Visiting the great Apes in Uganda is the best option in the whole world where one can go to visit great apes in their natural habitat and these include chimpanzees, mountain gorillas. Great apes are orangutans, bonobos, western and eastern gorillas, and chimpanzees but are endangered due to human activities such as commercial logging, agriculture, and mining.
In most cases, mountain gorillas are staying in thick forests and mountainous areas which stand at an altitude of 8,000-13,000 meters. Their fur is thicker than other apes and they help them to survive in the area where the temperatures often drop below freezing. Due to the human activities into gorilla natural habitats, this has forced these primates to go deep into the forest for a longer period and also cause their death sometimes.
Chimpanzees are most social animals and care about others if compared to other apes. These primates are our closest cousins whereby we share almost 98%of our genes. in the forest, these animals like so much to stay in the treetops. Like humans, these animals also walk on their legs for long-distance.
In Uganda mountain gorillas are sighted in two tourist destinations which include amazing Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the best and most visited destinations in the southwestern parts of Uganda, near the edges of the rift valley and on the western part is bordered the Democratic Republic of Congo and also found just 29 kilometers to the main town of Kabale. It is positioned at an area of 331 square kilometers and found in the highest parts of Kigezi highlands with an elevation of about 1,190-2,607 meters above sea level and most part of this amazing park is stands at an altitude of about 2,000 meters above sea level. In the eastern parts of the is the highest altitude found which is known as Rwamunyonyi hill while the lowest part in the northern parts.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the popular destinations in the whole world but this is because it is home to almost half of the few remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Mountain gorillas are highly endangered animals because of poaching, diseases, and loss of their natural habitat and this forest protects over 550 individuals. Bwindi Forest is one of the areas where the country generates high revenues if compared to other national parks of Uganda.
Mgahinga national park. This is the smallest national park not only in southwestern but also in their entire parts of Uganda. It was gazetted in 1991 and is one of the gorilla destinations that you should consider while planning a gorilla safari in the pearl of Africa. This smallest national park in Uganda is covering an area of about 33.7 sq kilometers, this dense forest is a natural habitat for endangered mountain gorillas, Bird species, the rare golden monkeys, and others. The Park protects over 80 mountain gorillas with only one habituated gorilla family which is open for trekking by tourists. Mgahinga gorilla national park stands at an elevation of between 2.227 and 4.1127 meters. You will also see some of the 8 Virunga Mountain ranges and these include Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Gahinga. These Virunga Volcanoes go through the Virunga Volcano mountains of East-Central Africa.
Kibale forest national park. This Park is one the best national park in the western parts of Uganda in the Kamwenge districts. It is near toro kingdom and the Ndali kasenda crater area and it borders other tourist destinations of Uganda which includes Toro Semuliki wildlife reserve, Queen Elizabeth national, and Rwenzori national park.
Kibale forest national park covers an area of about 395 square kilometers and is one of the best areas in Uganda where to see chimpanzees including other 12 primate species with various bird species, different species of mammals such as bush pigs, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, elephants, 351 tree species and many more.
Budongo forest chimpanzee tracking is found just 3 hours drive from the northwest of the capital city of Uganda on the way to the Murchison falls national park. This biggest mahogany forest not only in Uganda but entire East Africa is home to a lot of chimpanzees where one can go and track these primates.
Kalinzu forest chimpanzee tracking is near to Maramagambo forest of Queen Elizabeth national park. It protects 6 primate species including chimpanzee which is one of the wildlife animals to attract most of the visitors in the country for chimpanzee tracking. Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve is among the best-recommended areas for tracking chimpanzees in Uganda.
Ngamba Island is found on Lake Victoria just 30 minutes- 1 hour from Entebbe town and this sanctuary was constructed by Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect orphan chimpanzees from the poachers. One visit to this place will not only be enjoying watching chimpanzees but also engage in their daily activities such as feeding, caring for about 49 individuals of chimpanzees at Ngamba Island. Do you know that these primates eat about 35000 kilograms of vegetables and fruits? Visit Ngamba island and all the important information about chimpanzees.
Kyambura game reserve is situated just 30 kilometers from the park headquarters of Queen Elizabeth national park and near the Kanzinga channel. It is a natural habitat for various wildlife animals including the habituated chimpanzees which are already for tracking other primate species to see while are vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black and white monkeys, baboons, and many more, the reserve is also known as home to the African foot, falcons and the blue-headed bee-eaters.
In conclusion, for Uganda primate safaris that are visiting mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats of Uganda. Contact directly to Wild Epic Safaris and help you to book your great apes safaris in either Uganda or Rwanda with guaranteed gorilla permits.