Uganda is rich of primates in various regions of the country. To mention the Gorillas in Bwindi, Chimpanzees in Kibale and gazetted chimpanzee sanctuaries, Golden Monkey in Mgahinga, Olive Baboons, red-tailed monkeys to mention but so more primate species that can be sighted basically to a primate safari
See the Gorillas and Chimps in the forests of Uganda and Rwanda
The Mountain gorilla and chimp tracking can be done all year round in Uganda because of the good seasons in the national parks of Kibale forest, Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga.
The dry season is between June to September and December to end of February. This is the period within which most people prefer to visit. The roads and jungle trails are dry. Therefore hiking is not that difficult. It is however not easy to see the Gorillas or chimps. They are more active, searching for food wonder to the upper slopes.
Rains come in March, April, May and November and so most of the tourists don’t visit during that time. It is muddy and wet while tracking the chimps and mountain gorillas. However because of the rains, there is plenty of food for the chimps and gorillas on the lower slopes and its warmer. These apes then stay on the lower slopes since food is widely available and temperatures are lower. Therefore if you decide on tracking in the rainy season, you may not trek for long. You may find the gorillas or Chimps just after 30 minutes or one hour of trekking. This means by lunch time you are back at the lodge to relax or do another activity like a community tour in the afternoon.
During the rain season, for one to two hours in about 3 to4 days of the week and for the rest of the day and week, the sun is out shining. However also in the dry season, there are some little showers experienced in the forested areas of Kibale, Bwindi and Mgahinga.
Some Gorilla trekkers take advantage of the seasonal discounts offered on the gorilla and chimpanzee tracking permits. Gorilla Permit prices are lowered from USD600 to USD450 during the rain season. The Chimpanzee tracking permits decrease to USD100 from USD150 for the months of April, May and November. Several accommodation facilities around Kibale forest, Bwindi and Mgahinga offer discounts in the low season.
Many experiences have shown that chimpanzee and gorilla trekking can be done throughout the year with not much problems. You will surely see these great apes and enjoy your trip!
- Gorilla and Chimpanzee tour (Itinerary and costs)