Have you ever watched monkeys at play? It’s fun to watch and there’s no shortage of monkeys at play on our photo-tour to Uganda.
When we were visiting Kibale National Park last year on our 2nd photo tour, we came upon a host of Olive Baboons sitting on the road, playing, fighting, and even mating.
Uganda only has the Olive Baboon, while other African countries also have the Yellow baboons, Hamadryas baboons, and Chacma baboons, but in my opinion, they are not as beautiful or interesting to look at as the predominant Olive Baboons.
They live in open areas bordered by the savannah and woodsy areas of Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth Park, Kibale National Park, and even the smaller Lake Mburo National Park and prefer to be outside of the parks during the day as they are frequent prey of the much larger chimps and other monkeys that call these parks home.
Uganda is home to many different primates, such as the Black and White colobus monkey, White-Tailed monkey, Blue monkey, golden monkey, and a host of others. I have been lucky to see quite a few different monkeys on my travels through Uganda.
Where some species of monkeys are listed as endangered, the Olive Baboon continues to climb in numbers. Perhaps that’s because they stay out of harm’s way for most of the day.
On this particular day, we had just exited Kibale National Park after seeing the huge chimps and we saw two Olive Baboons first greeting each other and the exchange soon changed into a mating session. It quickly turned from fascination to embarrassment – not for the monkeys but for me.
Photography Tip – always be ready to take a photo when you are on safari or on an excursion in Uganda as you never know when you will see monkeys or other wild animals. The action below happened very quickly and we were ready for it as our driver Fred and tour guide Venex of Rwenzori Safaris pre-warned us that there may be monkeys on the road.
Below are some of the images I took of the Olive Baboons and their mating ritual.