Where to Go for Chimpanzee Habituation in Uganda

Uganda being a Wildlife & Apes Destination in Africa, Chimpanzee Tracking is among the top Safari activity to be enjoyed by travelers visiting Africa for a Uganda Safari. Primate Safaris Rwanda has designed the Complete destination guide for Chimpanzee Tracking adventures. Book a Uganda primate Safari with us to visit top Destinations in Uganda for Chimpanzee Habituation.

Habituation refers to the process of teaching and training the wild chimpanzees in the forests to be approachable by humans through various interactions like feeding, non verbal communication in which you will get to know about their ways and behavior etc. This takes place in various destinations around Africa especially in the East African countries of Uganda with many destinations i.e like Kibale Forest National Park, Ngamba Island, Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, and Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth national Park etc. Visit any of these destinations for a very exciting habituation experience.

Kibale Forest National Park

Travel to the beautiful Kibale Forest National Park to experience full-day Chimpanzee Habituation Experiences (CHEX) where you will be provided with an opportunity to spot these primates embrace their habitat/ forest through feeding, playing, hunting as well as resting in the branches. However, those that track the chimpanzee early in the morning will see the primates leave their nests from 6:00 to 6:30 am before hunting, conjugating, feeding, resting, breastfeeding, leading etc. These are always in groups with the dominant males leading the group called Alpha males followed by females who take care of the young ones. They are herbivores for they feed on leaves, roots, shoots, ants etc. Don’t miss out on this exciting unique experience and encounter for it is worthwhile for all that take part during holiday safari vacation in Uganda.

Kalinzu Forest

Kalinzu Forest is found in the western part of Uganda near the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tracking the rare species of Chimpanzee is availed through the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth National Park and only requires one 2 hours to drive to this place. Children of 12 and above years old are accepted to track these primates. Chimpanzee tracking in Kalinzu Forest is better than that of the Kyambura Gorge due to the fact that spotting chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge is a 50-50 chance and requires being extremely fit to track them. One can take on a full day tracking these primates in the forest through hiking/ following various trails from one point to another in search for the primates. In order for one to track successfully with out any inconveniences, they should pack and carry their food for lunch especially those engaging in the whole day package.

Ngamba Island

Being one of the Koome group of Islands i.e Nsazi, Kiimi, Koome, Bulago & Damba islands in the magnificent Lake Victoria, Ngamba Island is situated in about 23 km south east of Entebbe occupying an area of about 100 acres of which 95% is forested and detached from the human camp with an electric fence. There biggest portion of the island is forested with gaps of grassland occupying about 10% of the island and there is an acre reserved as camp quarters for staff and researchers maintaining the space between the forest and the out looking podium for feeding the chimpanzees during day. The Island also inhabits other wildlife species like the fish eagles, otters, spiders, fruit bats as well as monitor lizards. The Island and chimpanzee sanctuary are managed by the Chimpanzee trust which is a non-profit organization ready to manage its activities without necessarily depending on donations from individuals/ sponsors worldwide. Today, the number of chimpanzees has increased from 42-49 which has increased management and development costs. Most of the chimpanzees were victims poaching for bush meat and illegal trade on the black market to countries abroad. However, due to the existence of Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary, many have got refuge and a home to survive till 60 years of age.

How to Get to Ngamba

When traveling to Ngamba Island, one should consider their budget so as to get appropriate transportation from the shores into the lake. There are various transportation means that can be booked according to your specific budget for example, if you travel by air, you will take about 20 minutes to reach, customary motorized canoe about 90 minutes and a speed boat 45-50 minutes. Reservations and bookings are done through Ngamba Island Reservations Office or an authorized tour operator agency that will ensure you travel safely. However, one can prepare their own transport to travel.

Budongo Forest

Budongo Forest occupies an area of 793 sq kms and is found in the tremendous Murchison Falls National Park. 53% of the reserve is covered with forests and the rest grassland. The forest is filled with mahogany trees that inhabit extraordinary biodiversity including 24 different species of candid animals of which 9 are primates, 130 are species of moths, 289 species of butterflies and 359 bird species. Due to the exceptional features it has, two eco tourism sites have been established and reserved for tourism activities and these include Kaniyo Pabidi and Busingiro sites. These include habituated chimpanzees that are nurtured on how to interact with humans and whoever gets to see them should expect an encounter that is exceptional. Seeing these primates is not 100% due to the constantly changing seasons of the year i.e there is a 90% to spot them in the months of May, June, July & August where as in the months of February, March, April & September the % decreases to 70 and in October, November, December and January it is only 50% that lead to their continuous movement from one place to another. About 6 chimpanzee groups that are habituated in the Kaniyo Pabidi site although tracking them is more appropriate in the Busingiro site due to existence of a grid trail in which a 200m grid system enhances easy navigation through the thick forest. The tracking process starts at 7:00 am in groups of 6 people and children of 7 years and above are accepted to track the primates.

Kyambura Gorge Queen Elizabeth

Kyambura (or Chambura) Gorge alternatively referred to as the “Valley of Apes” is filled by River Kayambura and is about 1 km diagonal at its expansive point and 100 meters deep. The Gorge is situated in the remote corner of the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south western part of Uganda with very exceptional wildlife biodiversity consisting of primates, wildlife as well as birds of the air. According to the records, about 16 chimpanzees are found in the valley today. Hiking or searching for these primates is quite challenging due to the fact that it requires some physical fitness so as to spot the chimpanzees. It is no guarantee that one will spot the rare species in their habitat but in case they meet them, the experience and encounter is very exciting. While searching for the chimps, you will have opportunities to spot some other wildlife species like the monkeys, olive baboons as well as the birds of the air.


Best 5 National Parks to Visit in Uganda

Known to the world as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a home to interesting natural features including tropical rain forests, lakes, wildlife, birds, primates, landscape, and culture. The country offers much more to its visitors who continously take safari adventures every day. Discover the best national parks in Uganda full of life giving treasures, joy and fun on every vacation holiday be it sole, private or family safari. Expect excellent wilderness experience all through from tour adventures to your Uganda safari lodge of resident. Conservation is one of the used weapons for maintaining the natural treasures as well as adding value to the existing bio diversities. The best 5 National parks not to miss on a Uganda safari circuit include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The mountain gorilla home, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is truly one of the most impressive in the world with only life time memorable adventures like gorilla trekking, hiking, cultural tours, birding, nature walk, sanctuary retreats among others. When you head out to explore this amazing beautiful park, the Uganda Equator, Igongo cultural Museum are just appetizers for the scenic ride from Kampala Uganda capital to the park. Tourists explore the beautiful jungle forest in search of the rare mountain gorillas before transferring to other Uganda interesting attractions of their interest. Since it is one of the fine gorilla trekking destination in Africa, chances of seeing mountain gorillas is 99% and no tourists has ever been disappointed. The park four sectors have enough habituated gorilla families ready for trackers every day as long as one has the main gate pass-the gorilla permit that cost $600 and even lower when the country markets its tourism products to the world. You may find yourself face to face with the silver back at your lodge of residence or forest so in such circumstances, remember to follow and respect the park gorilla trekking rules and regulations.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

A park of variety and superb tour adventures Queen Elizabeth found close to Bwindi forest and has famed to the world as the best place for viewing tree climbing lions. It’s one of the most visited and common in many Uganda safari tour itineraries to different locations especially those for wildlife, nature and primate trekking. It combines wildlife; chimpanzee and boat cruise experience with amazing birding captures at the kazinga channel an amazing afternoon ride that takes you to the school of hippos and crocodiles together with other park wildlife. Access this park by road or plain and a visit demand less than what you can imagine for any kind of trip –budget or luxury. The most amazing thing is that you can’t miss out of the park famous exciting tour adventures as long as you book early enough. Every day the park is a favorite destination for many visitors to Uganda and it will if you consider visiting Uganda on a wildlife safari and give it a choice. Tour companies help you to explore the park to your fullest in a private safari vehicle easily unlike on your own.

Kidepo Valley National Park

With the Rocky landscape, and green hilly vegetations that fills the park dramatic untamed, wildlife reserve surrounded by impressive sky views make Kidepo one Uganda’s best wildlife park to explore for those interested in seeing the big five and other park habitants. The karamajong culture is an added advantage to whoever visits the park and it’s something you shouldn’t miss on your visit to Uganda. The water spring attracts various wildlife when it gets hot giving tourist a chance to spot even those they had missed out during the morning and evening game drives. Of the many national parks scattered in different parts of Uganda, Kidepo Valley is simply the best when it comes to amazing Uganda wildlife experience. The more you see wildlife and other park habitants is the more you will come to appreciate these parks’ magic and the more you will want to discover and even extent your stay if not a tight travel program.

Murchison Falls National Park

This is the best place to see giraffes in Uganda. Located in North western Uganda, the Murchison Falls National Park is a great place to enjoy willdife safaris in Uganda. This is also one of the most scenic places – with the Murchison falls, being the biggest spectacle.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale is the last colony of chimpanzees! This park is located in Western Uganda and it is the best place to see wild chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Thousands of chimpanzees colonised this tropical rain forest as well as other primates.

Other great national parks to visit and explore during your Uganda safari include

  • Lake Mburo National Park,
  • Mgahinga National Park
  • Mount Rwenzori National Park
  • Semuliki National Park
  • Mount Elgon National Park

Best 5 Uganda Safaris You Can Actually Afford

There is nothing good like heading out on an African safari holiday overseas in a place you have never visited but just read about like Uganda. Mornings and evening are too beautiful with the sun rise and sun set, diverse culture, wildlife, primates, landscape and peaceful environment. A lot is experience by tourists who happen to visit Uganda for tours and safaris.

Trip costs for Uganda Safaris range from $200 per person-$1000 per person for a duration of 1-3 days. The country might be small but excellent for holidays. It’s possible to do a safari in Uganda in your budget after finding cheap trip deals to the places of your interest.

A Lifetime Trip of Uganda

Visit Uganda on a life time trip to the famous land of gorillas in south western Uganda in the wildlife conservation areas of Bwindi Impenetrable national Park and Mgahinga national park. Spend 2nights in the wilderness known as one of the top gorilla trekking destination in the world. Get a close opportunity to be with gorillas and spend a full hour admiring there amazing life in the jungle. Juveniles play with elders; mothers comfort the little ones as the silver back protects every family member.

African Wildlife safari

Uganda has many wildlife parks best for Africa wildlife safaris but Queen Elizabeth national park offers exciting wildlife adventures for both budget and luxury with style of elegance expected of in any Africa safari. Travelers always continue from Bwindi forest for either 1-2 nights in the park enjoying the main park highlights if tree climbing lions of Ishasha, boat cruise on the Kazinga channel, game drives in Kasenyi and ishasha, chimpanzee treks in Kyambura and Kalinzu among others. Queen Elizabeth isn’t far from Bwindi forest if you do want to explore at least two parks on your safari in Uganda.

Big five Safari in Murchison falls

Explore the special park of Uganda and a home to the roaring might falls combined with wonderful wildlife and primates. I think Murchison falls is seriously the finest wildlife safari park with many incredible adventures that need no level of fitness and particular age bucket. On the drive to the park make it appoint to stop at the Rhino sanctuary and meet the first big five before exploring the vast land of wildlife for either family holidays, sole or group depending on your travel arrangement. The park offers great comfort for all kinds of visitors and its one of the top unforgettable safari in Uganda.


Guided Safaris Vs Self Drive Tours in Uganda

Uganda is popular not only for its most stunning mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park but also for its countless wildlife species that range from the rare bird species (10% of world birds all are confined in Uganda), the big game (African lion, African elephants, buffaloes, leopards and the white Rhinos).  Besides, there are several cultural encounters, stunning scenic views, the mighty Nile, the Ssese Islands and the historical Kampala city that all reward visitors with the most fascinating experiences of life time. Whereas Uganda has become the leading safari destination in Africa, most visitors flocking across the world still ca not choose between self drive trips and guided trips.

Below are differences between self drive safaris and guided safaris. We hope this can help while you are choosing the best safari holidays in Uganda’s remotest destination. Visitors also know that taking a self drive tour does not mean that you are absolutely on your own.

A self drive safari is pocket friendly because tourists do not pay the daily costs for guides or even lodge and food.  Your option of the car ca also make a distinction in the whole cost of a self drive safari. For guided safaris, they are more expensive since tourist will be required to pay for guiding services however the total cost per visitor all depends on the number of people.

While on a self drive safari, tourists do not have the freedom to ask a guide to explain other things, wildlife or bird species that come by their way and this leaves out several questions not answered. Whereas guided safaris, tourists feel free to ask questions at any time and this helps to widen visitors understanding about the attraction.

A self drive safari in most cases is done by tourist himself or herself. This is interesting but bear in mind that while driving you have to keep track of any interesting things along the road at the same time and at the end of the day you enjoy half way of the most stunning sceneries of this beautiful country and not forgetting that you can get tired compared to other travelers. Whereas guided safaris visitors have a freedom to chill and enjoy the beautiful sceneries as you will be driven by a tour guide driver.

Although most tourists think that self drive safaris do not have a guide, most tourist activities may need a guide. Whereas guided safaris even if tourists engage in guided activities planned by the lodge and with local tour guide, our guide is also readily available to provide more explanations that in turn enhance your travel experiences in the destination.

On self drive safari, tourists are in a given destination are responsible for themselves while on game viewing. This also denotes that the tourist can be depending on his or her skill and luck which in turn end with either not viewing several wildlife species or an animal but with out understanding what it is or its behavior. In most cases, visitors carry many travel/guide books but this equally adds on the load for tourists. Whereas guided safaris, it is advantageous especially when it comes to game viewing since there are trained guides to take visitors through various wildlife trails while explaining each and every wildlife species that visitors can spot. This also increases the chances of tourists to sight at many species than driving on your own through the national park. We have well trained guides who understand how to find specific wildlife species, what to search for and they are in position to recognize and follow trails, differentiate sounds among others.

Most tourists associate self drive safaris with privacy, however even guided safaris it is possible to plan a lone time for tourists. Whereas it is misunderstanding that guided safaris offer no privacy to visitors, our guide equally requires this. The best we always do is make it balanced, the guide is ever available at a point when he is needed but he will at regular times allow you to have your wonderful evening during your dinner at restaurant.

Locating your way while on self drive safari is not a problem because with tailor made trips, tourists don’t only get detailed itinerary but also satellite navigation system which comes at a cost depending on how long the trip can be. For self drive safaris, tourist enjoy more flexible trips as it allows them to make stop over at any point of their choice and take as many photos of the beautiful sceneries along the way.

In conclusion, whereas there are usual differences between guided safaris and self drive safaris in Uganda, tourists normally expect an enjoyable, well planned safaris which together fit their requirements and budget. Most importantly, both categories include the same destinations and they all include tailor made safaris for visitors.


Go Birding in Mabira Forest

Mabira Forest Reserve is situated 56 kilometers/35 miles along the Kampala-Jinja highway within Buikwe, Kayunga and Mukono districts and extends for 306 square kilometers (118 square miles/30,600 hectares) which makes it the largest Natural Forest reserve within Central Uganda, and the 6th largest Forest Reserve in Uganda. This forest Reserve is a perfect destination for a short safari like a weekend outing or on a short public holidays.

This Tropical rainforest was established into a Forest Reserve in 1932 by the British Colonial Government making it one of the oldest forest reserves to be gazzeted in the country and is currently managed by the National Forestry Authority (NFA). This Forest Reserve inhabits the gentler areas characterized by several round-topped hills and vast and shallow valleys (where some valleys have papyrus swamps). These exceptional places shelter over 315 bird species including about four of the Afro-tropical Highlands biome species, 74 of the total 144 species of the Guinea-Congo Biome and one specie of the Sudan-Guinea Savannah biome species. While on the 10 kilometers of well maintained trails for birding, you will be able to satisfy your eyes with what this Forest Reserve offers.

While on a birding safari in this Forest reserve, you will encounter at least 200 species of the birds within the area that include the Black and-white Casqued Hornbill, the Red-capped Robin-Chat, the Forest Woodhoopoe, the African Shrike-flycatcher, the Yellow-spotted Barbet,  the African Pied Hornbill, the Yellow White-eye, the Hairy Breasted Barbet, the Speckle-breasted, the Bockages Shrike, the Grey and Cassin’s Honeyguide the Fire-crested Alethe, the Cattle Egret, the White-bellied Kingfisher, the Yellow-billed Barbet, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Sooty Boubou, the Honeyguide Greenbul, the Tambourine Dove, the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Red-tailed Bristlebil, the Red-bellied Paradise Flycatcher, the Forest robin, the Purple-throated cuckoo, Hadada Ibis, the Speckled Tinkerbird, the African Harrier Hawk, the Broad-billed Roller, the White-spotted Flufftail, the African Dwarf-kingfisher, the Little Greenbul, the Hammerkop, the Long-crested Eagle, the Marabou Storks, the Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, the Red-chested Sunbird, the Capuchin Babbler, the Speckled Tinker bird, the Great-Blue Turaco, the Yellow-crested cockatoo, the Pied Crow, the Black Kite, the Green-breasted Pitta, the African Thrush, the Black-and-white Manikin, the Black-shouldered Nightjar, the Brown-eared bulbul, the Shining-blue kingfisher, the Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, the Chestnut Wattle-eye, Sabine’s Spinetail, black-bellied seed cracker, the Open-billed Stork, the Superb Sunbird, Yellow-mantled weaver, Illadopsis, the African Grey Parrot, the guinea fowls, the Grey long-bills the Jameson’s Wattle-eye, the Palmnut Vulture, the Lizard Buzzard, the White-threatened Bee-eater, the Black-headed Weaver, the Cassin hawk eagle, the red headed blue bill, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, the African Shrike Flycatcher, the Red-headed Malimbe, the Velvet-mantled Drongo, the Yellow long-bills Black-billed Turaco, the Black shouldered Nightjar, the Bronze Manikin, the Grey-green Bush-shrike, the Blue-throated Roller, Afep Pigeon and the Nahan’s Francolin among others. Birding within Mabira Forest Reserve starts from the highway where you will encounter several bird species especially the Great-Blue Turaco and the Pied Crows among others.

In addition to the bird species, this Forest Reserve is a haven to over 23 mammal species including 6 primate species such as the popular Grey-cheeked Mangabey, the Vervet monkeys, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed Monkeys and the Black and white Colobus monkeys among others. There are also over 312 tree species including 5 species of International Conservation concern. This makes this forest reserve a perfect place for birding in addition to nature walks, camping and picnic and grey-cheeked mangabey tracking.

In conclusion, Mabira Forest reserve is a must-visit destination for birding with over 315 bird species. When you visit this site, you will be totally amazed by everything it offer to tourists who visit it.


Romance on the Nile

Picture this: You and your loved one cruising down the majestic Nile River, sipping on an ice-cold cocktail, gazing and enjoying the staggering natural beauty all around you. An impossible dream? Not if you spend your holiday at the enchanting Murchison Falls National Park, North Western Uganda. An experience you’ll never forget.

Fall in love all over again in Murchison falls. As far as romantic backdrops go, they don’t come any more spectacular than this. Everything about this huge natural national park seems to provide a thrilling accompaniment to a romantic holiday.

This is the largest park in Uganda, covering over 4000 sq. km, and is one of the most spectacular parks in all of Africa. Renowned for its scenic beauty and the spectacular falls from which it gets its name, Murchison Falls NP supports an abundance of flora and fauna to delight the visitor. From rolling savannah and tall grasslands to thick bush and woodlands, the diversity of this park never ceases to amaze visitors and residents alike. The magnificent Murchison Falls thunders from a height of 43 meters, catching and refracting the sunlight in a never ending kaleidoscope of prismatic patterns.

The wildlife variety is amazing and can be enjoyed by taking game drives and enjoying a leisurely 3hour cruise on the Nile, viewing the animals on the banks as they come to quench their thirst. For your cultural experience you will have the delight of visiting the local community groups like the Boomu Women’s group, Asera Azola Women’s group and the Kafalo Association. Marvel at the beautiful crafts they make and you can have a chance of purchasing souvenirs for your friends and family back home.

To the avid birdwatcher the thrill of seeking out some of the 424 species identified in the park is unmatched. Try out your fishing skills by waiting patiently above and below the falls, for 20-100 kg Nile Perch. Other game fish found in the Nile include Barbel, Electric Catfish and Tiger fish. While on the delightful game drives, Cape
buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, Uganda kob, hartebeest and waterbuck are commonly seen. You may also spot oribi, bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, the shy sitatunga, bush duiker, warthog and bushpig. Large carnivores found in the park include lion, leopard and spotted hyena. Chimpanzees and olive baboons head the list of six species of primates found in the park. Crocodile and hippo will be seen along the banks of the Nile. Some of the more common birds that can be seen include Goliath heron, Egyptian geese, pelican, bee-eaters, kingfishers, hornbill, cormorant, saddle-bill stork and the rare Shoebill stork. A boat cruise to the delta is a highlight for the avid birdwatcher.

The accommodation is as lavish as the park. Two luxury safari lodges are perched atop a gorge, towering above the mighty Nile River, an economy/budget lodge is also available. There numerous places where you can pitch your own tent and enjoy the mystery and excitement of spending a night in the wild Africa. Also a budget campsite is available. One of the things you’ll definitely enjoy is relaxing on the verandah, sipping cocktails while drinking in the panoramic sights and the atmospheric sounds of the authentic Africa.

Savor the exquisitely prepared lunches and candle lit dinners over a cool glass of wine, or leap at a chance to taste the flavors of a bush dinner. Pool side BBQs and buffets complete the menu of mouth watering ways to eat and be merry at Murchison falls NP, before retiring to bed, anticipating the beauty the morning brings.


5 Great Places to Enjoy Nature Walks & Hikes in Uganda

Do you love nature? Uganda is incredibly the loveliest destination for you discover the best nature walk experiences. Small as it is, but it is the most endowed country in Africa with the most magnificent tropical rain forests that offer authentic African experiences on nature walks. For ecotourists, visiting Uganda is worthy for you to explore the untouched forest reserves in Uganda as you catch a glimpse of Africa’s biodiversity. They include the following:

Mabira Forest:

This lies 54 kilometers from Kampala and 20 kilometers from Jinja and its trails are majorly located along Jinja – Kampala highway. Mabira forest center is located along the boundary of Najjembe village about 500 meters north. The tourism project this spectacular forest started in 1995 with a view of promoting sustainable revenue from the forest by creating an educational resource and recreational resource for Ugandans and other residents. There are various extensive trails that have been set for tourists experiences in the forest. There is a 25 kilometer bike trail that connects the forest to the surrounding sugar and tea plantations. The popular activities that tourists participate in the forest include nature walks, birding, cycle trails, mountain biking and others can choose to relax in the while enjoying the picnic lunch at the forest centre.

Budongo Forest:

This remarkable forest lies in Northwestern Uganda just 3-4 hours as you travel to Murchison Falls National Park for your wildlife safaris. For those who are interested in nature walk experiences in this incredible forest, there are several nature trails within the forest which provides tourists opportunity to explore numerous Apes like chimpanzees, red and black colobus, monkeys and others. There are also several tree species that are of significance to scientists and researchers. As well, tourists can enjoy several forest birds like white thighed horn bill together with puvel’s illadopsis species. Budongo is the largest forest reserve that offers tourists opportunity to explore its mahogany and iron forest trees in only two sectors of Kaniyo padidi and Busingiro ecotourism site which is the main tourist site in the forest.

Mpanga Forest Reserve:

For eco-tourists, Mpanga Forest Reserve can be the best place for you to realize your dreams. It is located 37 kilometers from the city western Uganda. For those traveling for gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi, Mpanga forest is an added opportunity for you to enjoy nature walk experiences. There are many trails that have been set for you to explore incredible bird species, monkeys as well as other spectacular forest species.

Kibale Forest reserve:

This is one of the most incredible tropical rain forests with spectacular biodiversity. It forms the magnificent Kibale Forest National Park in Uganda. It is a renowned park with the biggest population of endangered chimpanzees together with threatened red colobus monkey and unique L’Hoests monkeys. It is credited for its 13 primate species that are all ingrained within its jungles including the black and white colobus monkeys, blue and grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, bush babies and pottos. There are also more than 325 bird species which includes yellow spotted nicator, yellow rumped tinker bird, little green bull, breasted pitta, the African pitta and black bee eater. There are also numerous magnificent mammals like elephants, buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers and bats. For those who will be keen enough, they can sight at forest reptiles and amphibians and various beautiful butterflies. There are more than 250 tree species and over 1500 chimpanzees. Your nature will start at Kanyanchu visitor center.

In conclusion, Uganda is rich in forest reserves that offer tourists opportunity to explore the country’s untouched forest species. These forest reserves are the main habitats for various forest species that are worthy exploring while in a safari in Uganda. Enjoy your nature walks in Uganda’s dense forests.


Save on Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda

Planning to travel on a small budget for gorilla trekking?, the low season period is the best period to consider for your life time adventure! Low season is also the rainy season which has been known for less visitors going for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In order to get more numbers to come visit gorillas even in the rain seasons, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Ugandan government body responsible for Ugandan tourism discounted Uganda gorilla families to USD 450 for foreign residents, use 400 for East African residents with East African working permit from USD $600. The low season covers months starting from April, May and November.

Trekking for gorillas in Africa is a top bucket adventure for so many travelers, but the high price of gorilla permit, plane tickets is what’s delays so many people from coming to see gorillas in the jungle. The off season offer comes with a gorilla permit discount, as well as discounts of air tickets as this is the time with less travels hence less competition for tickets.

Reasons you should take advantage of gorilla permit discount
With fewer visitors for gorillas safaris, you are less crowded and get a very personal time with the gorillas. You have good observation space as well as photographs space. Gorilla trekking is magical and the less crowd, the more personal feel.

Yes this is a rainy season, but rains may not even come that particular day of your trek. Besides, Uganda is a tropical climate where rains can come any time of the year and day. You can decide to go safe and book during the dry season, but it may rain or not! For every gorilla trek, a plan for rain is made! even in the dry season. Take your chances and adventure!

The rain seasons offers easier hikes and drier seasons. This is because in the rains gorillas don’t have to climb uphill looking for food and the lower grounds are green with enough food!
If you are combining your tour with wildlife, this will be a magical trip. The rains are characterized with large wildlife viewing.With the cools weather, wildlife is always in the Savannah with no threat of too much sunshine.

The low season / rainy season is the best of the year to visit queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo and many other national parks.