Bwindi impenetrable forest gorilla trekking has become one of the main activities, which is famously known to be mountain Gorilla tracking. With half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas occupying the whole of the forest, gives you an exceptional trekking experience while on your Uganda safari tour all together with our experience team ranging from staff at office and qualified English speaking guides offering quality services at all times registered by our excellent reviews on trip adviser we also pride in organising gorilla permits to all clients willing to take part in this exercise making them available for gorilla trekking experience , we offer pre advice to all clients planning to have a safari to Uganda national parks both in gorilla trekking and wildlife safari experience.
Uganda has as country is endowed with several attractions including; the wild game, vegetation, climate, the different tradition cultures of people and the way of the life, the physical features and many more to give you the best of your safari in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda along the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley. This ancient tropical rainforest has become one of the best in Africa to have flourished and a home to half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Not only that, the park is a home to other primates like the white and black colobus monkeys, baboons, and other animals like African forest Elephant, Duiker, bush buck antelopes and many more. For bird lovers, Bwindi is best place to go the park, is a home to over 360 recorded bird species which can be viewed on the swamps and along the trails in the forest, this area is suitable for bird watchers while at Bwindi , notable birds here include; the Grauer’s broadbill, African green pigeon , African harrier hawk, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher and many more all these are commonly found at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forest.
Gorilla tracking is an interesting activity with a lot of unforgettable experience, the difficult part is getting there, the drive time is long and quite tiresome but when finally, there, the gorilla trekking experience repays more than the effort needed to reach Bwindi national park and to trek through the forest in search for the gorillas. Bwindi comprise of seven habituated gorilla groups that are allowed to be tracked by the tourists it’s so exciting since you get to have an encounter with the gorillas, studying and learning their different behaviours. The three of these groups are found in Buhoma and one at Nkuringo sector of Bwindi. Gorilla tracking is the most sought-after tourism activity and the famous tourist destination in Uganda.
For one to participate in gorilla trekking experience, he/ she must have a gorilla trekking permit, these permits are issued by the Uganda wildlife authority a government organisation managing all national parks in Uganda. The total number issued per day is 8 permits and four people per group are allowed to track a given habituated gorilla family. Therefore, all visitors are advised to book their gorilla trekking permit earlier before they are out of stock. We will help check for the availability for your requested dates and secure the permits for you in advance prior to the gorilla tracking date.
Gorilla tracking can be a little difficult and challenging to trek through the thick forest, it requires you to have physical fitness and energy to trek the forest. the exercise commences at 07:45 hours with a briefing at Buhoma the parks headquarters where you will be taught the does and the don’ts of the gorillas, then the exercise begins. The exercise starts at 8:30am and can last from a few hours to the whole day depending on the current location of gorillas on that particular day. For more information, reach us at adventure in the wild safari, we will offer you all the necessary information required for you to plan your unforgettable safari to Uganda.
Bwindi impenetrable forest Gorilla trekking permit
Gorilla trekking permit is a card issued by Uganda wildlife authority to persons taking part in gorilla tracking experience. The gorilla trekking permit indicates the location of your gorilla trekking since Bwindi has several sectors, price of the permit and the lodges from the different locations. The gorilla permits go for $600 per permit, per person tracking gorillas, but by July 2020, the gorilla permit will increase to $700 per permit. Gorilla tracking last for one hour from the time you meet the gorillas and the permit is valid for one day. There is also gorilla habituation experience this allows you four hours with the gorillas from the time you meet the gorillas this is quite interesting since you get to spend much time with the gorillas. The gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 per person caring out the activity.
The parks location in the south-western corner of Uganda, makes it easily accessed from Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The distance covers 540km from Kampala. The journey takes 8-9hours, excluding the enroute stops overs. passing via Kabale and Kisoro, the distance covered is approximately 80km to Bwindi, mountainous drive on marram road can take about 2 hours, while the park gate at Ntebeko lies a bumpy 14km (30 minutes) south of Kisoro town and you access the park.
The other alternative and most convenient are the Charter flights can be arranged from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi) to Kisoro or kihihi airstrip. Read More
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is carried out all year round, Uganda experiences two seasons in the year the dry season also known as the peak season in Uganda is when the gorilla tracking activity is popular and wildlife safaris in all national parks. Although the activity is possible all year round, the most convenient seasons would be the dry season when the park is dry and free from mud which makes it slippery. The dry season starts from the month of June to August and from December to January by this time there is little or no rainfall this is the best time to trek gorillas and wildlife viewing is at its best.
The wet season of the year known as the low seasons comes in with a lot of rainfall experience and very cold, by this time, the forest is muddy and the trails are slippery different to pass through. The wet season starts from march to May and from September to November by this time there is a lot of rainfall and the parks are less populated, but gorilla does not stop its also possible to do gorilla trekking .the season comes with discounted prices on lodges and you can get the lodges of your choice, the park is free with people making is convenient to do the activities, this season is best for budget travellers who do not want to spend much on their safari to Uganda. During this season, visitors are recommended to wear good attire for this activity like the hiking boots, garden gloves, long sleeved shirt/ blouse, long pair of trousers, hut, rain jacket and many more to keep you warm in case it rains. Read more
There are also other alternative activities besides gorilla trekking in Bwindi including;
Bwindi is home to over 360 bird species. For bird lovers, Bwindi is the place to be with a lot of bird species to view. Some can be spotted in the forest while on gorilla trekking others along the swamps and on the trails. The common birds spotted here include; the Grauer’s broadbill, African green pigeon, African harrier hawk, Cinnamon-chested bee-eater, Crowned hornbill, Giant kingfisher and many more a found at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Read more
This is mostly done and guided by the tour guide or the rangers walking through the forest and the plantations around the local communities in Bwindi national park. During this activity, you will spot a number of wild games at close range this offers clear views of the animals and suitable time for bird watching activities a long the trails of the forest. Read more
The visitors go around the local villages of the Batwa and the pygmy families, they learn different cultures and way of life, through traditional dances, art a craft and many more as they interact with the locals you get to know the history of the first inhabitants of the forest. The fees paid for this activity helps in the development of their communities. Read more