Photo Blog: Monkey Business on Safari

April 30, 2018


With their human-like characteristics, cheeky personalities, and seemingly endless energy, monkeys are natural entertainers and always make for fascinating sightings while on safari.

Uganda is primate country. While great apes like chimpanzees and mountain gorillas may be one of the biggest drawcards for visitors travelling to Uganda, they certainly aren’t the only primates worth looking for while on safari. One of the easiest ways to distinguish a monkey from other anthropoids, is to look for a tail. Unlike apes and hominids, most monkey species have tails.

Here are four monkeys to keep an eye out for while on safari in Uganda:

Black-and-White Colobus Monkey

Black and white colobus monkey

Locally known as ekiremu, enjeya, and engeye, the black-and-white colobus monkeys are best known for their striking fur, and lack of opposable thumbs.

Patas Monkey

Patas Monkey photo by Patrick Shah

Patas monkeys are ground-dwelling monkeys that live in big troupes in semi-arid areas of West Africa, and into East Africa. You’re likely to encounter these monkeys in their masses while on a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park.

Grey-cheeked Mangabey

Grey cheeked mangabey

Found only within the forests of Central Africa, the Grey-cheeked Mangabey is a dark monkey without many distinguishable physical features. They are generally found high in the forest canopy so seeing them on the ground is a special treat.

Golden Monkey

Golden monkey in Uganda

Golden monkeys are very rare and elusive, and tracking these endangered creatures through the bamboo forests of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in western Uganda is an interesting and adventurous activity.

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