Uganda


Experience the Land of the Mountain Gorillas

There’s something quite extraordinary about walking into the thick forest jungle in search of mountain gorillas also known as the largest primate species in the world. Seeing different forest creatures, beautiful fauna and flora plus the rewarding hilly landscape that you pass through and get enough rewarding memories of the entire jungle forest before finding gorillas is another thing to be enjoyed on every Uganda gorilla tracking safari.

Uganda receives many visitors for gorilla tracking yet there are numerous attractions and national parks across the country that travelers should be excited about. Mountain gorillas make Uganda a magical destination and most safaris in Uganda cannot end wiothout visiting these great apes in South Western Uganda. This is the reason why gorilla trekking ranks amongst the top world finest wildlife encounters in Africa.

In the world where work and family takes almost every life aspect, the only better way to sit, relax and enjoy nature is by heading overseas for a gorilla safari tour and spends a few days in the jungle forest in company of birds, butterflies, primates, reptiles etc. Uganda has become famous for gorilla tourism in the south western park in the protected areas of Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Imagine discovering a think forest jungle that blends in all aspects for a true unforgettable primate viewing experience what many call life changing since the thrill of looking in the eyes of the silverback gorilla watching over the other gorilla family members, and looking at young ones play as they jump up and down on tree branches in the African bush is   a moment celebrated by every tourist to Uganda for gorilla trekking.

Uganda offers the choice of short and long gorilla safaris an epic journey through some of Uganda’s most iconic landscape and destinations such as Bwindi forest, Kibale forest, Mgahinga national park, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls National Park, kidepo Valley, and Lake Mburo etc. Tourist enjoys various tour activities along the way before an expedition in the land of mountain gorillas.

Summary of Gorilla Safari Tours

For a while now Uganda is a gorilla tracking destination known worldwide for luxury and budget gorilla safari experience. Feel free to visit Uganda any time of the year for gorilla trekking and explore the impenetrable forest since mountain gorillas can be seen January- December every year after year. Every tourists to Uganda for gorilla trekking tours must have a gorilla permit booked through a tour agent or directly to the gorilla park management office in Kampala.

Tracking gorillas in done once a day Monday- Sunday starting at 8.00am with briefing from park rangers. Wear long sleeveds, comfortable walking boots and carry packed lunch plus enough drinking water since the trekking can last between 2-6 hours.

Planning a Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Quite surprising to hear some tourists appreciate Uganda’s wildlife experience when one even did not see the mountain gorillas. The most excuses travelers give for missing to see gorillas is that the cost of a gorilla permit at $700 seems expensive especially during the dry/peak season in June to September and December to February. In addition, transportation and cost of accommodation and using a tour operator, travelers think a gorilla safari will be expensive. Thus for low budget or backpacking visitors will try to compromise gorillas with other affordable safari experiences.

The best advice we can give you is to plan your gorilla trekking safari during the low/rainy season when the cost of a gorilla permit is on discount at $450 in the month of April/May and October/November. Visitors can also think to arrange transportation, book a lodge and gorilla permits on their own since using a tour operator may put costs high and surpass your budget.

However, due to unfavorable rainy conditions, visitors on a gorilla safari will always be few. That means that booking a gorilla permit is easier with the help of Uganda wildlife authority. In addition to that, the lodges will also offer discounts on room rates. And the same applies to tour operator who can arrange your gorilla safari depending on your budget and interests. With all that in calculation, you’ll realize that a gorilla safari is very affordable giving you a chance to see the gorillas while still in Uganda regardless of being low budget backpacker travel.

Getting to southwestern Uganda is very cheap when you use comfortable bus or coaster that move from Kampala daily. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has four gorilla trekking centers which include Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. Depending on the area you are going to track the gorillas from, most buses stop in major towns like Kabala and Kisoro. So visitors require getting a boda boda or taxi that can take you to your lodge and the next you have the guarantee to see mountain gorillas on a guided trek with guides, rangers and trackers.