Best Places to Watch Primates in the Wild

A new statistics showed that the mountain gorilla population is increasing. And in this post am going to list some of the best places to see them.

In a time of mass extinctions, the fate of wildlife on our planet can be seen morose. Be that as it may, there are some rays of hope in the darkness, showing that conservation effort can really make any kind of effect.

On 1st June this year results of mountain gorilla census were uncovered, indicating numbers of the endangered species are on the ascent. In a study of the transboundary Virunga Massif, a region covering parts of the Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda, 604 mountain gorillas were counted – an increase from 480 of every 2010.

Combined with the 400 mountain gorilla individuals recorded in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in western Uganda in 2011, this makes an estimated population 1,004. Another census was made in around March, which means the world’s total mountain gorilla population could come in even greater before the year is out.

Gorilla trekking, or any of the other great apes, is a stunning experience. In the event that you need to enjoy close encounters with our primate relatives, try these tours.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain gorillas can be found all through the Virunga Massif, a chain of volcanoes spread between Rwanda, Uganda, and the DRC. As indicated by the last census, there are 880 of the mountain gorillas remaining, and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda (where Dian Fossey led her research) is one of the perfect destinations to watch these animals.

Gorilla tracks range from short trips to several sweaty, tough hours, depending on the where your allocated gorilla group is found. The park is home to 10 different habituated gorilla groups, in spite of the fact that everyone has a strictly one hour with these animals. Rwanda’s conservation endeavors are honorable, yet a year ago’s doubling of gorilla permit costs (now $1500 US dollars each) makes this luxury experience.

How to do it: gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be done in two ways, you can use a reliable tour company like African Jungle Adventures Ltd who can help you book lodges, gorilla permits and transportation for you or you can hire a safari vehicle from any of the rental company in the country like Hire Cars Rwanda Ltd and drive your own adventure to Volcanoes National park for gorilla trekking. The trip can range from 1 – 4 days gorilla safari Rwanda.

Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga National Parks, Uganda

A less expensive option is neighboring Uganda, where gorilla trekking permits are 600US dollars. A similar one-hour rule applies, in spite of the fact that treks through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can be harder. There are 11 gorilla habituated groups in this park ready for tourists’ visit, and another gorilla habituation program enables tourists to spend a whole day with these animals at ($1500 US dollars) – despite the fact that sightings aren’t really at such short range. In case you’ve fallen in love with the amazing landscapes in Rwanda, travel to Mgahinga National Park, which is just on the border of Uganda and Rwanda just 4 hours drive from Kigali International Airport and enjoy the same settings. Notwithstanding, there’s only one habituated gorilla group here and they have been known to disappear across the border.

How to do it; gorilla trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can be done in several ways, since it’s a long distance from Entebbe International airport to Bwindi Forest, some clients fly from Entebbe to Kihihi or Kisolo and then travel by road to park this can be done in a 2-day trip. Other drive 8hours from Entebbe to Bwindi Forest but still, the journey is rewarding with the amazing views of the country farmlands and visit Equator and others. Another alternative is to fly into Kigali and then drive for 3hours to Mgahinga National Park or 4 hours to Bwindi Forest.

Kibale Forest, Uganda

Human share 98% of genes with chimpanzees, and there, and their dexterity for using tools are remarkably human. Several chimpanzee families have been habituated in Uganda, with the highest concentration in Kibale Forest National Park, but watching these animals is much more challenging than tracking mountain gorillas. Chimpanzee tracking Permits cost from $100-150 US dollars, depending on the season, and a full day chimp habituation experience (where you get to shadow researchers for a day) costs $220 US dollars. Chimps tend to move quickly through the trees, so be prepared for a workout!

Sabah, Borneo

In 2016, orangutans were moved up to the critically endangered primates on the ICUN Red List, which implies, unfortunately, there are near to extinction in the wild. The primates can be found crosswise over Borneo, an island separated between Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. Sightings are ensured at the Sepilok Rehabilitation Center in Sabah, where the creatures gather twice every day (10am and 3pm) at an open-air feeding platform.

The perfect place for wild encounters is the Kinabatangan River or Danum Valley, where visitors can explore by boat, regularly watching pygmy elephants. Deforestation and loss of living space caused by the development of palm oil plantations are the main cause of the orangutans’ decrease. Tragically, researchers estimate they could vanish within a matter of years if drastic action isn’t made.

DRC

The peace-adoring cousins of chimps and our closest relatives, bonobos are herbivores, who broadly resolve disputes by engaging in sexual relations. Driven by a matriarch, they are amazing animals, as anybody fortunate enough to spend time with them can affirm.

Visiting these amazing primates is a quite expensive and complicated exercise, as one of the main destinations where wild bonobos can be found in the Lomako Forest Reserve in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some operators go. An ongoing flare-up of Ebola implies many have temporarily stopped visiting. Bonobos can likewise be visited at the Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary in Kinshasa, near more secure, neighboring Republic of Congo, which is more accessible – in spite of the fact that FCO advisories still apply.