How to get to Bwindi to visit the gorillas, there are many ways to get to Bwindi this is through by road or flight, it is much easy to get to Bwindi by road from Kigali that is 4-5 hours drive compared to 8-9 hours drive from Entebbe or Kampala. By flight you will only spend 1-2 hours from Entebbe to Kisoro or Kihih Airstrip and from here you will be picked up and transfer to your hotel in Bwindi for gorilla trekking. How to get to Bwindi to visit the gorillas
By Road; The southern sector of Bwindi Forest National Park can be accessed through the main safari circuit from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will need to turn off at Muko along the Kabale-Kisoro road you will see the sign post of Uganda Wildlife Authority which you will follow upto to your booked lodge for accommodation in either Rushaga or Nkuringo sector.
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. 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
Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali. Are you planning to visit Uganda for Gorilla Trekking starting your trip from Kigali, Rwanda and you are also planning to spend some time and see Kigali, Rwanda? Are you based in Rwanda and you want to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park? Eco Adventure Safaris will help plan for you a gorilla trip starting from Rwanda. Rwanda is a landlocked country bordered by Uganda in the north, Tanzania in the East, Burundi in the south and DR Congo in the west. Rwanda is covered by beautiful landscapes best known as a country of 100o hills, it is one of the cleanest and organized countries in Africa. The scenery is the most dramatic along the Northern, western and eastern borders.
Cost and Getting Gorilla permits in Bwindi
The Gorilla permit in Uganda Costs $700 Per person per trek for the Foreign non residents, $600 Per person for residents and $70 for East African Citizens (Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi and South Sudan), this gives you an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda has 17 habituated gorilla family groups with 16 found in Bwindi and 1 in Mgahinga this means 136 Gorilla permits are available every day for gorilla trekking in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda also gives you an option to spend more time with the mountain gorillas through Gorilla habituation experience which is only done in Bwindi forest, a gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 per person giving you an opportunity to spend 4 hours encounter with the semi habituated mountain gorillas under the guidance of trackers and researchers as opposed to one hour for the normal trekking. Getting gorilla permits in Uganda can be done directly by booking them through Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trusted tour operator in Uganda like Eco Adventure Safaris.
What is the age limit for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi?
The minimum age limit for Gorilla Trekking is 15 years and the maximum age is 85 years depending on fitness levels. Gorilla trekking for elders is now made possible especially in Bwindi forest through provision of sedan chair carriers, these chairs are used to carry those who feel unfit and are unable to walk into the forest at the time of their trek, you will be carried by potters to and from the forest during your trek, hiring the sedan chair can done in advance or at the day of the trek and price ranges from 400-500 dollars.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?
Uganda Gorilla Trekking from Kigali in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is done throughout the year and the best time to do a gorilla trekking in Africa 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.
What to pack for Uganda Gorilla Trekking?
During gorilla tracking you will need a comfortable, hard wearing, pair of walking shoes or boots. Conditions are generally very muddy in the forest when it is raining. There are uphill sections which may be quite steep and strenuous. It is also advisable to wear a long sleeve cotton shirt and lightweight long trousers to protect yourself from the undergrowth, stinging nettles and biting ants. Suggested Items to pack for Gorilla trekking;
• Insect Repellent
• Torch/Flashlight – and Spare Batteries
• Wet Wipes
• Water Bottle
• Camera, lenses etc
• Comfortable walking/hiking boots & socks
• Gardening gloves for gorilla tracking
• Sandals/strops/walking shoes
• Hat and Sunscreen
• Rain Jacket
• Binoculars (game/bird watching)
Why book with Eco Adventure Safaris your Uganda Gorilla Trekking
Eco Adventure Safaris will help you book your Uganda Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park contact us and we advise you on the booking process. We as well have different gorilla trekking safari packages ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury options that we can book for you including the gorilla permits. Feel free to checkout our trip advisor 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 Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo with us. How to get to Bwindi to visit the gorillas