This is a FAQ that we receive from some clients when planning their safari. Our reply depends on their personal situation and motivation. There is no absolute rule, just some guidelines we can give. Bwindi (Uganda) and Kinigi (Rwanda) are two different gorilla experiences and if you have time and the budget we strongly advise you to have them both.
The Best places to see the chimps ...
Uganda is a Chimpanzee paradise and probably one of the best places to see them. Chimpanzees occupy a wide range of habitats, from dense primary rain forests to dry savannah woodlands and reverine forests. Uganda is one of the most biologically diverse nations on the African continent and hosts a wide chimpanzee population. The rapid deforestation in Africa is the most important threat for chimpanzees and Uganda is certainly not an exception.
The Best place to see Colobus Monkeys?
Rwanda and Uganda are exquisite destinations for observing primates: gorillas, chimpanzees and other monkeys. One of the favourite monkeys are the black-and-white Colobus monkeys! The Colobus monkey has no thumb! The Greek word kolobos, meaning "cut short" and describes the missing thumbs, which allow faster branchiation because thumbs do not get caught in the branches.
Habituation of primates.
Visiting gorillas or chimpanzees in their natural environment is an exceptional trilling experience and has been promoted the last decades as a sustainable way for conservation. To do so the animals have to be prepared, the process is called habituation. The animals (Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and the Black and White Colobus Monkeys) get used to humans for research or tourism. They "tolerate" human presence and the interaction will be restricted especially with tourists.
The Tree Climbing lions.
There are two well known places in East-Africa where lions climb trees and stay there sometimes up to 7 hours: Lake Manyara which is situated in Northern Tanzania and Ishasha Soutern sector of Queen Elizabeth NP in Uganda. The difference between the two locations is that you hardly see them when visiting Lake Manyara NP while in Ishasha we have a very high rate of success. No guarantee of course but the last six month's we missed them only twice.
The Best place to see the Shoebill stork?
The shoebill stork (Balaeniceps rex) is one of the great bird species in Africa and certainly one of the major challenges in bird watching. The shoebill gained the name of “the most sought-after” of all the birds of the African continent. You don’t need to be a bird watcher or an ornithologist to get excited when you see it. The bird is so impressive and without doubt the most extraordinary bird to discover in Uganda!