15 Days best of Rwanda and Uganda safari

15 Days best of Rwanda and Uganda safari

Our 15 Days best of Rwanda and Uganda safari trip brings you the best of Uganda and Rwanda: where the Savannah meets the rain-forest. Expect to see the animals of the Savannah (lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, and leopard) and up to 16 primate species, including gorillas and chimps!!!

This trip specifically includes the most important and well known national parks of Uganda and Rwanda: Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park

, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Bunyonyi and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Starting from Entebbe International Airport Uganda and Ending with Kigali International Airport Rwanda.

How did bonobos come to range south of the congo river? Reconsideration of the divergence of Pan paniscus from other Pan populations

While investigating the genetic structure in wild bonobos,1 we realized that the widely accepted scenario positing that the Pleistocene appearance of the Congo River separated the common ancestor of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) and bonobos (P. paniscus) into two species is not supported by recent geographical knowledge about the formation of the Congo River. We explored the origin of bonobos using a broader biogeographical perspective by examining local faunas in the central African region. The submarine Congo River sediments and paleotopography of central Africa show that the Congo River has functioned as a geographical barrier for the last 34 million years. This evidence allows us to hypothesize that when the river was first formed, the ancestor of bonobos did not inhabit the current range of the species on the left bank of the Congo River but that, during rare times when the Congo River discharge decreased during the Pleistocene, one or more founder populations of ancestral Pan paniscus crossed the river to its left bank. The proposed scenario for formation of the Congo River and the corridor hypothesis for an ancestral bonobo population is key to understanding the distribution of great apes and their evolution.

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