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Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda is a responsible and sustainable way to experience gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park while minimizing negative impacts on the environment and mountain gorillas.
Here are some tips on how to enjoy Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda:
- Choose a Responsible Tour Operator: Choose Eco Adventure Safaris which is committed to sustainable and environmental ethical practices. Eco Adventure safaris is a Uganda local tour operator that supports local communities, hire knowledgeable local Uganda guides and follow conservation guidelines on all safaris they conduct in Uganda and other countries in Africa.
- Eco Adventure Safaris promotes travel in groups rather than privately which is one of the ways to promote sustainable and responsible travel and with this if you are interested in joining a group tour to visit gorillas in Uganda contact us here
- Follow Park Regulations: Abide by the rules and regulations set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and your trekking permit. These rules may include group size limits, minimum age requirements, and strict guidelines on behavior in the presence of gorillas.
- Respect Wildlife and Habitat: When you are in the presence of gorillas, maintain a safe distance, and avoid direct eye contact. Do not touch the gorillas or litter in their habitat. Your guide will provide instructions on how to behave during the trek.
- Stay on Designated Trails: Stick to designated trekking paths to minimize disturbance to the ecosystem. Avoid trampling on plants or disturbing other wildlife in the area.
- Use Eco-friendly Products: Bring biodegradable or eco-friendly products when you visit the parks. Avoid single-use plastics and pack out all your trash.
- Minimize Noise: Keep noise levels to a minimum during the trek. Loud noises can stress the gorillas and other wildlife.
- Limit Group Size: Smaller group sizes are generally better for minimizing the impact on the gorillas and their habitat. Some trekking operators offer exclusive or private treks for a more intimate experience.
- Educate Yourself: Learn about the gorillas, their habitat, and the conservation efforts in place. Understanding the importance of preserving these animals and their environment can enhance your experience and commitment to conservation.
- Support Local Communities: Purchase locally made crafts and support community-based initiatives that help reduce the impact of tourism on the gorillas’ habitat and provide sustainable livelihoods for local residents.
- Offset Your Carbon Footprint: Consider offsetting the carbon emissions associated with your trip by supporting reforestation or other carbon offset projects in Uganda.
By following these guidelines and choosing eco-friendly tour operator Eco Adventure Safaris, you can enjoy the incredible experience of Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda while contributing to the conservation and protection of these majestic creatures and their fragile ecosystem.
How many days do you need for Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda
The Best offer for Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda Cost starts from $1260 For 2 people per person sharing and $1800 for a solo traveler this includes the Gorilla permits, accommodation and transportation. This Tour can start and end in Kigali, Rwanda or Entebbe, Uganda.
About Bwindi best place for Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing border 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. Bwindi Forest National Park is divided into different sections/sectors where you can do the Gorilla tracking experience namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. Bwindi Forest National Park has different habituated gorilla families open for gorilla tracking experience, each gorilla family has different gorilla individuals, and each gorilla family is headed and controlled by the dominant male gorilla the silver back. For you to go on the trek, you are required to have a Gorilla permit valid for trekking that day. Gorilla permits are limited in number per day given it is only 8 people allowed to trek per gorilla family per day in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Cost of Gorilla trekking 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 12 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 Eco Adventure 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 Uganda?
The Uganda 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.
Where to stay during Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda?
On Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda you will stay at eco lodges depending on the sector where you are going to trek the gorillas. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga gorilla camp, Gorilla safari lodge, four gorillas lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge, Gorilla Heights lodge. In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma havens, Buhoma lodge, Bwindi lodge, Buhoma community rest camp. In Ruhija sector you can stay at Trekkers tavern Lodge, Bakiga lodge and Ruhija community Rest camp.
Why book Eco friendly gorilla trekking in Uganda Through Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris offers amazing gorilla safari experiences to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. Contact us on here for our discounted packages and also tailor-made Gorilla trips from Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi, Cultural experiences. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor to help you learn on the experiences of the other travelers who have traveled.