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Primates of Uganda – more than the great apes

When thinking of primates in Uganda the first that comes to mind is probably the magnificent Mountain Gorilla and its smaller cousin the Chimpanzee. Both of these are in the category of great apes together with bonobo, orangutans and the writer of this blog that concludes the set of 5 Great Apes. These five have evolved further than other primates. Uganda is blessed with several other species of these fascinating creatures, as well as having the biggest, the mountain gorilla, we have one of the smallest primates, the potto.


  1. Black-and-white colobus
  2. Red colobus
  3. Red tailed monkey
  4. Blue monkey
  5. Pattas monkey
  6. L’Houest monkey
  7. Vervet monkey
  8. De brazzas monkey
  9. Grey cheeked mangabey
  10. Uganda mangabey (endemic to Uganda)
  11. Golden monkey
  12. Baboon
  13. Potto
  14. Galago (bush babies)
  15. Chimpanzee
  16. Mountain Gorilla


While traveling around Uganda and trekking in the forests you will most likely spot several different primate species. On the roads you can meet troops of baboons and in the treetops you might see black-and-white colobus or red tailed monkey.

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Black & white colobus monkey

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primates in Uganda

Pattas monkey

primates in Uganda

Red colobus monkey

primates in Uganda

Red tailed monkey

primates in Uganda

Blue monkey

Golden Monkey

Golden Monkey

mountain gorilla

Mountain Gorilla

primates in Uganda

Vervet monkey




Safaris to meet the primates of Uganda

3 days Gorilla Safari

On this short safari you will experience the highlight of meeting the mountain gorillas of Uganda. During your gorilla trekking you will walk through the beautiful jungle and spend one hour with the gorillas of the misty mountains.

10 days Uganda primate safari

During this safari we focus on the amazing primates you can see in Uganda’s jungles. You trek chimps in Kibale Forest (option for chimps habituation experience) & Kyambura Gorge, Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and Golden Monkey in Mgahinga. Along the way you’ll likely see baboons, red tailed monkey and black & white colobus as well.

14 days Uganda safari – hikes & primates

Come for a 14 days Uganda safari with focus on hikes and primates. You will do a 3-days hike in the scenic Rwenzori mountains as well as a hike to the top of Mt. Mgahinga Volcano. You enter the jungle to meet primates on treks to see chimps, mountain gorillas & golden monkeys.

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