Uganda has the largest number of mountain gorillas with an estimate of 400 primates and this is half of the world’s total population of 900. This East African country has improved its tourism for the past five years and gorilla tracking is the main reason to this achievement .Many people prefer spending their money on a safari to Uganda because they want to have the best out of their money with a life-changing experience in the interesting parts of the country where gorillas are found.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda can take from twenty minutes to three quarters of the day depending on the gorilla family trekked. It should also be noted that the maximum time one is allowed to spend with the gorillas is one hour therefore a tourist is advised to maximize the time he/she spends with the primates.
Where to go gorilla trekking in Uganda
The only places where one can go for a gorilla trek in Uganda is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi has the highest number of the primates, about 75% of the total number of gorillas in the country. This explains why most clients book safaris that include a tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Moving through the thick forest of the park is an adventurous experience full of amazing encounters with different primates and other hard-to find creatures.
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located in the southwest of Uganda, Bwindi is the most visited park in the country. The park is divided into four regions namely;- Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma and Nkuringo. Each of these regions act as a trekking site with different habituated mountain gorilla families .Incase one is interested in tracking the gorillas in Bwindi, then he/she has to be selective on which family to trek so that it simplifies the work of booking the trip in terms of accommodations and gorilla permit .While coming up with a choice of which region of Bwindi to track, one should have it in mind that all the four regions are equally interesting and offer a stunning gorilla tracking experience.
Need some help on when to go gorilla trekking in Uganda?
Although gorilla tracking can be successful throughout the year, there are specific months when the activity is most interesting and these months are referred to as peak seasons. This is the time when primate lovers yearn for a tour to the national parks where mountain gorillas are found. These months are June to September, then December, January and February. But this does not mean that other months are not good to go for a trek and it doesn’t stop a client from making his/her own choice when it comes to deciding when to travel to Uganda.
Special information before booking a gorilla trekking safari to Uganda
Since every client wants to get value for his/her money, he/she requires to know some important tips on what to consider before booking a gorilla trek to Uganda. First, the client has to make sure that he is in good health since gorilla trekking requires some physical energy of moving through thick forests in search for the primates. Then, a client has to book with a credible tour company with a remarkable experience when it comes to organizing trekking trips. This is to ensure that a client gets the best experience in Uganda with the help of the most qualified staff.
A client is also advised to research about gorilla tracking in Uganda so that he/she has a clue of what it is and also make the best choice of which gorilla family to visit and where to stay. If these few things are done before booking for a gorilla trip, then a client is assured to make the right choice and should expect the best experience.
Why buy a gorilla trekking Permit?
Before a tourist is allowed to trek the mountain gorillas in Uganda, he/she is expected to obtain a gorilla tracking permit. This acts an authorizing document to track the primates in either Bwindi or Mgahinga national parks. A gorilla trekking permit specifies the gorilla family to be tracked by the client. Each tourist requires one permit and this allows him/she to trek once and specifies where to trek from.
In Uganda, the permit costs USD600 and it is issued by Uganda wildlife Authority at their offices in Kamwokya a Kampala suburb. It’s kind of hard for clients especially those in foreign countries to obtain these permits in time because of the long distances and the best way they can do this is through using a tour company to obtain them on their behalf. It is advisable to book for a gorilla trekking permit three weeks before the actual day of traveling. This is done to avoid inconveniences on the safari and also give ample time to the tour organizer to book for the accommodations in time.