Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the top activities to do in Africa. There are…
Gorilla trekking in Africa is one of the number one activity that tourist engage in throughout the year in the world. The gentle giant rare and endangered mountain gorillas surviving in their natural habitat are only found in three African countries in the world. Uganda is one of those African countries that is a home for the mountain gorillas and it is a habitat for the largest population of the endangered mountain gorillas of the three countries. The rest of the countries are Rwanda known as the land for seven hills and the democratic republic of Congo.
The population since 2010 it has increased from 786 to 880 mountain gorilla species according to the current census conducted by the Uganda wildlife authority. Out of the 880 mountain gorillas, 400 gorilla species survive in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and 440 gorilla species survive in the Virunga massif. The Virunga massif is a conservation area for Mgahinga national park of Uganda, Virunga national park of Congo and volcanoes national park of Rwanda.
Uganda is ranked as the number one destination that receives the biggest number of visitors per year coming to do gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is famously and best done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national as it has the largest population of gorilla families compared to Mgahinga national park. Both national parks are located in the south western part of Uganda.
Where do gorilla trekking in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can either be done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga national park located is the south western part of the region.
Uganda has 18 habituated gorilla families, 17 habituated gorilla families are found in the different sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and only one gorilla group is found in Mgahinga national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has four sectors that are a home for the 17 habituated gorilla families. Each of these sectors has its own gorilla families and accommodation facilities ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury facilities
These sectors include; Nkuringo sector in the south, Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east and Rushaga sector in the south. Each of these sectors
How much does gorilla trekking cost?
Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs 600 USD per person for any of the national parks and gorilla habituation costs 1500 USD. The price is inclusive of park entry fees, UWA Ranger guide and the trekking activity.
The gorilla trekking permit is issued to a person who is above 15 years of age and a person below 15 years is not allowed trekking as he/she is considered a child.
The Uganda gorilla trekking permit is sold at the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) headquarters offices in Kampala only. UWA is issues out gorilla trekking permits for both Bwindi and Mgahinga national park.
How to access Bwindi and Mgahinga national park?
It is approximately 9-10 hours’ drive from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park on road transport and a distance of 550 kilo meters.
When you’re in queen Elizabeth national park, you can still access Bwindi impenetrable forest national park from Mweya via Ishasha sector, the distance about 5-6 hours’ drive to reach Kihihi then Buhoma sector in the south of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Along the way you will have an opportunity to see the tree climbing lions that are found in Ishasha sector of queen Elizabeth national park.
From lake Mburo national park via Mbarara town to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park it is approximately about 6-7 hours on road transport on a 4×4 vehicle.
Gorilla trek and safari in Uganda
Uganda is an exceptional and unique safari destination that is why she is called the pearl of Africa due to the amazing scenic beauty ranging from wildlife fauna and flora, water bodies, hospitable local people and their culture among others that she offers to the south and west Africa.
Famous Uganda is not only popularly known as one of the great destination for mountain gorillas but it is a home for other primate animals like the chimpanzees, golden monkeys, black and white mangabe, Columbus monkeys and other wildlife species that are surviving in their natural environment. Uganda destinations has around 330 mammals, 400 mountain gorillas in Bwindi, and about 1000 bird species.
While on your Uganda gorilla trek and safari, a traveler will expect to enjoy an amazing number one activity of visiting the 400 endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national which is famously known as gorilla trekking adventure. Besides the mountain gorillas, Uganda has 10 protected national parks which are empowered with a wonderful ecosystem that supports its wildlife species. The 10 destination in Uganda will present you the so termed BIG FIVE in Africa proved to be surviving in their true natural habitant / environment. These include mammals such as the lions queen of the jungle, elephants, rhinos, buffalos and the leopards.
Each of the national parks in Uganda has its own uniqueness that might a tourist might not find in another national park. Adventure in wild safari will offer you an opportunity to explore the different wonderful uniqueness that these national parks poses as mentioned below.
Murchison falls national park which is located in the northern Albertine region of Uganda and it is the largest park among 10 national parksis known for the unique Murchison falls, the Albertine river Nile. However it is also in high probability that you might spot the BIG FIVE in Murchison falls national park, hippos and crocodiles on the Albertine river bank and other wildlife mammals like giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees in Budongo forest, water bucks, buffalos, monkeys among other wildlife species. This can be seen while on a game drive or boat cruise in Murchison falls national park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is located in the western Albertine rift valley lift valley in Uganda. The park divides lake Edward and George along the kazinga channel. It is famous for tree climbing lions found in Ishasha sector, volcanic crater lakes, salt lakes. It’s a hub for wildlife and it’s also known as birders paradise, you can still spot the big five animals in queen national park.
Other national parks include Kibale national park which is famously known for chimpanzee trekking birding and other primates, lake Mburo national park located long Masaka – Mbarara road has unique wildlife such impalas, eland, zebras, oribi , bird species among others , Mgahinga national park in the south western Uganda famously known for the mountain gorillas in the Virunga massif, Kipedo valley national park in the north bordering Sudan , Elgon national park known for sipi falls and mountain climbing , Rwenzori national known for snow caped peaks ,home for pygmies and Semiliki known for hot springs .
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