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Primate Watch in Uganda

Have opportunities to view the chimpanzees, nesting and de-nesting in Kibale national park. This park is home to at least 13 primate species the highest total of any Ugandan national park. The park boasts of 9 diurnal primates including: the olive baboon, grey cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black and white collogues, vervet, red tailed, L’hoests and blue monkey.

A guided swamp walk will give you an opportunity to view these species. You just have to take your pick. Mountain gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking are the most famous activities embarked on by most tourists in this field. However, whilst tracking the gorillas or chimps, be sure to encounter other primates resident in the same habitat. A specific code of conduct ought to be followed and will be given to all tourists who embark on gorilla or chimp tracking prior to the activity. This will be done by a park official at the head quarters of the national park visited very early in the morning.

Carry a light lunch with you and drinking water since at times trekking can be strenuous and take long hours. A walking stick, sturdy boots, relatively warm clothes and rain gear might also most likely come in handy. If you have flu, cold or any infectious disease, you will be barred from tracking chimps or gorillas. This is done to protect these nearly extinct species. Anti-malaria tablets and mosquito repellents are crucial. Look for advice from your home country on vaccination and inoculation requirements. Uganda is part of the Yellow Fever belt and even though not always checked by Ugandan Immigration on arrival, a Yellow Fever card is required by law.

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