Budget Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi Africa
Budget Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi Africa
Gorilla trekking is one of the greatest wildlife encounters in Africa and many travelers always asked themselves if it is possible to travel in Uganda on budget and the answer is yes as our experts know exactly where to go, when to go and where to stay while travelling in Africa, our safari experts will hand pick some great safari itineraries to see the Mountain gorillas on budget.
Uganda plays hosts to two of the four national parks in the world where you can see the mountain gorillas in the wild, Bwindi impenetrable national park which has 4 gorilla trekking areas of Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East, Rushaga in the lower South, Nkuringo in the Upper south and then the park in the western slopes borders Democratic Republic of Congo’s Farmland zones, Mgahinga gorilla national park which borders Volcanoes National Park on the Rwanda side and Virunga national park in DR Congo are the only places where you can see the endangered mountain Gorillas, Our Budget Uganda safaris are exclusively design to encounter the mountain gorillas and discover the communities living around the Park. We will secure the gorilla permit, entry fees & permits, putting together your itinerary, transfers and making sure you are booked in the best accommodation facilities located in the prime gorilla trekking areas around the National parks.
All you need to know before booking a Budget Uganda gorilla trekking Safari holiday
Unlike other safari activities in Africa, gorilla trekking is pretty special due to the Conservation status of the mountain gorillas, the gorillas are considered endangered and there is only over 1000 individuals left in the 3 countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo only so this will call for proper preparation before travelling to see the Mountain gorillas.
Trekking Habituated Mountain Gorillas
Many people would wonder how safe would it be to enter the thick rainforest to trek for such a giant looking Ape and the answer is that the gorillas will trek in Africa are habituated Gorillas, which are made used to human beings after 3 years of close monitoring before they are made available for Visitors.
Unlike other wildlife like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Rhinos and Buffalos that can be seen throughout across Africa, Mountain gorillas are only found in three countries two being in East Africa and the third in West Africa at the edge of the Albertine Rift valley, this will require travelers to book their gorilla passes way in advance in order to guarantee trekking and minimum of 6 months to 1year is required.
Age limit for Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Due to the strenuous nature of the Activity a minimum age of 15 is required to be able to acquire a gorilla permit, those below that may not be able to secure gorilla permit.
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Typical Day of Gorilla trekking in Uganda
This is usually one of the highly contested days as many travelers have been dreaming about this for a long time, most people usually don’t sleep that well due to the tension as they imagine how they will penetrate the hilly dense forest cover of a rainforest located in the pearl of Africa.
Your day will kick with birds singing outside your cabin overlooking the forest and this is followed by a nice cup of tea or coffee by your balcony as you see the mist rise up in the horizon and this will remind you of Gorillas in the mist after you will dress up and pack all your necessities and slope down to the restaurant only to find the waiter or the waitress “saying are you ready for gorilla trekking today” usually your answer is dependent on how you feel in the morning but you have no choice but to go and penetrate the rain forest.
Depending on where you will be trekking you may walk to the park headquarters or drive and then upon arrival at the park station a ranger well dressed in a combat of Uganda wildlife Authority will welcome you with smiles and direct you where there is usually tradition dance, at 8 one of the rangers will give you a full briefing on what to expect in the gorilla trekking in the forest and dos and don’ts as your safari guide is busy preparing which gorilla family you will visit and after you will be shown your group and the guide plus other trekkers except if your booked for exclusive gorilla group.
After the group briefing you will drive or start walking immediately in search of the gorillas, as your guide will be communicating with the advance team that usually leaves at 7 am and start trekking the gorillas using previous nests, fresh dunk, broken shrub until they find them so usually by the time you start hiking the trekkers have an idea which they will communicate to the guide on which way to start the trek and the rest of the story is usually told by the client on how many times they slipped, how the silverback charges at them etc. please remember after finding the gorillas you will spend one hour with them.
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When to book a Budget Uganda gorilla trekking safari Holiday
Uganda a gorilla trekking safaris can be booked all year round but the country has two rainy seasons and two dry seasons which makes a big difference on the experience as the trails are slippery during the rain seasons.
The Dry seasons from Mid-May-early September and December to February
This is so far the best period as the country receives less rainfall and the trails are drier hence giving extraordinary experiences though you can still get showers but this is not good time for wildlife and the land scape views.
The wet seasons from March to May and from September to November
This is quit tricky time to visit but if you don’t mind getting wet then it’s the perfect time to visit Uganda as there is low tourism numbers and the country is absolutely green and you will see one of the best landscapes.
The Best time to Travel According to Wilderness Explorers Africa-Exclusive Journeys by design
Our peak months are February-March as there is wildebeest calving season in Serengeti and travelers can easily combine Uganda and Tanzania.
July to August when there is one of Africa’s greatest spectacles in the entire animal kingdom the wildebeest migration on going between Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti national park.