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Are you interested in Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda, do you also want to see the Chimpanzees then combining gorillas with additional days of chimpanzee trekking is the best option to do and book for your Uganda trip? Eco Adventure Safaris will help you arrange to do gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park.
You will need a minimum of 5 Days Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda. Gorilla Habituation is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park whereas Chimpanzee trekking can be done in Kibale Forest National Park, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura Gorge lodge close to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Budongo forest close to Murchison Falls National Park
Gorilla Habituation experience in Bwindi is the only activity that gives you an opportunity to visit and spend more time with the Mountain Gorillas that is 4 hours encounter. This safari will give you an opportunity to spend 4 hours with Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The remaining Mountain Gorillas in the whole world are only found in four recognized National Parks that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. Of these National Parks remaining with Mountain Gorillas it is only Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where Gorilla Habituation is done.
Gorilla Habituation is considered as an experience because it gives you an exceptional encounter with the mountain Gorillas in Bwindi forest, this involves hiking/walking in Bwindi forest with researchers and ranger guides to search for semi habituated mountain gorillas, once you find them you will participate in activities geared to make these mountain gorillas get used to human presence which will later on be opened for normal tracking.
How to book Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda?
First step of booking a Gorilla trekking with additional days of chimpanzee trekking is securing and purchasing a Gorilla permit and a chimpanzee trekking Permit. You can only purchase this from Uganda Wildlife Authority, a Gorilla Habituation Permit costs USD1500 per person per trek. Contact us and we will help secure the gorilla habituation permit for you. Once you have your planned dates of travel you will let us know and we check for availability of space for Gorilla Habituation Experience with Uganda Wildlife Authority and once we confirm availability we will go ahead and book for you tentatively, we will then send you an invoice for you to make payment once this is done you will send us proof of payment so that we go ahead and secure the permit accordingly. After purchase we will send you a scanned copy of your permit for your records and perusal. Gorilla Habituation experience is done in a group of 4 tourists plus park rangers and researchers tracking per group. There are only 2 semi habituated mountain gorilla groups open for gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with this it means they are only 8 permits available for gorilla habituation making it hard to get last minute booking, it is always better to book your permit in advance atleast 3-5 month prior visiting so that you don’t miss out on the few permits available.
What is the best time for Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda?
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Chimpanzee Trekking in Kibale can be done any time throughout the year given the fact this is a well-organized activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the best time to do a gorilla habituation safari in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown, however as well sometimes, the rainy season is considered better to go for a Gorilla Habituation experience as there is a lot of food growing because of rain and gorillas can clearly be spotted in the forest with a short walk given the fact they tend to move shorter distances looking for food.
Where to Stay on a Gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi
In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge and Karungi Camp. In Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge or Lake Mutanda Resort, all these lodges are close to the start point of Gorilla Habituation.
Where is Gorilla Habituation done in Uganda?
Gorilla Habituation is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park; you can get to this park by flying into Entebbe international Airport, and start your trip from Entebbe/Kampala to south western Uganda through major local towns of Masaka, Mbarara and Kabale. To reach Bwindi you can use Road transport which is about 9-10 hours or fly to Kisoro Airstrip to access the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park. You can also fly into Kigali international Airport, drive to south western Uganda through Cyanika or Katuna Boarder which take only 4-5 hours with the time spent at immigrations at the border. We always advise our visitors to acquire the East African Visa which allows multiple entries of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda. The East African Visa fee costs USD100 which can be gotten at the Airport upon arrival or online and it is cost effective instead of buying single entry Visas. But you can as well opt to secure single Visas as well, the Rwandan Visa costs USD30 and Uganda Visa cost USD 50.
Why book Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda with us?
Eco Adventure Safaris is experienced in organizing amazing Uganda safari experiences to Uganda and Rwanda. We are also highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor. We combine gorilla trekking safaris with eco-friendly and unforgettable high-end adventure and wildlife safaris that help preserve biodiversity, conserve wildlife and uplift local communities, these include chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 safaris and game viewing, Mountain Hiking, Boat cruises excursions and Cultural encounters to give you a memorable and best African Safari experience including popular and great African safari destinations Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia. Feel free to contact us about Gorilla and Chimpanzee Photography Safaris in Uganda.