Uganda

UGANDA

Uganda is a lush and heavily forested country in the East of Africa, with rainforest and woodland covering almost a quarter of the total land area. Part of the African Great Lakes region, the country encompasses a stunning and substantial section of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Diverse environments, including volcanic landscapes, dramatic mountain peaks, lush tropical rainforests, wide lakes, open savannahs and fertile green farmlands all combine to make for a spectacular and an exhilarating country to explore. Uganda’s many highlights include breathtaking opportunities for world-class gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and exciting chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park.

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a large ancient forest located in the south west of Uganda, on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Home to almost a half of the world's remaining population of wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei), with around 340 individuals living in 20 troops, this dense, rich rainforest is the prime location in Uganda and indeed the world, for a gorilla tracking adventure. One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance. In addition to large troops of mountain gorillas, it is also home to an abundance of species, including about 93 mammal species (with 11 types of primate) and 350 different species of birds.

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is largely comprised of lush green tropical rainforest, due to a high annual rainfall. Around 335 bird species and 60 mammal species inhabit the region, making Kibale Forest one of Uganda’s most rewarding areas to explore. The forest has one of the highest diversities and densities of primates in Africa. Its 13 primate species include the black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys, bush babies and pottos. However, Kibale National Park’s main attraction is the exceptional opportunity to track habituated chimps in the wild and the unique experience of spending some time in the company of our closest living relatives.

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