Are primate safaris in Uganda worth the money spent?
YES, primate safaris in Uganda are worth the money spent, energy, and time. Primate safaris in Uganda give you an opportunity to see the major primates in Uganda which include Mountain Gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Chimpanzees, and various species of Monkeys found in Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, and Bundongo Forest, Golden Monkeys only found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Patas monkey also known as the hussar monkey mostly restricted to the far north, where it can be seen in the Kidepo and Murchison Falls National Parks, as well as in the Pian Upe Wildlife Sanctuary. Primate safaris are one of the safaris mostly booked by travelers visiting Uganda and many have reviewed the experience as unforgettable, magical, and life-changing worth the money spent.
What you pay for a primate safari in Uganda is an investment in yourself given the fact this gives you an opportunity to learn more about how the endangered primates are still surviving as this gives you a great travel experience. The money paid also helps in the conservation of the primates and their natural habitats. If there was no primate tourism in Uganda all the primate habitats would be all destroyed by now but with the existence of these primates in the forests which bring in foreign exchange when you visit and pay entrance fees this has encouraged the government of Uganda through Uganda Wildlife Authority to protect the homes of these primates which has, in turn, promoting environmental conservation in Uganda, this also makes the money spent on the primate safari in Uganda.
Money spent on your primate safari in Uganda through your permit and park entrance fees also helps to benefit the local communities that leave near the forests where the primates are found this, in turn, encourages the local communities to conserve and protect these primates since their importance is known by the local communities through the 20% money they receive every year of the permit and park entrance fees paid by tourists who This money goes directly through payment of the local communities who are on the lead committees and indirectly through infrastructure and projects that help contribute to a better life of the local communities through the construction of schools, hospitals and practicing agriculture, this thus also makes the money spent on the primate safari in Uganda worth.
The primate safaris in Uganda are worth the money spent despite the high costs of trekking permits required to trek and see the primates, discomfort, and time spent during walking through the forests to find the primates. Primate watching in Uganda is a thrilling experience, which has impressed some people to do it over and over again despite the high cost, energy, and time required to meet these gentle giants in their natural habitats, other travelers decide to pay for more than one permit and trek more than once on different days especially the Mountain gorillas this makes the primate safaris in Uganda worth the money spent.
What is the cost of a Primate Safari in Uganda?
The cost of a primate safari in Uganda depends on the type of primates you are interested in seeing, days to spend, and places where to see primates on your primate safari in Uganda. The permit price shares a much more cost for any primate safari in Uganda on top of other services like transport, accommodation, and guiding. A gorilla trekking permit costs $800 for a non-resident, $700 for a resident, and 300,000 Uganda Shilling for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 1-hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National A gorilla habituation permit costs USD1500 for the foreign nonresident, USD1000 for the foreign resident and 750,000 Uganda Shilling for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this gorilla habituation permit gives you an opportunity to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park.
A Chimpanzee trekking permit costs $300 for a non-resident, $250 for a resident, and 250,000 for Uganda Shilling for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this permit gives you an opportunity to spend 1-hour encounter with the Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
Besides the permits, it will also require you to pay for other services for successful trekking of primates in Uganda, which include transport, accommodation, and guiding.
Below are the popular Primate Safaris in Uganda;
Top primate destinations in Uganda
Uganda is known as the primate capital of Africa because of the so many wonderful places where primates such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and other several monkey species live in their unspoiled environments. Some of the top locations for primate watching include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park where one can do gorilla trekking and be able to spot other primates in the forest. Budongo and Kibale Forest National Parks are the other two popular areas to visit communities of habituated chimpanzees and other 11 species of primates. For more information about primate trekking in Uganda, please feel free to contact Encounter Africa Safaris.
How to book a primate safari in Uganda.
You will need to have your permit secured in advance to confirm that you are booked for a primate safari in Uganda. Once you have your planned dates of travel pinned, we will need you to send us an email here so that we check for the availability of trekking permits online with the Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm permits are available for your planned dates we will inform you and send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Once the payment is made and funds appear on our bank account, we will purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal. This will confirm you are booked for a primate safari, Uganda. It is advised to book your permits in advance at least 2-3 months prior to your visit, given the fact these sell out very quickly on a first come first serve basis. Best time to see primates in Uganda.
The best time to see primates in Uganda is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the primates offering great sights for photographs. In the other months of April, May, and November, it is the rainy season that makes the vegetation grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing primates in Uganda is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well-organized activity and you have 99% chance of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Why book your Primate safari in Uganda with Encounter Africa Safaris
Founded in 3003, Encounter Africa safaris takes pride in customizing tailor-made primate safaris in Uganda. He has a very diligent and reliable team. All your questions will be answered within 20 minutes by our team of professional travel consultants. These consultants will plan your trip, answer all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences and you will be able to feel the worth of the money you will spend on your primate safari in Uganda. We have a team of professional and very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. It all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us here.