Mountain Gorilla Trekking is one of the most interesting activities constituting a complete tourism package for Uganda. It is so challenging, adventurous though rewarding. It is a must do activity and capital among Uganda’s highlights. Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world and spending time with the habituated gorilla family in the wilderness leaves everyone happy and impacted. The silverback eyes are terrific but its more than that when it gets close during the one hour of photography and observation. Get special real experience with gorillas in jungle and see how it feels to raise hopes after taking a glance at the silverback. Many writers have written about how it feels to meet up with gorillas in their natural home but no great words can simply explain the magical special experience. All I can say it’s one in a life time and if you want to spend more time with these cool huge forest creatures, gorilla habituation will take you to the moon and back.
Where to Go
The breathtaking beauty of Uganda lays in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park, two national parks that protect the mountain gorillas. These places are among the most fascinating places in the country. On this safaru you will find unique primates, interesting culture, nature and landscape. Travelers expect heading for trips in Uganda have more than 95% chances to meet the mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga. The country is known for its excellent hospitality and culture, in fact the warm attitude of locals is often one of the great times tourists cherish while in Uganda. Besides, the lakes, wildlife and islands across the country also give them various stories to tell.
Above all Uganda gorilla safaris are the reason as to why many tourists visit Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. Imagine a natural wonder that never fade for decades and its one of the outstanding wildlife encounters on earth.
Gorilla tourism demand in Uganda has continuously been on the rise that the country receives 80% visitors for gorilla safaris every year. The great thanks goes to the conservation team that dedicated all life to monitor and watch over gorillas that today Uganda alone has over fifteen gorilla families living in both Mgahinga and Bwindi forest national park. Much of Uganda tourism stands on mountain gorillas, the country’s prime tourist attraction and a blessed hidden gem that is found only in Africa.
Looking at mountain gorillas tourism, experience, gorilla permits and demand, Uganda is a perfect gorilla safari destination that travelers should opt for today and tomorrow because of its great primate experience and gorilla permit price stability until 2019.Tourists will not incur any more cost for their trips in 2018-2019 due to change in gorilla permit prices or other tour adventure. To top it up you will not only see gorillas in Bwindi forest or Mgahinga National Park but also interact with the Batwa people of the forest as you take part in their daily life and history, track golden monkeys, hike the beautiful volcanoes of Gahinga and also give hand to the well being of different locals living close to the park. Other tourist attractions to check out while in Uganda are the other national parks like Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls, kibale forest, Lake Mburo, Kidepo valley , Semuliki etc. Lake Bunyonyi island is a place you should also check out during your gorilla safari in either Bwindi forest or Mgahinga National Park.
It is a requirement for every visitor who would like to see the mountain gorillas, to posess a valid gorilla permits. Gorilla permits are passes issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to whoever tracks gorillas in either Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga National Park with an age limit of fifteen years (15yrs) of age. Be the one to experience what thousands have experienced and still get impacted for life.
This activity is charged US$500 for international non residents, and the pre requisite is that a gorilla permit MUST be purchased in advance and is guaranteed only after whole cash payment. As your tour operator, we help to secure you a gorilla permit and organize your complete tour package. Just contact us. Gorilla tracking is Uganda’s most sought after tourism activity. Tourists should book well in advance to ensure that permits for your requested dates are available.
What to take-a checklist
- Solid walking shoes or boots
- Rain gear and hat
- Insect repellent
- Drinks and snacks
Porters are available at a modest cost.
To protect the gorillas and visitors, the following rules must be adhered to.
- No one with a communicable disease such as flu or diarrhea is allowed to vist the gorillas
- Do not surround the Gorillas but remain in a tight group
- Leave a distance of at least 5 mitres between you and the gorillas
- If they approach you, move back slowly
- Flash photography is strictly forbidden