2 days gorilla safari Uganda in Mgahinga National Park- cheap affordable gorilla safaris Uganda 2018/2019

Mgahinga National Park
A gorilla resting

This 2 Days Gorilla Safari Uganda tour starts in Kigali and takes you to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; one of the only homes to the world’s remaining population of the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. Mgahinga National Parks is one of the smallest National Parks in Uganda covering a total land area of about 33.7sq. km. Mgahinga National Park Uganda sits high in the clouds and it is one of the most scenic places in Africa to go for a Uganda safari. Mgahinga National Park has one habituated gorilla group that can be visited by tourists all year round known as Nyakagezi. Since 2012, this group has been stable in the park and the success rate of meeting the mountain gorillas in over 95%. Along side the mountain gorillas, it is the only park where you can sight as well as go for golden monkey trekking safaris in Uganda.

Trip Highlights

Day 1: Pickup and travel to Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park via Cyanika Border
Day 2: Do a gorilla Trekking tour in Mgahinga National Park and return to Kigali in Rwanda

Detailed Itinerary of your 2 days safari Uganda in Mgahinga National Park

Day of the 2 days safari Uganda in Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga National Park
Gorillas enjoying their home

You will be picked up from your hotel or at the Airport in Kigali, Rwanda by our professional safari guide who will give you a short briefing about your Uganda safari in Mgahinga National Park. You will then embark on your journey to Mgahinga National Park for your gorilla trekking Uganda.  You will drive for a distance of about 144km taking you about 3hours to get to this park.

If your pickup is in the morning hours, you will take a Kigali City Tour in Rwanda where you will visit the Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site, the Rwanda Museum, and the Caplaki craft village where you can purchase for yourself a souvenir. You will take your lunch and after hit the road to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is also part of the Virunga forest.

If there is time, you will have a stopover at the Twin Lakes in Rwanda and take photographs then cross to Uganda and proceed to Kisoro; for accommodation check in and dinner.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

After early breakfast at the lodge, and get your lunch packed for you as you wait for your guide. Your driver guide will pick you up at your hotel at around 7am, then drive to you to the Mgahinga National Park offices. At around 8am, there will be a briefing about the Uganda mountain gorilla trekking activity especially about the rules of gorilla trekking. You will then be led by a park ranger into the montane forest to start the search for the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking takes about 2-8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas or the location of these gorillas. Gorilla trekking Uganda involves walking up steep and densely forested hills of the park before finally coming across the gorillas. During this gorilla trekking activity, you have chances of finding the golden monkeys as they play in trees from one branch to another. When you find these gorillas, you have only one hour to stay with these giant apes for observation and photography. After the gorilla trek, return to the park office for your certificate.

End of your 2 days gorilla safari Uganda in Mgahinga National Park

4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Silver back

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best place in the world to see mountain gorillas up close in the wild. Just like the name goes, there is no forest destination in Africa best for an Africa safari like the Impenetrable forest of Bwindi; a forest with steep mountains covered in with a thick forest with interesting sounds. Taking a Uganda gorilla tour/ safari in Bwindi’s Impenetrable forest to look at these critically endangered creatures in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience you shouldn’t miss. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda with an area of about 331 Square kilo meters. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home to over 16 gorilla families available for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, 348 bird species, 163 tree species, 120 mammals, 220 butterfly species, 27 chameleon species, and over 1000 flowering plants among others. Some of these can be seen during your gorilla tour Uganda or while doing a nature walk in the forest.

Queen Elizabeth National Park, this park is located 376 km away from Kampala covering an area of 1, 978 Sq. km. It is home to over 95 species of mammals, 10 species of primates and over 500 species of birds, and its famous for the amazing boat cruise and game viewing.

With an area of about 1,978 square kilometers, Queen Elizabeth National park is one of the most visited parks with the most prevalent tourist’s destinations in Uganda thus a Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is exceptional. The park has variety of flora and wildlife. Besides it is acknowledged for habiting over 600 bird species and 95 mammals. There is more wildlife to sight during your Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda including; hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, African Buffalo, African Bush Elephant, African Leopard, Lions, Uganda Kob, Chimpanzees, and Hyenas.

 

 

Detailed Itinerary for your 4 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Uganda wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National Parks

Day 1: Depart from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Early in the morning after your breakfast at your hotel or lodge, your driver guide will pick you up and take you through a short safari briefing about your Uganda details of your trip. Thereafter, proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park positioned in the southwestern part of Uganda for gorilla tracking.

Along the way, you make a stopover at the equator in Kayabwe where you will have chance to step in two hemispheres at ago. You will also have a chance to take a number of photos as well as have a polar water experiment. At the equator still, you will sight a number of craft shops where you can purchase for yourself a souvenir for yourself.

After the visit at the equator, you will proceed to Mbarara at Igongo cultural hotel/ center for your lunch and a simple tour around the cultural center and proceed to the park. Along the way you will see a lot of sightings of beautiful scenery as you approach the park which makes the journey relaxed. Arrive at your lodge, check in and have dinner and rest for the next day.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla trekkers

On this day you are required to wake up early, by 6:00am, have breakfast at the lodge, and have your lunch packed. You driver guide will pick you up by 7am and transfer you to the park headquarters. You will be briefed by the ranger guide about the do’s and don’ts of the park. Thereafter, you will proceed with the ranger to look out for the mountain gorillas and this involves hiking up and down rugged paths whereby you will need to be physically fit and also carry a walking stick with you. When you meet these gentle giants, you are restricted to 1 hour with them as you enjoy watching the mothers feed the young ones, the juveniles playing and the silver backs guarding the territory. Finding the gorillas depends on where the gorillas are located and feeding from so it roughly takes about 2-8 hours. Don’t forget to carry bottled water, a rain coat, sturdy shoes, long sleeved trousers, and snacks/packed lunch.

After tracking, you may choose to relax at the lodge or go for a walk through the Batwa community/homesteads, to see how they live and enjoy their cultural performances through dance and drama that will be presented for you.

Day 3: Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park through the Ishasha Sector and afternoon game drive

After your early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park via Ishasha in the southern side of the park. During the game drive, you will sight different animal species including; the birds, bushbucks, elephants, gazelles, buffaloes, monkeys, and kobs, but the tree climbing lions are most common. After the game drive, return to the lodge for your lunch and return for a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel.

This boat trip takes 2 hours and will give you an opportunity to watch different water animals close like the hippos, crocodiles, elephants and buffaloes along the banks. You will also sight birds like the Saddle billed stork, African fish eagle, pink backed pelicans, Pied and malachite kingfisher, African Skimmer and the shoe bill if you are lucky.

Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 4: Morning Game drive or chimpanzee trekking Uganda and Depart for Kampala

Take your breakfast in the morning at your lodge. You may opt for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi trail where you will have chance to see animals such as the lions, warthogs, elephants, topis, buffaloes among others, also during this morning you will observe a number of different bird species or choose to visit the Kyambura gorge for chimpanzee tracking. Thereafter, start off your journey to Kampala.

End of your 4 days Uganda wildlife safari to Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National Parks

 

3 days gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/ 3 days gorilla tracking Uganda gorilla tour

Uganda gorilla tours are done in the best gorilla trekking safari Uganda destination; Bwindi Forest National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda with Uganda gorilla safaris as the main activity which gives tourists the most exciting Uganda safari experiences.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most famous habitat worldwide for the large humble calm apes, covered with heavy hairy black courts of hair. The Bwindi forest national park is home to more than half of the remaining world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. Taking on the 3 days gorilla safari Uganda is preferably a shorter holiday but with remarkable lasting memories on your Uganda safari.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda also tourists a unique Uganda birding safari opportunity, unique Uganda cultural safari experiences, a scenic view of the stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by Uganda’s precious primates.  The Uganda gorilla trekking safari activity is the most charming experience in this forest. Once you see the gorillas, you will have an experience of a lifetime watching at these majestic apes as they feed, play and relax, winding up with a canoe on Lake Bunyonyi one of the most beautiful lakes.

Detailed 3 Day Itinerary in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Day 1: Transfer from your destination to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

If the tourist is coming from Kigali Rwanda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda, you will be picked by our company safari guide from either the airport or hotel depending on choice and thereafter embark on your journey to Kisoro where you will spend the night. This journey takes a drive of about 3hours. On your way to Kisoro, you will have a city tour in Kigali and you will see the lush rolling hills of Rwanda as you cross the border to Kisoro.

Are you starting your journey from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala? Our driver guide will pick you up and transfer you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This journey takes about 8-9 hours to Kisoro. On your way to the park, you make a stopover at the Equator where you will have an opportunity to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time, have a polar water experiment and take some photos for memories too. You will have Lunch along the way.

Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda and Lake Bunyonyi tour

You will have your breakfast at the lodge where you will be picked by our Uganda safari driver guide as early as 7am and drive to the park headquarters to join other Uganda gorilla trekkers for a briefing about the Uganda gorilla trekking rules at 8am.

You will trek gorillas through the Bwindi thick forest with the park rangers to find the gorillas. This steeply forested landscape is incredibly dense but is traversed by numerous animal trails allowing access by tourists. This Uganda gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes a period of about 1-8 hours depending on where the gorillas are. Once you site the gorillas, you will strictly be given a one hour stay with the gorillas. After the Uganda gorilla tour, you will leave the forest reporting back to the headquarter where you will be awarded a certificate for the completion of the gorilla trekking experience.

The guide will then drive you to Lake Bunyonyi for a boat cruise through a beautiful part of Uganda often referred to as ‘the Switzerland of Africa’. Lake Bunyonyi is said to be one of the most beautiful places in western Uganda. It is also the second deepest lake in Africa, it has over 900 meters. The lake is also one of the few places in the country where it is considered safe to swim as it is bilharzia free. After the Lake Bunyonyi safari, you will go back to the lodge for dinner and rest as you prepare for the en route to Kampala.

Day 3: Transfer back to Kampala

Wake up early in the morning, have your breakfast at the lodge. Our driver guide will pick you up from the lodge where you will depart with great memories of the moments you spent with the charming Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. Transfer back to Kampala with lunch en-route, then proceed to Entebbe Airport where you will catch your flight back home or to the hotel where you will spend your night.

If you don’t want to be driven back to Kampala, you may choose to fly to the airport; Entebbe International Airport.

End of your Uganda gorilla trekking safari

 

2 days Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Gorilla safari toursA Uganda gorilla trekking safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most interesting Uganda wildlife safaris one can do while on a Uganda safari. Are you time limited? Here is the best way to plan your two days holiday. There are several traveling options that we give to tourists depending on where they are coming from.

2 days Uganda gorilla trekking safari – From Kigali

This Kigali route is the easiest and cheapest to use. Arrive in Kigali at the Kigali airport Rwanda where you will be picked by our Uganda safari guide. set off from Kigali through Katuna border post and traverse the scenic Kigezi highlands commonly referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa” then transfer to Bwindi where you will spend you night.

2 days gorilla trekking safari Uganda – From Entebbe International Airport

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport Uganda on day one. Upon arrival, you will meet our Uganda tour guide who will then drive you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at your hotel where you will prepare for the activity for the next day.

Besides being driven for a journey of about 10hours, one can also arrange for a flight to Kihihi in Bwindi form Entebbe International airport. There are scheduled flights that are arranged to airstrips near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by Aero Link Uganda. Flights to Bwindi take about 2 hours. Our tour guide will wait for you at the air strip and then transfer you to the hotel.

Detailed Itinerary for your 2days gorilla safari Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park form Kigali

Day 1: From Kigali Rwanda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Upon arrival at Kigali airport, our Prime safaris & Tour guide will wait for you at the airport and welcome you. Thereafter the guide will drive you to the Rwanda border via Katuna to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. This drive through the attractive road to Bwindi will take approximately four hours.

Day 1: From Entebbe International Airport Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After arrival at Entebbe airport, our Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd safari guide will welcome you at Uganda and after you will embark on your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda to your area of stay that night. This journey takes about 8-9 hours covering a distance of about 550km.

If you are going to use an air craft, the setting off point is still Entebbe International airport. Upon arrival to the airport, get prepared for another flight to the Kihihi where you will meet your guide waiting for you. Our tour guide will then drive your hotel where you will be spending the night as you prepare for the next day.

Day 2: Do your Uganda gorilla safari and transfer back to Kigali or Fly back to Entebbe International airport.

Gorilla safari toursWake up early and take breakfast by 7: 00am, so that you start your journey to the park headquarters for registration and briefing from the ranger guides. The ranger guide will take you through all the dos and don’ts of the park while with the mountain gorillas. Afterwards, you will be transferred to the starting point of your gorilla family that has been allocated to you. Gorilla family allocation depends on your interests, fitness and age. You will trek through chunky creepers and bushes with your guides to look for the Mountain Gorillas, an exercise that could last between 1 to 9 hours.

It is a special feeling being with these stunning human-like animals. Time allowed with these primates is only 1 hour in which every minute counts much. After encountering with the gorillas, you will trek back to the park headquarters to pick your certificates.

Your driver guide will then drive back to Kigali Rwanda through Katuna or Chanika boarder for your flight in Kigali or to your place of stay. Please ensure that you book flights that depart late from Kigali International Airport if you intend to fly back after your 2-day Bwindi gorilla safari Uganda through Kigali.

If your going back to Entebbe International airport, you need to track a close group so you can catch the flight from Kihihi- Entebbe.

Please note:

  • Gorilla trekking can be active and a certain level of fitness is required.
  • Carry packed lunch
  • Carry a small bag pack with water
  • Have water proof closes and trekking shoes

 

 

Is a one-day gorilla safari possible in Uganda

Gorilla family

Uganda gorilla safaris are one the most popular Uganda safari activity that tourists do on their Uganda safari. Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are done in only two National Parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a rich biodiverse, mountainous area situated in southwest Uganda. Covering an area of about 331 km², Bwindi forest National Park is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Mgahinga National Park Uganda, located in Kisoro District of far south-western Uganda with an area of about 33.7 km². Though small, it is rich with Uganda’s star attraction; Mountain gorillas as well as the golden monkeys.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has over 36 gorilla families however only 12 gorilla families are habituated and open for gorilla safaris in Uganda. These groups are well distributed in its four gorilla trekking regions. These are Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Mgahinga has one region Nyakagezi also open for gorilla safaris.

How to get there

By road.

Traveling to Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park Uganda takes a duration of about 9-10 hours from Entebbe International airport which is the main entry point to Uganda. There is a distance of about 550km while using the Kampala-Mbarara-Kabale road. Therefore, if a visitor is to go for a gorilla trekking safari Uganda to any of the National Parks above, it will require him to spend a night in Kabale or Kisoro.

By air

Scheduled flights are organized to airstrips near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park by Aerolink from Entebbe international airport Uganda. Air strips near these parks are Kisoro airstrip and Kihihi airstrip. Flights to Kisoro only operate in the morning while flights to Kihihi operate in the morning both in the morning and afternoon.

The gorilla trekking activity itself.

Gorilla safari toursGorilla safaris Uganda strictly start at 8am with a briefing from the rangers at the starting point before the actual trekking. On arrival to the starting point, tourists are divided into groups of 8 where they are briefed.

Gorilla trekking safaris Uganda normally take 2-8 hours depending on the group you are trekking. As soon as gorillas are sighted, tourists strictly spend 1 hour with the gorillas as stated in the Uganda gorilla tracking safari rules.

Doing another activity on this day depends on the time spent while doing the gorilla trekking activity and the region as well. Gorilla trekking is tiresome so activities after tracking should not be hectic.

Activities that can be done after gorilla tracking include a Lake Bunyonyi boat cruise or going for a game drive in Ishasha to see the tree climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

 

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The Gorilla habituation Uganda safari experience in Uganda

Gorilla habituation Uganda safari experience has no actual definition but it can be described as the act of training wild gorillas to become used to the sight of people. Gorilla habituation experience involves a number of groups of people like the gorilla trackers, conservationists, researchers and rangers among others. This experience takes a period of about 2 to 3 years. The people involved in gorilla habituation get to understand the gorillas deeper and individually, know their behaviors and even get to the point of naming every single one of them. In the end, if the researchers are certain that the wild gorillas are okay with the presence of people, a mock exercise is done as a way of testing to prove their facts. When the gorillas pass this kind of exercise which now includes journalists and scientists, the gorilla group is then available for trekking.

This experience only restricts tourists to a maximum of 4 each day. Thus, permit bookings for the Uganda gorilla habituation experience should be done like 6 months prior the actual habituation day especially during the months of December all through to March and July to October.

Ever since gorilla trekking safaris Uganda were started in Bwindi forest National Park, there are now over 11 gorilla families that tourists go to track. However, tourists have always been given 1 hour to interact with the gorillas on their Uganda gorilla safaris. The 1 hour restricted is to protect the gorillas from getting used to humans and for the fact that they are shy, they don’t want to be around people for long. However, tourists have never found this 1 hour enough to be with the gorillas.

Therefore, in 2015, the Uganda wildlife Authority in its campaign to create more gorilla experience for tourists that would love to spend more hours with mountain gorillas during their Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, without doing more than one gorilla trek. The Uganda wildlife Authority came up with a four-hour gorilla habituation experience in the southern part of Bwindi to cater for those tourists.

Booking a gorilla habituation experience trek was restricted to one gorilla family but at the moment, there are two mountain gorilla families that been dedicated to this four-hour gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The gorilla families are at Nkuringo and Rushaga. A Uganda gorilla safari habituation permit costs $1500 while a Uganda gorilla trekking safari permit costs $600.

Since this kind of experience is hardly existing in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo, tourists can only find this activity in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

The famous Buhoma region in Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in South western Uganda in Kanungu district. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is characterized by a biodiverse forested mountainous area. Bwindi is home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas making it the world’s biggest destination that offers Uganda gorilla safaris. Due to the fact that it is a huge forest, has been divided into four gorilla regions of Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo.

The Buhoma trekking Region

The Buhoma region is the most popular Uganda gorilla trekking safari region as it was the first place in Uganda where gorilla trekking started. The first group of tourists to trek gorillas in Uganda was in the Buhoma region of Bwindi National Park in 1993. This makes gorillas in Buhoma region the oldest habituated gorilla family in the whole of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and this family is called Mubare group.

The Mubare family of Buhoma currently has 9 members, a factor highly attributed to the Late Ruhondeza who was the head of the family that died in 2013. Ruhondeza had grown older and could not effectively defend the family which resulted into break ways that later weakened the family. By the time of Ruhondezas’ death, the family had only 4 members but after his death, then new silverback embarked on an aggressive campaign that has seen the group capture some individuals from other families to the tune of nine members. It is believed that with the ambition of the new silverback, the family is likely to grow on numbers.

Why tourists prefer trekking the Buhoma region

Buhoma region is easy to access from Kampala

The Buhoma region is the easiest region to access from Kampala compared to other regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This region is approximately 550 kms from Kampala taking a drive of about 8-9 hours’ drive from.

It is the closest other National Parks in Uganda

Buhoma is closer to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park popularly known as Ishasha. After your gorilla trekking safari Uganda, there is only a 2 hours’ drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park (Ishasha Sector). At this point, tourists have an opportunity of taking a Uganda wildlife safari game drive to view animals in the wild such as the popular tree climbing Lions.

Or tourists can drive up to 4 hours to the Mweya section of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the popular boat cruise on Kazinga channel that is praised for having the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. The Kazinga channel also has over 600 species of birds and is the best place to view most of the wildlife as they flock the channel to drink water.

Inconclusion, the Buhoma region remains the closest to parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori National Park and Kibale National Park where chimpanzee trekking safaris Uganda are done.

The region has numerous accommodation choices

Buhoma region has several accommodation areas compared to other regions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  Lodges in Buhoma region include; Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Volcano Lodge, Buhoma Lodge or Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Resort and Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

It is easier to connecting to other regions

From Buhoma section of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one can connect to Ruhija region which is in the East of Bwindi. This therefore means that one can sleep in Buhoma and do a Uganda gorilla trekking safari in Ruhija. It is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Buhoma to Ruhija making Buhoma a favorite to tourists. You can as well access the southern side of Bwindi (Nkuringo) from Buhoma by taking a walk through the middle of the forest. This trail is called the Nkuringo safari walk and takes up to three hours.

Other Activities apart from Gorilla Trekking

Apart from gorilla trekking safaris Uganda, Buhoma is the best region to enjoy a forest/Nature walk as certain trails have been carefully developed to be used as tourists penetrate into the forest. During the forest walks, tourists with the help of birds identify several butterfly species, birds, trees and other primates among others. Alternatively, you can go for the popular Buhoma Village walk

Fly to your Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination- Gorilla safari News

Are you afraid of traveling long distances? No worries now! The issue of long drive distances from Kampala / Entebbe to your Uganda gorilla safari destinations in the extreme south west has been sorted. At times, long distances have proven challenging to some of the Uganda safari travelers and now there are available flight options have offered an alternative.

Amazingly, an 9-10hour journey covering 527km can be shortened to only 1 hour and 20 minutes by flight from Entebbe International Airport. Normally, the travelers arriving for gorilla safaris in Uganda and intending to transfer by flight opt to connect directly with the scheduled domestic flight right at the Airport depending on the time of their arrival flight. Or travelers can rest in any hotel around Entebbe and use the scheduled flight for the next day.

Gorilla safari toursFlights to the Uganda Mountain Gorillas safaris are determined by the specific region where one booked the Gorilla permit and henceforth, the accommodation.  For those tracking Buhoma and Ruhija to the north and east of Bwindi, they land at Kihihi Airstrip while those tracking the Bwindi’s southern regions of Rushaga and Nkuringo along with Mgahinga Gorilla National Park land at Nyakabande Airstrip Kisoro (also known as Kisoro Airstrip). These are the sites where gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out.

The dynamics between these flights need to be understood as well. The flights to Kisoro Airstrip only operate in the morning hours because of the strong winds in the area. And as a result, passengers from the southern Uganda gorilla tracking safari points have to arrive or depart Kisoro not later than 10am.

However, for Kihihi Airstrip, flights operate both in the morning and in the afternoon and therefore passengers have a choice to make from the two options depending on their interconnecting International flights or programmes in Kampala /Entebbe.

As per the Aerolink schedule, the flight to Kisoro departs Entebbe at 07:45hrs arriving at 08:55hrs, the same aircraft proceeds to arrive Kihihi Airstrip at 09:30hrs. Departure from Kisoro Airstrip is at 09:10hrs while for Kihihi Airstrip is 09:45hrs all arriving Entebbe at 11:25hrs.

For the afternoon session, the flight to Kihihi Airstrip departs Entebbe at 12:45hrs and arrives at 13:55hrs. The afternoon departure from Kihihi Airstrip is at 14:05hrs arriving at 15:55hrs.

 

Why Buhoma is taken to be the best Uganda’s gorilla trekking safari region

Safari Uganda to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; a vast tropical rain forest in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is home half of the world’s gorillas. The number counts to over 1004 mountain gorillas as per the recent census. There are several gorilla families that have been habituated therefore are perfect for a tourist interested in Uganda gorilla trekking safaris.

Gorilla safaris in UgandaBwindi Impenetrable National Park is gifted with a rich huge forest that is home to Uganda’s precious mountain gorillas that live in and habit the whole forest. Since the forest is huge, it was divided into four Uganda gorilla trekking safari regions; Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Each region has a different gorilla family habituated there.

Buhoma secrets

Buhoma is regarded as the best region for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It is regarded the best due to the fact that its where gorilla trekking in Uganda started in 1993 when Mubare gorilla family was opened to tourists interested in Uganda gorilla safaris.

Gorilla family

But with time, new trail heads and regions were opened up due to the increase in the number of tourists who wanted to do gorilla safaris in Uganda. All the regions that were created match the Buhoma region when it comes to accommodation options and other activities like the Batwa experience, forest and community walks among others.

Traveling by Air

Buhoma is still the best region for gorilla trekking in Bwindi when it comes to flying on your gorilla safari in Uganda. Tourist visiting Uganda have choice on either to fly in the morning or afternoon.  While for Nkuringo and Rushaga, flights only operate in the morning due to winds and weather conditions in the south of Bwindi National Park.

Traveling by road

However, by road, in terms of accessibility and drive time, Ruhija is closer, followed by Buhoma and then Rushaga and Nkuringo in Kisoro.

Uganda safari accommodation

In terms of Uganda safari accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma is regarded the best region for gorilla trekking Uganda in Bwindi. Followed by the Nkuringo region.

Buhoma has three popular lodges of Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge and Mahogany Springs which offer great service but have also been wildly marketed. There is also Buhoma Community rest camp for budget travelers. In Nkuringo, there is clouds mountain gorilla lodge and Nkuringo Gorilla Camp which are always preferred by tourists. Other regions have lodges as well to enable every traveler to make a choice.

We wish you the best on you safari Uganda

 

 

 

 

Questions and answers about Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda

Gorilla Safari tours in Uganda RwandaWhere is the best place to go gorilla trekking in Uganda?

Mountain Gorillas are only found in two places in the whole world. Gorillas are found in the Virunga volcanic mountains and in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Visitors that have done Uganda Rwanda Congo gorilla safaris believe the best place to go gorilla trekking Bwindi Forest National Park. Bwindi Forest National Park is a stunning place recognized as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. There are several gorilla families and they range in size from 10 to 20 individuals, each with one or two silver backs.

We also prefer taking our clients gorilla trekking in Uganda because the permits are significantly cheaper than in Rwanda and the country is more stable and safe.

 What kind of environment do the mountain gorillas live in?

Mountain gorillas live in the forests high in the mountains. These forests sit at elevations of about 8,000 – 13,000 feet. Mountain gorillas are herbivores and they feed on plants that grow in their cool and moist mountainous environments.

When is the best time to go gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking Uganda is done thought the year. However, it is best during the dry season although it can rain anytime during the уеаr.  The dry season is in the months of June-September and December-February.

How to obtain a gorilla trekking permit?

Booking a permit must be done several months before your Uganda safari date. It is also better if you book your gorilla permit through a safari agent/tour operator like us. Bwindi is a remote area and the routes to the various regions are often tricky. If you would like to do the gorilla trek on your own to save costs, you will likely end up incurring more. But when we plan your Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safari for you, everything will move on as planned.

 How much do a gorilla trekking permits cost?

Gorilla trekking реrmitѕ in Uganda cost $600 реr person. Gоrillа trеkking реrmitѕ exist tо limit thе number of visitors аnd thereby rеduсе the ѕtrеѕѕ on thе gоrillаѕ. Money got from the permits is used in strengthening conservation efforts and supporting the development of local communities.

Am I guaranteed to see mountain gorillas on a trek?

We have never experienced or heard of a group not getting to see their gorillas. The park sends out rangers before you embark on your trek. These rangers are always in contact with the guides via radio and GPS which means chances are high that you will be heading on the right track to locate the gorillas from the start.

How many people are in each gorilla trekking group?

Thе maximum number оf visitors реr day is 72. This number is divided intо maximum of 8 реople per group. Eасh group visits a diffеrеnt habituated gorilla family. Thе реrmit аѕѕignѕ you tо a gоrillа family and аllоwѕ уоu tо spend one hour with thе family оnсе уоur group finds them.

 How long does it take to find the mountain gorillas?

When you meet the national park rangers in the morning for your briefing, they have a rough idea where the gorilla families are. Visitors are given chance to choose a short, medium or a long trek. If you choose the short option, expect аѕ little as 30 minutеѕ tо find your family. If you opt for the long trek, it can take two to three hours. If you are in a decent physical shape, we recommend the long trek. The hike through the dense rain forest is already a memorable experience for itself and builds up anticipation until you meet the gorillas.

What happens once we find the mountain gorillas?

Onсе уоur group finds the gоrillа family, thе сlосk starts. visitors have only an hour to ѕреnd with them. Most people simply sit and еnjоу being in thе gоrillаѕ’ рrеѕеnсе. Others use the time to observe, take photographs and videos as well. Be sure to stay quiet, move slowly аnd аvоid ѕuddеn movements.

Is it safe to be so close to mountain gorillas?

Mountain gorillas are not dangerous, as long as they are comfortable and relaxed. However, they are gentle and shy. Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have been habituated, a process that takes close to 2 years, so they are considered safe to be around. The guides know the gоrillаѕ vеrу wеll, аnd will direct you аѕ to where it is ѕаfе to ѕtаnd.

Gorilla safari toursCan I take photos of the mountain gorillas?

You can take photos of the mountain gorillas as long as you keep a minimum distance. It is very important to remember that flаѕh рhоtоgrарhу is not аllоwеd as it disturbs the gorillas. But make sure that you bring a waterproof bag for your camera in preparation for rain in the forest.

What will the weather be like on the gorilla trek?

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a wet climate, yet it is still mild. Temperatures are consistent throughout the year due to its short distance from the equator. Daytime temperatures are usually around 23°C, and 11°C at night. There is no real dry season here so rain can happen anytime here. Be sure to carry waterproof clothing along with you.