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Planning for your travel to Uganda for a Gorilla safari, in this article we explain in details on What to expect on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Are you worried about your safety in the Jungle to see the gorillas in their natural Environment? Worry not, Bwindi impenetrable National park is safe for Gorilla trekking in Uganda. Uganda and Bwindi is the leading destinations to see the gorillas as it has half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world, you will have an ultimate gorilla experience.
Highlights of What to expect on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda
- Expect to step into mud on the rainy day during your gorilla trek
- Expect to a long trek and hike, you will need to be fit enough to trek gorillas
- Expect rain showers especially during the rainy season this means you need to pack a rain coat
- Expect to follow the set rules and guidelines during the gorilla trek
- Expect to be guarded by well-armed ranger guides with guns, don’t worry these are aimed to keep you safe in the forest against the wild animals and strangers.
- Expect an off the path experience, that is at some points you will need to make a way off the usual walking trail.
- Expect to wake up very early that is at 6am or earlier based on the Lodge and the distance you are staying in from the start point of your trek.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is where gorilla trekking place in Uganda, the park is located in the south western Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two 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 population of Mountain Gorillas in the world making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. The park is one of the oldest forests in Africa and was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site. Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest National park is done in the four sectors namely Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. The experience is all the sectors is the same and very enjoyable.
The chances of seeing the gorillas in Uganda is 98% since it has half of the world’s population of these great endangered apes. There are 18 habituated gorilla families found in Bwindi impenetrable national park, every gorilla family is allocated 8 visitors per day which gives you an opportunity to visit the gorillas any time of the year. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park is safe and such a life time experience on your travel list.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park
Gorilla trekking means visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat in the forest, the trek in Bwindi forest starts at 7:00am with briefing at every Park headquarters in each region 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 Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
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 15 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. Bwindi impenetrable National Park is safe 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 gorilla trip.
What is the best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park?
Traveling to Uganda for a Gorilla safari. Since Bwindi is a tropical forest and there are rains throughout the year, the best time to trek gorillas in Bwindi is during the drier months of January, February, June, July, August and early September, these months experience less rainfall though the climate changes every day. Any time of the year, you can visit the gorillas in Bwindi. Sometimes, the rainy season is considered better to see the gorillas as there is a lot of food growing because of rain and gorillas can clearly be spotted. Gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly and all those interested in trekking gorillas during this time should book their gorilla permits in advance.
How to access Bwindi impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking?
You can access Bwindi impenetrable national Park by road, it is about 9-10 hours’ drive from Kampala/Entebbe. The road trip is enjoyable as you will stop at the Equator for Photography, Lunch in Mbarara and other stops to view beautiful scenery. We do use 4×4 vehicles that are comfortable for your trip and our professional and trained driver guides will ensure your safety on your gorilla trip.
You can as well fly to Kisoro or Kihihi Airstrips that serve Bwindi impenetrable national park. The flights is about 1-2 hours and they you drive to the hotel/ lodge. There are daily flights from Entebbe international Airport and Kajjansi Airstrip, you can opt for scheduled flights or chartered flights depending on your budget and planned trip.
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 entry of both 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. Bwindi impenetrable national park is easily accessible and safe for gorilla trekking.
Where to stay on a gorilla trekking trip to Bwindi impenetrable National Park?
Bwindi impenetrable national park has many lodges/Hotels where you can stay on your gorilla trekking tour. These range from budget to high end hotels and Eco Adventure Safaris can help you book the hotel of your choice and budget. We recommend staying in the sector where you are trekking for easy accessibility of the park headquarters. In Rushaga, you can stay at Rushaga Gorilla camp, Four Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, in Nkuringo you can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Clouds Mountain gorilla lodge. In Buhoma sector you can stay at Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, and Gorilla forest camp. In Ruhija sector you can stay at Trekkers tavern Lodge, Bakiga lodge or even at Lake Bunyonyi or lodges in Kabale town. The lodges are very many in Bwindi but they require to be booked in advance as they can be fully booked during high season. We always ensure standard service for safety of clients on their stay.
Why book traveling to Uganda for a Gorilla safari with Eco Adventure Safaris
Eco Adventure Safaris is a Local tour operator based in Uganda with its head offices in Entebbe. Eco Adventure Safaris is run and owned by Ugandans. We have been in operation for more than 15 years and we specialize in life changing experiences and sustainable tours and holidays to all East African countries. We are members of AUTO (Association of Uganda Tour Operators) and are registered by UTB (Uganda Tourism Board). We have a good and long working relationship with UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority) making it easy to book your gorilla permits and gorilla trekking safari. Eco Adventure Safaris is highly reviewed on trip advisor as well as Safari bookings. Please contact Eco Adventure Safaris about What to expect on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda.