Ease to access bookings for An African Safari holiday makes planning the dream come true trip to Africa quite easy and interesting.
If you are interested in booking a gorilla tracking safari, it is best to identify the fundamental requirements for a gorilla tracking safari booking.
What are the Fundamental requirements for Confirming Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda
To confirm a gorilla tracking safari, one must have selected particular days he or she wishes to travel and spend on gorilla tracking holiday in Africa. This is used to check availability of gorilla permits per day.
Book a gorilla permit
The ticket to accessing gorilla tracking activity is a gorilla permits. This is sold at the Uganda Wildlife Authority and on first come first served basis.
Each day only 8 gorilla permits are released for the public to book per gorilla family. Currently only about 11 gorilla families are open for tourists to view.
This makes the demand for accessing gorilla permits high and quite tedious as first come first served policy is applied. It is not easy to reserve gorilla permits of a certain date for you without payment.
Once you have achieved with this then you are ready to go.
Number of people to go gorilla tracking with
In case you wish to travel with a big group to do gorilla tracking, it is very important to book at least 3 months earlier as accessing a big number of up for sale permits is a challenge.
In order for the entire group to track gorillas on the same day, one needs to make prior arrangements even for accommodation to stay at.
In case it is solo or a small number, arrangements have to also be made in advance so that last minute panic is not experienced.
Month preferred for Your gorilla tracking Safari
Much as gorilla tracking in Africa is open throughout the year, certain months are on high competition for booking. This also calls for high demand for gorilla permits and limited accessibility to availability.
Peak seasons are usually June to September, December to January of every year and low seasons are usually February to May and October to November. During these magical months even the rates of most accommodations are reduced.
Accommodation Availability for gorilla tracking overnights
After identifying the gorilla tracking area where your gorilla permit has been booked, it is time to search for overnight accommodation. Gorilla tracking area is divided into the Buhoma gorilla tracking area, Nkuringo Gorilla tracking area, Rushaga gorilla tracking area, Ruhija gorilla tracking area. Each of these areas hosts a number of gorilla families.
You need to book accommodation with in or very close to the area where your gorilla tracking permits has been booked.
This is because gorilla tracking briefing starts early in the morning and without it you are not allowed access to the mountain gorillas.
Those who overnight in places far usually find it quite challenging to get to the briefing points as Bwindi forest is vast. In most cases one may need to travel in the dark to get to the other side.
Some of the roads connecting to the different points are impassable, may find tree trunks that have fallen across the road.
Day1: Road trip to Bwindi Forest
Day 2 Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Forest
Day 3 Road trip to Queen Elizabeth National park
Day 4 Game drive and Launch cruise on Kazinga Channel
Day5 Return trip to Entebbe Air port
Day 1 Road trip To Bwindi Forest National Park
An early morning drive to Bwindi forest gives you ample time to enjoy interesting stopovers enroute. One of the most interesting stops is at the equator where you can stand on both sides of the earth at ago.
Carry on passing by rolling hills, deep valleys, meandering rivers, lush forest cover to mention but a few.
Arrive late in the evening to check in your lodge.
Accommodation: Gorilla forest Camp/ Engage Lodge/ Bwindi Community Bandas
Day 2 Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi forest
Get up early in the morning, have breakfast and carry your gorilla tracking gears in your water proof light bag.
After briefing, wear your face mask and follow the ranger guide into the forest to search for incredible apes. You may have the chance of meeting other primates like black and white colobus, grey checked mangabey, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons and so much more.
Finally when you get to meet the gorillas, stand at a distance of about 8 meters away. Take photos for memories of your experience with the gentle brown eyed huge mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas are celebrated remnants of the ice age era.
Return to the lodge carrying only memories of your great experience in the wilderness.
Day 3 Road Trip to Queen Elizabeth National park
Having enjoyed your trip in the primate haven of Bwindi forest, rise up early to drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
You may enter the park through Ishasha sector the home of tree climbing lions and enjoy game drive where you may have the chance of spotting the tree climbing lions. However crossing through this point depends on the condition of the bridge.
Use the other alternative route into the park in case you are spend the night within the premises of the park.
Enjoy a game drive as you move through the park and wait for overnight at your lodge.
Accommodation: Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana Lodge/ Simba safari Camp
Day 4: Game Drive and Boat Cruise On Kazinga Channel Queen Elizabeth National Park
An early morning game drive provides you with high chances of seeing lots of wild animals. Some may be rising from there overnight hide outs as others return to there day hide outs.
You have chance of spotting animals like lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, herds of buffaloes, hyenas, water bucks, bush bucks, mangoose, baboons, vervet monkeys, warthogs to mention but a few.
Return to your lodge for lunch. After lunch, head to the pier to catch up with one of the highlights of this Africa safari. The launch cruise on Kazinga channel provides with chance of spotting several animals that move to the shore to quench thirst.
As the sun descends to the horizon, return to the shore to embrace the night at your lodge.
Day 5 Return Home after Gorilla tracking and wild game Africa Safari After completing your gorilla tracking and game safari in Africa, drive back to Entebbe Airport to catch up with your flight back home.