Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022; Gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity that involves tourists moving deep 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 is an adventurous activity that attracts big numbers of tourists to visit Uganda and it’s done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Apart from Uganda, gorilla trekking is also done in other destinations like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Where to go for Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda and its one of the destinations in Uganda that harbor the endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is famously known for harboring half of the world’s mountain gorilla population which are found in four sectors namely Buhoma sector in the north, Nkuringo sector in the south, Ruhija sector in the east and Rushaga sector in the south. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 23 habituated mountain gorilla families which are available for trekking on a daily basis.
Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is another destination in Uganda that harbors the endangered mountain gorillas. The national park is located in southwestern part of Uganda in Kisoro district and it harbors one habituated gorilla family which is available for trekking daily.
Gorilla trekking experience
Gorilla trekking in 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. Trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda 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. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, view different bird species, plant species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are located, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their habits, behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home after the safari.
Best time to go for Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done all year round though the best period is during the dry season also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season there is less rainfall in the national parks therefore vegetation will be thin which allows you to clearly view the mountain gorillas, access roads to the park and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes gorilla trekking easy compared to the wet/ rainy season when the trails are wet, muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.
Cost of Uganda gorilla trekking permits in 2022
Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority to visitors above the age of 15 years allowing them to visit any habituated gorilla family in either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda costs 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 a Uganda gorilla trekking permit in 2022
A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority by contacting the park headquarters in Kampala via email or telephone calls.
A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park ca also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve global safaris whereby you will contact us with the dates when you wish to trek the gorillas and the destination you wish to visit. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available on your desired dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permits. Once we receive the money, we will purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation. Booking Uganda gorilla trekking permits in 2022 through a tour operator is the best option to use in that we will not only book the gorilla trekking permits for you but also plan for your entire safari which involves transportation, accommodation and other activities to engage in during the safari.
What to carry for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022
There are a number of items to pack or carry for your Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022 including hiking boots, garden gloves, long sleeved shirt and trouser, waterproof rain jacket, camera, warm sweater, insect repellent, a pair of binoculars, waterproof backpack among others.
How to get to the gorilla destinations
both Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are located in southwestern part of Uganda and can be accessed by road transport means where by you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara and then to the park headquarters.
Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park can also be accessed from Kigali Rwanda whereby you will fly to Kigali international airport and then connect to the park headquarters via Cyanika border in Kisoro or Katuna border in Kabale.
You can also access Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park by air transport means whereby you will book charter or scheduled flights with Aero link Uganda or bar aviation from Entebbe international airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an extra ordinary activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda and for more information about Uganda gorilla trekking safari in 2022, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book various gorilla trekking packages.