Spend time with mountain gorillas twice in Uganda
Is it possible to spend time with mountain gorillas twice in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park Uganda? Uganda is now able to sell out double gorilla permits to people who would want to be with mountain gorillas more than once on a safari. Uganda is one of the smallest countries in East Africa but hosts 2 national parks that do harbor mountain gorillas. The 2 national parks that harbor mountain gorillas in Uganda are Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which has 21 families and Mgahinga national park which has 1 family.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has 152 mountain gorilla trekking permits and 8 habituation permits as of Mgahinga national park its 8 permits. So with a total of 168 permits, Uganda has started to allow tourists to do double trekking on their safari only if they find the permits available on the days they want to travel. Booking of double gorilla trekking permits needs to be done in advance of 3-4 months in order to avoid inconveniences since UWA sells out permits on a first come first serve basis.
What does it mean to spend time with mountain gorillas of Uganda twice?
Spending some time with mountain gorillas twice is where a person is allowed to trek mountain gorillas more than once on a safari. The fact that mountain gorillas are closet creatures to human beings, the tourists are currently requesting us to book for them permits twice on their safaris so that they learn more about their habits by spending more time with them. The good thing with double mountain gorilla trekking is that a person is able to spend time with different mountain gorilla families and also the time is much bigger than the one that trekked once.
What is required for one to double trek mountain gorillas in Uganda?
There is nothing much required to double trek mountain gorillas in Uganda because what you need is to have secured yourself double gorilla permits because every permit allows a tourist to trek mountain gorillas twice. Uganda as of now has so many gorilla permits and therefore tourists are allowed to book more than twice as long as they are available. One can decide to book two trekking permits or 1 trekking permit and 1 habituation permit. You need to book those gorilla permits for different days because trekking or habituation starts in the morning and is done only once a day.
Where to do double trekking of mountain gorillas in Uganda?
Uganda has 2 national parks that do harbor the endangered mountain gorillas and both of these are located in the southwestern part of the country. Mgahinga national park is the smallest with 1 mountain gorilla family and then Bwindi impenetrable forest national parks is the other with over 21 mountain gorilla families. With these 2 national parks, you can trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and the other day you visit Mgahinga national park. You have another option of trekking 2 different families in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park on different days or trek the same family on different days so that you know much more about it, you can trek today in Bwindi and next in Mgahinga, you can trek one gorilla family the first day and habituate the other on the next days.
How to book double permits for mountain gorillas in Uganda?
Africa Adventure Vacations Limited is one of the local tour operators that does help tourists on booking double gorilla trekking permits in Uganda. All you need to do is send us an email containing the dates and number of times that you would want to trek mountain gorillas and the parks that you would want to visit. Using these dates, we shall check for the availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and once they are available we shall send you an email containing details of how you can send money and once we have received the money, we shall go ahead to book you the permits and thereafter send you scanned copies.
What’s the price of gorilla permits in Uganda?
Uganda has 2 gorilla permit types and these are the normal gorilla trekking permit which allows a trekker to be around mountain gorillas for 1 hour and then the gorilla habituation permit that allows a trekker to be around mountain gorillas for 4 hours. The gorilla permit that allows travelers around mountain gorillas for 4 hours cost $1500 foreign non-resents, $1000 foreign residents, and shs750,000 east African citizens, and the normal gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign residents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 east African citizens
Accommodation on a double trekking safari in Uganda
Tourists intending to do double trekking in Uganda don’t have to worry about where they will stay because Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park have got several accommodation facilities that range from budget to mid-range to luxury options.
Maghinga national park accommodation includes Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Lake Chahafi Resort, Mountain Gahinga Rest Camp, Amajambere I’wacu Camp, Ikoro Hotel, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Kisoro Tourist Hotel, Traveler’s Nest Hotel, and Mountain Gahinga Lodge.
Accommodation for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park includes Gorilla Safari Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Bakiga Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Bwindi View Lodge, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, and Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge among others.
What is the best time to spend time with mountain gorillas twice in Uganda?
Uganda can be visited at any time of the year for double mountain gorilla trekking however some months are better than the rest. The drier months are the best for double mountain gorilla trekking and these occur from June to September and December to February and during these months there is little or no rainfall, the vegetation in the park is thin, the trekking trails dry and the roads leading to the park passable.
Tourists can still visit Uganda for double mountain gorilla trekking in the rainy season so as to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season happens from March to May and October to November and is characterized by plenty of rainfall, the roads leading to the park are impassable, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery and the vegetation in the park is very thick giving unclear views of the park animals.
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 to spend time with mountain gorillas twice in Uganda can be done at any time of the year.