Gorilla tracking safari to Africa is a once in a life time holiday. Many travelers save there hard earned moneys to be part of it.
Since gorilla tracking can only be enjoyed in Uganda and Rwanda a guide to gorilla tracking in Africa would be a great idea. Getting to know what to expect, what you need to pack for gorilla tracking, how to behave while with the mountain gorillas would be great.
1) Being a holiday with limits in the numbers of those who travel to see the gorillas, you need to book a gorilla permit in advance.
Each day 8 gorilla tracking permits are released to the public for booking. As the demand is very high in Rwanda and Uganda, securing a permit is like winning a lottery.
2) Age is one of the important factors for a successful gorilla tracking safari. In case you are travelling with others, all of you have to be aged 15 years and above.
This is because the hike to see the gorillas is quite tiresome which may not be comfortable for a person below this age.
3) Keeping in good health will give you chance to see the mountain gorillas. Anyone who has a communicable infection is not allowed to see the mountain gorillas. They are highly protected and for conservation reasons, you are requested to volunteer and stay behind in case of illness.
4) Having some fitness gives you the actual experience of gorilla trekking activity. The Virunga area is generally volcanic prompting trekkers to hike in order to find the mountain gorillas. In order to succeed, you need some level of fitness.
5) When packing for your vacation in Africa, you must include the gorilla tracking gears. Some of them include tracking boots, garden gloves, binoculars, long baggy trousers and long sleeved shirt to mention but a few. READ MORE
Gorilla tracking is only confirmed up getting a gorilla permit. The gorilla permit costs $700 in Uganda and Rwanda the gorilla permit costs $1500.
This is the principle cost for anyone wishing to see the mountain gorillas.
In order to enjoy the beauty of the wilderness, you need someone to do ground work for you and put together a fully packaged gorilla tracking safari. Arch Safaris And Tours is here to help so that you can make memories with less regrets.
We put together high-end gorilla safari packages, Mid-range Gorilla Safari Packages, Budget Gorilla tracking packages. Upon request, we can tailor a mix of any of those packages to soot your budget arrangement.
Accommodation To Book During Gorilla Tracking
Finding where to overnight during your gorilla tracking safari is another must addition to count this a successful holiday. Whether sleeping in a lodge or hotel facility, it must be having the Standard operation Procedures and well maintained.
A wide range of accommodations are readily available for you to choose from. High-end accommodations, Mid-range accommodations and budget accommodations. You can also make a mix so that you can have fun and save some money while on holiday.
It is best to research about where you hope to spend your gorilla tracking nights. Ensure you get to know where the gorilla permit has been booked. This will assist you to spend the night closer to where gorilla tracking is to start from.
Additional Activities To Do After Gorilla Tracking
The chimpanzees are closest relatives to human beings. They are residents of Kibale forest National Park. Each morning and afternoon chimpanzee tracking activity takes place starting with briefing at the ranger guides station.
You need to have a chimpanzee permit to be allowed lee way to the chimpanzees. Only 6 trekkers per chimpanzee community are allowed to be with the chimpanzees per session.
Other primates present include black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and so many other.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park
Lots of wild animals live in Queen Elizabeth National park. During the game drive especially in the morning and late evening game drive. You may have the chance of seeing animals like lions, leopards, herds of buffaloes, elephants, water bucks, bush bucks, hyenas, elands to mention but a few.
During the launch cruise on Kazinga Channel, you have the chance to see more birds on the shore, thirsty animals move to the banks, pods of hippos, lots of Nile crocodiles and so much more.
Enjoy the Salty Katwe Lake
This is the most ancient salt factory in Uganda. Salt is mined by the people from the local community from the water. It is later left in the sun to dry and make salt pans. Lots of activity takes place here using local mining methods.
Launch cruise On Kazinga Channel
Lots of animals living in Queen Elizabeth National park find comfort in cooling off the day’s heat from this channel. It is very easily to find them playing from the marshy banks of Kazinga Channel.
Birds flock a shore to enjoy the coolness of Kazinga channel water and pick a meal for the day.
From here one may get the chance to see the top most snowcapped peak of Rwenzori ranges. They provide a super backdrop to Queen Elizabeth National park.
The vegetation surrounding this channel provides a comfortable home for birds to breed. You may get the chance to spot the rare shoe bill.
The crater lakes in Queen Elizabeth National park
The topography of this park was crafted out of volcanic action leading to the creation of crater lakes. Both dry and wet crater lakes can be seen. The most outstanding ones are Lake Nyamunuka with a putrid smell. This is referred to as the animal hospital.
Several animals seek treatment in its water but the unfortunate ones die from here and rote.
The second lake is the Blue Lake. Its water is purely blue as a result of Sulphur action in the lake. It is very beautiful.