Porters In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Porters are people hired at the park headquarters in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park to help tourists with heavy luggage such as backpacks, drinking water, cameras, binoculars, snacks among others and they also assist you to hike through challenging terrains while in search of gorilla families in the jungle. Gorilla trekking involves hiking to the top of the mountains searching for the whereabouts of mountain gorillas which can be slippery, muddy, and steep in most cases.
Cost of hiring a porter in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Porters in Bwindi are not a must but if you feel you can’t hike with your luggage, you can hire a porter at a small fee of about $15-$20 per trekking. Many of the porters in Bwindi don’t have jobs so they earn a living through being a porter so they will always feel good if you tip your porter on top of the porter fee paid. Porters are students who are looking for school fees and married who are looking for what to feed their families.
The porters in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are always available in the morning at the briefing Centre where you are taught rules and regulations of gorilla trekking, this is the time you need to hire one to in case you need him otherwise you will not have a chance during trekking.
Gorilla permits In Bwindi
Trekking mountain gorillas requires one to have a valid gorilla permit. Gorilla trekking permits to Bwindi cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and 250000shs per person per trek for east African residents while gorilla habituation permits cost $1500 per person per trek. Rwanda gorilla permits go for $1500 while DR Congo gorilla permits cost $450 Only people ages 15 and above are allowed to trek mountain gorillas and those with infectious diseases like flue and diarrhea will not be allowed to trek gorillas because they can easily transmit the disease to the gorillas. You are advised to always book your gorilla permit in advance of 3-4 months before arriving at the park for trekking. Book your gorilla permit today and meet face to face with endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and enjoy this one-in-a-lifetime experience.
Where do mountain gorillas live?
Mountain gorillas live in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park of Uganda, Virunga national park DR Congo and volcanoes national park Rwanda. Volcanoes national park Rwanda, Virunga national park DR Congo and Mgahinga national park of Uganda make up the Virunga massif conservation area. There are about 1080 mountain gorillas in the world with more than a half dwelling in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Where to stay In Bwindi
Each sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has got its unique accommodation facility in terms of lodges, camps, and hotels where you can stay as you do a nature walk activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The Four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park include Buhoma located in the Northern sector of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Nkuringo sector in the southern part of Bwindi, Ruhija located in the Eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and Rushaga sector in the southern part of the Park. We recommend that you choose an accommodation facility in sectors where you’re going to do nature walks or gorilla trekking. It is our responsibility that we check for you the availability accommodation facility provided you have already booked a permit to the park. It is good to book the accommodation facility early to avoid interferences.
You can decide to stay in Buhoma haven lodge, Buhoma lodge one of the luxury lodges in Buhoma, Buhoma community camp, Bwindi lodge, Mahogany springs lodge, and the Gorilla forest camp. You can stay in Rushaga will see you stay at accommodation facilities such as Rushaga gorilla camp, Gorilla haven lodge, Four gorillas lodge among others. You can stay at Nkuringo Bwindi lodge, cloud Mountain gorillas, and other lodges of interest. We ensure that you get the best of your safari journey by engaging in all the above luxury activities that every client engages in whenever he/she visits Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Best time to visit Bwindi national park.
Yes after understanding the cost of hiring porters in Bwindi, you need to study the best time to visit the park. Uganda and Rwanda both experience an average temperature that is about 22 and these temperatures always drop at night to 12. Uganda’s rainfall levels are between 1000-2000mm per annum. But the region generally gives clear skies throughout the year enabling gorilla trekking throughout the year.
This normally happens in the months of June, July, August September, December, January, and February. During these months less rainfall is experienced as it’s overtaken by the sunshine.
January-February and June-September is the best period to do gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda. Although this period is termed as year-round up activities, these two countries during this period are always experiencing dry seasons hence enabling visitors to choose trekking in the dry season also known as the high seasons.
December is also another busy month. It’s the busiest month of the year based on the fact that the whole world is always off for Christmas holidays and year-end. Therefore, we strongly advise you to book your gorilla trekking permits as early as possible to avoid disappointments and for proper planning.
If you need the best gorilla trekking conditions with no worries about prices, the high season is the best for you. these countries Uganda and Rwanda have raised topography meaning the climate is fairly cool throughout the year, despite some serious walking/hiking that may result in feeling hot.
Tourists who usually come in low season experience real adventure to the fullest. This is because, during the low season, there are always few people in the jungle. There are also price reductions in accommodation facilities since fewer tourists come into the country and lodges are in less demand in this season and there is always availability of gorilla and chimpanzee permits because of fewer tourists coming in.
While in rainy seasons you may incur some challenges in traveling both in Uganda and Rwanda, a day is never lost due to rains, surprisingly days have both rain and sunshine, this means that despite wetness and coldness its usually favorable for you to continue with your activities as stated in your itinerary whether it rains or not gorilla trekking is conducted daily as it has never been canceled due to the bad weather.