Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha Queen Elizabeth National ParkJanuary 27, 2023
Trekking the largest group of GorillasJanuary 27, 2023
Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda. Major Primate National parks in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park home to endangered Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys, Kibale Forest National Park home to 13 species of primates including more than 1500 chimpanzee individuals. Primate activities at all these national parks are now open for visitors and will now be a bit different compared to how they used to be due to the effect of covid-19 various SOPs have been put in place that will be followed during various primate activities to avoid the spread of the deadly virus to the endangered primates.
Some of the SOPs include social distancing during the treks as well the old rules and regulations will still be applied accordingly at all the national parks. Eco Adventure Safaris is well prepared and ready to host you to visit the primates while following all set SOPs and measures to control the spread of the virus, we have different packages for you to choose from based on your budget and travel time.
Things to do in on a Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda
Bwindi has half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world and has attracted visitors from all over the globe. To do gorilla tracking, Gorilla permits must be booked in advance, permits are purchased from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) on behalf of our clients, Gorilla tracking permits cost USD 700 per person for Non-Foreign Residents, USD600 per person Foreign Residents and Uganda shillings 250,00 per person for East African Citizens.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
Gorilla Habituation Experience gives you an opportunity to spend much time with the mountain gorillas that is four hours encounter different from the one hour encounter during the normal gorilla tracking. This experience is unique given the fact it gives you an opportunity to learn more about mountain gorillas. It is done is a group of 4 visitors tracking a given semi-habituated gorilla group it is recommended to book in advance atleast 3-4 months.
Golden Monkey tracking and Golden Monkey Habituation
This is done in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A golden monkey tracking permit costs USD100 and Golden monkey habituation permit costs USD140 per person per trek. Both activities can be booked on arrival at the park headquarters.
Nature walks through the forest can be arranged while on your stay at the Camp. Local guides will walk you to the forest and there is a lot to see, the tree species, Birds, Monkeys and many more. There is also includes guided walk s to Bwindi swamp and to a water fall.
Batwa Pygmies cultural encounters
The Batwa are the indigenous people who used to stay in the forest before Gorilla tourism and conservation was effected. There are Batwa communities leave in outside parts of the parks who demonstrate their beliefs, traditions, dances, Art, Language and way of life they live now and then.
How to book a Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda
Booking your gorilla permits in Uganda now easy online and should not be stressful and hustle as Eco Adventure Safaris is here to help you with all our travel needs. Eco Adventure Safaris has been around since 2003 and it has mastered the art of booking tailor made safaris with over 200 reviews on trip advisor, we take pride in all this. However you should note that, you have to make your booking in advance since permits will require reserving, Booking you flights as well, plus accommodation. These permits are usually on high demand, your flights too have to be confirmed and sometimes the lodges might have no availability so it is always advisable to book in advance and make a small deposit for your safari to secure all your services.
What is the age limit for a Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda?
The minimum age limit for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years and the maximum age is 85 years depending on fitness levels. Gorilla trekking for elders is now made possible especially in Bwindi forest through provision of sedan chair carriers, these chairs are used to carry those who feel unfit and are unable to walk into the forest at the time of their trek, you will be carried by potters to and from the forest during your trek, hiring the sedan chair can done in advance or at the day of the trek and price ranges from 400-500 dollars.
What to pack for a Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda?
Trekking Gorillas in Uganda exclusively alone. During gorilla tracking you will need a comfortable, hard wearing, pair of walking shoes or boots. Conditions are generally very muddy in the forest when it is raining. There are uphill sections which may be quite steep and strenuous. It is also advisable to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and lightweight long trousers to protect yourself from the undergrowth, stinging nettles and biting ants. Suggested Items to pack for Gorilla trekking;
• Insect Repellent
• Torch/Flashlight – and Spare Batteries
• Wet Wipes
• Water Bottle
• Camera, lenses etc
• Comfortable walking/hiking boots & socks
• Gardening gloves for gorilla tracking
• Sandals/strops/walking shoes
• Hat and Sunscreen
• Rain Jacket
• Binoculars (game/bird watching)
Best time to see Primates in Uganda
Primates in Uganda can be seen and trekked throughout the year given the favorable weather conditions Uganda has. The best and favorable time for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking in Uganda is during the dry season months of June, July, August, September and December, January and February every year.
Why book Safari to Visit and See Primates in Uganda with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing gorilla trekking experiences in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Contact us here for our discounted packages and also tailor-made safaris. Our magic in organizing authentic experiences stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well-experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled with us.