Early bird gorilla trekking in Uganda 2023/2024; Gorilla trekking is an adventurous and one of the popular activities in Uganda where visitors get an opportunity to move on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern part of Uganda. Gorilla trekking is a must do activity in Uganda and this article will guide travelers planning to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking adventure.
Gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts very early in the morning at around 8:00am with a briefing about their rules and regulations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide who is well conversant with different gorilla trails. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda takes about 2 hours to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primates, different bird species, plants among others and once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos to show people back home.
Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park cost 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact our tour consultants through email or telephone with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you with to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as conformation.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the national parks therefore vegetation will be short which helps you to view gorillas clearly and the gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.
How to get to the gorilla destinations in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can be accessed by road transport means where travelers will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed by air transport means where travelers will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with bar aviation or Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Travelers can also access Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park from Kigali Rwanda where you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to any of the parks via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park have a wide range of accommodation facilities where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Gorilla Leisure Lodge, Bweza Gorilla Lodge, Ichumbi Hotel Kisoro, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Tracker Safari Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Mutanda Lake Resort, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Wagtail Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Bwindi Jungle View Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Cuckoo land Tented Lodge, Bwindi Guest House, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Engagi Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Silverback Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Hills Eco Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Bwindi Safari Lodge, Agandi Uganda Eco-lodge, Buhoma Gorilla Camp, Mount Gahinga Lodge among others.
What to pack for your early bird gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
There are a number of accommodation facilities that you should pack or carry when going on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda including hiking shoes, garden gloves, insect repellent, long sleeved shirt and trouser, waterproof rain jacket, camera and extra batteries, warm sweater, a pair of binoculars, walking stick, a hat, face masks, back pack among others.
For more information about early bird gorilla trekking in Uganda 2023/2024, you can reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for affordable gorilla trekking packages.