All the Facts about Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is worldly known as the leading Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination. The gorilla trekking encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park commenced in the year 1993 following the habituation of the Mubare gorilla family in the Buhoma sector. Apparently, Bwindi has four regions where gorilla trekking can be carried out. These include; Buhoma with habituated groups of Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura; Ruhija with habituated groups of Oruzogo, Bitukura, and Kyaguriro; Rushaga with habituated groups of Bweza, Busingye, Kahungye, Nshongi and Mishaya and eventually Nkuringo with its habituated group of Nkuringo. The gorilla trekking activity commences at 8:00 am local time from the respective UWA Park headquarters in each region and a number of 8 healthy people are allowed to trek each gorilla family and upon encountering it, they have a maximum of one hour of direct interaction. The gorilla tracking activity tends to last 2 – 8 hours and one must be in possession of a gorilla permit in order to participate in the encounter. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has the sole rights over the issuance of the gorilla trekking permit and a price of $600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000/= for East African citizens is involved. Watch out for discounted permits which tend to be available in April, May, and November.
FROM WHERE DO YOU GET A GORILLA TREKKING PERMIT IN UGANDA?
The gorilla trekking permits in Uganda are solely under the control of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). This public body is responsible for the issuance of these permits to Uganda gorilla trekking safari undertakers and any other organization or individuals dealing in gorilla permits in Uganda do it illegally. However, the Uganda Wildlife Authority gives the travel agents and tour operators the opportunity to book gorilla permits for the esteemed clients and clients can book the gorilla permits directly from UWA by themselves. The Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters are located at Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya. P.O. BOX 3530, Kampala, Uganda.
WHEN CAN I GET DISCOUNTED GORILLA TREKKING PERMITS IN UGANDA?
Uganda used to offer discounted gorilla trekking permits in the low season especially in the months of April, May, and November. The discounted gorilla permits helped to lower the gorilla safari package as the foreign nonresidents pay $350 instead of $600, foreign residents pay $250 instead of $500 while the East African natives pay 150,000/= instead of 250,000/= and this enables low-income travelers and those interested in saving to encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. However, these discounted gorilla permits are NO LONGER issued since 2018 following Rwanda`s increment from 750 to 1500 USD. It is therefore important to book your gorilla permits early in any season of the year since all the travelers who want to do a Rwanda gorilla safari but find the price high, come and undertake a Uganda Gorilla safari trek.
WHICH UGANDA SAFARI COMPANY TO CONTACT FOR YOUR UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK?
Uganda has a range of safari companies to contact for your Gorilla safari in Uganda. Arranging your Uganda safari with a tour company saves you a great deal of time that you would have spent to do reservations for permits and accommodation and it also helps you to envy the safari with all-inclusive services thus with no frequent hassles in terms of payments. The tour operators also have special arrangements with various service providers thus can help you secure good discounts for your safari package. However, it is very significant to understand the company that you are planning to travel with. The company should be registered with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO) to prove that it’s not a fake company and the quality of its service delivery can be proved by its reviews on the Trip Advisor from the clients has handled so far. Below is the full list of Officially Registered Companies that are certified to take tourists for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
HOW IS GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA DONE?
Trekking Mountain gorillas is one of those thrilling adventure activities that you can ever have. Commencing as early as when you wake up for a simple shower and heavy breakfast before gathering for a briefing at the park headquarters in your respective gorilla trekking region such as Buhoma or Ruhija at 8:00am local time, the encounter continues through the subsequent times following a trek in the jungle of Bwindi traversing the hilly landscape marked by deep narrow valleys which are heavily forested to the time you have a direct encounter with gorillas as they forage, socialize or have a mid-day rest and eventually returning to the starting point and to the lodge or any other respective destination for relaxation. The Uganda Gorilla trekking encounter might take you a duration that is between 2 -8 hours.
WHAT ARE YOU REQUIRED TO HAVE DURING GORILLA TREKKING.
- Jungle shoes that are light and firm on the ground. This helps you in your long treks and in maneuvering over the slippery surfaces.
- The rain jacket is recommended as it may rain any time in Bwindi.
- In case you are not comfortable with jungle sounds, you can carry earplugs.
- Sunscreen lotion, hat, and insect repellant are important during your gorilla trek to prevent your body from the excessive tropical sun and disturbing insects.
- A lunch box is a must as you are not certain the trekking duration which may stretch up to the whole day.
- Walking sticks are important as they help you to hike steep hilly slopes of Bwindi and descending down from the narrow valleys.