Gorilla Tracking Tours In Uganda And Rwanda
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is guaranteed if you have secured a gorilla permit. That is the same story with gorilla trekking in Rwanda. At Arch Safaris And Tours, we put all this burden off our clients by booking gorilla tracking permits, accommodation , facts about Uganda to use during the safari, book flying gorilla tracking experience, reserve chimpanzee permits, cost the price for gorilla tracking package. Other Uganda safari activities to do other than gorilla trekking
Our Safari Staff
Our safari team has professional tour consultant who not only know how to organize a tour package but are constantly given chance to go for familialisation trips to keep up with the new trends in travel and tourism. We offer free advise about any safari be it gorilla trekking, game tour, chimpanzee tracking, school tours, filming wildlife to mention but a few in Uganda or Rwanda if requested by our clients
Gorilla tracking Safari offers
We offer different gorilla tracking packages of all budgets ranging from luxury to mid range and Budget gorilla tacking package as selected by our clients. Part of our advice is what to pack for gorilla trekking, best time to book a gorilla permit, also have combined gorilla tracking and wildlife tour packages in Uganda and Rwanda. We put together entirely primate safari packages composed of chimpanzee and gorilla tracking.Discounted gorilla trekking tours are part our package in Rwanda as Uganda stopped offering discounted gorilla permits.
Some of our gorilla trekking tour packages include
After your Tanzania Safari, you may opt to continue with gorilla tracking safari in Uganda. There is an option of road transport through Mutukula Boarder or Fly to Uganda to Entebbe Airport for gorilla trekking. Combine this with a wildlife Tour to Queen Elizabeth National park for game drive and memorable launch cruise on Kazinga channel. Read More
On this 7 Day gorilla trekking tour, you will meet the mountain gorillas, be in the company of the Chimpanzees in Kibale National park and enjoy a game drive with the launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Read More
Flying to see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest National Park is one of the greatest experiences just having a chance to be in close vicinity with the mountain gorillas. During this 5 day Africa gorilla trekking safari, you will also share some moments on a game drive and a launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park Read More
On this Rwanda gorilla trekking safari, you will visit the genocide memorial, do gorilla tracking, trek the golden monkeys and enjoy a Kigali city tour which is one of the highlights of this Africa Rwanda safari Read More
During a 3 day gorilla tracking safari, you entirely enjoy Gorilla trekking. Driving to Bwindi forest National Park is an incredible ride as you have the opportunity of seeing enroute highlights like the meandering rivers, highlands covered with varying vegetation. Read More
Rwanda Gorilla trekking is done at the Volcanoes National park. This park shares a locality with Bwindi forest national park in Uganda and Virunga National park in D.R.Congo. This is entirely gorilla trekking a tour in the Kigali city Read More
During this primate safari in Uganda, you will have the chance of meeting the mountain gorillas, chimpanzees who are the closest human cousins in the animal kingdom in there natural environment. Visit the rescued chimpanzees at Ngamba Chimpanzee Island. Read more
During this 8 day gorilla tracking wildlife and launch cruise tour, you will spend some time with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi forest, enjoy a game drive in Murchison falls National Park and launch cruise in Queen Elizabeth National park. Read More
5 day Gorilla trekking tour to watch the mountain gorillas in Uganda is composed of two nights and three days in Bwindi Forest National Park. Proceed to Kibale national Park for chimpanzee trekking. This experience gives you a chance to see other primates such as black and white colobus, vervet monkeys Read More
Frequently Asked Gorilla Trekking Questions
Gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda is one of the top activities rising lots of debates, questions and answers from people all over the world. This is evident on forums like lonely planet, trip advisor, tripatini, and social net works like twitter, facebook, what up and so much more. Amongst the most disturbing gorilla tracking questions are:
What is the cost of a gorilla trekking permit?
Gorilla tracking permits in Uganda costs $ 600 per person per trek but hoping to increase in future yet In Rwanda $1500 is the cost for a single gorilla permit. This money helps in promoting the conservation and welfare of gorillas and a potion is given back to the surrounding communities. Before trekking, one need to book a permit at least 7 months to the trekking date because there permits are highly demanded and are on first come fist serve basis. Only 8 trekkers are allowed per gorilla trekking family each day.
Which family is best for gorilla tracking
All gorilla tracking families are interesting to visit and grading which one is the best to track depends on what each person desires to achieve at the end of the trek. Some want to check there physical fitness and take some time search for the Gorillas while other wish to take as little time as they can in the forest. Uganda has 10 gorilla trekking families all situated in different parts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that to say Buhoma side (Rushegura gorilla family, Habinyanja Gorilla family and Mubare Gorilla family) Rushaga side (Oruzogo gorilla family and Bitukura gorilla family), Southern part side( Nkuringo gorilla family, Nshongi gorilla family, Mishaya Gorilla Family, Kahungye gorilla family and Busingye Gorilla family). Mgahinga National park has the Nyakagezi gorilla trekking family but this at times strays to Rwanda.. Each of these gorilla trekking families has varying characteristics while other may be shy another family is charming to watch but all depends on what you want to achieve on your gorilla trek. Gorilla Trekking rules and regulations
In Rwanda, gorilla trekking is done in Volcanoes National park in families like Sabyinyo gorilla family, Amahoro Gorilla family, Susa gorilla family, Umubano gorilla family, Kwitonda Gorilla family, Group 13 gorilla family and Hirwa Gorilla family. Unlike the Ugandan gorilla trek, in Rwanda, families are situated at a slightly lowland compared to the Uganda side. At one point, researchers thought that these are two different species of Mountain gorillas but this has no concluded evidence.
A gorilla family that one may call best and easiest for gorilla trekking may move fur into the garters of the forest as they search for new feeding grounds, in case it loses a member, attacks from another family, wrangles with in that end into breaking up of the family to mention but a few . they may make the family relocate into the deeper ends of the park prompting you to spend about 5 to 7 hours in the forest.
Whether you trek gorilla in Uganda or Rwanda the experience depends on what your expectations are.
Which is the best time to go Gorilla tracking?
Whether in Uganda or Rwanda, Gorilla trekking is an all year round activity but at times there are some extremely wet months. March, April, May and November are normally rainy months but because of the changing climatic conditions in the world, at times the trend changes. However this does not mean that gorilla trekking stays stagnant in these months. Several travellers still continue coming and booking trekking the gorillas in these months but you need to carry a rain proof and warm gears just in case it rains. You need to ask about the weather condition of the country atlease A week prior to the beginning for your trip just to be a more confident about what to park.
What to carry on a gorilla trekking safari?
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo live in the cold mountain zones of these countries that is to say Mountain Muhavura, Mountain Sabyinyo, Karinsimbi, Bisoke and Gahinga. They are cold places whose temperatures at times drop to 7 degrees centigrade. Warm clothes are some of the items that must be parked to keep you warm. A long sleeved shirt and long warm trousers during the trek are advisable because of the chilly conditions experienced in the jungle. A rain jacket, hut, insect repellents, sun glasses may also be helpful. As you leave your room to go to the briefing point, you have to remember your packed lunch and drinking water because the time you are to take in the forest depends on the proximity of the gorilla family. Time varies from 4 to 8 hours
Which accommodations to use on a gorilla trekking trip?
Our Safari packages are quoted according to the budget of a client and the best determinate of this package is the type of accommodation you prefer. There are Luxury or high-end packages, Moderate or Mid-range safari package and Budget Safari package. Where to spend the nights during gorilla trekking depends on the side where the gorilla group is located. You need to know the location of the family you are booking so that you avoid chances of waking up at dawn to drive to the briefing point. In case you are tracking gorillas in Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo or Nyakagezi, you need to book accommodation close to these families.
Why book a porter on a gorilla trek?
Gorilla trekking although enjoyable and rewarding is a strenuous activity. It involves hiking some steeps and maneuvering the wet boggy ground while beating some branches and thickest along the way. Remember you are carrying some baggage on you so you may need some extra support from a porter to carry you or give you extra support when tired.
Renting a porter is another way of supporting the community as majority of the children and adults earn school dues through pottering. In case of an injury, potters can carry you on a stretcher but you need to contact the Uganda ranger guide in the lead to help you identify which porter is reliable before starting your gorilla trek.
Can a handicapped trek gorillas?
Gorilla tracking discriminates no one whether hand capped or old all are catered for by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. They have sedan chairs that can be hired and a group of able boded men that assist you get to the gorillas. This however has to be advised in advance of travel to ensure that there is a availability on sight. Only those with a contagious disease like a cold, dysentery cholera, Ebola and others may not be allowed to go gorilla trekking because these apes are highly susceptible to human diseases.
What is the age limit for gorilla trekking?
Whether in Uganda or Rwanda, only tourists with 15 years and above are allowed to go gorilla trekking. These are considered adults who can sustain the hiking and search for Mountain Gorillas. First sight of a mountain gorilla is adrenaline simulating which may cause one to shout yet this may also cause suspicions to shy gorillas and it is one of the things that may stimulate them to rage or hide into the bush. To avoid such incidences, at least a 15 year old tourist can withstand facing the gorillas.
What Is a Gorilla Tracking permit?
A gorilla tracking permit is a card that allows you access to the mountain gorillas (not a dictionary meaning). Mountain gorillas live in the wilderness and In the entire world, only about 880 mountain gorillas are still living with about have of them living in Bwindi forest National park in Uganda and Mgahinga National park in Uganda. The rest are shared between Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in D.R. Congo
What Is The Cost of a Gorilla Trekking Permit
Gorilla tracking permit in Uganda Costs $600 per person per trek while in Rwanda the gorilla trekking permit price is $1500 but Rwanda has discounted gorilla tracking permits costing $1050 per permit per trek per person but these are subject to one booking a safari to Nyungwe National park or Akangera National Park in Rwanda during the month of November and April.
How to get a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda or Rwanda
When you choose the days of you preferred gorilla tracking trip, you send us your preferred dates and we inquire from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) or Rwanda Development Board(RDB) about gorilla permit availability. We shall get back to you with their response as soon as we get it. Despite Uganda wildlife Authority’s or Rwanda Development Board(RDB) busy schedules and engaged telephones throughout the day, we have a close collaboration with them and can get gorilla permit availability on request.
We advise our clients to pay full for their gorilla permits as soon as availability is favorable for your dates. This is because gorilla permits are never reserved for anyone unless fully paid because of the high demand throughout the world. They are on first come first served basis.
What Is Else To Do After Gorilla tracking
In Uganda, after gorilla trekking, you may also do wildlife Safari in Any of these Parks Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National park, Kidepo Valley National Park or Lake Mburo National Park. These parks are endowed with animals like herd of elephants, cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, lions, leopards, warthogs, hartebeests, zebras, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, chimpanzee trekking to mention but a few. Birding in Uganda is one of the incredible and rewarding experiences you can enjoy numerous bird reside in Uganda including foreign birds that migrate during winter period.
Super launch cruises can also be magnificent on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National park and Murchison Falls National park on R. Nile which is the longest River in Africa.
Visit The Source of the Nile is also found in Uganda and you have access to the exact point where the Nile River Starts.
In Rwanda, you have the golden monkeys trek, Diane Fossey trek, chimpanzee trek, genocide memorial visit and Game Safari
How To book Gorilla trekking in Uganda From Rwanda
Gorilla tracking in Uganda can also start from Rwanda which reduces on time spent on the road trip. From Entebbe to Bwindi forest, you may spend 8 to 9 hours on the road but the route is scenic with stop overs like at the equator, drive through Lake Mburo National Park, the rolling hills of Kigezi.
Driving from Rwanda Kigali Airport to Bwindi forest National park may last 5 to 6 hours on the road, however it is not so scenic.