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An Ultimate Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

It is estimated that about 800 mountain gorillas are remaining in the whole world with Uganda having the highest population of about half of the entire population in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park where travelers flock to have a closer look at these wonderful primates. This makes gorilla trekking undoubtedly the leading tourism activity in Uganda. With over 15 habituated families in Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga, Bwindi hosts the highest number of trackers annually because of the inconsistency of the gorillas in Mgahinga. The highest number of these elegant primates is found in Bwindi which make it a premier gorilla tour destination. Are you planning for a gorilla trekking safari today? find out the ultimate guide and best things to consider for an enthusiastic gorilla tracking safari in Uganda.

Best time to travel

Although Mountain gorilla trekking can successfully be conducted at any time of the year in Uganda, there are best months to do so especially if you are interested in a more adventurous experience. The most preferred periods by the tourists are from June to September and December to January. During this time also termed as “the peak season”, the traffic to various parks increases and there is increased competition when it comes to obtaining the gorilla permits. Other months are called “low seasons” and during this time, the cost of gorilla permits is reduced. At Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, gorilla tracking is carried out at any time of the year irrespective of whether it’s a low or peak season. Therefore, it’s up to the tourist himself to decide what is best for him or her.

How to obtain a gorilla permit

Before a tourist is allowed go Mountain gorilla trekking, he/she is required to obtain a gorilla permit. This acts as an authorizing document which signifies that one has met the requirements for viewing the primates. Currently, the majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi simply because of the inconsistency of the gorillas of Mgahinga national park. A gorilla permit costs US$600 for foreign nonresidents, $500 for foreign residents and 250,000shs for East African residents. Gorilla permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority at their offices in Kamwokya along Old Kira Road. Well, this may sound a bit tricky for intending tourists in other countries but the best way to obtain them is through a safari agent who can obtain them on your behalf. Visitors are required to obtain these permits in time to avoid inconveniences due to the high competition from numerous tourists who also want to have a glance at the primates. According to the recent reports, about 73 gorilla permits are issued out on a daily basis to Bwindi. This means that the competition to obtain one is high and therefore one has to book at least a month before the actual safari date.

What to expect on a gorilla safari to Uganda

A visitor should expect a lifetime experience full of breathtaking natural wonders. A day spent with the mountain gorillas in the tropical rainforests of Bwindi and Mgahinga is a hard-to-forget experience. Spend an hour with a gorilla family witnessing how they truly behave and how they associate with each other and get a story to tell when you get back to your home country.

All in all, Uganda is the best Mountain gorilla trekking destination, a home to over 400 mountain gorillas in the world. Plan and book your gorilla safari to Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park with Amazing gorilla safaris today for a memorable gorilla trekking experience.

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