Mountain gorilla trekking tours in Uganda
Uganda is one of Africa’s top destinations to watch gorillas and these gentle giants can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park found in the southwestern part of Uganda. Mgahinga Park lies in the Virunga Massif which also is shared by the parks in DR Congo and Rwanda.
There are 4gorilla sectors in Bwindi, Rushaga, Ruhijja, Buhoma, and Nkuringo they are well habituated and open for tourism; Mgahinga has one habituated group known as Nyakagezi and Every group allows only 8 individuals to trek per day.
There is also a possibility of gorilla habituation though the permit for this goes for 1500USD and 4hours are given to the people to do this activity per day, hence will have more time interacting with the gorillas. In order for one to trek gorillas they need a gorilla permit which is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority and each goes for 600USD. combine your gorilla tracking with the country’s other national parks and adventurous activities, from hiking the glaciers in the Rwenzori Mountains to white-water rafting on the Nile.
How to get there
Fly into Uganda at Entebbe Internal Airport, and from there you are welcomed to the Pearl of Africa and you will transfer to one of the above parks by road which is approximately an 8hours drive, The drive from Kampala to Bwindi is so lovely and this takes a full day of travel, you can also go by air using the regional charter flights that fly into Kisoro airstrip or kihihi from kajjasi Airstrip
Best time to visit gorillas in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is done throughout the year but most people go during the two dry seasons that is late December to February and June to September. December is one of the busiest months of the year in most national parks and it’s advisable to book the accommodation in time to avoid disappointments.
During the Christmas season, most Uganda plan to take vacations to national parks so it’s always a peak season in the month of December. It may be advantageous to opt for the rainy season when the apes are just as present and there’s less competition to secure one of the limited 96 gorilla permits issued per day.
During the low season of March to May and October to November, most of the lodges reduce their rates to attract more tourists to book with them and gorilla permits are reduced to attract more tourists to Uganda.