Visiting Africa’s primates is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding African experiences we organise and a face to face encounter with a mountain gorilla, the world’s largest living primate, is an unforgettable event. These wonderful beasts are one of our nearest relatives, with whom we share over 97% of our DNA. They are massively powerful yet amazingly gentle and caring, and appear to be almost human at times.
The lesser primates such as chimpanzees, lemurs, monkeys and baboons are all fascinating and immensely rewarding animals to spend time observing. Their interactions, communications, mobility and intelligence are all readily visible, and proof of our kinship with this amazing family of beautiful animals.
The survival of many African primate species is severely threatened by pressure on their dwindling habitats, poaching for meat and trophies, illegal logging, disease and even human conflict. Many of the remaining populations live in very fertile but remote and inaccessible regions, making the job of protecting them very difficult. Visiting these beautiful places to see these wonderful animals helps to promote to local people the economic value and good sense of ensuring their survival.
Aardvark Safaris has been planning specialist primate viewing holidays for many years. We have significant experience with a variety of species including the mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda, lemurs in Madagascar, chimpanzees in Uganda and Tanzania, and smaller, lesser known species like the Angola Colobus and golden monkey.