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Last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda

Last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda :  An extraordinary experience, gorilla trekking safari consists of tourists travelling on foot through a tropical rainforest in search of mountain gorillas that have been habituated. Once the gorillas have been located, the tourists spend one hour observing them in their natural environment. In Uganda, gorilla trekking may be done in two different national parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Both of these parks are in the southwestern area of the country. There is also the opportunity to undertake gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, as well as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park.

Where to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda. 

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most popular destinations for gorilla trekking safaris, and found in the Kanungu area in the southwestern section of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is well-known for having the biggest number of gorillas and over 23 habituated gorilla families. These gorillas can be found in four different sectors of the park: the Ruhija sector in the East, the Rushaga sector in the south, the Buhoma sector in the north, and the Nkuringo sector in the south. Each of these sectors is located in a different region of the park.

Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is another gorilla trekking safari destination in Uganda. It can be found in the country’s southwestern part, in the Kisoro district, and it shares a border with both Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park. There is one family of habituated gorillas in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park known as the Nyakagezi family, and they are made available for trekking every day.

Gorilla trekking safari experience.

Both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park begin their gorilla treks extremely early in the morning with a briefing on the rules and regulations that must be followed during gorilla trekking safari. After the briefing, you will be paired 8 members and given a family of habituated gorillas to trek and an experienced park guide who is familiar with the paths through the jungle that are most suited for gorilla trekking. Mountain gorillas are nomadic animals that frequently go from one location to another in search of food. Because of this, trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda can take anywhere from thirty minutes to five hours, depending on where the gorillas are located. When you find the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. This will give you the opportunity to watch them eat, breastfeed, play, and groom young ones, as well as learn more about their behaviors, take photos, and record videos to show people back home. During gorilla trekking, you will be able to view other species of primates as well as birds.

Cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda. 

A gorilla trekking permit is a legal document that is given to tourists who are over the age of 15 and allows them to visit habituated gorilla families and spend one hour with them in their natural environment. The permit is issued by the government body in charge of the national parks where the gorillas live. Permit to go gorilla trekking in Uganda costs 800 USD per person for non-foreign-residents of other countries, 700 USD per person for foreign residents of other countries, and 300,000 UGX per person for inhabitants of East African citizens.

Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda. 

Although gorilla trekking can be done at any time of year in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, the best time to go is during the dry season, also known as the peak season, which occurs during the months of June, July, August, and September as well as December, January, and February. This is because during this time there is less or little rainfall in the national parks, which means that access roads and gorilla trekking trails will be dry and passable, which makes gorilla trekking safari perfect.

Last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda

How to book last minute gorilla trekking in Uganda.

A gorilla trekking safari in Uganda should be booked in advance before the trekking date to avoid last minute disappointments. This is because gorilla trekking permits usually get sold out quickly, especially during the peak season in the months of June to September and December to February. However, Primate Holidays will help you to organize your last minute gorilla trekking safari, which includes transportation in a 4WD safari vehicle to Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park.

What to pack for your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. 

For your last-minute gorilla trekking safari, you should make sure to pack or carry a number of items, such as hiking shoes, garden gloves, insect repellent, a long-sleeved shirt and trouser, a waterproof rain jacket, energy snacks and drinking water, a camera and extra batteries, a pair of binoculars, a walking stick, and a back pack, among other things.

Last-minute gorilla trekking safaris can be organized by Primate Holidays from Kampala, three days of gorilla trekking safaris can be organized from Kigali for three days, or two days of gorilla trekking safaris can be organized from Kigali for two days. You can contact us at Primate Holidays for additional information, or you can visit our website at to make a reservation for a reasonably priced last-minute gorilla trekking safari.

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