When you plan to do gorilla trekking during honeymoon, you must purchase your gorilla permits in time to avoid last minute panic to obtain some of them. The peak season which is June, July August, September, December and January have stiff gorilla permit competition from world over. Uganda Wildlife Authority the gorilla permit regulating body has a policy that only maximum 8 gorilla permits are released for public booking each day.
Uganda currently has 152 gorilla permits from 19 gorilla families and two gorilla families in southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park reserved for gorilla habituation.
You need to know to which park you wish to go for gorilla trekking during your honeymoon in Uganda. Two verdant habitat to mountain gorillas include Bwindi Impenetrable National park with almost half the total number of mountain gorillas in the world and Mgahinga National Park.
When you plan to do gorilla trekking on honeymoon, you need to book your gorilla permits. The Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park create a great ambience to wind and unwind after tiresome wedding preparations.
When you book gorilla permits for Bwindi forest, you have to be keen with which area your permit is booked. This is because of Bwindi is vast with four gorilla trekking areas to choose from that is Buhoma area in the north, Ruhija area in the east and Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south.
Once you spend a night in another area, you have to drive in the dark to catch up with briefing early morning. These night drives are very risky because you may meet logs that may block the road, get a flat tyre, slippery road surface and others. These may prevent you from proceeding and to a larger extent fail to go gorilla trekking.
How Much Is The Cost Of Uganda Gorilla Permit.
The Uganda gorilla permit currently costs $700 per person for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and 250000 shs for East African residents.
You can book gorilla permits through a tour operator like Arch Safaris And Tours or Uganda wildlife authority. The bureaucracy of getting through the long que of calls at Uganda Wildlife Authority makes it challenging for most tourist to book there own gorilla permits.
What Are Inclusions And Exclusions Of The Uganda Gorilla Permit?
When you purchase the gorilla trekking permit, some of the inclusions are briefing time from the ranger guides, ranger guide fees, security during gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla conservation support, community support, local community support, one hour of viewing the mountain gorillas and certificate after gorilla trekking.
Some exclusions of the gorilla permit cost are:
Transport to the gorilla trekking destinations, tips, drinks, snacks and any other times of personal nature.
At Arch Safaris And Tours, we put together gorilla safari packages categorized into luxury, mid-range and budget gorilla safaris. We can assist you book the gorilla permits, accommodation, transport and other amenities that support your stay on gorilla safari. We lift off your shoulders the burden of putting together the safari package and do our best to provide comfort for you during your honeymoon in Africa. ENQUIRE
Securing accommodation to use during gorilla trekking adventure is top priority. The uganda mountain gorillas families of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are subdivided into areas that is Buhoma area, Ruhija area, Rushaga area and Nkuringo area.
Before making a booking for accommodation to use on your honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you need to know which area your gorilla permit is booked.
Bwindi forest accommodations are graded according to luxury facilities, mid-range and budget facilities;
Some of accommodations in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include:
Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Engage Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Trekker’s Tarven, Shoebill Camp And Others
Getting to the gorilla trekking destinations in Uganda that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park is key as you can use either road transport or air transport.
The terrain of the roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga National Park is ragged so you need a 4×4 wheel drive vehicle and a professional driver. The distance to cover from Kampala or Entebbe airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is about 530 kilometers. The distance from Kampala or Entebbe to Mgahinga National Park is about 540 kilometers.
The drive time from Entebbe airport or Kampala is about 8 hours to 9 hours excluding stops.
Some of the routes to Bwindi Impenetrable national park include;
Kampala to Ntungamo to Rukungiri to Kihihi to Buhoma. This is the most direct route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Kampala to Kabale to Nkuringo. This route goes to southern sector of Bwindi forest.
Kampala to Kabale to Kanungu to Buhoma
Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kihihi to Buhoma
From Kampala or Entebbe airport, you pass via Kabale to Kisoro to Ntebeko
You can book a seat on the daily domestic flights from Kajjansi or Entebbe Airport to Kihihi airstrip that is to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe Airport to Kisoro when heading to Mgahinga National Park.
You can also charter from Kajjansi Airstrip or Entebbe Airport to either Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip.
What Is The Best Month For Gorilla Trekking On Honeymoon In Uganda?
The dry months are most preferred for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda that is June, July, August, September, December and January. You can book your gorilla permits atleast 6 months in advance in case you plan your honeymoon in this season. This is to reduce on chances of missing permits for this period.
In case you wish for extra privacy during gorilla trekking on honeymoon with less disturbance from other trekkers, the wet season is a great choice. Chances of having the gorilla family to just the two of you are high because there are less people booking. The low season is normally March, April, May And November.
The time taken to do gorilla trekking in uganda is unpredictable as it depends on the prevailing factors in the forest like the proximity of gorilla food, in case of a fight with another gorilla group, weather conditions for the day like extreme wet seasons normally come with delay in getting to the mountain gorillas and others.
Sometimes gorilla trekkers have succeeded in getting the mountain gorillas in 2 hours while other may take three quarters of the day.
Some level of patience is necessary during gorilla trekking because they are wild animals that must look for there own food and not depend on human provision.
Is Mountain Gorilla Sighting Guaranteed?
Sighting mountain gorillas is ninety-nine percent guaranteed as there are tackers every day that follow these mountain gorillas earlier than anybody does. They keep communicating with the rangers about there way about. This prevents you from wandering in the vast forest with no sense of direction to take.
Although the mountain gorillas freely move in the forest, there bulky size of about 200 kilograms for an adult male cannot permit them fast movement.
Although it has never happened but when you fail to locate the mountain gorillas, you are refunded atleast 75% of the total gorilla permit cost according to the currently Uganda Wildlife Authority policy
Other Uganda Safari Activities To Combine With Gorilla Trekking On Honeymoon
Game Drives In Uganda
Before or after gorilla trekking, you can make stopovers for game drives in a number of enroute game parks. You can visitMurchison Fall National Park In Northern Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park And Kidepo Valley National Park
With an organised itinerary and a well-experienced driver guide, you can do game drives in uganda before or after gorilla trekking.
Some of the uganda wild animals you may get to spot include lions, leopards, cape bufaloes, waterbucks, bush bucks, hartebeest, girafees, topis, elands, impalas, zebras, herds of elephants and others.
Not all these Uganda wild animals live in each of these parks however, in case you have interest in a particular animal, state it and our safari consultant can advise in which game park you are likely to spot it.
Chimpanzee Trekking In Uganda
Double primate safari where you do gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking in uganda on honeymoon, is a double opportunity to have an experience with both primates.
Kibale national park is top chimpanzee trekking destination in Uganda, Kyambura gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Murchison falls National Park, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda Wildlife Education Center and others.
You need to book chimpanzee permits form Uganda Wildlife Authority for some of these chimpanzee destinations.
Water Activities To Do On Honeymoon In Uganda
Launch Trip In Murchison Falls National Park
The highlight of your Uganda safari to Murchison Falls National Park is a launch trip on river Nile that bisects the park into the northern and southern sector. On the way, enjoy the glimmering sunrays on a clear day, look over for riverside animals that quench thirst and bath by the shore.
Some of the wild animals you may get to spot include serried crocodiles, hippos, elephants, cape buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, giraffes, hartebeest, oribi, herds of elephants, leopards, lions and others.
As you draw closer to Murchison Falls, you hear thundering sounds, feel the change in boat turbulence as River Nile water cascades the 43 meters high cliff to the bottom. When the falls finally come into view, you watch River Nile squeeze through 6 meters wide gorge to violently burst out and form a cloudy appearance suddenly a rainbow may form right before you on a clear day.
Launch Trip On Kazinga Channel In Queen Elizabeth National Park
At the floor of the rift valley you can enjoy a relaxing a launch trip on Kazinga channel. This channel connects Lake Edward to Lake George and is a quenching point to a number of wild animals and a magnet for an array of birds.
During the voyage, you may get to spot a wide range of animals like lions, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks, topis and other.
For keen birder, the marshy shoreline of Kazinga channel can identify a wide range of birds including Grey Headed Kingfisher, Grey Capped Wabler, Yellow Backed and Lesser Masked Canary, Gabon and Slender Tailed Nightjars And Others.
White Water Rafting In Uganda
You can try white water rafting adventure on River Nile with your spouse. No need to have prior experiences as on ground are skilled instructors to take you through this.
The Itanda fall on River Nile have different levels of tides you can sail on but follow instructions given before starting this adventure. You can do tubbing in River Nile too or kayaking. Making the best out of your honeymoon experience in Uganda is memorable.
Sport Fishing In Uganda
Why not catch some fish during your honeymoon safari in Uganda. You must obtain a fishing permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority to engage in this activity. Boot a boat plus boat captain, carry own fishing equipment and lures just to be sure of a good catch. Some of the fish types you may get to catch include tilapia, Nile perch, cut fish, lungfish and others.
Sun Set Cruise On Lake Victoria
Enjoy the feel of fresh water Lake Victoria with a sunset cruse with your spouse. On a sunny day, you watch the sun cast its rays over the lake and it disappears behind the horizon.
In case you need some snacks, this arrangement can be made prior to setting off.
What To Pack For Gorilla Trekking On Honeymoon In Uganda
Long sleeved shirt and trousers in wilderness friendly colors
Light Shoe bag
Light water proof backpack
A pair of binoculars
First aid kit
A pair of safari boots
Extra fully charged batteries
Charger and travel adapter
Safari foldable hat
Foldable water bottle