With Uganda lying in Africa’s tropical rain forests
this diverse and fascinating country can offer a
primate safari like nowhere else. Bwindi Impenetrable
Forest hosts many families of one of our closest relatives
with lots of options for accommodation to go and see this
largest of our cousins.
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Bwindi impenetrable forest and its gorillas highlights:
The mountainous area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home to approximately 300 mountain gorillas. The biodiverse habitat at Bwindi provides the mountain gorillas with a variety of food sources like roots fruits and leaves. Restricted numbers of viewing permits are issued and should be booked in advance. Proceeds from the permits help protect the gorillas and their habitat which are under constant pressure from local communities in search of farm land and wood. Poachers are also a constant threat to the gorilla’s families. The courageous and sacrificed work done by the local rangers is inspiring. The hikes to see the mountain gorillas can be very challenging.
It may take up to 8 hours of hiking to find a familiy of resident gorillas.
The steep, muddy, rough trails through the humid and dense forest as you search for a family of gorillas is accelerating and an experience you will soon not forget. The main focus for visitors is to spend times with the gorillas but the park’s other highlight is the diverse ecosystems. Due to the different elevations it affords, the park is also home to a rich and diverse flora and fauna. The dense forest presents a challenge when it comes to spotting wildlife but if you are fortunate and have the passions, you may be able to spot some of the park residents. There are over 200 species of butterflies, approximately 27 species of frogs and close to 350 species of birds. Geckos and chameleons are also present at Bwindi.
Kidepo Valley National Park highlights:
The rugged and isolated, Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa and the journey to the Kipedo Valley is truly worth the effort. The rugged, semi-arid valley is nestled between Uganda’s borders with Kenya and Sudan. This is a stellar destination for big game and birding safaris. The park is home to over 77 mammal species including elephants, zebras, lions, caracal, cheetah, hyena and wild dog.
The valley is also home to around 475 bird species. From the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends toward horizons outlined by distant mountain ranges. During th dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the Narus Valley. These seasonal oases combined with the savannah habitat make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing destination.
Queen Elizabeth National Park highlights:
Queen Elizabeth National Park located in southwest Uganda is ideal for primate viewing. The park is home to chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys. Leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. On the Kazinga Channel boats venture past pods of hippos and Nile crocodiles. The Maramagambo Forest located in Bushenyi is also part of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The forest is bordered by two crater lakes. Lake Kyasanduka and Lake Nyamasingiri. The main attraction at Maramaganbo are the bat caves where visitors can view the bat activity from specially designed platform.
Murchison Falls National Park highlights:
Murchison Falls Conservation Area (MFCA ) comprises of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu and Karuma Falls Wildlife Reserves. This is where the Nile bursts through a narrow gorge and cascades downstream to become a placid river whose banks are packed with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and a variety of bird species.
KIBALE NATIONAL PARK AND ITS CHIMPANZEES highlights:
Home to approximately 1,500 chimpanzees the Kibala tropical forest is considered a premier destination to search for this extraordinary primate. Kibale provides visitors with the best chance to encounter chimpanzee families. The trek in search of chimpanzees, is very similar to the experience you would have when searching for the Uganda gorillas.
The Kibale National Park covers approximately 795 square km with a diverse habitat consisting of grasslands, swamps, wet tropical forest, woodlands and savannahs. The diverse forest habitat includes about 351 species of trees. Some species are over 200 years old and can reach a height of up to 180 feet.
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