Book mountain gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi
How to book Uganda mountain gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi? Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the most famous park in the entire world when it comes to gorilla trekking. The national park is located in Africa in the country called Uganda which is found in the southwestern part of the country. The most done activity in this park is mountain gorilla trekking and it’s done in the 4 sectors of the park which are Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Buhoma. There is more than half the mountain gorilla population left in the whole world in Bwindi.
Gorilla trekking is done all throughout the year in the 19 habituated mountain gorilla families and the trekking of every family is done by only 8 people which means that 152 gorilla trekking permits are available at Uganda Wildlife Authority every day for mountain gorilla trekking. Planning to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi in the dry season, we advise to book the permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences since permits sell out quickly.
How to book a mountain gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?
Booking a gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is easy with Africa adventure vacations limited. We are one of the best tour operators in the country licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and at the same time members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. When doing a gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, we do ask you the dates that you would want to visit the mountain gorillas in the park.
Using the dates, we check for availability of the trekking permits on the days given and once they are available, we do let you know and send you an email containing ways of you how you can send us money. Once you have sent the money and we have received it, we go further to book the permits for you and thereafter send you scanned copies for your records. After securing the permits, we do book accommodation in or around the sectors you are to trek mountain gorillas and for the case of transport, we do have many safari cars.
Gorilla permit price for a safari in Bwindi
The price for a mountain gorilla permit in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park doesn’t change which means its $700 foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 citizens of East Africa. The gorilla permits are issued out by Uganda Wildlife Authority but can be got from any trusted local tour operator at the same fee. The fee of the permit includes 1 hour of being around mountain gorillas, a park entrance fee, guide fees, and community development fees.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Mountain gorillas are the reason as to why Uganda is being known around the world when it comes to tourism. These apes have led to an activity called gorilla trekking in the park which starts early in the morning in all the 4 sectors of the park namely – Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma
On the day of gorilla trekking, the trekkers are expected to be at the briefing very early in the morning to hear what the rangers have to say. During the briefing, the rangers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking activity after which groups not exceeding 8 are made and the ranger guides lead each into the jungle to search for fully habituated mountain gorillas. During the search, the trekkers get opportunities of meeting different park animals like elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, duikers, birds, swamps, and different park animals.
After 2-7 hours of searching and meeting mountain gorillas, the trekkers are allowed to be around mountain gorillas for 1 hour and during this period. During 1 hour of being around these apes, the trekkers get to learn about the mountain gorilla habits, watch them do daily activities like nesting, feeding, hunting, and they are allowed to take photos and record videos. After gorilla trekking, the trekkers do get back to the starting point where they get their trekking certificates.
Accommodation on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
The 4 sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park have got different accommodation facilities where travelers can have comfortable stays while in the park. Tourists need to know that you have to book accommodation in the sector where you are going to trek these mountain gorillas so as to make keep time on the day of trekking.
Accommodation in Rushaga sector – Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Nshongi Camp, Rushaga Gorilla havens lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, and Rushaga Gorilla Camp among others
Accommodation in Ruhija sector – Bakiga Lodge, Cuckooland Tented Camp, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Gift of nature lodge, Ruhija campsite, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Agadi Eco Lodge, and Trekkers Tavern among others.
Accommodation in Nkuringo – Bwindi Back Packer’s Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Crested Crane Bwindi Lodge, and Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge among others.
Accommodation in Buhoma sector – Jungle View Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi View Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Conservation Camp, Gorilla resort, Jungle View Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Trekkers Tavern, Engagi lodge, Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, Silverback Lodge, and Buhoma Community Rest Camp among others.
What is the best time to book mountain gorilla trekking safari ?
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be visited at any time of the year since mountain gorilla activities are open throughout the year. Some months are however better than others and these months are the drier ones. The drier months include June, July, August, September, December, January, and February and during this season, there is little or no rainfall at all, the vegetation is thin giving clear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are dry and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Tourists intending to visit the park in the rainy season can still do the visit to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. Tourists should know that during the rainy season there is too much rainfall, the vegetation in the park is too much giving unclear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery slowing the speed of trekking, and the roads to the park are passable. If you are out there and would want to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park most especially in the dry season we advise you to book the permits in advance of 3-4 months to avoid inconveniences since Uganda Wildlife Authority sells out the permits on a first come first serve basis.
Can I get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in a single day?
Yes, you can get to Bwindi if you book mountain gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Travelers can get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in just a few hours using air transport from Kajjansi airstrip in Kampala and Entebbe international airport operated by AeroLink Uganda and Fly Uganda. The flight takes 2 hours to land at Kihihi airstrip in the northern part of Bwindi and Kisoro airstrip for those heading to Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector.
By road transport, it takes 8-9 hours to get to any of the sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park by using Kampala/Entebbe – Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale or Kisoro Road. Tourists in Rwanda can access any of the sectors of the park using the Cyanika or Katuna border and this takes 4-5 hours of your starting in Kigali.
What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?
Africa adventure vacations is a tour company based in Uganda licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours among others. To book mountain gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi is done at any time of the year, therefore; feel free to contact us for details.