Alfy K Nsamba
Primate Parks Reopen in Uganda
The Uganda Wildlife Authority ( UWA ) has issued a statement confirming that the Primate Parks in Uganda are now open. This is a great step forward as the Tourism Sector moves towards welcoming back international tourists to Uganda. But for now the Entebbe International Airport remains closed, although there are rumours that it may open in early October 2020, we will of course keep you updated. This statement comes on the back of the Savannah Parks being opened on the 05th June 2020.
Primate Parks are that are under the management of the UWA are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, where most tourists do Gorilla Trekking and Mgahinga National Park where you can do Gorilla Trekking and Golden Monkey Trekking. Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Toro Semiliki Wildlife Reserve are all Primate Parks where Chimpanzee Trekking takes place. All these National Parks are now open, however strict adherence to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) set up by UWA is mandatory.
There are other places in Uganda where chimpanzee Trekking takes place:
Budongo Forest - National Forestry Agency
Kalinzu Forest - National Forestry Agency
Bulindi Chimpanzee Project,
but these places are not under the management of UWA as tourists await SOPs from the respective organisations it is important at the very least to follow the UWA guidelines if you choose to Chimpanzee Trek in these areas. It is worth mentioning that the organisations providing these activities must also adhere to the SOPs set out by the Ministry of Health and the Uganda Tourism Board that governs protocol that must be followed when carrying out tourist activities
Primates are a group of species that contains Lemurs, Monkeys and Apes. Apes are humans closest living relatives. Apes are split into great apes — gorillas, bonobos, chimpanzees orangutangs and humans. Lesser apes — gibbons and siamangs. Humans share 98% of their DNA with chimpanzees