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Ebola outbreak in Uganda Vs Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari, where you planning to visit Uganda soon but you are now planning to cancel your trip to Uganda due to the outbreak of Ebola, for now as I write this article I will provide to you more information to give you confidence not to cancel your trip to Uganda and also show you that it is not that worse as many media platforms state it. If you are planning a Uganda safari or gorilla safari Rwanda, then there is no need to worry. Ebola is one of those menaces where with the mere
Uganda has put up a very strong fight against Ebola so as to maintain its status as a peaceful and Ebola-free destination in east Africa. Uganda has assured tourists that there is no cause for fear or alarm following the Ebola outbreak in the east African country that started.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mghinga Gorilla National Park both close to each other and located in the southern part of Uganda. Gorilla tourism activities are ready to open for tourists once travel restrictions are eased and it is safe to trek mountain gorillas again, this will be in line with the set SOPs and the WHO health and safety guidelines to ensure the safety and health of tourists as well as the Mountain Gorillas.
Eco Adventure Safaris is ready to follow all SOPs and health guidelines set by the ministry of health and WHO while booking and handling of all our Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda, we have various gorilla trekking packages available that you can choose from ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury, these can as well be customized to best match your interests and plans, send us an email and we will guide and book for you accordingly.
Where is Gorilla Trekking done in Uganda
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Both parks can be accessed from Entebbe and from Kigali, Rwanda on your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda.
About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park is located in south western Uganda, a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site that provides habitat to the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, two great African apes both of which are listed in the IUCN Red Data Book as endangered animals. Gorilla tracking is the major activity done in this park offering you a one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas which is done in its four sectors of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. This park also gives you an opportunity to spend more time with the mountain gorillas through Gorilla Habituation Experience which is only done in Bwindi among national parks with the only remaining mountain gorillas. Other activities that are done in Bwindi include Birding, nature walks, Gorilla Habituation, Hiking, Butterfly viewing and cultural encounters.
About Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in south western Uganda sharing the border with Rwanda, it is one of the 3 national parks that are located in the Virunga ranges stretching from Uganda, Rwanda to DR Congo. Other parks in the virunga ranges include Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park provides a habitat for the Mountain Gorillas and Golden Monkeys the two worlds’ rare and endangered apes. Apart from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mountain Gorillas can be trekked here in Uganda. The park has one Gorilla habituated family that is Nyakagezi Gorilla Group which required advance booking for you to secure your spot for trekking at this given the fact its only 8 permits available every day. Other activities that can be done at this park include Golden monkey tracking, Batwa cultural Heritage trail, and Volcano hiking, Golden Monkey habituation among others.
The difference between Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park is the vegetation cover with Bwindi being a tropical rain forest it has much thicker vegetations and forest cover compared to Mgahinga which has montane vegetation with basically bamboo as common vegetation cover.
How to book a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda
For you to book a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda, you will need to have a your gorilla permit secured in advanced to confirm that you are booked for gorilla trekking in either Bwindi Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Once you have your planned dates of travel confirmed we will need you to send us an email at so that we check for availability of gorilla permits online with the Uganda Wildlife Authority once we confirm permits are available for your planned dates we will let you know so that we can send you an invoice for you to make payment for the permits. Once the payment is done and we have received it on our account we will go ahead and purchase your permits immediately and send you a scanned copy of the permits for your records and perusal, this will confirm you are booked for Gorilla Trekking In either Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It is advised to book your Gorilla trek in Uganda in advance atleast 2-3 months prior your visit given the fact gorilla permits are limited and sell out very quickly on first come first serve basis.
How much is a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda
Ebola outbreak in Uganda Vs Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari. The Gorilla permit price shares a much more cost for any Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda on top of other services like transport, accommodation and guiding. A gorilla permit costs USD700 for the Foreign nonresident, USD600 for the Foreign resident and USD70 (250,000 Uganda Shilling) for the East African Citizen per person per trek, this gorilla permit gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. On top of the gorilla permit you will also pay other services for a successful gorilla trekking safari which include transport, accommodation and guiding. Our 4 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorillas all inclusive cost starts from USD1272 per person. Contact us here and we will book for you according.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is best done in 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 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National park for gorilla trekking, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the mountain gorillas 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 mountain gorillas don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing the mountain gorillas.
How to access Bwindi Forest National Park for Gorilla Trekking
By Road; This will depend on which sector you will be doing your gorilla trek; Bwindi can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. The northern sectors of Ruhija and Buhoma can be accessed by turning off along the Kabale-Kisoro road you will see the sign posted of Uganda Wildlife Authority which you will follow upto the designated sector for your trek. The southern sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo trailheads can be reached using the road turning off at Muko along Kabale-Kisoro High way.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access the southern sectors of Rushaga and Nkuringo and then to Kihihi airstrip for the northern sectors of Ruhija and Buhoma. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Park
How to access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for Gorilla Trekking
By Road; Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will drive towards Kisoro town from where you will access the park depending on your hotel you will be staying at.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip from here you will access Mgahinga Gorilla National park with just 15-20 minutes drive. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to the Park
Where to stay during Gorilla Trekking safari in Uganda
There are many accommodation options in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you can stay during your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda these range from budget, mid-range to luxury let us now we will book for you accordingly.
Accommodation in Bwindi Forest National park, Budget options include Rusgaha Gorilla Havens Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Buhoma Community rest Camp among others these cost USD90-100 per person per night, mid-range include Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Community Havens Lodge, Bakiga Lodge among others these cost USD150-200 per person per night, Luxury options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Four Gorillas Lodge, Clouds Gorilla Lodge and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge these cost USD250-700 per person per night.
Accommodation options in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park include Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort for Mid-range, Kisoro Inn for budget and Gahinga Lodge for luxury.
How Tour operators and service providers will control the spread Ebola outbreak in Uganda Vs Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari
The Uganda Tourism board has issued travel recommendations that tour operators in Uganda will have to follow during the Ebola outbreak in Uganda Vs Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari, due to the current threat posed by Corona Virus to Uganda travel trade and tourism assets, it is the recommendation of the Uganda Tourism Board that;
- All tour operators, travel agencies, and accommodation facilities provide hand washing facilities with soap at their premises and on-board travel vehicles and vessels.
- To improve preparedness as a sector, tour operators, agencies and accommodation facilities are encouraged to maintain a stock of recommended masks (N95) for their clients
- All tour operators and travel agencies should encourage clients who intend to visit Uganda to carry own recommended masks (N95)
- All tour operators, travel agencies and accommodation facilities should educate their staff and clients (visitors) on preventive measures for the mitigation of contracting Corona virus
- These measures include; avoiding handshakes and body-hugging, washing hands with disinfectants, regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles
Why book your gorilla trekking safari with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your gorilla trek in Bwindi contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different Luxury gorilla trekking safari packages to Nkuringo Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park that we can book for you including the gorilla habituation permits. Feel free to check out 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 and we guarantee you a great gorilla trekking tour in Nkuringo with us. Feel free to contact us here about Ebola outbreak in Uganda Vs Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari