Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safaris
If we are to define gorilla trekking, we'd refer to it as a long walk to the forest in search for gorillas; but is gorilla trekking ethical? The answer to this is a YES. Mountain gorilla trekking in Africa is awesome as per hundreds of reviews. It can be a great idea for your honeymoon. Mountain gorillas live in mountainous areas. They can only survive in areas with a high altitude. Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is so far the best destinations for trekking these apes. Bwindi has four sectors; Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. Before you trek gorillas, you need to meet the minimun age limit which is 15 years.
Uganda gorilla permit price is $700 each all year round but will cost $700 effective July 2020. If you prefer gorilla trekking on a budget, Uganda is your ideal destination. This applies to backpackakers as well. Your Uganda gorilla trekking budget will not exceed $1500 if you are booking 2 - 3 day safaris. So what is gorilla trekking like? The actual encounter involves getting the right equipment, attire/clothing, the best hiking boots for gorilla trekking, trekking to the mountains, following the rules and regulations/do's and don'ts when you meet gorillas and receiving a gorilla trekking certificate after. There are several porters who can help you will luggage.
Preparation for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is strenous and requires a good level of fitness. Your preparation has to begin several months in advance. The difficulty will depend on the groups you are allocated. Pregnant women and elderly people are allocated near groups. Gorilla trekking can become dangerous if you do not follow the set rules. A gorilla may attack you if offended though there are several ways to survive a gorilla attack. Your safety highly depends on your adherence to the rules and regulations. The best time of year to go gorilla trekking is during the dry months. Hiking becomes much easier during dry months compared to rainy months. The paths to the forests are muddy and slippery. So if you are looking for the best time of year to visit gorillas in uganda, consider the months of July, August, December and February.
The gorilla trekking bwindi experience is highly recommended. If you can, try having multiple treks in different regions of the park for a more unique and diverse encounter. The price range of tours depends on the duration of your trip, level of comfort and more. We have an array of affordable expeditions to choose from. You can also book Kigali to Bwindi gorilla trekking tours.
Uganda Travel Destinations & Highlights
The dramatic Murchison Falls National park. Home to Uganda’s most famous natural attraction, the thunderous Murchison falls (Kabalega falls), it draws thousands of tourists each year. Positioned in Murchison Falls National Park in north western Uganda, these falls are arguable the world’s most powerful waterfalls. It is one of the best uganda travel highlights you can ever encounter. Visitors to the park have a boat ride to the bottom of the falls for a clear view of the devil’s cauldron where huge sums of water squeeze in just a seven-meter gorge to get its way through the rock, it’s an amazing sight. The shallow ends and river banks are filled with numerous wildlife species like crocodiles, hippos, elephants, warthogs and waterbucks among others. You should add Murchison falls to your gorillas and wildlife safaris in Uganda.
Mountain gorilla trekking. Almost all Uganda gorilla trekking reviews cite at Bwindi as the highlight of trips. Residing deep in the impenetrable forests of Bwindi in the Virunga ranges, mountain gorillas are only found in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Bwindi is the best place to carry out your gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. Mountain gorillas are endangered species with a total population of approximately 1000 gorillas remain in the world. Over 600 gorillas dwell in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is almost three quarters of these mighty apes in the forest. Nothing thrills like watching a baby gorilla jump from one tree branch to the other or looking at the family bonf together. We have a couple of Uganda gorilla trekking tours that will make this realistic to you.
Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Most Uganda travel reviews cite tree climbing lions as a must visit. These lions can only be found in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. You cannot find the anywhere else in the world. One of Uganda's most unique attractions are the tree climbing lions at Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park is open to tourists throughout the year. Yes, we have seen the lions in the zoos and wildlife centers, but the most unique feature about the lions at Ishasha is that they climb trees. We have this activity in most of our Uganda holiday packages. The tree climbing lions are one of the most sought after wildlife species, travelers are always enthralled with sights of lions lying in the huge branches of fig trees. In the park, tourists also get to see other wildlife species like buffaloes, waterbucks, elephants, lions, Oribis, hyenas, Uganda Kobs and many others. We are one of the best travel agents in Uganda that will organize for you a lifetime experience with these lions.
Chimpanzee trekking. Uganda is purely a primate country. There is no single national park travelers can visit and not spot any primate species, at least a Vervet monkey or an olive baboon. However, talking of big primates, Uganda is a home to more than 1400 chimpanzees with about 1000 chimps dwelling in Kibale Forest National Park, making it a "primate capital of the world". Even if there are other places to track the chimps in Uganda, like the Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest and Kalinzu forest, Kibale forest national park is still outstanding for its incomparable numbers of chimps. Primates are the highlights of our tours and travel packages in Uganda. Following the chimps (man’s nearest cousins in the forest) and watching them carry on their daily lives is a lifetime experience.
Experience the legendary Source of River Nile in Jinja. River Nile is one of those unique Uganda travel destinations. River Nile is Africa’s longest river flowing life to over four countries of Egypt, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda where it originates. Thousands of tourists hit the country just to visit the exact point where the Nile river starts from, that real point where the Nile waters separate from Lake Victoria. Standing at the source of the Nile point makes travelers follow the footsteps of the famous explorer John Speke who first discovered it. The source of the Nile is in Jinja town, East Africa’s adventure capital, just two hours away from Uganda’s capital Kampala. Ensure to request for this in your Uganda holiday tour packages.
Sipi falls adventure. These magical falls are located in north eastern Uganda in Kapchorwa district. They are a series of three beautiful cascading waterfalls with the main waterfalls and other two minor waterfalls. The waterfalls are just at the edge of mountain Elgon and just a few kilometers from the Kenyan border. Hiking around the falls presents stunning views of the Karamoja plains, Pian-Upe reserve, slopes of mountain Elgon as well as Lake Kyoga.
Admire the wilderness of Kidepo Valley National Park. This is more remote than any of Uganda’s popular national parks, but simply worth the effort to explore the magnificent landscape of expansive golden grasslands, dotted with several animal species and doomed mountains in the background. Kidepo Valley National Park is the only true African wilderness and was ranked among most beautiful places by CNN. A safari holiday to Kidepo exposes travelers to countless wildlife species like lions, cheetahs, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, hyenas, waterbucks and many others.
The Uganda Equator. The equator is a line that separates the earth into two hemispheres - northern and southern poles. And if you ever yearn to stand in the middle of world, at zero latitude, neither in the north nor south, Uganda is the best place to visit. Even if Uganda has three equator monuments, the most popular one is at Kayabwe trading center along Kampala-Masaka Highway. Visiting the Uganda equator is exciting to both the young and elderly. Experience the water experiment that shows how water swirls to different directions in the opposite hemispheres of the earth. If there is any point to take a perfect picture in the pearl, or buy an authentic African souvenir, then it’s the Uganda Equator.
Gadhafi Mosque in the heart of Kampala City. This is located in the heart of Uganda, in Kampala capital center, and the biggest in East Africa and second biggest in Africa. It stands at a 360-degree angle, and climbing to the top furnishes outstanding views of the ancient seven hills that Kampala sits on. The mosque was gifted to the Muslims’ council by the late Colonel Muammar Gadhafi - former president of Libya. This place sums up the city tour, giving you sights of almost all the tourism hubs of Kampala.
Beach holidays in Ssese Islands. This is an archipelago of 84 islands on Lake Victoria; Africa’s largest fresh water lake. A trip to Ssese just gives you a perfect introduction to the life of Islanders in Uganda. The Islands attract hundreds of nature lovers, artists, photographers and adventurous travelers. The white and softy sand beaches, the cool forests, the palm trees, exciting fishing villages and the tropical sun suitably make a perfect and relaxing travel holiday in Uganda.
Planning your Travel to Uganda
After getting your required immunization shots for international travel to uganda, you go ahead and visit this gem. The travel essentials for Uganda are not so many. The country has less restrictions too especially when it comes to tourists. You can even get a travel visa on arrival. After your safari, there are a couple of cheap flights from uganda to zanzibar in case you want to connect your safari with a lifetime beach holiday experience. If you are also looking for the best way on how to travel from Uganda to Kenya, you can use both flights and road transfer, only that flights are much faster. We have a wide array of travel packages for Uganda that you can choose from.
Joining a holiday travel group to Uganda
The east and northeastern, sights of the source of River Nile; Africa’s longest river are guaranteed, Kidepo valley national park, the only true African wilderness, Sipi Falls and many other extraordinary features that are off beaten path but equally impressive. To the west Nile, the world’s most powerful waterfalls; Murchison Falls reside in Murchison Falls national park which is still Uganda’s largest and oldest park. On any Uganda safari, travelers can explore the remote magnificence of national parks as well as the towns and cities. We are one of those tours and travel companies in Uganda that will organize for you an unforgettable holiday. Our Uganda travel costs are not so high.