Wildlife Tours in Rwanda & Uganda
Wildlife and gorilla trekking tours adventure combines gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National park. Enjoy gorilla trekking, an adventure of a life time in both Uganda and Rwanda. The ideal option for value and almost guaranteed sightings is Uganda, where you’ll find the mist-capped Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, while Volcanoes National Park, in Rwanda, is traditionally known as the best place to trek.
Bwindi gorilla safari gives you an opportunity of budget gorilla tours in Uganda which is so far the best safari activity in Africa. With a minimum of 400 mountain gorilla population which is more than half of their entire world population (880) of which 15 groups are habituated for trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Only 80 permits are granted per day both in Uganda and Rwanda. Make sure your outfitter books the lodge closest to the entry point noted on your permit. You have paid $600 to see the gorilla the $20 goes to a local man living near the forest. Gorilla tracking permits are available from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. While the permit may seem steep, 20% of the receipts go to communities living around the park while the rest is required to finance the Uganda Wildlife Authority’s efforts to provide adequate protection of the gorilla families in this area of Uganda.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be done in any of its 4 trekking regions including Buhoma where the three gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura thrive; Ruhija where other three gorilla families of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro, Rushaga with its five gorilla families of Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza, Busingye and Kahungye and lastly Nkuringo with one gorilla family named Nkuringo. All these gorilla families are habituated and two other gorilla families are being habituated in the south which indicates that gorilla trekking safari in Uganda are on the move to prosperity.
Your gorilla trek is sure to be the highlight of your trip. Waking up early to be at the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger station by 07.45am, you will then be allocated to your guides before heading into the forest. Here you will be offered a walking stick, take it is very useful in the slippery conditions. Also available at the ranger stations are porters. This is one of the primary reasons the gorillas have survived and continued to remain in this area of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Habituation of a gorilla group takes a minimum of two years, with daily visits to allow the gorilla group to get used to human presence. It is only when the gorillas are completely comfortable with human presence that tourists are allowed to share the daily hour of contact with them. Only eight people are able to track each habituated group. The walk to find the gorillas may be as short as two hours, but it will generally take 2-4 hours to find them as their territory can range up to 40km.
Initial trackers go in to the forest first while you are being briefed; they locate the night nest of the gorillas from the day before. They then track the gorilla to their new position. Once the family of gorillas is found, the trackers make radio contact with your guide and will direct him to your meeting place. The park rangers and guides will clear the way and assist you through the forest. You will need good fitness to make this walk and the going can be slippery and tough at times.
Once the gorilla group is located you will spend an hour with them as they feed, rest and play while you take photos and videos of them. After the experience you go back to the headquarter to be awarded a gorilla trekking certificate of the gorilla family your from trekking. There is one more thing you need to remember and it’s hard, don’t spend all your time looking at these amazing animals through a camera lens.
Take all the photos you want, but remember you’ll only have about an hour with these amazing creatures, and this will probably be your one chance to see them in the wild. Though they are typically not included in your permit or guide price, hire one at the park gate. For just $15 a day, he can assist you with your backpack and your water, or help give you that extra push up a hill. Transfer to Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park.
Have breakfast and go to ORTPN offices for briefing after that set off in the forest for Gorilla trekking. An exciting trek through the refined foothills of the Virunga’s provides inspiring views in all directions. The trail enters the national park, trekkers in the strange closeness of the rain forest, alive with the calls of colourful birds and chattering of the rare golden monkey, and besieged with fresh spoor of the mountains’ elusive populations of buffalo and elephant.
Through gaps in the forest canopy, the marvelous peaks are sighted, easily easy to get to and among the uppermost in Africa, indicating an ascent. Gorilla trekking is quite strenuous but a worthwhile on encounter of these gentle giants. The enthusiasm of your coming across with these apes will wipe away your intricacy of the strenuous trek. Spend time watching gorillas, watch the adults feeding their young ones, brushing and resting as the youngsters play from vines in a pleasurably playful display.