One of life’s must-do experiences for any nature lover or adventurous spirit is to see humankind’s primate relatives up close in their natural habitat. Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, and the Republic of the Congo are the only places in the world where you can see view gorillas and chimpanzees on a trekking safari. Several reputable operators offer excellent guided trekking tours. The experience is touching and the memories will stay with you forever. Gorilla safari destinations in Africa include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Uganda), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda), and Odzala-Kokoua National Park (Republic of the Congo). Chimps can be seen in Nyungwe Forest National Park (Rwanda), Kibale Forest National Park (Uganda), and Gombe Stream National Park (Tanzania). Primate trekking safaris can be arranged in conjunction with traditional safaris in Tanzania or Kenya.

Useful Information

Our closest relatives…

In recent times evidence has emerged through molecular genetics that has led to humans, chimps and gorillas being grouped even closer together, and orangutans slightly less so. Many feel there is a primal reflection in watching these great apes acting out their daily lives incorporating many recognizable human traits.

Parks and Reserves

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Arguably Uganda's most notable national park, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet, the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The park has…

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Gombe Stream National Park, Tanzania

Gombe is the smallest of Tanzania's national parks: a fragile strip of chimpanzee habitat straddling the steep slopes and river valleys that hem in the sandy northern shore of Lake…

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Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park in Uganda is home to one of the highest population densities, and richest diversities of primates in Africa. The evergreen rain forest is home to the largest…

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Tours and Trips

4-Day Affordable Gorilla Trekking Safari

Trekking gorillas in the wild is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring safari experiences you can embark on in Africa. Being in the presence of these gentle giants in…

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

6-day Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari

This comprehensive safari tour takes you through two of Uganda's most exciting national parks- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. In Bwindi, you will have the opportunity…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: $150 - $300 p.p.p.d.

7-day Uganda Primate Tour

The best Uganda primate tour for those with time constraints, Safari Index's 7 Day Uganda Primate Tour is the perfect solution. Do a lot in a short period of time…

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Duration: 7 Days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Mountain Gorilla
Uganda Kob
Colobus Monkey
Grey-cheeked Mangabey
De Brazza’s Monkey
l’Hoest’s Monkey
Red-tailed Monkey
Patas Monkey

Key Species

Mountain Gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla
Ugandan Kob

Africa Green Broadbill
Black Bee-eater
Red-chested Owlet
Handsome Francolin

Gaboon Viper
Forest Cobra
African Rock Python

Great Lobelia

Savannah Woodland

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 5
Mammals: 9
Birds: 4.5
Reptiles: 7
Trees: 9
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