Let’s Go Galago!

November 20, 2012

On a women  gorilla safari in Uganda you can encounter a rich variety of primates in their natural habitat. In the space of little more than a week you could stare into the eyes of a Silverback in Bwindi. But for all that primate action, there’s probably one primate most people don’t get to see – as it generally only comes out at night.

Bush Baby (Galago), Lake Mburo National Park, By Andy Gooch

Joining the staff for the nightly feeding of the bush babies (or ‘Galagos’) at the luxury Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park is one of the best kept secrets of a Uganda primate safari.

The lodge is located approximately halfway between the gorilla trekking forests of Bwindi and Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe, and is a superb example of sensitive design. Good taste oozes from every little detail and the smiling staff serve up some of the best food in Uganda.

Bush Baby (Galago), Lake Mburo National Park, By Andy GoochWhat’s more, the lodge’s nightly routine with the neighbourhood bush babies offers visitors a chance to get up close and personal with some of the lesser known primate species of Uganda.

Guests are invited down onto the wooden viewing deck after nightfall, where staff are ready with a supply of fresh chunks of banana, watermelon and other fruity delights (and barmen are attentive with large gin and tonics). The fruit is then speared on lengths of bamboo, and as if by magic, bush babies appear out of the darkness to feast on this nightly treat.

Bush Baby (Galago), Lake Mburo National Park, By Andy Gooch

There is no better way to observe these teddy-bear like primates, as they nimbly hang from branches and dart up trees, their long toes gripping firmly, and their long tails used for balance. If you’re lucky, one of them will stay still long enough for you to capture a photograph.

This collection of images comes courtesy of photographer Andy Gooch, author of ‘Primates of East Africa’, who spent a memorable night at Mihingo photographing the Bush Babies. For an example of a luxury Uganda safari including two nights at Mihingo, check out our popular Week on the Wild Side tour.

Posted by Anne-Marie Weeden

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