Activities to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda; Gorilla trekking is the major safari activity in Uganda that attracts big numbers of travelers and the experience involves visitors 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 namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern region. There are a number of interesting safari activities that visitors can engage in after gorilla trekking safari including,
Things, Activities to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzee trekking is an interesting and one of the safari activities to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different national park including Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park and Kalinzu forest. Chimpanzee trekking in all destinations starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in search of the habituated chimpanzees which takes about 3o minutes to 4 hours and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn about their behaviors, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos and record videos.
Game drive/ viewing
Game drive is another interesting activity that visitors can engage after gorilla trekking in Uganda. Game drives in Uganda are carried out in savannah national parks like Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park among others. Game drives in Uganda can either be done very early in the morning, in the evening or at night. During the game drive which is done in comfortable safari vehicles, you will be able to view different animals like elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bush bucks, lions, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, rhinos, impalas, elands, giraffes, zebras, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, topi, giant forest hogs, warthogs among others.
Boat cruise is an amazing activity in Uganda and another activity that visitors can engage in after the gorilla trekking adventure. Boat cruise safari in Uganda is done on different fresh water bodies including Lake Victoria which is the second largest lake in the world, Lake Bunyonyi which is the deepest lake in Uganda, Albert Nile, Kazinga channel, source of the Nile among others. During the boat cruise in Uganda, you will enjoy great views of the beautiful scenery, view large concentrations of hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view animals like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs among others drinking water along the shoes, view aquatic bird species like hornbills, kingfishers, bee-eater, cormorants, fish eagles among others.
Golden monkey trekking
Golden monkey trekking is an active and exciting activity that you can do after your gorilla trekking experience in Uganda. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park and it starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and regulation to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the jungle which takes about 3o minutes to 4 hours depending on where the golden monkeys 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 and once the golden monkeys are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you a chance to learn about their behaviors, watch them feed, play, jump up in trees, take photos and record the beautiful moments.
Batwa cultural tour
Batwa cultural tour is another exciting activity to engage in after your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Batwa cultural tour gives you an opportunity to interact with Batwa or pygmies who used to live in Bwindi and Mgahinga forests before they were gazetted into national parks. During the cultural experience, you will be able to learn about their culture, way of living, learn about their hunting and gathering skills, visit their traditional homesteads, enjoy the traditional entertainments among others.
Mountain climbing/ hiking
Mountain climbing is an adventurous activity that is carried out in different areas including Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and Mgahinga gorilla national park where you will hike the three volcanic mountains that is Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura and Mount Sabyinyo.
Bird watching is an interesting activity that visitors can engage in after their gorilla trekking experience. Birding is done in different destinations like Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bigodi swamp, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Semuliki national park among others. During bird watching, you will be accompanied by an experienced park guide who will help you to spot different bird species including blue headed sunbird, Neumann’s warbler, African harrier hawk, African green pigeon, black bee-eater, giant kingfisher, crowned hornbill, black-billed turaco, purple breasted sunbird, regal sunbird, handsome francolin, Rwenzori apalis, western green tinker bird among others.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During the dry season, there is less rainfall in the gorilla destinations 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.
Gorilla trekking is an exceptional activity that can be combined with different activities in order to get beautiful and unforgettable safari experiences. For more information about the things or activities to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for several Uganda gorilla trekking safari packages.