Gorilla trekking Safari in Uganda is recognized as the best tourist activity where travelers can participate in exploring the fabulous Gorilla Species in the tropical montane rain forests. In Uganda, gorilla tours take place in two protected areas that are Mgahinga gorilla national park and the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which makes made Uganda to be known worldwide. Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest national parks are positioned in the southwestern part of Uganda and above all, they are famous for inhabiting half of the total world’s population of giant mountain gorillas that are still surviving in the wild.
In Uganda, the gorilla trekking safari is the best-done activity on the Uganda primate’s safari, and this is because the gorilla trekking experience is truly an everlasting encounter that travelers wouldn’t have missed to experience in a lifetime. Uganda has a promising high population of the endangered mountain gorillas which has been increasing over the years thus attracting more travelers to visit these two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park which is protected and managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Uganda gorilla trekking experience takes travelers to the habituated different gorilla families that are over 20 families scattered in four mountain gorilla sectors that is to say Buhoma sector, Ruijah sector, Nkuringo sector, and Rushaga sector each of these sectors is located differently in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla family has only one mountain gorilla family being habituated and already to be a trek.
Within the two mountain gorilla trekking destinations in Uganda, there is a limited number of participants of about 8 travelers allowed to engage in the incredible mountain gorilla trekking experience which is carried out in the trailheads within the bamboo tropical rain forest.
Gorilla trekking experience involves travelers being spearheaded by a well-trained park ranger to their natural habitats of the mountain gorillas and end up with other opportunities of spotting other small primate species such as blue monkeys, white and black colobus monkeys, golden monkeys of Mgahinga, spotting bird species, vegetation, butterfly species, plant species, and tree species among others and hence offering an unforgettable memorable experience.
Facts travelers should know about the Gorilla trekking experience.
Gorilla trekking experience a truly an amazing and the top did activity on the traveler’s safari to Uganda because many tourists visit Uganda the pearl of Africa due to the presence of the great apes, which they would love to encounter eye to eye and they are said to be sharing the human DNA which is at 98%, remember gorilla trekking experience is fantastic to view these great apes face to face to see whether they are indeed the closest human’s relative in their natural habitat. It is good to learn more about the lifestyle and the behaviors of the mountain gorillas since travelers are given an hour to spend viewing mountain gorillas in the wild.
The gorilla trekking experience starts in the morning with a traveler’s briefing about the rules and regulations of Gorilla trekking, After the briefing travelers meet their experienced park ranger who will lead them to one of the four sectors situated in the Bwindi forest it could be the Rushaga sector where you are going to trek your gorilla family. We advise travelers to book their accommodation facilities near the sector that they have chosen to trek mountain gorillas
Once mountain gorillas are located travelers are given an hour to observe these giant apes in their natural inhabit as they learn how gorillas behave, their lifestyle, playing on the tree branches, around, grooming the young ones, and female gorillas breastfeeding which could be so exciting and amazing for most travelers, travelers can as well as enjoy photo shoots with the gorillas but you should note that flash cameras are not accepted then after the gorilla trekking travelers are driven back to your booked lodge to have refreshments and overnight stay.
It is important to note, that mountain gorillas do not live in zoos or in any mire places, because mountain gorillas can’t survive there and mountain gorillas can only survive in the tropical- montane rain forest, bamboo forest, and volcanoes situated on the African continent, Mountain Gorillas are located in three different countries of Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park, Rwanda at Volcanoes national park and in the Democratic Republic of Congo at Virunga national park. The world has over 1,000 mountain gorillas surviving in the wild which can be viewed in only three countries named above. But of all, half of the total mountain gorilla population is located in Uganda in two national parks of the hallmark of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park that is attracting more tourists each because of the high population of the habituated mountain gorilla families.
Travelers should be wondering how much do the gorilla permits cost, gorilla trekking safari to Uganda, travelers should need to first know the charges of Uganda Gorilla trekking permits because no traveler can participate in the gorgeous gorilla trekking experience without holding a valid gorilla trekking permit and travelers are advised to book for their mountain gorilla trekking permit prior to their travel date in to the country. The best way a traveler can acquire their gorilla trekking permit is to book with a trusted tour operator who will help in putting all together on their behalf that ranging from the tour package in time and care.
What is the cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda 2022/23?
Of course, every traveler yearns to know how much a gorilla trekking fee of Uganda Gorilla trekking 2022/23. Per now gorilla trekking permits still costs USD700 for Foreign Nonresidents per person.
When is the best time to visit Uganda for the Gorilla trekking experience?
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park are always open all year round for tourism purposes but the best months for gorilla trekking are in the dry seasons when the forest trekking trails are mad free, and not slippery at all and such dry months include June, July, August & September and from December to February. Though Bwindi and Mgahinga can receive rainfall at any time.
Essentials to pack for Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
Before planning your mountain gorilla trekking safari in Uganda there are essentials you must pack for your gorilla trekking safari for you to enjoy your gorilla trekking such as garden gloves, cameras & extra batteries, rain jackets, hat, energy-giving snacks, hiking boots& stockings, sunglasses, waterproof bags, long-sleeved shirts, and long trousers among others.
Where to stay in Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla national park on your Uganda gorilla trekking safaris
Uganda gorilla destinations boost endless rewarding accommodation facilities offering comfortable suitable hospitality services to guests ranging from luxury cozy stay, budget lodges, and midrange lodges which include; The Gorilla Resort, clouds mountain gorilla lodge, engagi lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Mahogany spring lodge, Ruhija safari lodge, Rushaga gorilla lodge, and Buhoma safari lodge among others.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla accessibility
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be accessed easily depending on the traveler’s location and recommend travelers to book their accommodation closer to their mountain gorilla trekking sector, From Entebbe or Kampala city to the main mountain gorilla trekking destination the journey might take 8 – 9 hours by road means of transport.
Alternatively, travelers may choose to travel by a domestic flight from Entebbe International port or Kajjansi Airstrip while using Aero link-chartered flights which is scheduled flight, and land at Kihihi airstrip, from there, your driver guide can pick you up and takes you to the booked lodge.
The time is now when travelers can grab their greatest opportunity by booking their mountain gorilla trekking tour package with Devine African safaris and participating in Uganda’s everlasting lifetime experience and getting closer to the great apes in the pearl of Africa’s Jungle.