Booking a gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s most visited national parks, located in Kanungu district on the border of the Albertine Rift Valley. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famed for its endangered mountain gorillas, who may be found in four sectors: Rushaga in the south, Buhoma in the north, Nkuringo in the south, and Ruhija in the east.
When planning a safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park, there are several factors to consider, such as the safari company to use, the length of your Uganda Primates safari, the sector to visit, the best time to book your gorilla safari, where to stay during your gorilla safari, and how to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park. This article will help you plan and book a successful gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to around 22 habituated gorilla families that are available for daily trekking. The walk to see the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park begins very early in the morning with a training on the laws and regulations to be followed throughout the trek.
Following the briefing, you will be separated into groups of eight individuals, with each group assigned a habituated gorilla family to hike and a park guide who is familiar with several gorilla routes. Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes between 30 minutes and 6 hours, depending on where the gorillas are found.
During the gorilla trek, you will be able to see various wildlife species, and once the gorillas are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat, giving you the opportunity to learn more about their habits and behaviors, watch them go about their daily activities, take photos, and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home after the safari.
Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla trekking permits are legal documents that allow people over the age of 15 years to visit any habituated gorilla family and spend an hour with mountain gorillas. Permits for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park cost 700 USD per person for non-residents, 600 USD for locals, and 250,000 UGX for East African citizens.
How to book a gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park
Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority by email or phone calls to the park headquarters in Kampala. Gorilla trekking permits in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can also be booked through a reputable tour operator, such as Explore Rwanda Tours, by contacting us with the date, month, and year you desire to visit the gorillas.
We will check for permit availability on your selected dates when you contact us, and if permits are available on your dates, you will be required to submit a deposit for the permission. We will get the permissions on your behalf and give you a scanned copy of the receipt as proof as we receive the funds.
Booking gorilla trekking permits through a tour operator is the ideal option since we will not only acquire permits on your behalf, but we will also arrange your full safari, including transportation, lodging, and additional activities to do after gorilla trekking.
Best time to book a gorilla safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
A gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is possible all year, but the ideal time to visit is during the dry season, also known as the peak season, which occurs in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January, and February.
Because there is less rainfall in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park during the dry season, access roads and gorilla trekking paths are dry and accessible, making hiking easier than during the rainy season, when the pathways are muddy and slippery, making trekking harder.
What to carry for your gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park
Long sleeved shirt and trouser, hiking boots, garden gloves, waterproof rain jacket, insect repellent, camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, a warm sweater, and a back pack are among the items to bring for your gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Where to stay during your gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park
There are a wide range of lodging facilities that provide accommodation to visitors travelling to Bwindi impenetrable national park where you can stay during your gorilla trekking safari. The accommodations range from budget, midrange and luxury including Volcanoes Bwindi lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge, Buhoma Haven Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Lake Kitandara Camp, Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Engagi Lodge, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Friends Lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented Lodge, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Ruhija Gorilla Resort, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort and Campsite, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp, Bwindi View Bandas among others.
How to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park for gorilla trekking
The world-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is strategically situated in southern Uganda and may be reached by road from Kampala through Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, and then to the park headquarters, which takes around 9 to 10 hours.
You may also reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road from Kigali Rwanda, where you will travel to Kigali international airport and then link to the park headquarters via Cyanika border to Katuna border, which takes around 4 to 5 hours.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can also be reached by air, via charter or scheduled flights with Bar Aviation or Aero Link Uganda Limited from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips, and then by road to the park headquarters.