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Booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas

Booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas

Booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas

Are you interested in booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas in Uganda? Are you stuck wondering how you can have a gorilla safari in Uganda? Well, Africa adventure vacations is here to help you out and make your dream come true. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the national parks harboring mountain gorillas in the world. The national park is found in Uganda and it’s one of the most famous ones in the world because it harbors more than half of the mountain gorilla population left in the world.

Trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is done in the four sectors of the park namely Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south, Ruhija in the east, and Buhoma in the north. The habituation on the other hand is done in the 2 sectors of the park that’s Rushaga and Nkuringo both located in the southern sector of the park. To trek any of the mountain gorillas in the park you will need a gorilla permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority.

What is the process of booking a safari to spend time with mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?

Booking a safari to Uganda has been made easy with the improvement in technology around the globe. Travelers can now book a gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park by themselves. All they need to do is first acquire a gorilla trekking or habituation permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority thereafter book accommodation facilities of their choices in or around Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and from there they can hire transport facilities during the safari.

Africa adventure vacations limited helps travelers on booking gorilla safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. all we do ask from anyone intending to travel are the travel dates when they would like to have their gorilla safari to Bwindi. Using the travel dates, we do check for the availability of the gorilla permits for that day with Uganda Wildlife Authority and after finding the travel dates available we shall ask you to send us money so that we book for you the gorilla permits.

After securing the permits, we shall go further to book for you accommodation facilities of your choice based on your travel budget and for the transport no need to worry because we have got different types of cars including the 4×4 wheel comfortable safari vehicle. If you are intending to have a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in the dry season, we advise you to book with us in advance of 3-4 months to avoid disappointments since the permits are issued out on a first come first serve basis.

What to pack for a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?

There are a lot of things that you need to pack so as to have a wonderful gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Africa adventure vacations limited encourages tourists coming for a gorilla trekking safari to have waterproof hiking shoes, a pair of gaiters, sunscreen, a hat, camera and extra batteries, long-sleeved clothes, insect repellents, a rain jacket, enough drinking water, energy-giving snacks, face masks and sanitizer.

Spending time with mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has 4 sectors and each of these has its own gorilla families that are open for trekking and 2 that are open for habituation in Rushaga and Nkuringo. In every sector of the park, the gorilla trekking activity starts with a briefing at the park head offices where the trekkers are taught about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking or habituation activity.

During the briefing, the trekkers are informed about the dos and don’ts of the gorilla trekking or habituation activity then after which the grouping is done and the ranger guides lead the trekkers into the jungle to search for the assigned mountain gorilla family. During the search, trekkers get a chance to see different park birds, animals, and vegetation. On meeting the assigned mountain gorilla family, the trekkers are given 1 hour if they are doing trekking and those doing habituation are given 4 hours to be with mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.

Mountain gorilla permit price for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the most famous gorilla park and a reason why most tourists do fly to the country. To spend time with mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park you need to have a valid gorilla trekking permit which can be booked through Africa Adventure Vacations limited or Uganda Wildlife Authority.

A single gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and for East African citizens, it’s Shs250,000. The gorilla trekking permit allows all tourists to spend 1 hour with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and during this time they are allowed to take these apes photos. The gorilla habituation permits for Bikingi and Bushaho gorilla families are sold at a fee of $1500 for foreign non-residents, $100 foreign residents, and Shs750,000 citizens of East Africa.

What is the best time for booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas?

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be visited on any day of the year for a gorilla safari. However, the best time to do a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the dry seasons that occur in June to September and December to February. During this time, the rainfall is little or not there at all, vegetation is thin giving clear views of the park animals, the trekking trails are less muddy and not slippery and the roads leading to the park are passable.

Tourists can as well have a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park the rainy season of March to May and October to November bit they should know that during this time, there is too much rainfall which makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is thick during these months making unclear views of the park animals, and the roads leading to the park are passable.

Getting to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for a gorilla safari

Travelers having a gorilla safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park have 2 ways of getting to the park which are air transport means and road transport means. Air transport is the fastest way to reach Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and this is achieved by using chattered flights from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip for those going to Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors and then Kihihi airstrip for those going to Buhoma and Ruhija sector.

The other way to get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for a gorilla safari is using road transport from Kampala to Masaka – Mbarara – Kabale or Kisoro. The journey takes 9 hours but with beautiful views of the scenery on the journey. Those coming from Kigali can get to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for a gorilla safari through Cyanika border Kisoro and Katuna border in Kabale taking only 4-5 hours. If you are intending to have a gorilla safari in the dry season, we advise you to book with Africa Adventure Vacations in advance of 3-4 months to avoid missing out on the permits.

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. Booking a safari in Bwindi to spend time with mountain gorillas can be done at any time of the year.