Uganda is home to many different primate species.

Where to Go

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park contains the highest density of primates in all of Africa. As well as the gorilla and chimpanzee, the black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, l’Hoest’s and blue monkeys, and olive baboons can be seen during game drives, launch trips or nature walks, along smaller nocturnal species such as the bush baby and potto.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga National Park also contains one of the last remaining habitats of the endangered golden monkey, black and white colobus monkeys are among the most frequently spotted species. The name “colobus” means “mutilated” in Greek, as unlike other primates, they are lacking thumbs. The troops of 5-10 individuals are easily seen in branches as a result of their striking coloring – black with long white tufts at the ends of their long tails. Infants are born pure white. The dog-like baboons live in large groups and are regularly seen along roadsides, where they wait to ambush cars in search of food. They spend more time on the ground than most other primate species, but sleep in trees at night. If water is scarce, they can survive for long periods by licking the dew from their fur.

Top Primates Watching

  • Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Golden Monkey Tracking
  • Colobus Monkey Tracking

On the other hand safaris in Uganda can be combined to Rwanda to give you a greater Africa safari experience. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes National park in Musanze on the ranges of the Virunga Mountains which stretch for the DR. Congo to Rwanda and finally to Uganda. This implies that all these three destinations can be good spots to watch the Gorillas. But in terms of a budgeted safari in Africa on gorilla trekking, Rwanda will be the best among the three countries because you move a shorter distance from Kigali to the Gorilla forests in Musanze, compared to Uganda and Congo which looks more remote. Self driven safaris in Rwanda are more affordable in Rwanda because you will get the best vehicle in Rwanda compared to other countries.