Gorilla Trekking In Uganda
Gorilla Trekking In Uganda : Gorilla trekking is a stunning safari moment and popular activity on a Uganda safari that attracts various numbers of the tourists in Uganda. Uganda gorilla Trekking safari is done in two different national parks that includes Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. On a Uganda safari, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the best known safari destination known for the highest number of the gorillas with the highest numbers of the of about 22 habituated gorilla families that are found in four sectors that is Buhoma sector in the North of the park, Rushaga sector in the south of the park, Ruhija sector in the East of the park and Nkuringo sector in the South of the park.
Gorilla trekking is done in other safari destinations that includes Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, then Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park as the safari activity starts very early in the morning with the briefing about the rules, regulations and the acceptations to follow during gorilla trekking. After the briefing you can be divided into the various groups of eight people per group as each group can be allocated to a habituated gorilla family to trek with the presence of the well experienced park guides that is well conversant with all the gorilla trekking trails in the park.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park takes a period of about 30 minutes to 8 hours depending on the location of the gorillas since these giant apes keep on moving from place to place while looking for food. Along the way while carrying out the gorilla trekking safari you will come to encounter various biodiversity in both of the safari destinations where the activity takes place including the bird species, bird species, plant and the tree species. And immediately you come to find the gorillas you can be given one hour to be with the presence of the gorillas that offers you the chance to get to know more about the gorillas including characters, behaviors, watch them feed, breast feed, elder ones grooming the young ones, taking photos and recording them videos to show people back home after the safari.
After the one hour being with the presence gorillas you go back to where you have started from at the park headquarters and receive your gorilla trekking certificates for participating in gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park.
On the other side Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park offers the tourists with the incredible gorilla habituation safari experience where the mountain gorillas get trained to get used to the human presence for perfect trekking. Gorilla habituation in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park takes place in Rushaga sector in the southern part of the park where the activity takes long time that is 4 hour. Just the way like gorilla trekking, also gorilla habituation starts with a briefing where you experience the jungle while searching for the gorillas with the presence of scientists, researchers, park rangers and the trekkers. Along the way you explore the park’s different attractions like the bird species, primate species and others. And once the gorillas are found, you can be given four hours with them in their habitants where you fully watch their behaviors, habits, engage in the naming process, taking photos and many others.
Cost for gorilla trekking permits in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking permits are the legal cards that are issued to the visitors that are above 15 years that are allowed to visit any habituated gorilla family and spend one hour with the mountain gorillas in their habitat. The gorilla trekking permits on a Uganda safari costs 700 USD per person and then foreign nonresidents costs 600 USD per person and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
Gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park do cost 1500 USD per person for foreign nonresidents, 1000 USD per person for foreign residents and then 750,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit on a Uganda safari.
A gorilla trekking permit on a Uganda safari that is Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can either be booked through Uganda Wildlife Authority the government body in charge of tourism in Uganda that is either you contact the headquarters in Kampala through the email or telephone calls.
Then the gorilla trekking trails on a Uganda gorilla safari can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Lakeside tours and travels limited where you will contact us the date, year, month and the gorilla trekking destination you want to explore. Immediately we shall check for the permit availability and if the permits are available on your respective dates you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Then if we receive the money we will purchase for you the permit and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as to confirm you.
Therefore you are reminded that the gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park should be booked in advance like 3 to 6 months before the trekking date because of the competition and always get sold so quickly especially during the peak season or the dry season in months of June to September and December to February when they are highly competitive.
Best time to do gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can be done throughout the year though the best time to do gorilla trekking is during the dry season in June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season that’s when these parks experience less rainfall therefore the gorilla trekking trails will be easy to pass, and that’s when the vegetation in the park can be thin and short hence easy viewing of the gorillas.
On the other hand gorilla trekking can be done in the wet season for the tourists who do not prefer the overcrowdings in the park during the months of March to May and October to November. That when the gorilla trekking permits can be easily accessed.