One of the best attractions in Uganda is the mountain gorilla safari. Mountain gorillas (Gorilla Gorilla Beringei) are an endangered species of primates which could only be found in few rain tropical forests in these areas of Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda hosts half of the world population of gorillas, about 370 individuals. Five of the families are habituated to receive the visitors who every day enter the forest in search of the rare primates. To undertake this activity is requested a special, individual “permit”. Another park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, is part of Virunga Conservation area shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo; at times gorillas are found here, when they do not pass the border into Congo or Rwanda and their presence should be checked at the time of your visit.
The activity consists of a trekking into the forest following the ranger guide and spending some time to observe and photograph the primates at a certain
Mountain gorilla safari
In the morning you enter the rain tropical forest of Bwindi for the gorilla safari. The activity starts at 8am and you will follow the ranger guides in a group of maximum 8 people as you search for the habituated family of mountain gorillas, which was allocated according to the permits. Bwindi forest in Uganda has a population of about 370 gorillas, which is half the world population according to 2007 gorilla population surveys. It is not predictable the time you will spend to encounter the gorillas. You have one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. Ensure you take the packed lunch and water with you in the bag and for this you might need the support of available porters. In the evening proceed to Lake Bunyonyi, wonderful cenery, for dinner and overnight at Arcadia Cottages – Heritage Lodge (C) or Panorama Jajama Lodge (E).
Being the country of the primates, Uganda is home to many species of monkeys and especially the common chimpanzee, who is more closely related to man than to any other living creature. Chimpanzees live in large community families headed by a core of related males.
Some of the chimpanzees have been habituated for the visitors in Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and in Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls Conservation Area. The activity consists of a trekking into the forest following the ranger guide and spending some time to observe and photograph the primates at a certain distance.
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