Seeing or trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana.
Are you interested in seeing or trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana? Are you considering Uganda as your vacation for the endangered mountain gorillas and you are basing or originating from Botswana? This tour brings you to an amazing mountain gorilla trekking experience in Uganda from Botswana. Bwindi Impenetrable forest national is one of the forests in the world where one can go for gorilla trekking because it has more than half of the few remaining Mountain Gorillas. Mountain gorillas have highly endangered wildlife and this park has more than 360 individuals of the credible 800 and mountain gorillas in the whole world. These primates are endangered because of diseases, habitat loss as well as poaching. Bwindi is among the safari parks in which make the highest revenues to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Sir Seretse Khama International Airport is the main international airport, it is found just 15 kilometers north of downtown Gaborone. The airport got its name from the first president of Botswana. You can fly from here to Entebbe international Airport for an amazing gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
You can enjoy a gorilla trekking experience from Botswana on the day you arrive at Entebbe International Airport or on the following day depending on the time you arrive and your interest. Bwindi forest is blessed with a wide range of tourists attractions which includes; bird watching with over 350 bird species, 200 tree species, 311 butterfly species as well as 120 primates including the black and white Columbus monkeys and chimpanzees one can see during gorilla trekking.
What to note about trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana.
Mountain gorilla trekking is an activity that involves park rangers, trekkers, and tour guide spend 1 hour in the presence of mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is restricted to a maximum of 1 hour and is carried out in the Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Buhoma sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This activity gives an opportunity to encounter and explore more about these unique primates on the earth.
Now how do you start this vacation when in Botswana? Pleases note these ones;
Have your local travel agency or operator lead you in this whole experience
To enjoy a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda from Botswana one needs to use a tour company who will help you in preparing the safari. There are several ways one can use to organize a gorilla trekking tour in Uganda from Botswana which includes; using a tour operator from Botswana, a tour operator from Uganda or you can do it by yourself.
Can I use the Botswana tour operator or the Ugandan local operator?
Yes both operators in both countries are important. There are a lot of tour operators in Botswana that can get in touch with local tour operators in Uganda. When these tour operators get together with local tour operators, they will process all your books from permits, transport, and accommodation. A local tour operator will check for the availability of permits depending on the day you wish to travel and when they find the permits available, then they will send payment slips so that you send money for booking gorilla trekking permits.
There are many tour operators online using different websites but you have to first make sure that they are professional and trustworthy to deal with them. Booking with a local tour operator is too expensive than booking by yourself. To choose the best tour operator, you check if the company is licensed by the Uganda tourism board or it is registered by the Association of Uganda tour operators.
What is the cost trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana.
A gorilla trekking permit in the Bwindi forest goes at $700 for foreign nonresidents per person, $600 for foreign residents, and 250,000 Ugandan shillings for East African citizens. It is purchased from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or through Africa Adventure Vacations. This gorilla trekking permit allows a tourist to spend only one hour with mountain gorillas while learning more about their behaviors like nesting, how mothers feed their younger ones, playing, and so on. Gorilla trekking permit includes park entrance fee, Park ranger fee, and community development contributions. Tourists are advised to book gorilla trekking permits like 3 months before the traveling dates to avoid disturbance, especially during the peak season because it is when most tourists visit Uganda for gorilla trekking. Only 8 tourists are allowed to visit a gorilla group every day and those below 15 years of age are not accepted to trek.
The best time trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is best during the dry months when the hiking trails are easy to access. These months include June-October and December. But, this activity in the Bwindi forest can be done at any time of the year.
Where to stay while doing gorilla trekking in the Bwindi forest from Botswana?
There are many safari lodges in and outside the four sectors of Bwindi where one can spend a night and complete his /her trip, which ranges from luxury to budget. It is good to do your bookings with a tour operator because will help you to choose the right accommodation which is comfortable and fits your plans. Some of the safari hotels /lodges are: – Rushaga gorilla camp, Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, Buhoma community campsite, Gorilla forest camp, and Volcanoes safari Bwindi lodge.
Getting to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
It covers about 478 kilometers from the capital Kampala, which is about 7-8 hours of driving. This route goes through a smooth surface and a dirt murram road into the forest. You can fly from Entebbe airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips, which is just a few minutes to the park.
Other tourist activities to combine with Seeing or trekking Uganda gorillas in Bwindi Park from Botswana:-
Batwa people were living in the Bwindi forest but later they were chased away and the forest turned into a national park. These people are now living outside the forest and they are also known as Batwa pygmies. These people are regarded as the keepers of the forest and hunter-gathers who mostly depending on gathering fruits and hunting wild animals, they also still practicing their ancient lifestyle. On your trip to Bwindi forest, visit these amazing people and get a great opportunity to see how they build houses using local materials, local dance, and drama, story-telling, among others.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national is also a good deal for bird lovers with over 350 bird species, among these bird species 14 are endemic to the forest, and only 23 are found in the Albertine Rift. Some of the birds to see in the Bwindi forest include. Dusky Twin Spot, short-tailed warbler, Western Green Tinkerbird, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Africa Green Broadbill, Africa wood owl, Handsome Francolin, strange weaver, Collared April, Black-breasted Barbet, among others.
Tracking smaller primates and mammals.
You can track smaller primates in the Bwindi forest like vervet monkeys, colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, and bush babies. It is also holding the African forest elephants, jackals, forest hogs, leopards, duikers, and bats.
This is also among the amazing experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Nature walks are done through natural features like rivers, streams, waterfalls, scenic hills, and valleys. Nature walks also give you a chance to see the forest mammals, butterflies, reptiles, bats, and several monkey species.
Reasons to book with Africa Adventure Vacations.
Traveling to a new place is so exciting and it is one of the greatest experiences one can ever encounter. You get a chance to encounter the food, culture, and natural resources of the area. Africa Adventure Vacations is the best tour operator that can help you experience all the amazing cultures in Africa plus the authentic wildlife. Africa Adventure Vacations can help you to save money and restless nights trying to look for where to go. We are experienced and well informed and passionate about what we do. Africa Adventure Vacations is locally raised and has got a business license. We are quick to respond to any kind of questions from our clients. We have got the best tour packages and pricing. Our company can afford the group size that you would like to come along with.