Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris- Tour Guide to Gorillas
Welcome to an independent gorilla trekking guide to Uganda featuring info like how to book gorilla permits, cost of gorilla permits, trusted Uganda Safari Companies , accommodations, gorilla trekking rules and Safari holidays to Uganda, where to go gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an excellent option for those looking for a more comprehensive wildlife experience once joined with Gorilla trekking expeditions journeys into Africa as Uganda has great opportunity for visiting the big five in the famous Ugandan National Parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls national Park and Kidepo Valley national Park on the extreme Northern Uganda with a trusted tour operator or on an Independent adventure holidays at the lowest budget than the Case for Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda .
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations one being mgahinga national park that is part of the virunga massif while Bwindi Impenetrable forest that is independent from the virunga and its the home to half of the world ‘s remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Like Rwanda, the trekking here is done on steep, muddy paths, but it’s not so humid due to the altitude.
In addition to the gorillas in Uganda there are also excellent opportunities for chimpanzee trekking, Big 5 game viewing, boat safaris and some of Africa’s best birding. It also has the added benefit of cheaper gorilla permits than Rwanda.
Cost of the gorilla Permits
In Uganda the Gorilla permit is a bit cheaper compared to Rwanda , as its costing 600 USD during peak season and Usd 450 during the low season Book a Uganda Gorilla Trek with reliable safari companies based in Uganda but also operate in all east & Central African Countries like Rwanda Gorilla Trek managed by Active African Vacations .
Bwindi Forest National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse areas and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It has nine habituated families with eight permits available daily for each group. The gorillas here live in thicker tropical forest and tracking is more challenging than Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
As the hillsides are steeper, it can take up to eight hours after leaving the base to locate the gorillas. However, guests are normally split into groups for easy, medium and hard treks depending on where the gorilla families are residing that day.
Gorilla Families in Bwindi .
Five of the families (Mubare, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura and Rushegura) are accessed from Buhoma in the north, staying at Bwindi Lodge
A further four families can be tracked from southern Bwindi, which is accessed from Kisoro, staying at Mount Gahinga Lodge. These families are Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahunje and Mishaya.
Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga National Park has one gorilla group, the Nyakagezi family, which has recently returned from their travels in Rwanda and Congo. Tracking in Mgahinga is usually easier than Bwindi as the Afro montane forest is lighter.
The Nyakagezi Family,10 members, including 5 silverbacks – the highest number in a single group,The group is very nomadic, crossing the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and DRC,Mark is the dominant silverback. He took over form Bigingo, who is still alive but the oldest family member
Where to Stay while on Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari.
Bwindi Lodge,This attractive, low key lodge was one of the first to be built in the area and sits in a fantastic location, with uninterrupted views of Bwindi Forest. The addition of a few coloured panes of glass in the walls allows plenty of sunlight in to the large rooms, which all lead out to a small veranda at the front to soak up the fantastic views, best enjoyed with a cup of steaming coffee first thing in the morning.
Buhoma Lodge,The warmth and welcome of this lodge is what sets it apart and the spirit of the original Buhoma Homestead built on the site, shines through. Each of the wood and stone cottages are set across the hillside in the forest surrounding Bwindi, using simple African fabrics to add comfort and character, whilst the private decking offers sweeping views of the forests.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Aptly named, this lodge sits in a commanding position, high up on the Nteko Ridge in the quieter Nkuringo region of Bwindi. Eight cottages with enormous beds and a separate sitting room are warmed by an open fire, carefully lit each night by a private butler. The food rivals the best of many lodges in Africa – zebu steaks and fresh salad from the lodge’s own garden are a specialty.
Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Forest Camp is a permanent luxury tented camp nestled in the mist-swathed rainforests on a mountainside in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The exclusive location makes Gorilla Forest Camp the sole property within the park boundaries and so is considered by many to be the ideal base for gorilla tracking, primate viewing and birding excursions in the park.