How to plan a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park : Gorilla trekking is an extra ordinary activity in Bwindi impenetrable national park that involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the most visited national parks in Uganda located in south western region in Kanungu district. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 22 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely buhoma sector, rushaga sector, ruhija sector and nkuringo sector. Apart from Bwindi impenetrable national park, gorilla trekking is also done in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park and kahuzi biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo. There are a number of factors to consider on how to plan a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park including cost of a gorilla trekking permit, how to purchase a gorilla trekking permit, what to pack for gorilla trekking, where to stay and how to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park?
Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be booked through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris where you will contact us with the date, month and year when you wish to visit the mountain gorillas. After contacting us, we will check for permit availability under Uganda Wildlife Authority and if there are permits available on your preferred dates, you will be asked to make a deposit for the permits. Once the payment has been made, we will be able to purchase the permits on your behalf and send you a scanned copy of the receipt as confirmation.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season in the months of june, july, august, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less rainfall in the park therefore access roads and trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes gorilla trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery which makes gorilla trekking difficult.
What to pack for gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park
When planning a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park, there are a number of items that you should pack including long sleeved shirt and trouser, hiking shoes, garden gloves, waterproof rain jacket, insect repellent, camera and extra batteries, energy snacks and drinking water, a pair of binoculars, face masks, warm sweater, walking stick, back pack, a hat and sun glasses among others.
Where to stay in Bwindi impenetrable national park
There are a number of accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable national park where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Mahogany Springs Lodge, Gorilla Leisure Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Trackers Safari Lodge, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Bweza Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Wagtail Safari Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Bwindi Jungle View Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Nshongi Camp, Gorilla Resort among others.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western part of Uganda and can be accessed by air transport means where you will book scheduled or charter domestic flights from Entebbe international airport to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip and then connect to the park headquarters by road.
Bwindi impenetrable national park can also be accessed by road transport means where you will drive from Kampala via masaka, Mbarara, Kabale and then to the park headquarters which takes about 9 to 10 hours’ drive in a safari vehicle.
Gorilla trekking is an interesting and a must do activity that shouldn’t be missed during your safari in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park can be combined with wildlife viewing/ game drives, boat cruise, sport fishing, horseback fishing among others in Lake Mburo national park. For more information about how to plan a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for various gorilla trekking packages.