Bwindi gorilla safari advice, tips for a successful bwindi gorilla trek
- April 8, 2018
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
Our Bwindi gorilla safari advice is meant to give you a guide to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which by far remains one of the few places in the world to see or trek the rare mountain gorillas in the wild. Gorilla trekking being an expensive adventure and only done in three countries of the world. Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic republic of congo, one needs proper advice to make sure he/she gets the best out of the money paid for his/her bwindi gorilla tour. Our Bwindi gorilla safari advice will address what one needs to know before booking his or her Bwindi gorilla safari, what he needs to know or to do when booking his Bwindi gorilla tour, while on the way to gorillas, during the gorillas and after his Bwindi gorilla safari.
Bwindi gorilla safari advice before booking
Due to the fact that gorilla trekking is an expensive venture and if not planned well, one may likely not get what he is looking for. Our Bwindi gorilla safari advice before booking is to help you ensure that you carry out thorough research on the best way to get the right tour operator, how to book your Bwindi gorilla permit, when is the best time to do your gorillas, comparing prices and services of tour operators, which region in bwindi, accessing bwindi through Kigali or Entebbe and or even flying to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The first and most important Bwindi Safari advice is to first do serious research about Bwindi in relation to gorilla trekking. Bwindi impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda and is shared between three districts of Rubanda, Kisoro and Kanungu. Therefore and while planning to come to Uganda for gorilla trekking in Bwindi, please note that you will be driving or flying to the south western part of Uganda. You may also need to visit google maps to see the actual location of Uganda as a country as well as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park so as to get a proper visual impression of Bwindi as home to mountain gorillas.
Bwindi gorilla safari advice on the actual gorilla trekking as an activity
Once you have established the location of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the next Bwindi gorilla safari advice we give you is to find out more about gorilla trekking as an activity. You need to for example find out the cost of gorilla permits (Gorilla permits currently cost USD600.00 per person for one hour and USD1500.00 for gorilla habituation experience which gives you four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation). You will also need to know how many gorilla families are in Bwindi and also how many regions in Bwindi where one can do gorilla trekking. If you do this, we will discover that there about 13 habituated mountain gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable National Park spread in four different regions in the south, east and north of the forest. In the south, you will find ruhaga and Nkuringo regions, in the north, you will find Buhoma and in the East you will find Ruhija region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Having known the number of gorilla families and regions where they are located, you know need to know how to access these regions. Bwindi impenetrable National Park is easily accessed through Rwanda and from Kigali Airport. Many people including Encounter Africa have started using Kigali International Airport to access the east and southern parts of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is because when you trek Uganda mountain gorillas from Kigali, you will have reduced on the drive time by almost 5 hours. To drive from Kigali Airport to Bwindi impenetrable National Park is bout 5-6 hours compared to 8-9 hours from Entebbe International Airport to any region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Knowing your en route interests is yet another Bwindi safari advice that we give to our clients. If you are a person who does not worry about long drives and you want to see many things on the way to gorillas, then it is better to fly into Entebbe and drive to any part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Along this route, you will have an opportunity to visit royal drum makers, have stop at the Equator crossing, visit craft shops, you will not miss the Hima grazing their popular Ankole long horned cattle, you may also have a chance to spot some impalas and Zebras in the community land adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. The journey allows you to explore some small but major towns in Uganda including Masaka, Mbarara, Ntungamo and Kabale. The rolling hills of Kisoro and Kisoro is a plus as you will appreciate the beauty of the country referred to as the pearl of Africa.
If you are a kind that want to arrive bwindi in the shortest time possible, our Bwindi safari advice for this is to fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Kigali Airport Rwanda. There many international Airlines operating flights through Kigali. This will help you to drive 5-6 hours only and you will be in the Eastern part of Bwindi or Southern Part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. If interested in trekking Uganda mountain gorillas in the east, you will use Katuna boarder and if interested in trekking mountain gorillas in the south, its better to use Chanika boarder. This option of flying through Kigali to Uganda will reduce on the drive time and enable you to visit to beautiful east African countries as well. The other Bwindi safari advice that we give to those interested in trekking Uganda gorillas from Kigali is the east Africa tourist visa that allows one to visit three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. This can be applied from any of the three countries. East African tourist visa costs USD100 and allows you to move from one country to another as long as it is still valid. Further note that both Uganda and Rwanda visas can be applied for on arrival at any entry points.
For those that can afford, our Bwindi safari advice on accessing Bwindi in the shortest possible time is by flying in and out of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Daily scheduled flight do operate from Entebbe international Airport to different Airstrips of Kisoro, Kihihi and Kasese for those who would love to add on game viewing on their gorilla trek. Flights from Entebbe to Bwindi take up to 2 hours followed by a 2 hour road to respective regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Kisoro Airstrip is for those planning to trek gorillas in the south while Kihihi Airstrip is suited for those planning to trek mountain gorillas in the north. Encounter Africa organizes fly in safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and when you contact us for affordable and pocket friendly packages.
Having established how to access bwindi impenetrable National Park, the next bwindi safari advice that we give you is to establish where you will stay while in Bwindi. Kindly note that bwindi has four gorilla trekking and starting regions of Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma. This therefore means that one has to choose accommodation depending on the gorilla permits that will be booked. If you book gorilla permits for Ruhija, ensure that you book accommodation in Ruhija region, the same applies to rushaga, nkuringo and Rushaga.
Once you have gathered enough information on the above, our next bwindi safari advice is for you to contact any Uganda tour company to help with the next stage. In the next article, we will advise on how to select a tour company to handle your bwindi gorilla safari bookings, what you should expect from them and why we think Encounter Africa remains the leading tour operator in organizing Bwindi gorilla safaris.