Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Enjoy Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda - Mountain gorillas in Uganda, are seen in two national parks in Uganda, that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both located in south western Uganda.
visiting these mountain gorillas, will require you to purchase a gorilla trekking permit used as the gate pass in to the forest to track he gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable forest National park, is a remarkably lush rain tropical forest in western Uganda harbouring half of the world’s population of the mountain gorillas. The forest is situated at the border with the DRC and Rwanda’s volcanoes national park. the remaining population of the Gorillas, can be tracked in volcanoes and Virunga national park in DR. Congo. the tick and the tropical forest of Bwindi, with green trees and massive vegetation has favoured the survival of different primate species including the gentle giants, Golden monkeys, baboons, there also various bird species and over 200 butterflies you will encounter while in the forest. We offer 3 days gorilla trekking that will enable you have a perfect time to view these great Apes in their natural habitat.
Uganda Gorilla Trekking, has become a highlight of any of the Uganda Safari, the visit to Bwindi forest, will offer an opportunity to come face to face with the gentle giants, the tour is quite challenging since it involves hiking the steep slopes and dump moist trails and takes some period time to meet the gorillas but when you finally meet them, you are amazed and full of exciting viewing the gentle giants. The gorillas are peaceful and trekking gorilla trekking is done of on gorillas which already used to the sight of humans. You will be given time to study and observe their behaviour, they are believed to the share the total DNA of 97% of humans making our closest relatives after the chimpanzee.
The eleven primate species found here include black-and-white colobus and Lhotse’s monkeys, baboons and chimpanzees, can be also be seen in Bwindi impenetrable forest. Bwindi forest is the only national park where by the chimps co-exist with the gorillas. Besides the gorillas, you will also spot the forest elephants and several species of antelopes and 200 species of butterflies, the park is also a paradise of birds’ different bird species 42 of which are the Albertine Rift endemic. This is best park for the bird lovers.
Is Uganda safe for the visitors?
Uganda in general, is peaceful country and all the national parks are gazetted and secured from the outside world. Due to the rampant gorilla trekking back in the day, that led to gorilla extinct, they have been safely guarded and provided security and also streaked laws have been put in place to prevent the loss and the destruction of these forests.
There are no issues on insecurity in Bwindi impenetrable forest and all other national parks in general, during the day for gorilla trekking, the trekkers are accompanied by rangers and an armed ranger guide in case of any occurrence.
The cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda?
Uganda Gorilla permit is card that permits you to see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats, the permit is issued by the Uganda wildlife Authority, a managing body protecting all national parks in Uganda. Uganda’s gorilla trekking permit, goes for $700 per person trekking and in Rwanda, the permit costs $ 1500 per person and Congo permits cost $ 400 per person per permit, there is also gorilla habituation experience at Rushaga sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest, the permit price is $ 1500 per person to spend four hours with the Gorillas. The permit prices are as of 2020 chat tariff. The maximum age of person recommended for gorilla trekking is 15 years and above anyone below is regarded as a child and will not be allowed to track gorillas.
Is Gorilla trekking worth the money?
The money imposed on gorilla trekking, is used in the conservation efforts to make sure that the gorillas are protected from the outside world that is causing a threat to the animals. Some of the income generated, is also injected to the surrounding communities to boost their projects so that they do not interfere with the natural habitats to find a way of survival.
Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation in Kibale forest National Park
Primate safaris in Uganda , have become one of the fascination safari experience for many travellers visiting the parks, chimpanzee trekking allows you to spend on hour with the chimps in their natural habitat, chimp trekking is done on chimpanzee that are already used to the sight of humans and will not run away in hiding, while chimpanzee habituation experience, allows to spend four hours with the chimps still under habituation. During chimp habituation, you will have an opportunity to accompany the researchers, rangers and scientists for gorilla habituation where you will also not only view them, but be an active participant in the habituation process. Chimpanzee trekking, last for like 2-3 hours and begin with a briefing at Kanyachu visitor Centre where you will be reminded on the does and the don’ts for chimpanzee trekking. Chimpanzee trekking is interesting activity full of fun and excitement as you watch them swing from one tree to another, feeding, playing with each other and even running towards you. Visit the chimpanzee and have an amazing experience with our closest relatives.
Cost of the Chimpanzee trekking permit in Kibale
Just as the gorilla trekking permit, chimpanzee permit, is a document that allows you to meet with the chimps face to face in their natural habitat, they are too issued by the Uganda wildlife authority, and in other national parks, taking chimpanzee trekking like Budongo forest, kayanchu forest and Kalinzu in queen Elizabeth, you can get your permit on ground or through the Uganda wildlife Authority.
Chimpanzee Permit costs $ 150 per person (non-foreign residents) during high season
Low season costs USD $ 100. Which is from November, May & April
East Africa Residents Pay 100,000 UGX
Full Day chimpanzee trekking goes for $ 200 per person.
Note that; chimpanzee trekking takes place in two shifts every day, the morning shift and the afternoon shift, the morning shift starts at 8:00 am to 12:00pm and the afternoon shift, commence at 2:00pm to 5:00 pm daily. Therefore, when booking the permits, you need to specify the exact time of your trekking.