GORILLA TREKKING UGANDA – BOOK UGANDA GORILLA PERMITS
Gorilla Trekking Adventure Safaris in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Gorilla Trekking Uganda is a wild Safari encounter done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park. To see mountain gorillas in Uganda, you only have to Book gorilla permits to confirm your trip. Uganda gorilla safaris will give you the best holiday experience in the Pearl of Africa. Enjoy vacation tour package and visit some of the best holiday destinations in Uganda. At Speedway Safaris, we offer affordable, budget and cheapest ways to see gorillas in Uganda without compromisng quality.
Uganda has 20 gorilla families for trekking. To visit gorillas in Uganda, one may fly from Entebbe to Bwindi or Kisoro and connect to the parks. Another common alternative is by road from Kampala or Entebbe to the homes of the endangered primates. By road, gorilla trips start from Kigali to Ugandan gorilla parks that are closer to Rwanda. Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali may take 1 or 2 days since Rwanda is nearer to the 2 parks. By air, the gorilla trips start from Entebbe Airport. The 3 days gorilla tours are the most common whether from Entebbe or Kigali. However, Besides gorilla tracking, visitors can do thrilling nature and community walks in and outside the parks. Bwindi has the biggest number of the primates estimated to be about 500 mountain gorillas, nearly half the world’s population.
On this website, get detailed information to guide you on your gorilla safaris. Learn about mountain gorillas, gorilla permit booking, trekking and when to visit the parks. Read about where to stay, profession gorilla trekking companies plus travel tips. Learn more about what to wear, trekking rules and regulations plus the latest updates about the gorillas. Apart from gorilla trips, we offer Uganda Safaris to all national parks and attractions in Uganda and Rwanda.
VISIT GORILLAS IN UGANDA FROM KAMPALA OR ENTEBBE
GORILLA TREKKING UGANDA FROM KIGALI
Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali is one of the best options of how to trek gorilla in Uganda with utmost convenience. These are gorilla trips begin specifically from Kigali in Rwanda. Visitors fly into Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda. The safari packages entail 1, 2 and 3 days Uganda gorilla safaris or more as the guest may choose based on the available time. Tracking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali is better than doing the same adventure in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. In 2017, Rwanda increased its gorilla permits from USD 750 then to USD 1500 per permit. This made gorilla tracking in Rwanda very expensive compared to Uganda’s gorilla tours. Uganda has recently announced an increase in the gorilla permit prices from the current USD 600 to USD 700 starting from July 2020. The increment still put Uganda in the number one position as the best and most affordable gorilla trekking destination in Africa. So, fly into Rwanda and take up a safari to Uganda and trek gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga.
TOURS TO SEE GORILLA IN UGANDA BY FLYING FROM ENTEBBE TO BWINDI OR MHAHINGA
These tours are all about gorilla trekking in Uganda by flying from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. When you fly from Entebbe Airport, you will either land at Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrips. Upon landing, you would be transfered to the lodge awaiting the next day’s gorilla excursion in the forest. You will stay 3 days, 2 nights in Bwindi before flying back to Entebbe after treking the gorillas. Flying to Bwindi may be by a scheduled flight or a chartered chopper or a fixed-winged aircraft.
Uganda Gorilla Safari Information – Gorilla Tracking
Under this website, we have prepared for you a complete guide to gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda. Read about a complete guide to trekking gorillas in Uganda. Know where to find gorillas in Uganda, the tracking rules and guidelines plus gorilla permit availability and bookings. Find out the potential safari lodges and accommodations around the gorilla parks as well as the best time to trek gorillas. Bwindi and Mgahinga all have categories of accommodation facilities including budget, midrange and luxury lodges to cater for your stay as you visit gorillas.
Other Things to do in Bwindi and Mgahinga besides Gorilla Tracking Safaris
Besides gorilla tracking, Bwindi and Mgahinga have alot to offer in terms of attractions. On you gorilla trip, may stop by Lake Bunyonyi and have an amazing boat cruise, birding, community tours as well as seeing animal of Kahugye Island. While at the gorilla parks, secure some time and do nature and community tours around these areas. Pygmies in Bwindi are the type of people should visit because of their amazing traditional lifestyles that you need to witness and learn more about.
Uganda Safaris and Tours
Some of our Uganda safari packages include a safari to Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park. These are the biggest game parks in Uganda. Our tours take to all the national parks as well lakes, rivers and communities. Uganda has 10 National Parks, numerous wildlife reserves, sanctuaries as well as cultural and historical sites. These tourist sites defines Uganda’s tourism. At Speedway Safaris Uganda, we organize tours to all holiday destinations in Uganda and Rwanda. With our professional guides who understand the region very well, the state-of-the-art safari vehicles plus well-chosen hotels, lodges and tour activities would make your African safari a memorable one.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GORILLA TREKKING
Gorilla Trekking is an adventure where tourists go in the forest while hiking looking for the gorillas. The process begins with the transfer to the gorilla park offices, get briefing and be allocated a gorilla family to trek. Gorilla trekking is only available in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The destinations for gorilla trekking include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga in Congo. Habituated Gorillas for trekking are grouped into families which spread across the park. Each gorilla group is allocated 8 tourists to trek it. Park guides and rangers lead visitors into the jungle in search of the gorillas. These wildlife staffs watch over, guide visitors and answer questions during the whole tracking encounter. Gorilla trekking is done by someone with a gorilla permit, which is the gate pass to the park. Gorilla visitors spend an hour with the gorillas and then return to the park office for an award of a gorilla trekking certificate.
The best time for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is during the drier months. These months run from June, July, August plus early September and then from December up to February. These are the most preferred periods for trekking gorillas. However, mountain gorillas may be visited throughout the year even in the rainy months. Whoever is planning a tour tend to ask about the best time for gorilla trekking. Considering the costs involved in the gorilla safaris ranging from a gorilla permit, transport and accommodation, knowing the best time to visit is aimed at maximum enjoyment. Gorillas live in the tropical rest forests and so the weather is unpredictable. It can rain or shine anytime regardless of the period of the year. Read More about best time for gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking is an enjoyable wildlife activity but involves hiking through the mountains jungle to reach the gorillas. From the park offices, some gorilla families involve trekking for longer hours and others not. The longer trekking may be difficult for the elderly or weaker visitors but may not be hard for the youthful energetic travelers. It is always advisable to report any trekking preference in case you are not able to walk for a longer period. But all in all, having trekked strenuously long or easily shorter distances meeting gorillas is worth the hike.
The price for a gorilla permit in Uganda is at USD 600 for foreign non-residents and USD 500 for foreign residents. In Rwanda, a permit is at USD 1500 since 2017 when it was increased up from USD 750. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is responsible for selling and issuing Uganda gorilla permits. People visit gorillas in Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park. Rwanda Development Board (RDB) sells gorilla permits for trekking gorillas at the Volcanoes National Park. A gorilla permit is an official card or document that a tourist must hold to be granted entrance to the national park to trek mountain gorillas. Get more details about gorilla permit availability and bookings.
Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali in Rwanda is among the most preferred and cheapest ways to see gorillas. It is now possible to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park going via Rwanda. You do this by flying into Kigali International Airport and connect to the gorilla parks in Uganda. To drive from Kigali to Bwindi, it take between 4-5 hours compared to 8-10 hours when you go through Entebbe Airport. When gorilla permit in Rwanda were increased to USD 1500 up from USD 750 in 2017, visitors started flying into Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda in big numbers.
With the East African tourist visa in place, a tourist move between Uganda and Rwanda with ease. An available immigration convenience is that one may apply for a Rwanda Visa on arrival in the country, a smooth treatment every visitor would love. The East African tourist visa is at USD100 and permits a visitor to cross to the 3 member countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Get in touch with Speedway Safaris for further details gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali.
A Uganda gorilla permit costs USD 600 for foreign non-residents and USD 500 for foreign residents. To secure a gorilla permit in Uganda, you have to contact your tour operator for details. This operator will reserve a permit for you, keep it and also organize a gorilla safari for you.
It is always advisable to book a gorilla permit about four months to the trekking date. For the high-season months like July, august, September, December to February, it is advised to secure a permit 6 months in advance. Gorilla permits are sold on the first come, first serve basis, meaning they may be bought out anytime by other operators for their prospective visitors. The buying of a permit confirms a gorilla tour. Contact us today so that we reserve and book your gorilla permits.
Included in the price of a gorilla permit are park entry fees for the gorilla parks, services of guides and rangers who attend to and body guard you into the jungle. Booking a gorilla permit in advance is advisable to be sure of tracking the primates. A permit allows you entry to Bwindi or Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga in the DR Congo. Transport, accommodation costs plus non-gorilla safari activities are excluded on the permit fees.
To book a gorilla permit, 3-6 months in advance is an ideal time to do so. We recommend so because gorilla permits are competitive and are bought so fast. Booking a permit early will give enough time to plan for your safari than doing it at a short notice. It is advisable to book 5-6 months earlier for Gorilla trekking permits in the high season months of June, July, August, September, October, December, January up to February. In Uganda alone, the demand for permit is almost the same throughout the year with no due regard to high or low season. So early gorilla tour bookings as the best thing to do to achieve pre-safari contentment.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park In south western Uganda is divided into four gorilla trekking sectors or regions. There is Buhoma region in the North, Rushaga and Nkuringo Regions in the south and Ruhija region in the eastern side of the park. Every region has habituated gorillas groups for tracking. Accommodation facilities around Bwindi are also positions around these sectors of the park. We booking a gorilla tour, you tour organizer will choose for you a region to visit gorillas. In case you are flying from Entebbe for gorilla trekking, where you land will determine the tracking region. In case you fly to Kihihi Airstrip, you will have to trek gorillas in Buhoma. But when you fly from Entebbe to Kisoro, you will have to tour gorillas in the southern regions. And you choose to do gorilla trekking in Uganda from Kigali, you will either visit gorillas in Rushaga and Nkuringo or Ruhija region. The region for gorilla trekking determines the lodge to stay in. Contact Speedway Safaris for detailed Gorilla Safaris.
The gorilla trekking adventure safari may take from 1 to 8 hours and trekkers should be prepared for shorter or longer durations. Gorillas are wild animals living in their natural habitats, so their movements and locations are not determined. The hiking speed of some group members either slows or quickens the movements. Guides and rangers have to ensure that all members are moving together as a team.
The minimum age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years and above. But there is no upper age limit. Park authorities are very strict on ensuring that all gorilla visitors are not below 15 years. The age limit standard applies both in Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla tracking is a strenuous adventure activity which need maturity plus bodily strength and a sound healthy. It is advisable that patients with various ailments don’t trek gorillas. Where as there is no maximum age limit on gorilla trekking, people who are over aged and weak may not manage to hike in the jungle. However, older and weaker people may track gorilla families which don’t need much hiking to reach at. On the other hand, we can make arrangements with porters to carry on stretchers guests who are unable to walk so that they see gorillas.
When going for a gorilla trekking tour, you need to pack the following items so that you enjoy the adventure. Carry with you a long-sleeved shirts or blouses, trousers, long socks to for tacking into trousers and garden kind of gloves. Do not forget also hiking boots, a hat against sunshine, pair of binoculars, sun glasses, insect repellents and some snacks for generating energy. You may not take a flight with everything mentioned as some items can be bought locally on arrival. Read more about the Gorilla Trekking Packing List.
Note: For dressing, green, brown or grey colors are the most ideal for the gorilla sights. Avoid red as much as possible.
What to Pack and wear for gorilla trekking encounter.
- Water – Hiking across the mountainous jungle can be tiresome and dehydrating. So you need enough water to keep hydrated throughout the trek.
- Boots – water-resistant hiking shoes will protect you from water and mud during an unpredicted rain.
- Rain Coat – A rain jacket is essential for weather conditions that change any time while in the forest.
- Snack – Hiking is energy-consuming and snacks consumed bring back that lost energy.
- Long-sleeved shirts or blouses – The forest has got insects or throns. A long sleeved dress will protect you against such bites or possible bruises.
- Trouser and Shirts – With the presence of forest undergrowth and thickets, those dresses will protect you safely.
- Socks – With longer socks, you are able to tack in your long trousers into for proper fastening. This is your protection against insect bites as well as scratching undergrowth.
- Gardening Gloves – This type of gloves will protect your fingers and hands as you touch the various vegetation covers during hiking.
- Camera – Come with a camera with strong batteries to be able to capture every moment for memorable purpose. Remember not to use a flash while taking gorilla pictures. This may irritate them, a thing that may cause them to react badly.
Gorilla Habituation Experience is a form of gorilla trekking activity where tourists stay four hours with the mountain gorillas. Out of the 3 countries with mountain gorillas (Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo), this kind of experience is only offered in southern Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Uganda Wildlife Authority charges USD1500 for a gorilla habituation experience permit. The 4-hour Gorilla habituation experience was launched in 2014 to cater for tourists who want to spend more time with mountain gorillas. Only four people are permitted to see gorillas in Bwindi National Park under the habituation experience encounter. We also organize the gorilla habituation experience tours in Uganda.
Discounted gorilla permits are permits sold at a lower from price from the usual official price. These are permits are common with low-season months. At the moment, such permits are only offered in Rwanda and DR Congo. Uganda Wildlife Authority scraped them in 2017.
Rwanda Discounted Gorilla Permits.
There are low season discounted gorilla permits in Rwanda. The period considered low season in Rwanda are the months of May and November. To benefit from such permits, you have to book a safari at least for 3 more days in one of the country’s National Parks. The parks include Nyungwe Forest National Park and Akagera National Park. A discounted gorilla permit in Rwanda is at USD 1050 down from the ordinary price of USD 1500 per permit.
Congo Discounted Gorilla Permits
The Democratic Republic of Congo, a home to mountain gorillas in its Virunga National Park also offers discounted gorilla permits. Congo sells discounted gorilla permits at USD 200 only. A gorilla permit to see gorillas in Congo is priced at USD 400 including park entry fees, tracking gorillas for an hour plus ranger guide services.
Eight people are the one acceptable to trek gorillas in a given group. There are around 17 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and 1 in Mgahinga National Park. The park authorities at times allow more than 8 people depending on some exceptionally inevitable conditions at the park. The park management would explain to other visitors in case such situation happens. For gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi, only 4 people are allowed per group and they spend 4 hours with the mountain gorillas.
The chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo are 99%. Some prospective gorilla visitors tend to get concerned about the likelihood of not seeing the gorillas. Our assurance has always been that the likelihood is close to 99%. We live 1% for any other unlikely circumstances like the bad weather or anything beyond human control. In the worst case scenario that you have not seen the gorillas, a second chance is given on another day. This is only when by not seeing the gorillas, it was not out of your own making. Usually, an advanced team of trackers would ensure that they find out the likely whereabouts of the gorillas on that day. These trackers are always in constant touch with park guides and rangers who are leading the guests. Please contact us for more details
The cost of a gorilla safari vary based on the country, number of days, accommodation options and transport type used. So you cannot get a specific price for gorilla trekking but an estimation until you ask for a tailored quote based of your safari preferences. A gorilla tour in Uganda and Congo where permit are cheaper would definitely be different from that of Rwanda where a permit alone is at USD 1500. A permit in Uganda cost USD 600 and USD 400 in Congo. A gorilla habituation experience permit is at USD1500 for the four-hour habituation adventure. The cost for a 1 day gorilla tour in Rwanda or Uganda will be lower than that of a 2 or 3 day gorilla safari in the same destinations. When you use road transfer from Kigali or Kampala, the cost would differ from when you fly from Entebbe to Bwindi or Kisoro for gorilla trekking. In a nutshell, you can only know the cost for a gorilla tour in any country once you contact us, state your likes and we give you a quotation.
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda gorillas are organized into habituated groups for trekking. To see gorillas in Uganda, one must have booked a permit which allows him entry to the park. Bwindi forest has the biggest number of gorillas organized into 17 gorilla families.
To access Bwindi national park, you can go through the various routes in Uganda. You can fly into Rwanda and transfer to Bwindi by road. Alternatively, you may fly into Uganda via Entebbe International Airport and connect to Bwindi. Through Entebbe, you may take an inland flight to Bwindi landing at Kihihi Airstrip and transfer to Buhoma region by road. Another mean would be to move by road from Entebbe or Kampala and drive straight to Bwindi via Mbarara. In case you are doing wildlife safari say in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can go through Ishasha sector and proceed to Bwindi’s northern Buhoma sector.
After booking a gorilla trekking permit, start walking daily to increase your body health. Gorilla trekking is a tiresome activity but cannot excessively exhaust a person who has been walking for some weeks prior to the safari. Running and stretching are thing you should do to keep in a fine shape. In case you have an ailments, ensure that you take the right medication to have the best health at the time of trekking. And when you are coming on a safari, remember to read through the gorilla trekking pack list for what to carry.
How to keep safe on a gorilla tour is to follow some of the guidelines below:-
- Keep a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas
- Avoiding trekking gorillas when you are sick.
- Stay within your trekking group, don’t isolate yourself from others.
- Do not make direct eye contact with gorillas and always remain calm when they come near you.
- Dress well against insects, thorns, scrubs. Try to avoid shouting colors like red or blue. Green is most preferred.
- Move with guides and armed rangers.
- Avoid taking photos with a flash camera. Disable a flash so that you don’t irritate the gorillas.