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Mubare gorilla family is the oldest gorilla group in Bwindi and was habituated in 1993 when tourism had just been introduced to Bwindi, Is it possible to block permits and trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively. The name Mubare was derived from the famous Mubare Hills where the team of trackers first sited the group. After the habituation, the group was made up of 12 members, headed by Ruhondeza and over the years with raids and misfortune, the group was reduced to only 5 members. After the death of Ruhondeza who died at over 50 years and with new leadership from another silverback Kanyonyi, the group has managed to re grow and currently has 9 members.
Are you planning and interested to trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone and you are wondering if it is possible to block permits and trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone, yes this is very possible with Eco Adventure Safaris. Trekking Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone will give you an opportunity to see mountain gorilla members of this family privately that is a given travel group alone or as an individual. For you to block all permits and trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance of the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign nonresidents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas. If you are planning to travel alone you will need to block and pay for all the gorilla permits trekking that specific day for Mubare gorilla family. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 and Mubare gorilla group has 8 permits available everyday this means you will pay for the entire gorilla permits that is 8 permits ($5600 for foreign non-residents) to block them and this will give you an opportunity to trek this gorilla family exclusively alone in Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Important things to consider when planning to block permits and trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone
Booking and securing all the gorilla permits for Mubare gorilla family in advance
Mubare gorilla family has 8 gorilla permits available for sell every day. For you to trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone you will need to block all these permits in advance so that no other tourists books in to trek in the same gorilla family. For you to block these permits you can either pay 100%, 70% or 30% in advance the total of each permit. Each gorilla permit costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives an opportunity to spend one hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas of this family. We recommend you block the gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. Contact us here for more details on how to book all gorilla permits for tracking Mubare gorilla family in advance to enable you trek gorillas exclusively alone.
Fully booking a given lodge in Buhoma sector to stay in it exclusively alone
This is very important to consider when planning trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone. Buhoma has many lodge options from which you can choose from and options. Luxury options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge and Silverback Lodge among others.
Comfortable travel to Buhoma sector
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Buhoma. From Entebbe or Kampala there is also an option of flying to Kihihi Airstrip which is close to Buhoma; this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 2 hour drive that you spend from Kihihi Airstrip to your lodge in Buhoma. Buhoma can also be accessed from Kigali via Katuna border which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
What to wear during Trekking Mubare Gorilla Family
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek of Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography are very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you a holding onto trees are branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Bwindi impenetrable forest is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so its advisable to carry it along or wear it
- A sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse flies So I would recommend neutral colors.
What is the best time to trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone.
The best time to trek Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone 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 mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.
How to get Buhoma Sector for Trekking Mubare Gorilla Family
By Air: You can get to the Buhoma by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule and charter flights to Kihihi Airstrip from where you connect to Buhoma. There is no direct flight to Buhoma but you can be dropped off to Kihihi where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kihihi to a nearby lodge is approximately 1 hour. Passengers are always required to check in 90minutes before the scheduled departure time on you flight. It is also important to note that aero links baggage is 15kilograms per person and an excess is charged at 3usd per kilo. There also private charters available for client’s that have different timing requirements and different routings too. You might also want to travel with your kids which are free for an infant below 2years old. Children above 12years are carried at 70% of the adults fare.
By Road: Buhoma can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Buhoma. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive. You can also get to Buhoma via Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector
Why book your exclusive trekking of Mubare gorilla family with Eco Adventure Safari.
Eco Adventure Safaris takes pride in customizing tailor-made safaris. It has a very diligent and trustworthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make you a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. Feel free to contact us for your trek of Mubare gorilla family exclusively alone.