Gorilla Trekking In Uganda From Nairobi Kenya
Is it possible to book gorilla trekking in Uganda from Nairobi Kenya? Gorilla safaris can only be done from 3 countries in four national parks and these are Virunga national park in DR Congo, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga national park in Uganda. Kenya is one of the best safari destinations in Africa but there are no mountain gorillas in Kenya though you can combine your wildlife safari in Kenya with gorilla trekking in Uganda, DR Congo, or Rwanda
Gorilla trekking from Nairobi to Uganda is much easier than that of DR Congo and Rwanda because Kenya is bordered by Uganda in the west. Tourists interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda can fly from Kenya to Entebbe international airport of Uganda and then drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park for gorilla trekking, there is also an option of flying to the park to Kihihi airstrip or Kisoro airstrip from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip.
There is also an option of driving from Kenya to Kampala or use a bus and drive to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla park for gorilla trekking if you can’t afford a flight. Tourists can also drive to Kigali Rwanda after trekking gorillas in Uganda taking them 4-5 hours and then fly out from Kigali international airport.
Gorilla trekking can be done at any time of the year but some months are better than the rest and these are June to September and December to February. During these months, the jungle is not so thick and the trekking trails are not muddy and slippery making the hiking easy. Rwanda and Uganda gorilla national parks have the same type of climate.
Price of gorilla permits & How to reserve permits in Africa
Rwanda has got the most expensive gorilla permits for luxurious travelers at $1500 per person per trek, Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African Citizens and lastly DR Congo has the cheapest gorilla permits costing $450 in the high peak season and $200 in the low season.
How to reserve the gorilla permits or secure gorilla permit? Reserving the gorilla permit in the first step that one has to undergo to trek and see mountain gorillas in Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda. As I have said always in our articles, mountain gorillas do stay in three countries of democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and the Republic of Rwanda.
There are 4 national parks in all these three countries that have gorillas with Uganda having two of these national parks that is Mgahinga national park and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This justifies why Uganda has more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas.
The other parks include Volcanoes national park in the Republic of Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In all these parks for one to enter the park and see the gorillas must possess the gorilla trekking permit for the respective country.
Reserving mountain gorilla trekking directly – Visitors have all the avenues and freedom to reserve the gorilla trekking permits directly from each country responsible body and here I show how best you can do that. If you intend to visit Uganda and see the gorillas, what you will do is to inform the reservation office at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office by either calling them or emailing them.
Here they will check for the availability of the gorilla permits against your preferred dates of travel and then they will get back to you accordingly. Once there is availability, they will reserve the gorilla permit and they tell you how best to start making your payment and with reserving the gorilla permit directly, it will necessitate you to travel and pick your gorilla permit directly from the Uganda Wildlife head offices which are located in Kampala a few kilometers away from Entebbe international airport.
Yes, this looks more obvious but you may get delays just in case you call and they can’t pick or your email and they delay to reply. You will also need to book the transportation and accommodation facility including the airport transfers. Visitors find it easy to reserve the gorilla trekking permit with Africa Adventure Vacations because we book and organize for all you all the inclusive package to Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park for mountain gorillas.
Why you should book and reserve gorilla permits in advance?
We advise our clients to always book and reserve gorilla trekking permits in advance because of the competition surrounding the acquisition of mountain gorillas and to avoid short notice inquires. Mountain gorillas are few and there are about 1066 gorillas that reaming in the whole world. Still, there are only 4 National Park where these gorillas live and in three countries. More than half of the above gorillas live in Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda and the rest live in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Cong.
It is important to note that gorilla trekking is one of the prominent and most adorable activities in the world and this makes it so competitive when it comes to gorilla trekking permits. Additionally, only 8 people are allowed to go and see one habituated gorilla family in a national park and this means that there is limited space for the people who want to see these precious animals.
Uganda has got over 20 habituated gorillas families as compared to Rwanda with only 10 habituated gorilla families. It is because of this reason that our clients are advised to book the gorilla trekking permit in advance for at least 4 to 5 months before the actual dates of travel. Contact Africa adventure vacations for more details about booking and reserving the gorilla permits for Bwindi. Mgahinga, Volcanoes, and Virunga National Parks.
What to carry for mountain gorilla trekking?
For one to have a wonderful gorilla trekking experience in Uganda from Nairobi Kenya, below is a packing list for gorilla trekking should include good waterproof hiking boots, sanitizer, face mask, garden loves, long-sleeved clothes, hiking pants, light waterproof backpack, energy-giving snacks, camera, and extra batteries as well as a pair of binoculars in case you love birding.