5 Primates to Look for on a Safari in Uganda
Are you interested in primate adventures but you are not sure of which primates to look out in Uganda? Well, primates are a few unique creatures you need to look out while on a budget Uganda safari and you will have the best of your holiday in Africa. A glimpse at these creatures is remarkably magical and incredibly, most of them are our closest relatives. This means a visit to their habitat means a great opportunity for you learn more about these creatures while in their natural habitat. When you think of a trip to Uganda, expect to see more than just the big game (elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, lions and leopards).
1. Mountain gorillas
What makes Uganda different from other destination is the fact that it offers refuge to the rare mountain gorillas which thrive in only 3 countries worldwide (Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo). It is of no doubt that today; thousands of visitors get to this magical landlocked country mainly to catch a glimpse at these special creatures while in their natural habitat. Over 500 of these creatures call Uganda their home representing about half the population of all those that still exist on earth today. They can be tracked within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. To take part in gorilla trekking adventures in Uganda, you need $600 to secure a permit which you can obtain through a ground tour operator or reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Uganda is a host to more than 5000 chimpanzees which are widely distributed in areas making it also one of the prime safari destinations for chimpanzee tracking. While on safari in Uganda, you can catch a glimpse at these unique creatures in areas like Kibale Forest National Park a home to 13 primate species including chimpanzees. This park is situated in western Uganda and offers refuge to 1500 chimpanzees. The other sites that are ideal for you to sight at these creatures include Budongo forest-Murchison Falls National Park, Kalinzu forest near Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki valley national park, Uganda Wildlife Education Center, Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary among others. Each destination charges its own price for visitors to track these unique primates.
3. Golden monkeys
These are famously known scientifically as ‘Cercopithecus mitis kandti,’ a few most striking creatures on earth. You can catch a glimpse at these unique creatures within the Virunga Conservation Area (VCA) that features mainly the Congo Virunga National Park, Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda. They weigh between 10 and 25 pounds and they come with golden bodies, cheeks, tails with black limbs, crown on their heads and tail end. Golden monkeys are a sub species of blue monkey and their number isn’t yet known but they are estimated to be about 5000.
4. L’Hoest monkeys
The L’Hoest monkeys are also popular as the mountain monkeys or Cercopithecus lhoesti and mostly spotted within the montane forests in Albertine rift areas that cover the southwestern parts of Uganda. They live within the montane tropical rainforest both primary and secondary forest. In Uganda, they are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountains Foothills and others.
5. Black and white colobus monkeys
Locally popular as ‘ekiremu’ and ‘engeye’ the black and white colobus monkeys are a primate species which don’t have thumbs. They weigh about 2 to 3 kilograms and they are commonly sighted while on Uganda safaris. They black and white in color and thrive in small groups. At birth, new born babies are white in color and after about 3 months, they change their color. They are found within Kibale Forest National Park, Entebbe Botanical Gardens and many other national parks in Uganda.
Other primates to look out while on Uganda safari include blue monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, De Brazza’s monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, patas monkeys, colobus monkeys and red tailed monkeys while the nocturnal primates include bush babies, pottos a mention but a few.
In conclusion, when it comes to primate safaris in Africa, Uganda is undoubtedly a primate paradise that you need not to miss to explore this coming holiday.
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