Last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda; Gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity that involves travelers 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 southwestern region. Gorilla trekking is also done in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic republic of Congo.
Where to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the most visited gorilla destination located in southwestern part of Uganda in Kanungu district. Bwindi impenetrable national park is famously known the highest number of gorillas and over 22 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Ruhija sector in the East, Rushaga sector in the south, Buhoma sector in the north and Nkuringo sector in the south.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is another gorilla destination in Uganda located in southwestern region in Kisoro district bordering with Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family called Nyakagezi which is available for trekking daily.
Gorilla trekking experience
Gorilla trekking in both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek and an experienced park guide who is well conversant with gorilla trekking trails in the jungle. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda takes about 2 hours to 7 hours depending on where the mountain 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 species, birds among others and once the mountain gorillas are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to watch them feed, breastfeed, play, groom young ones, learn more about their behaviors, take photos and record videos to show people back home.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda
A gorilla trekking permit is a legal document that is issued to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them in their habitat. Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda 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.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking 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 and December, January and February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the national parks therefore access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.
How to book last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda should be booked in advance before the trekking date to avoid last minute disappointments as the gorilla trekking permits usually get sold out quickly especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February, however Achieve Global Safaris will help you to organize your last minute gorilla trekking safari which includes transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park, accommodations where you will stay during the last minute gorilla trekking safari, services of an English speaking driver guide, gorilla trekking permits among others.
What to pack for your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda
There are a number of items that you should pack or carry for your last minute gorilla trekking safari including hiking shoes, garden gloves, insect repellent, long sleeved shirt and trouser, waterproof rain jacket, energy snacks and drinking water, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, walking stick, back pack among others.
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