Ah-Maaa-Zing! Primate Adventure in Uganda & Rwanda

Ah-Maaa-Zing!

We must have said, “Ah-Maaa-Zing!” 300 times. There was something around each bend to excite us, and the special moments we shared with gorillas and chimpanzees – moving through their activities with them – captured our souls.
 
I can’t remember being so excited in anticipation of a tour – I could hardly sleep the night before! When I joined two of our lovely clients on a Global Sojourns “primate-focused trip” in Uganda and Rwanda, I expected thrills. But I had no idea just how enthralled I would be by the countryside (especially in Uganda) and by our adventures.

These included:

  • Going in search of tree climbing lions (and finding them)
  • Exploring the shores of the Kazinga Channel in a private boat – taking in elephants, hippos, buffalo, antelope, wondrous birds, rustic fishing villages, and more
  • Absorbing breath-taking views and landscapes
  • Sharing the rhythm of life alongside gorillas and chimps.

We chose to participate in the habituation programs for both the gorillas and chimps.  This differs from the regular one hour treks that are most commonly done (both require permits).  
 
To say it was an experience of a lifetime, would be an understatement! The habituation programs allowed us to spend few hours in their midst- an experience simply beyond words.  
 
Gorillas were the highlight of our trip.  My first glimpse of the silverback moving through the dense mountain forest was electrifying, and something I will always carry with me. As you can see from our photos, we were accepted by the majestic beasts and at times they approached us within inches.

Following the chimpanzees was also deeply moving.  We lucked upon the Alpha chimp early in our trek, and followed him as he ventured through his morning in the forest, calling out to his mates, beating his chest, pounding tree trunks, feeding, contemplating, and grooming. It was pure joy when he allowed us to tag along.

These experiences were such a privilege. I was so taken by them, and by the warm and welcoming people of Uganda, that I am returning next year.  And you are invited to come along!  Join us or have us design a customized primate adventure for you.
 

Comments

  1. Outstanding quest there. What occurred after? Good luck!

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