Early Bird Gorilla Trekking in Uganda 2022/ 2023

Early bird gorilla trekking in Uganda 2022/2023; Gorilla trekking is a fascinating and exciting activity that attracts big number of tourists to Uganda and it involves visitors moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated gorilla families and once found spend one hour with them in the natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and it’s a home of about 21 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma sector in the north, Rushaga sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the east and Nkuringo sector in the south.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is another destination in Uganda that harbors the endangered mountain gorillas. The national park is located in southwestern region and it harbors one habituated gorilla family namely Nyakagezi which is available for trekking daily.

Gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing at the park headquarters about the rules, regulations and expectations. After the briefing, you will be divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and a park guide who is well conversant with gorilla trekking trails in the jungle. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food, Early Bird Gorilla Trekking in Uganda 2022/ 2023. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species like l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, view different plant and tree species, birds among others. Once the mountain 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 lifestyle, behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, groom young ones, play, rest, take photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home after the safari.

Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience an interesting activity where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Gorilla habituation experience in only done in Bwindi impenetrable national park in Rushaga sector and it takes a period of 2 to 3 years to be complete. Visitors who engage in the gorilla habituation experience are allowed to spend four hours in the presence of the mountain gorillas.

Early Bird Gorilla Trekking in Uganda 2022/ 2023
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda 2022/ 2023

Gorilla trekking permits are legal cards that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them the visit habituated gorilla families in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs USD 700 per person for foreign non residents, USD 600 per person for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 per person for East African citizens.

A gorilla habituation permit in Uganda costs USD 1,500 per person for foreign non residents, USD 1,000 per person for foreign residents and UGX 750,000 per person for East African citizens.

Early bird gorilla trekking permits in Uganda should be booked 3 to 6 months in advance before the trekking date because the permits are competitive and get sold out quickly especially during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. Therefore in order to avoid last minute disappointments, tourists are advised to book in advance.

How to book gorilla trekking permits in Uganda 2022/2023

Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda 2022/2023 can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a government body in charge of tourism by contacting the head offices in Kampala via email or telephone. Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda can also be booked through a trusted tour company like Achieve Global Safaris whereby you will contact us with the dates and gorilla destination you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability and if there are permits that match with your dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permits. Once we receive the moneys, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation. Booking your gorilla trekking permit in Uganda 2022/2023 through Achieve Global Safari is the best option in that we will not only book your gorilla trekking permit but also plan for your entire gorilla trekking safari which involves transportation to the gorilla destinations, accommodation where you will stay during the safari, meals among others, Early Bird Gorilla Trekking in Uganda 2022/ 2023.

Best time to go on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda in 2022/2023

Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and December. During the dry season there is less or little rainfall in the tropical rainforests therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which make trekking easy compared to the wet/ rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.

What to pack for your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda

  • Hiking boots to support your ankles and keep your feet dry during trekking
  • Garden gloves to protect your hands from germs and thorny plants during trekking as sometimes it gets slippery and you need to hold on to some plants and trees.
  • Waterproof rain jacket/ poncho to protect you from rainfall during trekking because both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park have tropical rainforests therefore it can rain anytime of the day regardless of the season.
  • Long sleeved shirt and trouser to keep you warm and prevent biting insects like safari ants from entering your trousers.
  • Sunglasses and hat to protect you from strong sun rays and a hat to protect your hair from getting stuck in tree branches.
  • Energy snacks like packed lunch and drinking water to keep you hydrated as gorilla trekking takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on where the gorillas are slept the previous night, Early Bird Gorilla Trekking in Uganda 2022/ 2023.
  • Camera and extra batteries to take photos and record videos during the one hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas.
  • A pair of binoculars to have clear views of other wildlife species in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park such as birds, other primates like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys among others.
  • Backpack to carry all your gorilla trekking items such as energy snacks, camera, a pair of binoculars, sunglasses among others.

Gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda. For more information about early bird gorilla trekking in Uganda 2022/2023, kindly contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or check out website for affordable gorilla trekking packages including 3 days gorilla trekking safari, 3 days fly in gorilla habituation experience, 5 days Uganda gorilla and wildlife safari, 8 days Uganda primates tour, 11 days Uganda safari among others.

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