availability for tracking permits at the time of quoting a safari, and make alternative recommendations if necessary, to avoid disappointment. The same is true for chimpanzee permits in certain popular locations, especially in peak season months. Please see the section on Gorilla Tracking Guidelines, which contains more information on permit booking procedures for primate tracking.

Tours & Holidays

10 days in Uganda enabling you to experience the rich diversity of this incredible country. You will journey through the highlands, trek through jungles and see chimps and gorillas on this tour.
Entebbe -Kibale - Queen Elizabeth National Park - Bwindi
Going on a gorilla safari needn't be as expensive as you think. We've put together this short package for those who want to be able to see these elusive primates and skip some of the associated costs.
Stay in luxury on this short and sweet gorilla adventure tour in Rwanda. If trekking to see the great primates is your dream and you want to do it in style then this is the trip for you.
Five days, two gorilla treks and a lifetime of memories! You'll want to go back for more after this amazing Ugandan adventure.
Bwindi Uganda
A superbly put together three-day trip to see the gorillas in Uganda's incredible Bwindi Forest. Fly in and fly out, stay in luxury and track the gorillas.
Bwindi Uganda