Primates in Uganda ; Uganda is a gorgeous safari destination with the unique primates which attracts various number of the tourists to the country to spot the unique primates that includes the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees. Chimpanzees and gorillas are the main stars in Uganda which makes the country to be the premier primate destination in the East Africa.

Not only the chimpanzees and the gorillas, Uganda displays you to the most attractive rare and endangered Golden monkeys as these are such awesome when spotted on a Uganda safari, and majorly these are seen and trekked only in Mgahinga Gorilla National park in Uganda. And again the golden monkeys are seen in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

Other primates that can be seen in Uganda includes black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey-cheecked mangabey, olive baboons, blue monkeys, I’Hoest’s monkeys and among others. Primate wildlife safari in Uganda is the most incredible one which gives you the best primate wildlife safari in Uganda with an unforgettable safari memories.

Primate lovers who select Uganda as their right choice safari destination will be impressed by the country, because the country explores you in abundance and your safari dream about the primates will be fulfilled. Not only the primates, the country gives you the entire richness that it holds with its various national parks, wildlife reserves, national forests.

Primates in Uganda.

Mountain Gorilla.

Mountain gorillas are the top safari attractions in Uganda, which attracts vast numbers of the tourists to the country. Mountain gorillas are such incredible animal species that shares 98% of the human genes. Not only are the mountain gorillas in Uganda these giants as well found in Democratic republic of Congo, Rwanda. Mountain gorillas live in the families heads by the silverbacks like the way it is in the human beings. Plan and carryout gorilla trekking safari in Uganda’s best in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park which gives you the best safari moments in Uganda.

Primates in Uganda
Gorilla in Bwindi Forest

Mountain gorillas originate from the family known as the great apes, with other species like the bonobo, chimpanzee, human, orangutan.


Mountain gorillas are the closet cousins of the chimpanzees sharing 99% with human genes. Chimpanzees are the second safari attraction in Uganda after the mountain gorillas, this is the most studied primate specie and has contributed immensely to the human medicine and psychology. Uganda is a blessed destination which gives you the best chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation in Kibale national park. Other areas in the country that explores you to sight these great apes in their natural habitants includes Kalinzu, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge, semuliki forest for a fantastic safari in Uganda.

Golden monkey.

Golden monkey is majorly witnessed in the bamboo-forested slopes of Virungas in Mgahinga gorilla national park, as this is attractive, small, fast monkey that is bright, golden orange coat and cute small face. Tourists who explore Uganda on a primate safari always carry out golden monkey trekking into the bamboo jungle in Mgahinga gorilla national park for the best safari moments. Also not only Uganda these species can be observed in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

Blue monkey.

Blue monkey is related to the golden monkey. These are mostly spread in parts of the country, and on a safari to Uganda these can be spotted in almost every national park in Uganda like Queen Elizabeth national park, Mgahinga national park, Kibale national park, Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, and among others except Lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park.

Black and white colobus monkey.

This monkey has no thumbs, though very difficult to notice. Black and white colobus monkey has got the black coat, with long white mantle on its back, whiskers, bushy tail, beards around the face. This monkey is such speedy and fast but after spotting it, it brings you the amazing moment on a safari, while it’s in its habitant.

De Brazza’s monkey.

De Brazza’s monkey is such attractive with the white mustache, distinct blue scrotum, reddish-brown brow, on a safari to Uganda these are mainly seen in Semuliki National Park and as well as Mount Elgon national park.

Red monkey.

Primates in Uganda
Red monkeys

Red colobus monkey has got the big eyes, white coat with the brick-red, grey which makes this monkey. These the are most attractive primates and they can be seen in Kibale forest national park in their large numbers.


Potto is known as the nocturnal primate specie in Kibale national park, mostly these can be spotted during the guided nature walk, and this can be best spotted during night game drives since they are nocturnal not only in Kibale, potto can be spotted in other national parks in the park.

Olive baboon.

Olive baboon is the widespread primate species in Uganda. The baboons have got the unique and long canine that they use to attack their enemies and defense as it’s longer than that of the leopard.

Patas monkey.

Patas monkey is the fast primate known in the world as it can be helped by its fingertips to run, this mainly can be found on the ground, compared to other primate species, tourist usually spot this monkey in the open plain savannah in Kidepo valley national park and Murchison falls national park.

Red tailed monkey.

Red-tailed monkey has got white cheecks, heart-shaped patch on their nose, whiskers. After collecting its food this monkey, keeps it in the cheecks and goes to the safe place from the predators and eats it from there. On a Uganda safari these can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Semuliki national park and among others.

Vervet monkey.

Vervet monkey is known as the busiest creatures in the parks of Uganda, vervet monkey the mother recognizes and notices its young ones simply by their scream. Vervet monkey is a small, black-faced monkey. There are several sun species of vervet monkeys, but generally the body is a greenish-olive or silvery-gray. The face, ears, hands, feet and the tip of the tail is black, but a conspicuous white band on the forehead blends in with the short whiskers.

Bush baby.

Bush baby has got the call like that of a baby that’s where the name originated from. This is a small nocturnal primate that spends most of its life in wooded habitats. Bush baby distinctive features are its big saucer eyes, collapsible ears that rotate independently like radars, and an extremely long tail.

L’Hoest’s monkey.

L’Hoests’ monkey is such a white bib beautiful contrasts with the dark brown and chestnut-colored coat. Though it’s difficult to be spotted like any other primate on a Uganda safari, but if you are lucky you sight the monkey in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Kibale forest national park and among others.

Grey-cheecked mangabey.

Grey-cheeckes managbey has a gargoyle like face with thinly haired gray or white check and scruffy hair on the crown. This is very dark monkey that looks much more like a small and hairy baboon. The thick brown fur on its body is almost unnoticeable. Grey-cheecked mangabey can be seen in Semuliki national park, kalinzu forest, and Kibale forest national park.

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