Gorilla trekking for pregnant women in Bwindi impenetrable national park : Gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity that involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park is done in four sectors namely buhoma sector in the north, ruhija sector in the East, rushaga sector in the south and nkuringo sector in the south. Gorilla trekking is also done in Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking is an adventurous activity that can be done by all tourists above the age of 15 years including pregnant women. If you are pregnant and interested in gorilla trekking, you will reach out to us at Achieve Global Safaris with the date when you wish to trek the mountain gorillas and the months of your pregnancy so that we organize a comfortable gorilla trekking safari. We will be able to book a gorilla safari in a sector that is easy to trek and advise hiring a porter or a sedan chair if the pregnancy is mature or if you are not physically fit to trek as gorilla trekking is strenuous and requires visitors who are physically fit. Pregnant women with a mature pregnancy of 7 months and above are however cautioned of the risks associated with gorilla trekking activity.
Gorilla trekking experience for pregnant women
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle which takes about 2 to 6 hours and pregnant women are advised to communicate to their driver guides so that they are allocated a gorilla family that is near to trek. 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 about their behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park 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 February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the park therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable for trekking for pregnant women compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery which make gorilla trekking difficult.
Cost of gorilla trekking permits
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable 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?
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us through email or telephone with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability from Uganda Wildlife Authority and if there are permits on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the gorilla trekking permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Where pregnant women can stay during
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable national park where a pregnant woman can stay during their gorilla trekking safari including Gorilla Leisure Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Kiho Gorilla Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Tracker Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Bakiga Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi, Silverback Lodge among others.
What pregnant women should carry for gorilla trekking safari
Pregnant women going on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park should carry various items like insect repellent, garden gloves, hiking shoes, long sleeved shirt and trouser, long cotton socks, waterproof rain jacket, first aid kit, warm sweater, a hat and sunscreen, energy snacks and drinking water, camera and extra batteries, walking stick, face masks, back pack among others.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be assessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flight with Aerolink from Entebbe international airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Pregnant women can also access Bwindi impenetrable national park by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala/ Entebbe in a comfortable safari vehicle with a good driver guide via masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive.
Pregnant women can as well access Bwindi impenetrable national park from Kigali Rwanda where you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to Bwindi impenetrable national park via cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale district which takes about 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
For more information about gorilla trekking for pregnant women in Bwindi impenetrable national park, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable gorilla trekking safari package.