Luxury gorilla trekking safari in Uganda; Gorilla trekking is an interesting activity that involves visitors moving 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 that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both located in south western region. There are a number of things to consider when planning a luxury gorilla trekking safari in Uganda for example cost of a gorilla trekking permit, type of transportation, type of accommodation among others and this article will help you plan a successful luxury gorilla trekking safari.
Luxury gorilla trekking experience in Uganda
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a home of one habituated gorilla family while Bwindi impenetrable National Park is a home of over 21 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma Sector, Rushaga Sector, Nkuringo Sector and Ruhija Sector. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide which 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 and once the gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviours, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos to show people back home.
Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda
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 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us via email or telephone call with the date, month, year and gorilla destination that you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability from Uganda Wildlife Authority and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permit. When we receive the money, we will purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to go for luxury gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
Luxury gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 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 time there is less or little rainfall in the parks therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes gorilla trekking easy.
Luxury accommodations in Bwindi impenetrable national park
There are various accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you can stay during your luxury gorilla trekking safari including Buhoma Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Trackers Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Kiho Gorilla Safari Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Gahinga Lodge, Lake Mutanda Lodge, Engage Lodge among others.
How to get to the gorilla destinations
Both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are located in south western part of Uganda and can be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights with Aerolink Uganda from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips and then drive to the park headquarters by road. Domestic flights to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can be booked through your trusted tour operator.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park can also be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 8 to 9 hours’ drive in a safari land cruiser.
When using road transport means, you can as well access Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park from Kigali Rwanda where visitors will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to the park headquarters via cyanika border in Kisoro or katuna border in Kabale which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
What to pack for your luxury gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
There are a number of essential items that you should pack for your luxury gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park including long sleeved shirt and trouser to keep you warm during trekking, insect repellent to protect you from biting insects, hiking shoes to keep your feet dry, garden gloves to protect your hands from thorny plants, energy snacks and drinking water to keep you hydrated, waterproof rain jacket to protect you from rainfall, camera and extra batteries to take photos of the mountain gorillas during the one hour, walking stick to give you support during trekking, back pack to carry your equipment’s among others.
Gorilla trekking is an extraordinary activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda and you can combine your luxury gorilla trekking safari with interesting activities like game drives, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, sport fishing, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest among others in Murchison falls national park.