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Are you planning to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking and you want know the Best location to trek gorillas in Bwindi? Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has four main sections which include Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors found in the southern side of the park and Buhoma and Ruhija found in the northern side of the park. All sides of the park are easy to access depending on which side you are coming from going to Bwindi for gorilla trekking and other activities. For those coming from Kampala or Entebbe going to Bwindi the northern side is more accessible for gorilla trekking and other activities compared to the southern side of Bwindi. For those coming from Kigali, Rwanda going to Bwindi the southern side is more accessible for gorilla trekking and other activities.
Which section of Bwindi is best for gorilla trekking
The Best location to trek gorillas in Bwindi and other activities all depends on your itinerary, activities you plan to do and places you plan to go either before your gorilla trek or after the trek in Bwindi. For those interested in visiting the close national parks and places to Bwindi for other activities like Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise and cultural tour, Queen Elizabeth National Park for wildlife viewing and Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee trekking the northern side of Bwindi is more accessible to these parks compared to the southern side of Bwindi. For those planning to visit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Golden monkey trekking after Bwindi and Lake Mutanda the southern side is more accessible to this park compared to the northern side.
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas.
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Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and the Best part to see gorillas in Bwindi
Bwindi impenetrable National Park has four gorilla trekking regions namely Ruhija, Buhoma and Rushaga gorilla regions of Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Gorilla trekking means visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat in the forest, the trek in Uganda starts at 7:00am with briefing on the dos and don’ts while moving in the forest and with the gorillas. After briefing, the park guides, rangers, and trackers lead you to the forest to find the gorillas. You are allowed one hour of viewing the gorillas when found and later you return to the starting point to receive a certificate for the successful gorilla trekking in Uganda.
The gorillas are amazing to watch as they have 95% of the human DNA. Only eight visitors allowed to see gorillas per habituated family per day according to Uganda wildlife Authority policy so as to conserve the gorillas. To be allowed to do gorilla trekking, you must be aged 15 years and above as per the policy and minors are not allowed to trek since they may not easy be controlled in the forest and may easily transmit diseases to the gorillas. Uganda is good for gorilla trekking, policies and guidelines are in place for trekking and conservation which as Encounter Africa safaris we always share with you while planning your 3 day gorilla tour to Bwindi National Park with a fair price.
What is the cost of gorilla permits in Bwindi?
The gorilla permits are very essential when planning 3-day gorilla tour to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The Bwindi gorilla permit costs USD700 per person for Non-Foreign Residents, USD600 for Foreign Residents and Shs.250, 000 for East African Citizens. The gorilla habituation permits costs USD1500 per person for Non- Foreign Residents, USD1000 for Foreign Residents and Uganda Shs. 750,000 per person for East African Citizens. This habituation permits allows you to view the gorillas for four hours once you find them as you see the way they move, feed, rest and live in families.
Even though Uganda has more gorilla permits, they tend to sell out so very quickly during the high season (January, February, July, August, September, and December every year. Once you contact us about your planned trek and desired dates, we shall check availability of permits online system for Uganda Wildlife Authority and if permits are available, we shall send you an invoice to make payment for the permits as they are top priority and if they are not available, you will choose other dates that have availability of permits. Once we receive payment, we shall book and secure your permits and send you copy of the receipt with booking ID to confirm your trek. Knowing the cost of the Uganda Gorilla permits is one of the things to consider when determining the approximate cost/ fair price of the 3 day gorilla tour to Bwindi National Park.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi done throughout the year and The best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the primates offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Bwindi is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Why book your Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi with Eco Adventure Safaris?
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trek Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla safari packages to Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla trekking permits. Feel free to checkout our TripAdvisor reviews and read from a community of happy satisfied clients. With us, you can be rest assured of a memorable Uganda safari holiday. We are devoted to providing excellent service and customer satisfaction. Our team of excellent tour consultants is always willing to help answer all your safari questions. We guarantee you a great gorilla tour in Bwindi with us. Contact us here about Best location to trek gorillas in Bwindi and other activities