If you are still unsure of which destination to trek the Gorillas amongst the three Gorilla destinations in Eastern and Central Africa, certainly Uganda stands to be more satisfying. Dubbed the Pearl of Africa by Sir Winston Churchill, this hub of natural wonders in East Africa invites a number of travelers including those who are more enthusiastic about Gorilla encounters.
Uganda country offers Gorilla trekking in two destinations i.e Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.
It awards travelers the chance to choose for their favorite place to go, though sometimes it is a hard task for first timers. To our recommendation, Bwindi is beyond its counterpart when compared. Whether variety, accessibility, or others sceneries, it is unbeatable.
For those who have less time but interested in the Gorillas, this should not be a worry provided that you have more three or four extra days in the country. The best customized package for you is a 3 day Gorilla tour in Bwindi Forest National Park.
Getting to Bwindi Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is tucked far away in the South western part of Uganda, just set along the border with Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Part of the park’s area is occupied by a thick forest that is why it is only accessed by foot.
Bwindi hosts the biggest percentage of Uganda’s Gorilla population in its four sectors (Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Nkuringo sector). Apart from Mountain Gorillas, this park provides habitat to a range of other wildlife species such as primates, reptiles, and varied bird species.
You can easily get there from Kampala by road; it takes about 8-9 hours for the scenic drive via the Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara highway. Time taken usually depends on speed used and stopovers included.
If you are take the three day Gorilla tour, expect to take one day for a transfer from Kampala to the Park suburbs, one night there and then day three is for a return drive.
Other than road transportation, there is a possibility of arranging private charters from Entebbe up to Kisoro airstrip; this is quite time saving and more suitable for those who are averse to long distance drives.
With the three day Bwindi tour, the main highlight is Gorilla trekking. It is started early in the morning after a short briefing conducted to guide trekkers on to behave in the Jungles.
Gorilla Tracking Experience
No time is estimated for this experience, but usually the time taken and distance covered in the Jungle depends on where the Gorilla family spent the last night. Gorillas spend most of their time feeding during day; you will be allowed to be in their presence only for a period of one hour.
That’s enough to experience their behaviors; see them feeding, laughing, playing and as well take photos of them.
After beautiful and memorable moments with the Gorillas, travelers are ordered to start the jaw dropping journey back. This goes to any trekker; remember to come along with drinking water and packed from your place of stay.
Adding to costs of other Safari logistics such as transportation, guiding fees and more, the trekking requires a must have permit. This permit is valid for use by only one person respective to the dates booked. Only issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority, a Gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 USD per person starting 1st June 2020 though before that it’s at $600 for Foreign Non residents.
Gorilla Trekking Restrictions
To add on that, Gorilla trekking is not open to everyone, there is limit on minimum age. For anyone to be issued with the permit, you must not be less than fifteen years.
Other Trekking Requirements
You have a lot to pack, but to keep the luggage lit choose first for the essentials including the protective wearing gears. Travel documents are often the first in your pocket or pack them in the suitcase.
The list of things to pack on your three day Gorilla tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include strong hiking shoes, long sleeved shirts and trouser, sunglasses and capes, gloves and head shocks, insect repellents, water proof bags and jackets.
On that, you can add on snacks, leisure time devices like mobile phone, personal computer and more, enough pocket money, back up medicine, first aid kit, a good quality camera, extra lenses, storage cards and charging appliances.
With all that put into account, this short three day Gorilla tour in Bwindi will reward you with endless things to embrace.