Insight Safari Holidays takes for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. Below are some of our gorilla safari packages. We tailor every itinerary to suit your time, budget and preference..
There are two main things to be mindful of when booking a safari to trek gorillas: the cost of the permit as well as the overall cost of this tour. All governments necessitate that everyone acquires a gorilla trekking permit. The standard price for the Uganda gorilla tour permit costs $600 USD. Rwanda increased its gorilla permit cost to $1500 USD. Uganda from time to time has promotions in the low tourist season (from September to October) and these may go reduce up to $350 USD.
The majority of the gorilla tracking families are usually monitored as well as tracked so the tourists will be in position to see them. In both Bwindi Forest and Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, When you add it all together, it is usually between $900 and $1500 for gorilla tours, basing on your tour operator as well as the number of days your visiting. In case you have a bigger group the charge is less because you are able to fill-up the safari vehicle.
There are about 720 mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world Africa and half of these live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda. For that reason, its important to choose Uganda. Compare Uganda and Rwanda in detail.
It takes the whole day to drive from the capital Kampala to the distant Bwindi National Park, having a stopover at the equator. Basing on the group that your permit is allocated to, you will go to one of 4 areas on the outskirts of the national park that include: Rushaga, Buhoma, Nkuringo, or Ruhija. We reached in Nkuringo on the southwestern border of the park.
There you will spend the night, and then the following morning you will set out for gorilla watching! by dawn you are awake and then start on the journey to the park, reaching at the outpost by 7:45am. A quick briefing and then set out drove deep into this Ugandan gorilla tours sanctuary, where we will be orientated and provided with a number of rules include on that says that gorillas may approach you however you can’t approach the mountain gorillas. (Do not touch wild animals!) Following the orientation, along with the park rangers you will begin gorilla trek in the jungle.
Gorilla Tours may take anything between an hour to five hours and this will depend on the movement of these gorillas. They are pretty mobile animals which continuously move about. As soon as the rangers find the gorillas, you will be them for one hour as you observe them, interacting with each other before you return to your hotel. (in case you opt for a longer tour, you can decide to trek another gorilla group the following day)
I cannot explain in words how fascinating it is to stand only inches from these amazing creatures. The Uganda gorillas, particularly the silverbacks, are unbelievably strong and can easily injure a person in just seconds. However, they didn’t fear us; they would walk right up to us in case you were in their way. (Tip: always move out of their way!)
Different families require different times, some gorilla families are easier to take, if you are not very fit, or facing old age, the Rushegura Gorilla family is the one you must insist on with your tour operator or safari company. For most of the families, you may need to workout before you can take a more challenging family trek. But this should not worry you, its not mountaineering ! At the Uganda Wildlife Authority briefing point you shall receive free, walking poles or sticks. Our safari guide will give you enough water to help you during your Gorilla tours.
As you have an early heavy breakfast before your trek, the lodge or accommodation will provide you with packed lunch, usually light snacks. They should be enough for your trip up the Bwindi forest.
Its always good to give charity to orphans, there are various NGOs and CBOs in Bwindi area that are more than happy to receive aid in any form, from clothes to money, sponsorship, voluntary health treatment, building and construction and so much more. Please contact us for more information about volunteering after your gorilla watching experience. In Rwanda you can include Dian Fossey Trek after visiting the mountain gorillas.
Children below 15 years are not allowed on a gorilla safaris. Some tour operators will convince you that they can forge a way of letting your child in as long as he looks huge and physical enough. Do not be deceived into this since UWA will consider the passport which indicates the birth date of the Child.
This is one of the most frequent asked questions. Your list of Gorilla hiking gear should have trekking boots or shoes that can handle slippery mud, because it rains every now and then in the forest. You need a rain jacket, long sleeved shirt and gloves.
You can visit these apes at any time of the year, however during low seasons, April and May and November 2014, the gorilla permit will cost you $350 and not the $600 that is charged normally. More on FAQs on gorillas.