While there are many primates to experience in Africa, and some are found in savannah-based safari regions, the main attraction for any primate-based safaris includes chimpanzee and gorilla.
These primates are limited to several small pockets along the continents equatorial regions; however, populations have been affected over decades of civil unrest and hunting.
Luckily a few strongholds of these magnificent animals are being protected in some of Africa's wilderness areas, including National Parks and Reserves in East Africa.
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Some regions have been sharing this intelligent wildlife phenomenon for many years, and positive tourism impacts have had a great result on localised animal populations and their conservation activities. One of the newest regions to come online with lowland gorilla is Rwanda, and already the impact has been hugely rewarding for the species; and the people of this war-torn and scared destination.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda shares a border with Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda, and forms part of the greater Virunga Mountains, and its chain of volcanoes. It is here that gorilla experiences have been appreciated for many years, yet, often considered as a more active individuals destination, as the day's treks can be more challenging and longer.
Tanzania is our go-to destination for chimpanzee and offers some of the most exhilarating viewings of these animals that have been protected and habituated for several years.
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