Primates – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Monkeys found in Uganda

The Primates of Uganda – Best Place in Africa to see Gorillas – Chimpanzees and other Monkeys

The Primates – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Monkeys found in Uganda

The Primates – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Monkeys found in Uganda – Uganda has a diversity of Primates unlike any other East African Country – Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and more – all found in the Pearl of Africa.

Uganda is the Primate Capital of East Africa, the best country to see Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and many other primates.

Primates - Gorillas - Chimpanzees - Monkeys found in UgandaThe Mountain Gorillas of Uganda:

The number one attraction in Uganda are Mountain Gorillas – located in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and at Mgahinga Gorilla Park – there are now 14 Gorilla  Family Groups open for visitation – meaning that they are habituated and used to human beings.  80 permits are now available on daily basis in Uganda- which makes it a bit easier for you to find one.

Even if there are no permits available at Uganda Wildlife Authority – tour operators belonging to AUTO have a network with which they inform other members of AUTO and most often permits can be found.

Certainly the Gorillas of Uganda are not to be missed – their locations makes it easy to add-on other activities such as a visit to Lake Bunyonyi, the Batwa Forest Trail with the original people of the forest – the pygmies, Volcano Climbing, Golden Monkey Tracking, Wildlife viewing such as the Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions and Chimpanzee Tracking at Kyambura Gorge or Kibale Forest.

One of our best selling safris is a 5 day Gorilla – Chimpanzee – Wildlife Safari that combines Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  and Queen Elizabeth Park with the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha  – the Chimpanzees of the Kyambura Gorge – and other wildlife such as Elephants, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Hippos, Birds,  Crocodiles – a fabulous combination of some of Uganda’s finest offerings.

Chimpanzees of Uganda

Our closest relatives – the Chimpanzees – there are about 5000 plus of them in Uganda – the park best known for Chimpanzees is Kibale Forest  – a rainforest jungle, its sheer beauty is a reason to visit the park. 13 kinds of primates are found there – 1500 chimpanzees call Kibale Forest their home – you can track them, go on an all day habituation experience, do a nocturnal walk in the jungle with spotlights and guides, simply amazing what you can experience in Kibale Rainforest Jungle.

Not only can you track Chimpanzees in the Kibale Rainforest Jungle, but you can do so at Semliki which is also a rainforest Jungle down the fabulous Albertine Rift Escarpment, Budongo Mahogany Forest at Murchison Falls, Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth Park.

There are various opportunities to see the chimpanzees of Uganda and combine them with the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda – Uganda offers you more primate and wildlife diversity than any other African country, and yet it is off the beaten path of the African Tourist Trek.

Spending an hour with both the chimpanzees of Uganda and the mountain gorillas alone, are worth the trip to this country.  You can also spend the day with chimpanzees by going on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

Golden Monkeys UgandaThe Golden Monkeys of Uganda

The golden monkey (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) are rare and unique and like its great ape relatives-the mountain gorillas- the golden monkeys can only be found in three countries -Rwanda-Congo- and Uganda in the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes.  They weigh 10 to 25 pounds, have a golden body, cheeks and tails with black limbs, crown on their heads and tail end. They are a sub-species of the blue monkey and are found in the bamboo forests of the Virunga Volcanoes.

The number of Golden Monkeys has never been established, yet researchers feel that they are in decline and in the protected areas are not on the increase like the Mountain Gorillas.  They face the same difficulties as mountain gorillas through encroachment by people, snares set for small antelopes, people entering their habitat for firewood and other things.

Most people come to Uganda to seek out the region’s famous gorillas.  But the little cousin – the Golden Monkey offers a Golden Opportunity since they are nearby.

Golden Monkey tracking costs a fraction of the price of Gorilla tracking but offers a most enjoyable time to with these delightful creature.  Like Chimpanzees and mountain gorillas – the golden monkeys have been habituated – meaning that they are used to humans and will go about with their daily lives while you are there.

At Mgahinga Gorilla National Park you are escorted by guides in small groups and hike to the bamboo forest  in the foothills of the majestic volcanoes where the golden monkeys are found.

Golden Monkeys are a bit harder to catch on camera – but use fast shutter speed and low light since you are in a dense forest and it should work out alright.

Primates – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Monkeys found in Uganda, more than any other East African county, one reason so many people choose to visit Uganda.

Monkeys found in Uganda:


The Olive Baboon is the only one found in Uganda.  You can find them in all Parks with the exception of the three Montane region parks such as Mgahinga Gorllla Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Mount Elgon.  They usually live in large groups and their dog-like heads make them look fierce and they love to show their menacing teeth.  They are also quite large.  Most safari visitors will see them along their journey in both parks and in the countryside

black-white-colobus-monkeysBlack and White Colobus Monkeys:

This beautiful monkey with its black body, white face, white tail and white sides living in small groups can be found in most forest including in Entebbe Botanical Gardens and most National Park.  There is a Colobus Monkey unique to the Rwenzori Mountains. Black and White Colobus will be found in most National Parks in Uganda and also outside of the park.

Black and White Colobus provide great opportunities for picture-taking – enjoy them.

Blue-MonkeysBlue Monkeys:

Are very wide spread across East Africa.  Dark-Blue-Grey in color, white throat and a white patch on chest.  You can find this monkey belonging the guenon family in all of Uganda’s parks with the exception of Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Blue Monkeys live in troops of four to twelve animals.  There are 20 kinds of guenon monkeys, three of them found in Uganda.

DeBrazza-MonkeysDe Brazza’s Monkeys:

This monkey is a guenon, very thick-set, short tail, hairy face, red-brown patch around the eyes, a white mustache and beard.

This  monkey can most likely be found in the are of Mount Elgon National Park and Semliki National Park. They are a very beautiful and exotic monkey found in the Pearl of Africa.

Mangabey-MonkeysGrey Cheeked Mangabees-Uganda Mangabeys:

These monkeys are greyish and black.  They live in low and moderate altitude rainforests.  They act in a baboon like manner.  Have a shaggy appearance and are found in Semliki and Kibale Forest National Parks and in Mabira Forest where you will be able to track them soon.

Uganda Mangabey Monkeys are now being habituated  and are being prepared to be used to visitors.

LHoests-MonkeyL’Hoest’s Monkeys:

This is a very attractive guenon and not too often seen since it loves to hide in the dense forest and is terrestrial. Its tail is always in an upright position.

There are not many found in East Africa and in Uganda you can find them Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Kibale Forest, Maragambo Forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park and elsewhere in the park.

Patas-MonkeyPatas Monkey:

This is a terrestrial monkey found in the savannah parks of northern Uganda such as Murchison Falls Park, Kidepo Valley Park and the Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.  Some people may confuse them with the Vervet Monkeys, however Patas are larger, have a light reddish coat and a black stripe above the eyes and are often found on the Savannas.

If you go to Murchison Falls Park – you will most likely see them.

Red-Colobus-MonkeyRed Colobus Monkeys:

This is a large red-grey monkey with a small tufted crown, very sociable living in troops up to 50. In Uganda you can find the Red Colobus Monkey in Kibale Forest and smaller numbers in Semliki National Park.

Those who visit our parks with eyes wide open will fin all kinds of primates including the Red Colobus Monkey.

red-tailed-monkeyRed Tailed Monkey:

Very common monkey and in Uganda the red-tailed monkey and Blue Monkeys often interbreed in Kibale Forest. You can find red-tailed monkeys in Uganda in Kibale Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semiliki and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kibale Forest is home to 13 primates and if you are a primate lover than you do not want to miss Kibale Forest.

Nocturnal Primates: Guided nocturnal walks in Kibale Forest Park allow you to see the nocturnal primates as spotlights are used to point them out by the UWA Ranger Guide.  Otherwise they are seldom seen by most because of their nocturnal ways.


They are also called galagoes.  The bushbaby’s night cry is one of the distinct African sounds.  As you shine your flashlight or torch into the tree where the cry is coming from, you will see the big eyes of the bushbaby.

They are found in most Ugandan parks and you can find them on night drives and also on nocturnal parks in various parks.


Medium sized sloth like creature can be found on night walks in Kibale Forest, it can also be found at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park.

Most often one see Pottos during the nocturnal forest walk in Kibale Forest along with Bushbabies and of course during nocturnal walks are done with spotlights.

Primates – Gorillas – Chimpanzees – Monkeys found in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa known for its Primates such as Gorillas and Chimpanzees, however wherever you go you will encounter monkeys of all kinds having more species of primates than any other country in East Africa…from Kampala…jon

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