Gorillas and Chimpanzees

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Ganyana Safaris offers quality domestic tours and holidays in Uganda including group travel, speciality tours, corporate MICE travel and inbound travel.  Our mission is to provide you with fully customised, exclusive, and memorable experiences in Uganda and we can start the journey together, now. Whether you are planning a honeymoon, a fun holiday with your family or simply want to get away, we can offer you a personalised, flexibly priced travel package. Choose from several categories or simply give us your ‘must haves’ list and we can then send you a customised itinerary within moments.

Day 1

Gorillas and Primates Overview

Gorillas and Primates Overview

Uganda is one of the destination that is well known for its great primates. It’s believed that these primates evolved from Africa and that is why they is a closer resemblance to human kind. They have features that are more like humans for instance the stretchy arms and legs, large brains, fingers as well as toes. Among these primates include the monkeys, apes along with lemurs. The actual relatives of human are the chimpanzees.Another exciting animal to see is the mountain gorillas and they can only be discovered in Uganda.

Currently Uganda has developed into a popular safari destination; this is because of its cool climate and the dense rainforest that has attracted a great number species. Uganda is a home to about 300 mammals and close to 20 of the primates.

Uganda is also gifted by monkeys of different species and among these include mangabeys, patas, baboons, guenons and colobus. The Guenons are a well known species that can be located in every part of the country. The patas monkeys can be identified from the rest by its reddish brown coat, the guenon has a grey coat and a number of them are found in the northern part of Uganda particularly Murchison falls National park and Kidepo.

Every tourist that come to Africa may love to see the baboons, they are big in size and canine teeth. They are widely spread all over the continent and so peaceful. The river woodlands and forest strata harbors the black and white monkeys that are seen in every corner of the forest.

Uganda has parks and reserves with all kinds of wildlife, a safari to Uganda will enable see all that you want to see. The big five is a must; you can’t live without seeing them.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park

This largely forested park, 795km2 in area, is best known for the number and variety of resident primates. An impressive list of 13 primate species includes Uganda’s largest population of chimpanzees – an estimated 1450. Habituated groups can be tracked with experienced ranger guides.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee Tracking

With a ranger guide, you can venture into the jungle in search of the chimpanzees and while tracking, you will be able to spot different animal species like the Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkey among others and different bird species. You can spend time with the chimpanzees as you watch them play, feed and groom each other.

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki National Park is located in the western part of Uganda in the floor of the Semliki valley on the western side of the Rwenzori Mountains. It covers a total area of 220 square kilometers, at an altitude range of 670 meters and 760 meters above sea level, and protects part of the Large Ituri forest that merges from the Democratic republic of Congo. This is the only lowland tropical forest found in the whole of East Africa.

Chimp Tracking in Mugiri Forest

Chimp Tracking in Mugiri Forest

This fascinating activity is conducted in the Toro – Semliki wildlife reserve, and it begins with you being briefed at the research camp before proceeding to forest to track the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking trips may take between 4 to 6 hours. You will be allowed to spend some time with the chimps and even take photographs. As you search for them you are likely to encounter some other wild animals

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

Chimpanzee Habituation Experience

This is an exciting activity that takes the entire day it require that you make prior booking with the Uganda Wildlife Authority to guarantee availability of your permit for your required day. During this activity you will join researchers as they follow the chimpanzees right from the time they leave their night’s nests, all through the day until in the late evening when they make the nests for that night. Chimpanzee habituation is a process during which the chimpanzees are familiarized to the presence of people so as to make them available for tourism activities such as tracking

Day 2

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a home to about 310 tree species, 100 luscious fems, 310 butterfly species, 346 bird species that exist in only Western Rift Valley. There are also forest elephants, duiker antelopes, bush pigs, leopards, civets, giant forest hogs, clawless otter, golden cats, genets, side striped jackals, bats and rare rodents.

A combination of other primates are also inhabited in Bwindi and they include the rare L’Hoests monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and nocturnal prosimians like bush babies and pottos. In simple terms the impenetrable forest is an island of rare biodiversity which is also surrounded by the ocean of densely populated picturesque terraced farmlands!

Gorilla Tracking Adventure

Gorilla Tracking Adventure

Uganda offers the intrepid traveller a chance to enjoy a more adventurous level of safari. Boasting over 1000 species of birds, and wildlife not found anywhere else, it is the original Eden. Rub shoulders with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Only eight visitors are allowed to view each gorilla family every day and our expert guides will explain the etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback.

Half of the world's mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This dense rainforest is a World Heritage site with awe-inspiring biodiversity that lies in the southwest of Uganda. Dotted by forests and lakes and dominated by the dramatic Virunga mountain range, just under 350 mountain gorillas live and play among the mossy undergrowth of the forest floor.

Warning: Gorilla trekking involves hiking through difficult terrain, thick vegetation, water bodies, hills and valleys. The activity can be very challenging and strenuous leaving one exhausted and with sore knee especially if they are not used to walking for long hours.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Size: 33.7km2, making it Uganda’s smallest National Park.

The park takes its name from "Gahinga" - the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes.

The British administration declared the area a game sanctuary in 1930; it was gazetted as a National Park in 1991.

Mgahinga has one habituated trans-boundary gorilla group.

The Batwa were self-sufficient – and visitors can see how during a fascinating tour with a Batwa guide to learn the secrets of the forest.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.

As well as being important for wildlife, the park also has a huge cultural significance, in particular for the indigenous Batwa pygmies. This tribe of hunter-gatherers was the forest’s “first people”, and their ancient knowledge of its secrets remains unrivalled.

Mgahinga’s most striking features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. Mgahinga forms part of the much larger Virunga Conservation Area which includes adjacent parks in these countries. The volcanoes’ slopes contain various ecosystems and are biologically diverse, and their peaks provide a striking backdrop to this gorgeous scenery.

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