Visiting Africa’s primates is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding African experiences we organise and a face to face encounter with a mountain gorilla, the world’s largest living primate, is an unforgettable event. These wonderful beasts are one of our nearest relatives, with whom we share over 97% of our DNA.
The lesser primates such as chimpanzees, lemurs, monkeys and baboons are all fascinating and immensely rewarding animals to watch. Their interactions, communications, mobility and intelligence are all readily visible, and proof of our kinship with this amazing family of beautiful animals.
Aardvark Safaris has been planning specialist gorilla tracking and primate holidays for many years. We have significant experience with a variety of species including the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda, lemurs in Madagascar, chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania, gelada baboons in Ethiopia and smaller, lesser known species like the Angola colobus and golden monkey.
An extraordinary encounter with mountain gorillas in Bwindi, Uganda.
- Book two gorilla tracking permits. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas and your first track will pass in a flash, a second will allow you to sit back and really enjoy the experience.
- Take sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots, the walk can be over slippery and uneven ground.
- Take a pair of gardening gloves to project your hands from nettles and thorns.
- Hire a porter, they are a huge support and will help carry your bags as well as provide a stabilising arm on tricky stretches.
- Make sure you pack long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and a waterproof jacket.
- Gorilla tracking can take anything from 40 minutes to ten hours. As a rule, you should expect to walk a long distance in steep, muddy and wet conditions before you encounter any gorillas.
- Rwanda is generally thought of as an easier tracking destination than Uganda as the vegetation is thinner and less arduous to walk through. If you are short of time it’s logistically a better choice as the national park is closer to the airport than in Uganda.