Gorilla trekking tour in Africa is taking the travel holiday Africa to do lists with great momentum. This is because of the regulated numbers of travelers, fun, memories and conservation campaign you get at the end.
In Africa, the total experience of authentic gorilla trekking can only be felt in Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda and Volcanoes National park Rwanda. These two primate conservation forests also host a vast number of other primates. Not forgetting the rich bird life encompassing 90% of the rare Albertine endemics on the UNESCO red list.
Choosing gorilla trekking during your holiday preparations to Africa must come with earlier plans in order to make everlasting holiday memories.
Knowing the fundamental requirements for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda makes your tour a dream come true. Your Gorilla trekking holiday can only becomes a reality tour after securing a gorilla permit from either countries.
Although the chances of getting a gorilla permit are quite slim especially during the peak seasons of June to October you can keep trying as some openings may come up. This comes as a result of the limited number of gorilla permits realized for tourists booking per day per family.
For the sake of supporting the mountain gorilla conservation plan the gorillas are habituated to be in the presence of only 8 tourists per family per trek for just one hour. With this restriction, the number of gorilla permits released for the entire world to book is limited yet demand is high.
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Secondly Secure a Gorilla trekking Permit
As explained that the number of gorilla permits released for the public to book is limited, upon finding availability of the gorilla permits of your selected dated make payments.
This is because of the first come first served policy on the gorilla permits at the Uganda wild Authority or Rwanda Development Board. No one is allowed to reserve a permit without payment.
Each time availability changes as different people all over the world are also seeking to get an opportunity to do gorilla trekking. It’s quite disturbing to recheck availability because of the always busy phone lines at the authorities. Getting through is challenging and costly too.
Gorilla trekking tour is a hands on activity that included directly getting into the ragged and mountainous jungle including hiking to get to the gorillas sometimes. A bit of fitness is necessary to meet this challenging terrain.
You do not need to go to the gym to workout but can also start with walking in your compound, at work or around your house. Just stretch out your muscles so that they do not fail you while in the jungle seeking the gorillas. The jungle may be fun but vast and thick yet once in you have to keep moving till return.
Fourthly Pack the right gorilla trekking gears
Travelling with the right gorilla trekking gears like tracking boots, long trousers, a warm fleece and so much more makes you feel comfortable. Upon arrival in Rwanda or Uganda, you may have limited time to do this shopping. Most of the safaris begin early in the morning and most tourists have limited holiday time too giving you limited chances to go shopping.
You need to know Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park are always cold throughout the day and night. You need to have warm wear to walk through the jungle and in the night especially if you are booked in accommodation without a fire place.
Travelling from your country to the gorilla trekking destinations especially for foreign tourists includes international flights. One need to overnight in either countries before beginning of your gorilla trekking trip. In case you miss your outbound flight, ensure atleast you board flights that arrive in the very early hours before starting of your gorilla trekking trip.
In case your trekking gorillas in Rwanda, you have greater chances of catching up with early morning briefing at the ORTPN even on the day when your gorilla permit was booked.
Trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda is quite different because of the long route to get to Bwindi Forest. Travelling by the road to Bwindi forest from Entebbe Airport takes about 8 to 9 hours and when you use the Rwanda Route, it takes about 6 to 7 hours.
Getting to the briefing point which is a must attendance for every gorilla trekking tourist in either Uganda or Rwanda may be quite challenging. Uganda may have a low cost on the gorilla permits compared to Rwanda but the distance to be travelled doesn’t allow you to arrive and do gorilla trekking on the same day.
In case you made amendments in your gorilla trekking itinerary, before you depart your country of origin, ensure you keep communicating with your agent. Sometimes you may have made changes and forgot about them.
In case you have people joining your gorilla trekking party or those that pull- out of the group travel plan you need to keep this update.
Travelling with others especially if you come from different countries is challenging but all this must be on your fingertips so that no one misses out on the gorilla trekking experience.
At Arch Safaris And Tours, we keep communicating with our clients about the updates made in the itinerary in order to ensure we are all on the same page.
How To Book Gorilla Trekking Safari In Africa
As the gorilla permit is the first step to confirming a gorilla trekking safari securing it is fundamental. Booking accommodation to spend in your nights while on gorilla trekking tour. For the sake of Rwanda, book accommodation close to the Volcanoes National park or with in Kigali city is comfortable.
Uganda being a big country with gorilla trekking park located further south Western side, its best to book accommodation close to Bwindi Forest. The park also have the southern and Northern sector so ensure you book accommodation close to the area where your permit was booked.
Its quite challenging to book a gorilla trekking permit in one area and sleep in another. The difference in distance and obstacles within the park make it difficult.
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