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.


Africa is believed by most scientists to be the cradle for both humans and great apes. The earliest remains of the modern human species Homo Sapiens have been found in Ethiopia and date to roughly 200,000 years ago. In 1974, the skeleton of 'Lucy', a hominid who lived approximately 3.2 million years ago and has been considered a common ancestor to the human family, was discovered in Ethiopia.

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