Cover design by Lidia de Pedro

African Rainforest is an expansive collection of recordings made in the various types of rainforest that lie on the Ugandan side of the Albertine Rift, ranging from high-altitude afromontane to tropical lowland jungles.

From the spooky croaking choruses of black and white colobus monkeys to barking baboons, hooting DeBrazza’s monkeys, moaning Mona monkeys, screaming chimpanzees, warbling mangabey and the otherworldly twang of the blue monkey, these forests are packed to the brim with primates calling from the canopy. Yet beyond all the monkey exuberance, these recordings are characterised by tranquility and spaciousness, where slow lazy bird calls are interspersed by gently fluttering insect choruses and pinging tree frogs.

Available in stereo and surround and covering all times of day, African Rainforest not only features lengthy ambient recordings but also includes a number of close-up vocalisations of two kinds of great ape: chimpanzee and mountain gorilla, recorded on location in their natural habitat.

 Recording equipment: Sennheiser MKH8040, MKH30, MKH8020, Zoom F8, Sound Devices USBPre2

This library retails for $125 / $95 (Surround / Stereo, ex VAT) at:
 A Sound Effect
– You can also buy it directly from me by contacting me –

Video preview

Extensive audio preview (stereo)

Extensive audio preview (surround)

To check out the library in surround, download a 6 channel wav file here.

Channel layout is L, R, C, Sub, Ls, Rs. Formats: 5.0 & quad




69 files (stereo) 138 files (surround) • 69+ sounds • 24 bit / 96 kHz • 11.5GB (stereo) 45.5GB (surround)


54 bird species have been identified in metadata

Chestnut-throated Apalis, African Broadbill, African Paradise Flycatcher, African Wood Owl, African Yellow White-eye, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Black-billed Turaco, Black-throated Apalis, Brown Illadopsis, Buff-throated Apalis, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Chubb’s Cisticola, Collared Sunbird, Dark-capped Bulbul, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Grauer’s Warbler, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Crowned Crane, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Bush-Shrike , Grosbeak Weaver, Least Honeyguide, Little Greenbul , Montane Oriole, Mountain Illadopsis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Olive Pigeon, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Piping Hornbill, Red-chested Cuckoo, Red-faced Cisticola, Red-tailed Ant Thrush, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Greenbul, Ruwenzori Apalis, Ruwenzori Batis, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Senegal Coucal, Slender-billed Greenbul, Spotted Eagle-Owl, Tambourine Dove, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Waller’s Starling, Western Black-headed Oriole, Western Nicator, White-breasted Nigrita, White-naped Raven, White-spotted Flufftail, White-tailed Crested-Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Barbet, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Nicator, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul


The ambience recordings include 10 primate species

Chimpanzee, Blue Monkey, Black and White Colobus, DeBrazza’s Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Dent’s Mona Monkey, Dwarf Bushbaby, Olive Baboon and an unidentified type of Galago.

Other wildlife

Numerous frogs, crickets and cicadas, and the following mammals are featured in the ambiences

Bats, Boehm’s Tree Squirrel, Western Tree Hyrax, Red-legged Sun Squirrel, Waterbuck

Great Apes bonus content

9 Chimpanzee & 4 Mountain Gorilla close up vocalisation recordings


The following rainforest types & habitats and elevations were used as recording locations

Afromontane (1750m, 2000m, 2300m, 2350m), Afromontane Swamp (2000m, 2350m), Medium Altitude Tropical Rainforest (900m), Montane-Lowland Transitional Rainforest (1100m, 1300m), Tropical Lowland Rainforest (700m)


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