Uganda gorilla trips

Uganda gorilla trips

The Uganda gorilla trips are renowned all over the world. Gorilla trekking is among the number one tourism activity in Uganda.

Mountain gorillas are among the rare and endangered wildlife species around the world.  Mountain gorillas are only located in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. In Uganda, Mountain gorillas are located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla National Park.

To be able to see the gorillas, you need to purchase a gorilla permit. The gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 while that of Rwanda is $1500 and this makes gorilla trekking cheaper in Uganda compared to Rwanda.

Some might say that is gorilla permit is expensive but when you look at the costs which are involved in ensuring that the gorilla stay health, you will realize that the price is just right. The Uganda Wildlife Authority is the only government body which is mandated to sell gorilla permits.

The Money collected from the permits is used for a number of purposes such as buying medication for the gorillas, just like humans, gorillas can also get sick and they need medication.  There is a lot of research which is being carried out within national parks where gorillas are located and part of the money that fund such projects is acquired through selling permits.

Giving back to the community, the government of Uganda gives back a certain percentage of the annual amount of money collected from the permits back to the communities surrounding the parks. This is done to improve their lives as well as to reduce on poaching and other incidences around the park.

The park rangers and other employees need salaries which are paid from the money collected from permits

Most of the gorilla tours start from Kampala or Entebbe. It is possible to fly from Entebbe International airport to Kihihi airstrip which is the airstrip that serves both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla National park.

The big percentage of tourists uses road transport. The road trip from Kampala to Bwindi takes around 9 hours.  To shorten on the distance, some tourists now start their Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali, it takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

In terms of accommodation, there are luxury and budget lodges around the National Parks which host tourists.

When we go to buy the gorilla permits, we are asked about the gorilla trekking sections that our guests would like to trek the gorillas. The gorilla sections are Ruhija, Rushaga and Buhoma. Buhoma is the oldest section and it has some of the luxury lodges.  Whatever section that you track the gorillas from, you will always have a wonderful gorilla trekking session.

You will always stand a 99% of seeing the gorillas if you visit the parks. During the gorilla trekking, you are briefed at the park headquarters about what to expect. You will be allocated the gorilla group to trek. There are over 15 habituated gorilla groups in Uganda.

Each gorilla group is trekked by a maximum of 8 people.  later, you will escorted by an armed park ranger who is knowledgeable about the gorilla group and previous activity of the gorillas to search out for the gorillas.  You will trek for about 1 – 8 hours  and things like a walking stick is necessary .Once you see the gorillas, you are allocated a period of 1 hours to witness their different behaviors.

During this time, you will about 10 meters away from the gorillas. You will take as many photos as you want. Later, you return back to the park headquarters and that is the end of your gorilla trekking session.

We have many gorilla trekking packages for our clients. Come and be part of this amazing experience. Book among our packages and our friendly reservation manager will contact you to ensure that  get the best packages. Contact us today


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