The chimpanzee is one of Uganda’s other really brilliant jewels in nature. Together with the bonobon, the chimpanzee is the ape that is most closely related to humans, it shares about 99% of its DNA with modern humans. In order for us to experience this our closest relative up close and in peace and quiet both photograph and just enjoy the experience, we have two days with the chimpanzees. During our days with the chimpanzees, we start early in the morning to have time to find the chimpanzees before they wake up for the day. Then we follow them in their lives during the day, we pretend that we eat what they eat, we do what they do, etc. all to get as close to them as possible and experience the chimpanzees’ everyday life. A day with the chimpanzees means that once we have found them, we can spend about 4-5 hours with them.
During our days in Mgahinga National Park, we will also spend a day looking for the highly endangered Golden monkey that only lives in the Virunga Mountains in the border area between Rwanda, Uganda and Congo-Kinshasa. During our days among gorillas, chimpanzees and Golden monkeys, we will of course find many other exciting animals and birds that we are given the opportunity to photograph.
Bigodi wetland is a fascinating area. The reserve is known for its rich biodiversity, where there are several species of primates, including Eastern black-and-white colobus (Colobus guereza), Grey-cheeked mangabey (Lophocebus albigena) and Red-tailed monkey (Cercopithecus ascanius). In addition to these species, which we have great chances to photograph, there are also Red colobus (Piliocolobus tephrosceles) and Mountain monkey or L’Hoest’s monkey (Allochrocebus lhoesti) i Bigodi. The latter, however, is very rare to see.
Bigodi is also very rich in birds and we will try to get good photo opportunities on the Great blue turaco which is the real jewel in the bird fauna in the area.