Primate tours

Primate Safaris include trekking Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and other monkeys such as black and white colobus monkey and the l’hoest monkey found in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.

Primates share close DNA to human beings; they portray human behaviour and characteristics which makes them fascinating to observe.

Other Primate Tours

Apart from mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, and golden monkey tracking, there are other primates that are found in the forests of Uganda and Rwanda. Patas monkeys dwell in savanna and are only found in Murchison Falls National Park.

Olive baboons are common along the roadside. Blue and red-tailed monkeys and black-and-white colobus can be found in the forested sectors. L’Hoest’s monkey, Mona monkey, Ruwenzori colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey and silver monkey are found in forests such as Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda and Kibale Forest in Uganda.

What To Pack For Primate Trekking
  • Sturdy hiking boots for hiking the steep and muddy trails
  • Gloves to protect your hands when you grab branches and vines
  • Rain jacket or poncho in case it rains
  • Plenty of water to keep you hydrated
  • Energy snacks to keep you going during the tough trekking
  • Long pants and shirts to prevent any bug bites
Primate Safety Precautions

The parks are safe and secure with armed guides accompanying every visiting group. There is always potential for danger when you are close to wildlife, but these risks can be limited greatly by exercising caution and safety measures.

If you are ill or have a contagious disease, you will not be allowed to track these primates that are susceptible to animal diseases. Always follow your guide’s instructions when in the park

  • Do not block the animals’ path
  • Do not eat or feed the animals
  • If the animals charge at you, do not run but rather move back slowly, crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass
  • Always keep a safe distance from primates
  • Do not use flash photography
  • Don’t make any quick movements
Climate And When To Visit

Primate trekking can be done at any time of the year.

  • March to May is the longer wet season and can prove to be challenging with the trails slippery and difficult to hike. However, gorillas tend to move down towards the base of the forest or volcanoes because food is abundant.
  • June to September is a dry period and a good time to visit the park. Hiking is easier with drier trails and wildlife can be spotted when they come to water points. Permits should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance, especially during this season.
  • October to November is a short rainy season though some trails may still be difficult to hike.
  • December to February is a dry season with most flowers blooming thus attracting many birds.

Don’t be deterred by whether the hike may be easy or moderate or terrible. Ease those mixed feelings and check this fabulous experience off your bucket list.

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