Uganda Adventure Safaris: Gorilla Trekking, Honeymoons, Vacations, and Holidays
Uganda Adventure Safaris - Gorilla Safaris in Uganda is a Ground Tour Operator in Uganda offering all the Potential Uganda Travel Packages and Safaris basically in Uganda.
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Our offered gorilla safari packages are a lead to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Wildlife Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
3 Day Gorilla Trek Safari and Lake Bunyonyi Gorilla Safari This 3 Day Gorilla Trek Safari and Lake Bunyonyi features a gorilla trek in the misty mountains with a bonus second night spent on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. During your trek, you will walk through the beautiful jungle and spend one hour with the mountain…
3 Day Murchison Falls and Big Five Safari in Uganda This 3 Day Murchison Falls and big five Safari in Uganda. It’s one of the most weekend escape packages selling and trending for most Solo Travelers, Groups, families, and friends. It has managed to be the best safari for those people with limited…
The 3 Day Queen Elizabeth Safari is the best wildlife safari and Kazinga boat cruise. Our 3 Day Queen Elizabeth safari is one of the best wildlife drive tours in Uganda entitled with a Game Drives and a Boat Cruise on the Kazinga Channel. Expect lots of Beautiful Landscape views of Crater lakes and Community Day…
3 Day Chimpanzee Safari in Kibale. This 3 Day Chimpanzee Safari in Kibale features a chimpanzee safari trek in the Kibale forests with a nature walk in the Bigodi wetland swamp. During your trek, you will walk through the beautiful jungle and spend one hour with the chimps…
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Uganda Adventure Safaris: Best Uganda Tour Operators
Uganda Adventure Safaris is out for the lifetime experience of Uganda gorilla safaris and Uganda budget trips of wildlife and Uganda Life Adventures. We lead in planning organized Uganda gorilla tours and Uganda wildlife Safari packages. Most of our designed packages are entitled to meet our client's lifetime expectations.
We Uganda Travel Safaris Ltd, offer Tailored Safaris and Various memorable affordable holiday packages that are accustomed at a good price offering for our Travellers. This makes them keep traveling with us all the time possibly as well as being recommended.
Our offered Uganda Adventure Safaris & Gorilla Safari packages are a lead to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Wildlife Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Information Guide on Gorilla Trekking
Where to Trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda
In Uganda, there are two protected and conserved national parks that are famously known for these endangered primate species. A traveler coming to Uganda should expect to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and mountain Mgahinga national park in the western part of the country which are popularly known destinations for mountain gorilla tours.
The park is situated in the border area of Uganda and the democratic republic of Congo in Kanungu district and it was gazetted in 1991 as a national park purposely to protect the famous, rare endangered mountain gorilla species.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park has been ranked as one of the world’s number one primary gorilla trekking destinations. The park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1994 due to its great ecological biodiversity.
Bwindi will give a traveler an exception and unique experience of the mountain gorillas since the park has 35 known gorilla groups although only 17 groups have been habituated for research and open for tourism.
Bwindi covers an area of 321 square kilometers and it has four sectors for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation. These include the Nkuringo sector, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Ruhija, two groups are found in the Nkuringo sector, and gorilla habituation experience which is done in the Rushaga sector as travelers are permitted to spend 4 hours with the gorilla family if found.
According to the gorilla rules and standards in Uganda for both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mountain Mgahinga national park, the law recommends a maximum of 8 people to stay with the mountain gorillas for one hour per gorilla family.
Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park,
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest national park that covers the smallest area as compared to Uganda national parks. Although Mgahinga is the smallest national park in Uganda, it occupies a large extension of the Virunga massif and the conservation area.
Other parts of the Virunga Massif are the Virunga national park in Congo and the volcanoes national park in Rwanda. All these three national parks are known for the famous endangered species, however, each country controls its own portion of the Virunga massif part and they have been conserved purposely to protect the mountain gorillas
Out of the 18 habituated groups in Uganda, 17 groups are found in Bwindi and only one group has been habituated in Mgahinga national park and is called the Nyakagezi group which is much easier to trek since it has now settled in the park though it has been having notorious movements crossing to Rwanda and Congo.
It is important to note that the mountain gorilla trekking might be a bit difficult especially in Bwindi impenetrable national park as it will require hiking, climbing through rough steep terrain hills and you will have to go deeper into the forest so as to locate and trek these gorilla groups in the wild as the trekking becomes a fascinating and adventurous activity in the African wild
On the other hand, some gorilla families in Bwindi have settled near to the headquarters thus it may take you less than two hours to sight them, so it is not a must for every group you will need to a lot of hiking and for Mgahinga it granted that can easily be located it will not require only physically feet people to participate in the activity.
The Gorilla Trekking Experience in Uganda
The Gorilla Trekking in Uganda will always start with a briefing at 8:00 at the headquarters to take you through the dos and don’ts before you begin the trekking. At the same gorilla trekking permits have to be booked in advance before you start the tour. It is always advisable to organize your gorilla trekking tour with a tour operator to assist you in planning and having a perfect gorilla safari and Uganda Adventure Safaris.
Although the two parks are known for the famous mountain gorilla trekking, there is a unique activity a traveler can choose to include on their Uganda gorilla trekking tour. Bwindi and Mgahinga are known also to be habitants for the golden monkeys which may not be found elsewhere in Uganda's national parks.
The surrounding areas are occupied by the Batwa local people who originally used to start in park forest but later they were forced to leave the national park and the government settled them around the park as they adopt the life of a normal human being. The Batwa are the shortest people(pygmies) in the world, these were fruit gatherers, hunters in the forest before they left. Their traditional lifestyle is so amazing that you can’t choose to miss a visit to the Batwa community while on your gorilla tour.
There are also other activities like mountain climbing, exploring the Batwa caves, bird watching, and will be in a position to spot other forest mammals.
The cost of gorilla trekking is the same for both national parks as a gorilla permit will cost you $ 600 US dollars per person. The permit is inclusive of entrance fees and gorilla trekking activity. However, if you are planning to travel the next year 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, there are some changes that a traveler needs to note on the gorilla trekking permit will increase from $ 600 US dollars to $ 700 US dollars per person by the month of July 2020.
There are different Startup sectors in Bwindi impenetrable national park, and all have various accommodation facilities ranging from budget lodges to mid-range lodges and luxury lodges where you can choose to stay while on a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda.
Some of these lodges include; Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bakiga Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Trekkers Tavern, Rushaga Gorilla Haven lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp and So much more that are left out as well as still coming up.
There are a Few numbers of Lodges that can let you access Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; Say Travelers Rest Hotel, Mutanda Lake Resort, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Mucha Hotel, Chameleon Hill, and much more.
How to Access the Gorilla National Parks for Trekking in Uganda?
From Kampala via Mbarara to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it is a drive of 8-9 hours’ drive park. From Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha Sector it is a drive of 3-4 hours. all using a 4x4 Road Transportation. To access Mgahinga national from Kampala via Kabale - Kisoro it is a distance of about 510km and it is an 8 hours’ drive.
However, a traveler can also choose using Air Transportation (Aerolink Uganda) from Entebbe Airport to Bwindi via Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airstrip.
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Gorilla Trekking: Frequently Asked Questions
Gorilla Trekking Uganda Cost
While planning your Uganda gorilla trekking safari, you may wonder what is included in the total quoted cost. Its therefore important to note that the following items are included in the Gorilla tours;
- Gorilla trekking Permit – The gorilla trekking permit costs $700 per person per trek, and this is normally included in the total cost for the Gorilla Safaris we offer.
- Accommodation and meals – The cost for the lodging is also one of the major things that determine the total cost for your tour. There are three categories of lodges, budget, Mid-range and luxury, each having its own price range. All the lodges we offer for our gorilla safaris are ensuite and are booked according to the sector where the gorilla trekking is to be done.
- Transport in 4×4 safari vehicle – We provide four wheel drive safari vehicles equipped with enough fuel, a professional driver / guide and drinking water.
- All activities on the itinerary: The cost of all activities included on your itinerary are usually included on the total cost unless otherwise stated as optional and a price indicated as extras.
Gorilla Trekking Uganda From Kigali
The distance from Entebbe to the Bwindi impenetrable national park requires over 8 hours of driving, and the price of the Rwanda Gorilla trekking permits is twice that of Uganda ($1500 USD vs $700), a new trend where tourists land in Kigali and drive by road to the Bwindi impenetrable forest for gorilla trekking has emerged. The driving time from Kigali to Bwindi is four to five hours. This allows you spend less time on the road, but also enjoy lower rates for the same gorilla safari experience.
What To Pack (Required)
To fully enjoy your gorilla trekking safari, here are some of the things you need to park and come with for the gorilla safari; Hiking Boots, poncho, camera and accessories, energy snacks, long sleeved shirts and trousers, insect repellant, hat, walking stick.
Gorilla Trekking Minimum Age
The minimum age for gorilla trekking in Uganda is 15 years. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed to track the gorillas as the trek might be strenuous for them and also since they are not mature enough to handle themselves in case of any incidents with the gorillas.
Affordable Gorilla Trekking Uganda
At Gorilla Safari Bookings, we offer several affordable trip options for gorilla trekking in Uganda. You can send us an inquiry and we get back to you with the quotes as per your requirements. Our tours are designed to fit in the budget of each and every traveler.