An African safari is a bucket list experience of a lifetime. Uganda, known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, is an East African country noted for its outstanding beauty and diversity as well as being home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Gorilla trekking to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat in Uganda is a truly unforgettable experience.
Below we’re sharing everything you need to know before going on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, including when to go, what to expect, and what to bring with you to ensure you have an amazing trip.
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Why do a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda?
Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where mountain gorilla trekking takes place, with fewer than 1004 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth today. Uganda is home to half of all these huge creatures, making it one of only three nations on earth where mountain gorilla trekking is available. A Uganda safari is a realm where humans are the visitors, and visitation is a privilege.
Who is a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda for?
A Uganda safari is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, conservationists, adventurers, and those who love being in nature. If you’re looking for an African safari tour that is unlike the rest, then a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is definitely for you!
What will you see on a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda?
When you go on a gorilla safari tour in Uganda, you can expect to see some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery in the world. In addition to Uganda gorilla, you can also expect to see other wildlife animals, such as lions, elephants, and chimpanzees.
Where to go on a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda
Uganda, East Africa has two national parks where gorilla trekking is possible. There are 18 gorilla families that have been habituated and prepared for tourism, 17 of which are tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and just 1 in Mgahinga National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. The national park is known for its dense, tropical rainforest and is home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, as well as 90 mammal species in total.
Mgahinga National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, on the border with Rwanda and the Congo. The national park is known for its dense, tropical rainforest and is home to one of the world’s mountain gorilla families.
When is the best time to go on a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done year-round, but the best time to go is from December to February during the dry season when there is little to no rain.
January and February in particular are the low season for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, which means avoiding huge crowds and the rainy season in East Africa.
What to expect on a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda
Uganda gorilla are shy and elusive animals, so spotting them in the wild is a truly special experience. On a gorilla safari tour in Uganda, you’ll have the chance to see these gentle giants up close as they go about their everyday lives. Gorilla trekking tours are led by experienced guides who will help you spot the gorillas and provide information about their behavior.
Fiercely protective of this natural treasure, Ugandan authorities permit only one-hour visitation in clusters of groups of 8 travelers. Groups are limited to no more than 8 people so that trekking tours do not overwhelm the gorillas.
Your group will have the opportunity for two treks to view the mountain gorillas (each purchased in advance). The trek can take from one to eight hours and climb up to 7,500 feet in altitude.
Picnic lunches will be provided. Your guide and porters will take you along river trails with delightful waterfalls, up steep slopes and into forest clearings in search of these gentle giants. While approximately 98% of the Uganda gorilla treks are successful, there is no guarantee that you will see gorillas as they are in their natural habitat.
Are gorilla trekking safari tours in Uganda safe?
Yes, Uganda gorilla trekking safari tours in East Africa are safe. The safari guides will give you an orientation before your trip to make sure you are safe and comfortable, as well as advise you on how to act in the unlikely event that one becomes aggressive.
Of course, the gorillas are wild animals in their natural habitat and can be unpredictable. You should never try to approach the gorillas and keep a safe distance from them at all times. Your safari guide will be with you for your safety and to ensure that the gorillas are not disturbed.
What to bring on a gorilla trekking safari tour in Uganda
The mountain gorilla trekking safari tour will take place in the forest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks, and wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty as you will be hiking through the jungle. Hiking boots or sturdy shoes are a must, as well as long pants to protect your legs from scratches. And, don’t forget to bring your camera to take plenty of pictures of the Uganda gorilla! A camera is a must, but please be sure to silence it and refrain from using flash.
Here is a key essentials packing list of what to bring with you on a gorilla trekking safari tour, to ensure you have an amazing trip:
- Day pack
- Hiking boots
- Long pants
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Rain jacket or poncho
- Insect repellent
- Water bottle
Gorilla trekking safaris in the East African country of Uganda are a truly unforgettable experience. Our safari tour takes you to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you’ll have the opportunity to see Uganda gorillas up close and personal. This is a physically demanding activity but the experience of coming face-to-face with these beautiful animals is worth the effort. You will also enjoy game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you may see elephants, lions, leopards and other wildlife.
This safari is perfect for anyone who wants to get off the beaten path and into the wild. You’ll be trekking through the jungle, crossing rivers, and sleeping under the stars. It’s an adventure that you’ll never forget and you will be sure to have an amazing trip.
If you’re looking for a bucket list African safari that’s a little different, then this is the tour for you. Come and see the Uganda gorilla on our ultimate safari tour.
This safari tour includes all the necessary gorilla trekking permits and park entrance fees, as well as transport to and from the trekking sites. We’ll also provide you with a professional guide who will help you make the most of your experience.
So if you’re looking for an amazing gorilla trekking adventure safari in Uganda, look no further! Contact us today to book your tour.
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