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Primate and Mammal Tours: Uganda gorillas, chimpanzees and bushbabies!

August 10, 2013

We’ve launched a new series of tours: specialist primate and mammal watching trips!

We’ve started this exciting new venture with a Uganda Primate Tour earlier this year; as you can see from these photographs.

We run three types of trips per year to our most popular and mammal-rich destinations:
* specialist Uganda Primate Tour from 4 until 16 February 2014.
* specialist Tanzania Wildbeeest migration and Hadza bushmen tour from 8 to 19 April 2014 and
* specialist Madagascar lemurs and fosa tour from 24 October to 10 November 2014.
Bookings have opened, so if you would like to join or enquire, please contact Deirdre at

On these trips for keen mammal watchers, we’ll track primates up close, and watch them play, groom, vocalise, eat or hunt… Inbetween, we’ll find other interesting mammals and birds and take in the best of the landscape too. The trips focus on intimate and close encounters with much sought-after but also unusual mammals, while staying in comfortable lodges and tented camps set in remote and scenic locations. We spend time at sightings, watch behaviors and interactions, learn about the animals and soak up the landscape. There is time for photography, comparison and discussion. We encounter the sightings on foot where possible, to create intimate and unique experiences.

Our tour combines high quality primate and other mammal observations with stays in luxury tented camps, chosen for their wilderness feel, comfort and location. Under the shade of this Acacia tree, participants are discussing the day’s sightings while sipping sundowners in Uganda.

Here are some photos taken on our inaugural Uganda Primate Trip last January. We tracked Mountain Gorillas on the slopes of Bwindi National Park, which only required a 20 minutes hike! This group of gorillas was so well habituated that they nearly came to sit on our laps! We kept on walking backwards! A community of Chimpanzee sat around us at Kibale forest and others ran through the beautiful old gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. We watched them play, groom, race up trees, cross rivers, drag branches and drum buttresses! We were kept excited even at night, as we searched for bushbabies and were rewarded with incredible views of Thick-tailed Greater Galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus) up close, including some beautiful black melanistic ones!

On the mammal front, we enjoyed special sightings such as a pride of lions up a fig tree, Giant Forest Hog in front of our luxury tents, Black-and-White Guereza Colobus above our cabins, Spotted Hyena with cubs in a cave and right in front of our private boat, African Elephants taking a bath!!

To join Deirdre in 2014 or to enquire, please contact Deirdre at

Mountain Gorilla up close in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Who’se watching who?

Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, where some of us spent a full day following these close relatives.

We were very lucky to see a family of the elusive Giant Forest Hog here near the border of Virunga National Park. Spotted from our tour-leader’s balcony, we all krept closer and were rewarded with these rare views!

One of a pride of seven lions in a Sycamore Fig tree in Queen Elizabeth National Park. So, why do you think lions climb trees?

Never a dull moment on this primate tour! These Thick-tailed Greater Galagos kept us entertained after dinner. Some individuals only develop dark pigment, such as this melanistic black one, and are very well camouflaged!

To see these primates and other mammals up close, join Deirdre from 20 January until 2 February 2014. For more information, or to to enquire about other dates, please email

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