The major tourist attraction in Uganda are primate safaris that introduce the travellers to numerous types of primates of which the most famous are mountain gorilla and our closest living relatives chimpanzee. Other primates that are widely seen in the national parks of Uganda include red colobus, cagey L’Hoest’s monkey, black & white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkey, mangabey, large baboon, bush baby and nocturnal potto. Different parks have different kinds of primates and in varying population. The tropical climate of the country is ideal for these mammals to flourish.

If you are looking for gorilla safaris, then your best bet is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. More than half of all mountain gorillas are found in this park making the probability quite high to sight these intriguing creatures or perhaps the entire family in its natural habitat. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which is a part of a 331 sq km spanning thick old-growth forest. Situated on the edge of the Albertine Rift, it has approximately 320 mountain gorillas including 120 other mammals, 400 distinct species of plants, and for birding experience it has in excess of 350 species of birds. The population of chimps as well as of colobus monkeys is also quite evident in this forest.

Chimps that garner the highest amount of tourists’ attention after gorillas are in abundance in the Kibale National Park which is located in the southern-western part of Uganda. It has the largest population of primates in the entire East Africa and is the second largest remaining tropical forest in the country. The primate safari to this part of Uganda will introduce you to 13 different primate species that include 1,450 chimps. This concentration of chimps happens to be the largest in Uganda. This part of the country experiences two rainy seasons (September-November & March-May) and two dry seasons (December-February & June-August). Any of the two dry seasons would be ideal for these safaris.

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