best destination for Gorilla trekking

What is the best destination for Gorilla trekking safaris

July 23, 2020
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Best destination for Gorilla trekking safaris: As you might have heard or read, there are 3 famous African destinations for Gorilla trekking tours in the whole world, that is to say Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Even with the increase of Uganda gorilla permits from $600 to $700 per person, the pearl of Africa still ranks as the best and leading gorilla trekking trip destination in Africa and the whole world! Uganda is among the three African destinations to see and trek the giant mountain gorillas besides Rwanda and the DR. Congo. Apparently, Uganda Gorilla safari tours have consistently improved if compared to past years due to several factors stirred by the public and private sector. Uganda is a hub gorilla trekking destination for most travelers, receiving the highest number of adventure tourists coming to see the mountain gorillas. Many times, travelers have questioned what makes Uganda the best Gorilla destination and trying to compare gorilla trekking experiences in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo. Africa Adventure Vacations breaks for you why Uganda is the best destination for gorilla trekking;

The relative peace and security in Uganda

The relative peace and security in the entire country favors Tourism activities throughout the entire National parks of Uganda. This accounts for the increasing numbers of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park. The strict enforcement by Uganda Wildlife Authority against poaching and increased education and awareness of the communities surrounding the national parks about the value of these Wild animals. This is not the case with the counterparts of Rwanda and Congo which have had occasional attacks of each other from rebel/war guerilla groups and poaching!

Lower price for the Gorilla permit compared to Rwanda

Even after the hike of gorilla permit costs from $600 to $700 per person throughout the year, Uganda gorilla permits are still cheap and affordable compared to the neighboring Rwanda where a single gorilla permit costs $1500 per person. The low-cost gorilla permit in Uganda make it a favorable Gorilla destination for most travelers especially those traveling on a budget and mid budget. The cost of Gorilla permits in Uganda is categorized based on travelers’ nationality namely; costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents (This refers to foreigners already living in Uganda and have work permits) and 260,000 Uganda shillings for East African residents. Gorilla permit booking can be done easily through Africa Adventure Vacations

Uganda has the highest number of Mountain Gorillas & families

This impenetrable forest is a home to nearly half of the remaining mountain gorilla population in the world and it is among the best destination for gorilla trekking tours in Africa. The 2019 Gorilla census results show that Uganda is home to over 500 mountain Gorillas habituated into 18 Gorilla families. Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is a home for 17 gorilla families while Mgahinga Gorilla Park hosts 1 Gorilla family ie Nyakagyezi. The higher number of Gorillas in Uganda may guarantee the availability of Gorilla permit if compared to Rwanda and Congo with limited Gorilla population. On a daily basis, Uganda has 144 gorilla permits available for sale.  This may help last minute bookers to secure a permit to trek gorillas on a good day.

The unique Gorilla Habituation experience only in Uganda

Uganda is the only destination in the world for gorilla habituation experience where by wild mountain Gorillas are trained to make them familiar with human presence before they are finally let out to join the other families and ready for Gorilla trekking experience. The four hours gorilla ensures is an experimental activity, which gives travelers an in-depth understanding of Gorillas’ behavior, and lifestyles unlike in the normal Gorilla trekking where time is limited to an hour. Gorilla habituation permit costs $1500 however, the magical feeling that comes with spending four hours with mountain gorillas is worth the cost. Gorilla habituation experience-GHEX takes place only in Rushaga sector, of Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national Park.

Extra activities adjacent- besides Gorilla trekking

It is beyond no doubt that Gorilla trekking in Uganda is the most sought after activity and a travel highlight by many travelers who have been to the country. Among the gorilla trekking add on activities in Uganda include game viewing especially in the adjacent Queen Elizabeth National Park especially the Ishasha sector famous for tree climbing Lions, Golden monkey trekking in the close Mout Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, community and birding tours on Lake Bunyonyi, nature walks and cultural tours to the neighboring Batwa pygmy communities. The combination of rolling hills, Lakes, Rivers, hospitable people, game/wildlife safaris, unique birds; mountains and valleys make Uganda an exceptional destination.

Ease of access and less time taken to see the Gorillas

Leaving alone our personal experience, having done a survey from various clients who have done both Gorilla trekking in these countries, many testify that Uganda’s terrain is a little easier to trek. Also the time taken to see the Gorillas is in most cases 4 hours on average especially in Ruhija and Buhoma sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national Park.

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