Primate trekking are tours that allow travelers observe great apes such as mountain gorillas and chimpanzees and primates in their natural habitat. These apes and primates live in tropical rainforests of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Unlike game drive safaris, primate trekking involves hiking on foot into tropical forests searching for instance mountain gorillas.

Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo combined safari tours give you option to see much wildlife.

Primate tours include

Mountain gorilla tracking

Visit habituated gorillas in Uganda’s Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Rwanda Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tracking Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Beiga National Park, located in Bukavu southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla habituation experience only done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. visitors are given 4 hours to see semi-habituated gorilla family.

Chimpanzee habituation experience. Its only available in Kibale Forest National park. it gives more time to see chimpanzees from morning to evening

Chimpanzee trekking

Habituated chimpanzees can be trekked in Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo forest reserve, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura gorge and Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary. In Rwanda chimpanzees are found in Nyungwe Forest National Park.

Kibale forest national park in Uganda is home to 12 species of primates in addition to chimpanzees. Nature walks offer access into the forest to search for primates like black and white colobus monkey, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, red colobus monkey, grey checked mangabay among others.

Colobus monkey tracking

In Nyungwe Forest national park there are troops of up to 300 black and white colobus monkeys. These monkeys stay in trees most of the time, thus you may not view them gathering in large numbers mentioned above.

Golden monkey trekking

Golden monkeys are only found in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes National Park.

Jungle Memories Uganda will arrange your primate trekking safaris to Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo or combining both destinations.


Primate trekking tours you can do starting from 1-day itinerary

A trip for gorilla tracking in Uganda can take 3 to 4-day itinerary for both fly in safari or ground transfer to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park.

1 day Rwanda gorilla tour Volcanoes National park. It’s the shortest gorilla tour but a challenge in a way that it starts 04am (East African Time). you should be prepared to wake that early for a 2-hour car transfer to from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park and return to Kigali after tracking gorillas.

5 or 6 day Uganda Gorillas and chimpanzee trekking tour includes visiting Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi forest and with game drives and boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

4 day Virunga national park DR Congo gorilla tour

4-day lowland gorilla tracking Kahuzi Beiga national park


Primate trekking safaris by country

Rwanda primate tours

1-day Rwanda gorilla tour

2-day Rwanda gorilla safari

4-day gorilla and golden monkey tracking volcanoes national park

5 day Rwanda safari

7 day Rwanda gorilla and wildlife safari

Uganda primate trekking safaris

2-day Uganda gorilla tour starting from Kigali

2 day Kibale forest chimpanzee trekking tour

3-day Bwindi gorilla tour

3-day wildlife and chimpanzee tour to Murchison falls and budongo forest reserve

3-day Queen Elizabeth National Park safari – includes chimp trekking in Kalinzu forest, game drive and boat safari

4-day Mgahinga gorilla tracking and Mt. Muhabura hiking

4 days Mgahinga gorillas and golden monkeys tour

6 day Uganda primates and wildlife safari

8 day Uganda safari


Why primate trekking is good for conservation and development?

Mountain gorillas may not be the most important thing to see in life. But let’s face it, gorillas are endangered animals and its tourism and conservation that has helped their numbers recover. When forests are protected, other wildlife is also conserved.

Gorilla tracking is expensive but it turns out to be the only way travelers can help conserve the gorillas.

I challenge you to get out there and actually meet the endangered gorillas in their natural habitat. And you know what, gorilla tracking is absolutely wonderful. It allows you to experience the thrill of seeing a family of gorillas including silverback.