Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda; Gorilla trekking is an interesting and one of the major activities that involves travelers moving into the tropical rainforests 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 Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park while gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park. Gorilla trekking is also done in Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic in Congo.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations for example Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Uganda is a home of more than 20 habituated gorilla families which are available for trekking on a daily basis. Trekking of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park starts with a briefing at the park headquarters where after you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide who is well conversant with different gorilla trekking trails. Gorilla trekking in Uganda takes about 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location where the mountain gorillas are located because they like to move from one place to another. During trekking you will be able to view different mammal species, other primate species like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, view different bird species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to watch them carry out their daily activities, take photos, learn about their habits, record videos among others.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done in Volcanoes national park and it starts in the morning with a briefing at the park headquarters. Volcanoes national park is a home of over 11 habituated gorilla families and after the briefing you will be sub divided into groups of 8 people where each group will be allocated a habituated gorilla family to trek. During gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park you will be able to view other primate species like chimpanzees, l’hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, variety of bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the mountain gorillas are found you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to learn more about their behaviors, lifestyle, watch them feed, play, breastfeed, take photos and record videos.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda
A gorilla trekking permit is a legal document that is issued to any visitor above the age of 15 years allowing him or her to visit a habituated gorilla family in either Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park or Volcanoes national park. A gorilla trekking permit 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 while a gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs 1,500 USD for all nationalities.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda
A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda can either be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in Uganda or Rwanda Development Board (RDB) by contacting the offices via email or telephone calls. A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda and Rwanda can also be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris. When booking through a tour company, you will contact us with the dates and the gorilla destination you wish to visit. After contacting us we will check for permit availability and if there are permits available you will be asked to make a deposit for the permits and once we receive the money, we will purchase the permit on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda 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 because that’s the time when the gorilla trekking trails are dry as passable compared to the wet season when the gorilla trekking trails are muddy and slippery which make trekking difficult.
Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Uganda and Rwanda where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Sanctuary gorilla forest camp, Volcanoes Bwindi lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Hills Eco-lodge, Gorilla safari lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, CTPH Gorilla Conservation, Chameleon Hill lodge, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Wag Tail Safari Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented lodge, Ruzizi tented camp, Karenge Bush Camp, Kinigi Guest House, Garr Hotel, Da Vinci Gorilla Lodge, Gorillas Volcanoes Hotel, Mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Best View hotel, Virunga Lodge, Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel among others.
For more information about gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various gorilla trekking packages.