Staring into the brown eyes of these highly endangered gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is often described as a life-changing event.

Uganda, the 'Pearl of Africa', is best known for its highly endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. The country is also home to many diverse species, some of which are rarely found elsewhere in Africa.   Situated in East Africa, Uganda is mostly a plateau straddling the equator, resulting in a mild climate with three wet seasons that nourish its rich rainforests.

Uganda boasts of ten national parks, ten wildlife reserves, seven wildlife sanctuaries and thirteen community wildlife areas, allowing travelers to enjoy truly spectacular and diverse scenery from snow covered mountains to dry savannah grasslands and tropical rain forests bisected by the majestic River Nile.

Half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population reside in Uganda and the country is also home to man's closest relative, the chimpanzee. A number of habituated mountain gorilla troops and chimpanzee communities can be tracked and visited by a limited number of tourists daily.


Hyenas are portrayed as scavengers and will do so when given the opportunity. However, they are also accomplished hunters and obtain up to 75 per cent of their food from their own kills. In the Kruger National Park in South Africa they kill 50 per cent of their own prey and in the Kalahari in Botswana they kill up to 80 per cent. They detect carcasses by smell from as far as four kilometres away.

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