Heading out on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda offers the unique opportunity to spot the silver back, baby gorillas and other gorilla family members as they play jump in their natural environment. Accompanied by park rangers, this forest excursion into the jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park present some of the world best wild encounter and great time with endangered gorillas filling your life with thrilling memories and moments for life.
Usually the 3 days gorilla trekking safari starts from Kampala and ends in Kampala though there other Uganda gorilla safari alternatives of 1 day for those with limited time and that starts and ends in Kigali Rwanda. All who track gorillas in Bwindi forest National park get same experience at the end of the day, those who decide to go for the 3 days gorilla trek and those who chose the one day option. But to be part of any Uganda gorilla trekking tour in Bwindi, having reserved your gorilla permit at a cost of $600 is very essential at least a few days to your trek to avoid change of travel plans and trekking dates.
Best time to see Gorillas
The best time for gorilla trekking is, most importantly, when you can get a permit to do so. They have peak demand all year and the adventure is loved much more than gold. However, once you ready, reserve you gorilla trekking permit for the dates of your interest and go for your life lasting experience with the mountain gorillas of Bwindi forest national park. You can see gorillas any time of year any day since Bwindi is a forest of plenty and happiness but if you want to track gorillas in the dry months , then consider visiting Uganda in January, February, March, June, July August September, October and December.
Gorilla Permit Booking
The bitter truth is that you require a gorilla permit to see gorillas yet they are hard to lay hands on especially when you plan your gorilla trek at last minute. Remember the demand for gorilla permits in Uganda is like that of gold worldwide. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 a price you need to pay for a Uganda gorilla safari tour deposit so your permit can be reserved. Book your gorilla permit with your tour agent responsible for your trip or directly with Uganda Wildlife Authority .Tour agent make it easier that using the government body that manages all Uganda national parks.
Gorilla Trekking pack List
Well the gorilla trekking pack list suggest that you carry long sleeved wears ( pants ,shirts and tshirsts,warm seaters and jackets ),comfortable foot wears, hat socks, insect repellant, valid passport, gorilla permit, drinking water and packed lunch. Yes it’s a right list that every gorilla trekking tourist has to confirm before leaving there lodge rooms for the morning briefing at the park headquarters. However, it’s better to prepare all the trekking essentials a day before because sometimes you wake up quite early to make it for the briefing. One litre of water is enough unless when you going for gorilla habituation experience that takes the all day, so you will need more than that but still all other things are the same.
Gorilla Trekking Accommodation
There are so many lodges and campsites around Bwindi impenetrable national park in the four park sectors- Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo, offering accommodation for different levels; Budget , camping, mid range and Luxury. So your pocket and budget direct you best. Bwindi forest gorilla trekking lodges include,Sanctaury Gorilla Forest Camp,Buhoma lodge, Mahogany springs, Buhoma community bandas, Haven lodge, Gorilla mist Camp, Ruhija safari lodge, Gorilla safari lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, Nkuringo walking campsite, Chameleon lodge etc.
Gorilla Safari Transport
You can trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by using public transport means to and from Kampala to the National Park but the process is very easy when helped by a local tour expert. This has been a priority for many backpacker travelers on different safari tours. However, if you book a private 3 days gorilla trekking tour, you will definitely use a private 4wd vehicle for your trip.