Is Uganda or Rwanda Better for Gorilla Trekking
Is Uganda or Rwanda better for Gorilla trekking ; Fact is that ,Gorilla trekking is more strenuous in Uganda because the permits are cheaper than Rwanda’s Gorilla permits .More so ,Uganda houses a half the remaining mountain gorillas that still exists in the wild with over 600 individuals of the total population of 1064 endangered mountain gorillas ,in Uganda gorilla trekking is done in two protected national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park but the famously known park worldwide is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that boosts with world’s half the population of the mountain gorillas. However, the best season to enjoy Gorilla trekking visit in dry season that seems to be the best time to plan your trip for the activity which starts between June to September and December to February.
More so, why Uganda is better for Gorilla trekking is that Uganda’s people are hospitable and welcoming. Still, Uganda has more of impressive culture, beautiful scenery and amazing terrain with parks like the Kidepo Valley a famous safari destination, home of diversity of wildlife species such as striped aardwolf, cheetah, caracal, Kudu, lions, buffaloes, leopard in the grassland of the savannah as well as the unique gorillas of the misty Bwindi plains.
When it comes to Rwanda people are welcoming and warm, still the mourning of the awful genocide in 1994. A visit to Rwanda destination never leave without a visit to Genocide Museum in Kigali where you will be able to see the displayed historical sites of Rwanda.
What is all about Gorilla Trekking?
Gorilla trekking is the greatest done experience on the earth when it comes to adventure wildlife species and is the best way to get close to our related cousins in their nature inhabits. The activity starts early in the morning after heavy breakfast served from the lodge. Then embark a drive to the meeting point with the park for gorilla briefing. We advise our client before embarking for gorilla trekking you must carry gorilla essential items like putting on rubber hiking shoes, long sleeved shirt and trousers to avoid long cutting grass, enough mineral water since it involves in hiking, hat, energy giving snacks among others. This activity can take 2 to 6 hours ascending and descending but depends on the gorilla’s movements. As your trekking, you have very many chances of seeing other species of monkeys, chimpanzees, tree species, scenic vegetation as well as variety of beautiful bird species. The moment the gorilla family you’re assigned in is allocated your guide will allow you an hour to spend with them as you enjoy their interesting behaviors, built their nest on the tree branches or on the ground during evening hours. After you will descend back to the park quarter to drive you back to the lodge for the rest.
What is the price of Gorilla Trekking?
It is well known that one to access Gorilla trekking must obtain a gorilla permit of which Uganda’s permits is half the price of Rwanda which is USD700 person per trek and Rwanda gorilla trekking costs USD1,500 per person per day.
Where to stay on Gorilla trekking –Uganda and Rwanda
If you’re to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda, you can sleep in different comfortable accommodations facilities ranging from Luxury, Mid-range and Budget in each sector of the park which are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Some of impressive lodge to sleep in include the Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Karungi Camp, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge among others.
In Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park, we recommend you to use one of the two luxury lodges that is Magishi Lodge and Bisate Lodge and other, they are beautiful lodge with unique amenities that will leave your heart behind.
Is Uganda or Rwanda a standalone destination?
Definitely, Uganda is a standalone safari destination with the main key selling attractions the Mountain Gorillas of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or else visitor can choose also to enjoy bird watching tours, game viewing, nature walking and rivers safaris. You can decide to combine Uganda safaris with safari in Kenya and Tanzania and if time allows, you can add a beach destination in Zanzibar.
In Rwanda 90% of the tourism rate has led to the developments of the country. Where you can do a full circuit that includes a big game safari, golden monkey, gorilla trek among others. You can choose to have an extension to safari experience in Kenya or Tanzania.
Get started now but before you start planning your own gorilla trekking safari to one of the above mentioned safari destination. You can contact us and arrange for you combine trip for your Gorilla trek with the Big Five safaris or Great migration of beast in Kenya’s Masai Mara or Tanzania’s Serengeti.