Uganda Primates Trekking Safaris
Primates Tracking Safaris include Chimpanzee Tours in Kibale Forest, Kyanbura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Park as well as Mountain Gorilla Trekking Safariss in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Parks.
Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest
Our Uganda Primates Safaris take you to the different destinations where conservation of primates takes place in Uganda.
Primates are mammalian species which are classified by scientists as belonging to the Animalia Kingdom. They poses mammalian characteristics of endothermy-internal regulation of body temperature, placental-producing live young ones, and having mammalian glands that produce milk from where they feed their young ones.
In Uganda there 13 diurnal species and 6 nocturnal species of primates wide spread in different parts of Uganda. These include;
A gorilla is the bulkiest member of the primate family; an adult gorilla may grow up to 1.8m high (although they seldom stand fully upright). There are three species of gorillas recognized world wide. The most common race, the western lowland gorillas (G. g. gorilla) is not present in Uganda but an estimated 40000 live in the rainforests of west and central Africa. The endangered eastern lowland gorilla (G. g. graueri) is restricted to patches of forests in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The most threatened specie is the mountain gorilla (G. g. beringei). Their total number is estimated to be only 700. Half of these mountain gorillas lie in Uganda. The mountain gorillas have become Uganda’s most major attraction and a truly Ugandan safari cannot be complete without tracking the mountain gorilla from Bwindi or Mgahinga National park!. Looking into the dark brown eyes of these mammals is quite the most memorable adventure activity that Uganda other than any other destination in the world can offer.
Scientifically these primates are called Pan Troglodytes. This black coated ape is noisy and curious, intelligent and social. The chimpanzee is the mammal most like a human and that’s why in Uganda we refer to them as “our cousins”. The chimpanzee has a thickset body with long arms, short legs and no tail. Much of its body is covered with long black hair, but the face, ears, fingers and toes are bare. Young chimpanzees are browner if compared with adults. Chimpanzees have hands that can grip firmly on branches of trees and they mostly live in tropical rain forests and woodlands. Chimps are both arboreal and terrestrial. They spend of their daytime hours on the ground. They usually walk quickly on all fours for long distances and occasionally walk erect for short distances. They also live in groups also known as troops comprising of some 30 to 80 individuals. These large groups are made up of smaller, very flexible groups of just a few animals, perhaps all females, all males or a mixed group. In Uganda there are habituated families of Chimpanzees where tourists can go for Chimpanzee tracking. These include Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forests near Murchison Falls National park, Kibale Forest National park and the Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
All these monkeys in Uganda are members of the family Cercopithecidae (Old World monkeys). They fall into five genera: Colobus (closely related to the leaf eating monkeys of Asia), Cercopithecus (guenons), Papio (baboons), Erythrocebus (patas) and Cerocebus (Mangabeys). Some of these monkeys are nocturnal while others are diurnal. Important species in Uganda include; Vervet monkeys (Cercopithecus aethiops) De Brazza’s monkey (cercopithecus neglectus) Blue monkey (cercopithecus aethiops) L’Hoest monkey (cercopithecus lhoesti) Red-tailed monkey (cercopithecus ascinius) Red colobus (piliocolobus badius) Black-and-white colobus (colobus guereza) Patas monkey (erythrocebus patas). In Uganda monkeys live in different habitats which include both tropical rain forests and savanna grasslands. However they are commonly found in Forests such as Kibale topical moist forest, Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Mabira forest, Buvuma forests, Kaniyo Pabidi forest, Budongo forest, Bugoma forest among others. In general monkeys are well exceptionally represented in Uganda as a safari destination. The Kibaale tropical forest boasts the greatest primate diversity in the whole of East Africa.