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3-day Uganda mountain gorilla trekking safari starts in Kampala and ends at Entebbe international airport in Uganda. It involves meeting eye to-eye with the magical mountain gorillas

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari is one of the most interesting activities for visitors to a haven for endangered mountain gorillas (Uganda)

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari: One of the most interesting activities for visitors to Uganda is a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi National Park, one of only four national parks in the world, is a haven for endangered mountain gorillas. The national park is home to approximately 459 mountain gorillas, accounting for roughly half of the world’s population.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s ten national parks and one of the countries most visited because of its endangered gorillas. It was designated a national park in 1991 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, covering 321 square kilometers and rising from 1,160 m to 2,607 m above sea level. Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari is one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world.

Bwindi National Park is home to 19 gorilla populations, 15 of which tourists may visit. Furthermore, the national park is home to over 120 animal species, 220 butterfly species, and 348 bird species. Bwindi National Park has four primary sectors for gorilla trekking: Buhoma, Ruhia, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. The gorilla climbs in Bwindi are limited to eight individuals per gorilla group. Each gorilla group is only allowed one hour with the gorillas. The hike begins at 8 a.m., but hikers should meet at the park headquarters at 7 a.m. for a briefing from the park administration. Bwindi Gorilla Safari Trekkers are separated into groups based on the gorilla group they are tracking.

Each gorilla famiy has a competent guide, an armed ranger, and a porter if the luggage is being carried. Hiking for gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park entails strenuous trekking through the world-famous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The routes can be steep, slippery, and muddy, necessitating high physical and mental fitness. Trekkers in Bwindi National Park follow gorilla herds through the deep jungle, navigating fresh gorilla dung, uneaten fruit, broken bamboo shoots, and fresh tracks.

See Bwindi Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

See Bwindi Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

A Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari takes four to eight hours, and once a troop of gorillas is identified, hikers can spend only one hour with them. At the moment, photographing and filming gorillas is the highlight of gorilla trekking in Rwanda. Each gorilla group is led by a knowledgeable guide, an armed ranger, and a p However, no flash photography is permitted near the gorillas. Make sure your cell phone or camera’s flash is turned off.

Mountain gorilla families can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Rushaga area is home to eight of these gorilla families: the Nshongi, Mishaya, Kafunge, Busingye, Bweza, Bikingi, Mukunguzi, and Luwigi gorillas.

Bwindi National Park’s Bukhoma area is home to four gorilla families: the Mbale, Habinyanja, Rushegula, and Katwe gorillas. The Nkuringo area, located south of the national park, is home to three gorilla families: the Nkuringo, Bushaho, and Christmas gorillas. The Ruhija area to the east of the park is home to four mountain gorilla families: the Orzogo, Bitukula, Kiaguliro, and Mukiza.

How much does a Bwindi gorilla trekking permit cost?

A permit to go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park costs $700 per person. Tourists are recommended to secure permits four to six months in advance due to the higher demand for gorilla trekking in Uganda than in Rwanda and Congo. Many hikers benefit from the fact that the permit fee covers entrance fees, guiding costs, and contributions to adjacent villages.

A $1,500 gorilla taming experience is also available at the park. Visitors can engage in a gorilla domestication project and collaborate with highly educated and experienced park employees to blend gorillas and humans during this event. The gorillas can also be observed in their natural habitat, including their behavior and feeding routines.

The Bwindi Gorilla Trekking safari taming experience allows you to spend up to four hours with the gorillas. The gorilla domestication experience begins at 7:30 a.m. in the Rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetration National Park.

What to bring for a Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gorilla trek.

Visitors on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi National Park are encouraged to dress lightly for the warmer weather during the summer months. However, because it can rain at any time in the woods, you should be prepared with a raincoat in case of need. Bring climbing shoes, sunscreen, and a bottle of water or mineral water to keep yourself hydrated.

The best Time for Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

 Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari is possible all year. However, the best time to do Gorilla Safari it is during the dry season, which lasts from June to September and ends in February. During these months, you can embark on a hike in the forest while watching gorilla groups.

There are numerous hotel alternatives for visitors to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Accommodations range from luxurious to mid-range to affordable, and each guest’s tastes are accommodated. Some examples are Bwindi Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Resort Bwindi, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Forest Camp, Mantana Camp, and Rushaga Gorilla Camp.

The rules and regulations for Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari

  • While hiking to the gorillas, campers are normally subject to laws and regulations, some of which are described here.
  • Hiking for gorillas is only permitted for people aged 15 and up.
  • Hikers over the age of 65 must be in good physical and mental condition. If you have a medical condition such as heart disease, asthma, exacerbations, or high blood pressure, you must sign a liability waiver form admitting full responsibility for any mishaps that occur during the gorilla trek.
  • If you have a cold, cough, or bronchial ailment, do not go gorilla trekking.
  • Gorilla treks are only available in groups of up to eight people.
  • It is necessary to have a valid passport (valid for at least 6 months) and an East African tourist visa.
  • Always wash your hands before and after going gorilla trekking.
  • Hiking with gorillas should always be done in groups. Do not abandon your hiking companions.
  • During the hike, keep your voice quiet.
  • Do not leave litter in the national park.
  • If you see gorillas, keep a safe 7-meter space between yourself and the gorilla group.
  • Make no eye contact with gorillas, especially silverbacks.
  • When in the company of gorillas, do not eat, drink, or smoke.

Accessing Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be reached by both road and air. Entebbe International Airport is the major point of entry into Uganda, and it takes roughly 8–10 hours to get to Bwindi National Park from there. Alternatively, for an extra price, you can board a charter flight to Kihihi or Kisoro and then to Bwindi. The journey from Kihihi to Buhoma, where the park headquarters is located, takes approximately 1.5 hours, while the journey from Kisoro to Buhoma to Bwindi takes approximately 3.5 hours.

Driving from Kampala, the Kabale-Mbarara road takes around 8.5 hours to reach Buhoma in Bwindi. The Masaka-Mbarara roadway takes roughly 9–10 hours to get to the park. You can also travel from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi via the Ishasha sector. This needs a 2-4 hour journey to Buhoma. A Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Safari is a fantastic and unique experience for African tourists. An hour spent with the gorillas is simply incredible, and the experience of hiking with the gorillas is priceless.

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