it is always easy/lazy to veer towards hyperbole, but enjoying a chimpanzee habituation day in the Budongo Reserve, Uganda, has to be one of the best wildlife experiences I have ever had.
this unique opportunity allowed me and a guide to spend an entire day in the semi-deciduous tropical rainforest of the reserve, simply watching chimpanzees. thanks to my knowledgeable guide, and a fair bit of documentary watching on my part, I was amazed by how much behaviour I saw; feeding, courtship, mating, young playing, males showing off, many types of communication and to beat it all, I experienced my first ever chimpanzee fart!
it was an utter privilege to spend time in this unique environment. as soon as I left I realised I needed to go back again.
and here’s a very small slideshow of some of the pictures I took.