Retreat from the daily schedule for a 5 day gorilla trekking and wildlife holiday to Africa Uganda. The usual beach holidays may be monotonous and you opt for a wildlife safari for a change. The time you spent in Africa on Uganda safari pays off especially when you take the decision to be with the mountain gorillas and wildlife in its natural base.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest requires you to have a gorilla trekking permit which currently costs $700 per person per trek. Advance booking is very paramount because of the limited number of permits released for the whole world to book per day.
Only 8 gorilla permits per gorilla family are released which causes high demand especially during peak season when holidays are in high gear.
Book accommodation in the area where your gorilla permit is booked in Uganda. This is because Uganda sells its permits according to area.
Wildlife Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is exceptional because of the various beauties that the park presents. The park’s position on the floor of the rift valley creates a beautiful view of various highlands and craters. The different vegetation zones provide wonderful habitat to a range of wildlife like the grasslands are home to numerous ungulates, swamps and other water bodies are rich in aquatic life, forest woodlands harbor primates and so much more.
Day 1 Drive To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Day 2 Gorilla Trekking
Day 3 Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park
Day 4 Game Drive and Launch Trip
Day 5 Return To Entebbe For Departure
Detailed Itinerary for 5 Day Gorilla Trekking And Wildlife Uganda safari
Day one Drive To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
From Kampala by road, Bwindi Impenetrable National park is about 540 km so an early start from Kampala city or Entebbe airport is necessary. This gives you time to get away from lengthy city jam that would delay your exit from the city.
Also to enjoy the countryside during the road trip to Bwindi Forest, you do not need a rushed drive. The drive may last about 8 hours excluding stops like at the equator where you can perform the water experiment or stand on both sides of the earth at the same time.
Watch out for amazing land for that make up the Kigezi sub region before arriving late evening to check into your lodge.
Getting the opportunity to be part of the gorilla trekking team of the day is like winning a lottery. It a once in a lifetime opportunity to secure a gorilla permit amidst completion from everywhere in the world.
Carry your gorilla trekking gears to the ranger station with forgetting your packed lunch because your return time is unknown. The conditions prevailing in the like proximity of food, losing or winning a fight with a wild gorilla group and so much more.
Bwindi forest being one of the survivors of ice age period is a biosphere reserve so look out for other interesting dwellers like olive baboons, black and white colobus and so much more. Abundant birdlife
Although the park is full of fun stay focused on locating the gorillas so that you do not take long in the jungle. The ranger guide follows the pace of the slowest trekker.
Finally when you meet the mountain gorillas, watch the family take on its day today activities. Be observant not to cause suspension or provoke the mountain gorillas because they are highly sensitive to sudden changes. Watch what each gorilla family member is up to and take as many photos as you can. Slowly treat back to your lodge to relax.
Day Three Drive To Queen Elizabeth National Park
It time to drive out of extremely cold Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to warner Queen Elizabeth National Park. In case the Ishasha bridge is in good condition and you are overnighting in the park, drive through the southern sector. Enjoy a game drive through the park where you may get the chance to see tree climbing lions, topis, visit the famous Edward flats where you may get to see numerous wild animals wallowing in the swampy mud.
Watch out for herds of buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, water bucks, bush bucks, and so much more. Check into your lodge to relax.
Day Five Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park and launch Trip on Kazinga channel
How about getting up at dawn to meet the early risers as they depart there overnight hideouts. Drive through Kasenyi area which is mainly grass land giving Uganda Kobs reason to hang out here all day. Lions love sneaking out on these kobs to catch a day’s meal.
Drive through the scenic crater lakes track with beautiful views of both dry and wet craters. take photos and return to your lodge for lunch break.
Relaxing on the boat trip on Kazinga channel is a dynamite experience. The shore of the channel are normally visited by a number of game that come down to quench thirst. A rich avian life enjoys the marshy shoreline including foreign migrants that fly from as far as Europe.
Watch the sun get behind the horizon and return to the lodge.
Day five Return home
After experiencing the jungle and the gorilla trekking visit, pack your baggage to catch up with your home return flight.
Accommodation For Gorilla trekking
A range of accommodation facilities are available for booking depending on your budget. The accommodations are graded according to luxury, midrange and budget facilities.
Gorilla Forest camp, Gorilla safari lodge, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla rest Camp, Clouds lodge, Engage Lodge, Buhoma community Bandas, lake Kitandara Camp, Silver Back Lodge to mention but a few.
Accommodation to Book For Wildlife safari in Queen Elizabeth National park
Mweya safari lodge, Bush Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Jacana lodge, Katara Lodge and others
How To Book Gorilla Trekking Permits In Uganda
Knowing the days you feel like going for gorilla trekking is important. The number of people travelling with is absolutely important too. When you contact us, our tours consultant checks availability of gorilla permit. The Uganda Wildlife Authority releases few permits each day for tourist booking.
Mountain gorillas are habituated to be in presence of only 8 people and also to control the population of those who could trample on vegetation which is food to the gorillas. The gorillas have to eat a good amount of foliage to support there bodies day and night.
Once availability is positive, you are required to pay $ 700 currently. Once you miss out this chance, you may find that the permits are sold out so fast.
No reserving permits for anyone unless you have paid for it as first come first served basis is used to secure a permit.
Sleeveless and shorts to wear during the game drives and it gets hot during the extremely dry seasons
Long Khaki shirt and trousers
The wilderness harbors a range of insects including the stinging ones so covering up protects your body from such cruel insects.
Tracking boots Ttrekking in the wilderness takes you to unfamiliar spots that may have sharp objects so you protect your feet from such rough conditions. As you move in the forest the ground surface is normally muddy and soggy requiring you to have boots that make you feel comfortable.
Flip flops to wear while inside the vehicle enjoying the game drive.
Stinging insects linger the forest all day along so you need to protect your skin from them. Carrying a repellant that is friendly to your skin.
A poncho or rain coat
Bwindi Impenetrable forest receives rains anytime that may last a whole day. You need to protect yourself from getting so wet
A fleece or sweater
Temperatures in Bwindi forest may drop to sometimes 7 degrees centigrade. A drop in temperature may make you feel cold It gets cold when it rains making it uncomfortable for most trekkers so pack some warmers.
To get up slippery slopes, you need gloves to secure your grip on creeping plants. Tripping while you walk may be inevitable but when you protect your palms with gloves, you secure a tighter grip. You may also want to secure your grip on the creeping plants you pass by using gloves.
A pair of stocking
These also provide extra protection to your legs when you tack in your trousers.
Sound proof flash-less Camera
Gorilla trekking is a once in a life time experience whose memories you wish to keep forever. Carry a camera with no sound as this may scare the mountain gorillas while taking photos. It must be flash-less too because strange noise scares the huge apes
A light water proof bag
Keeping your belongings safe and together while in the wilderness by carrying them in a water proof bag. Scattering and losing your belongings in the forest while you trek to find the gorillas makes you feel really bad. Do not spoil your gorilla trekking feeling that you have saved for by forgetting to pack a light bag.
At times the gorillas feed from the slopes so you need more energy to hike and locate them. Gorillas have to look for new feeding ground so they wonder in the forest all day long searching for foliage or ants. Following them may at times wear you out even the breakfast you took early morning so you need to eat some snacks. Re-energizing keeps you moving even when you do not know the time to meet the gorillas in the wild.
Trekking the gorillas is a life time dream come true experience knowing that you are face to face with the gentle giants. The memories you create when you face the mountain gorillas is dependent on what you wish to see in the fields. Some gorilla families are many in numbers, some have many infants, some have charming family members, some are so passionate about each other while others have a close family bond and so much more just like humans are different.
That feeling of just being closer to the gentle giants is incredible
Some tourists have the image of mountain gorillas being tough primates as portrayed in films like King Kong, Babies day out, Gorillas in the mist and majority think it is just fiction. Getting the chance to be one of the Lucky trekkers of the day to personally have an hour with the gorillas is a dream come true experience.
What Is the Best Time Book Gorillas Trekking And Wildlife Safari In Uganda
All year round gorilla trekking is open for tourists viewing and game safaris too. The drier months for both activities are more favorable.
For gorilla trekking, in the drier months trails are more passable and mountain gorillas feed closer to the ground.
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park are more fun as the tracks in the park are not slippery and animals feed from the open grasslands.
What is the best Area for gorilla trekking?
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is divided into area for easy monitoring but no matter which area your permit is booked at, you have the fun. The gorilla trekking permits in Uganda Wildlife Authority are booked according to Rushaga gorilla trekking area, Buhoma gorilla trekking area, Nkuringo gorilla tracking area and Ruhija area.
Is Gorilla Trekking Safe
Following the rules of gorilla trekking is key in this experience so listen to your ranger guide to feel safer. Do not depart from the rest of the group so that you are lost in the middle of the forest because it is vast.
How Aggressive Are The mountain gorillas
Provoking the mountain gorillas is so unacceptable by the Uganda wildlife authority. They may be known for being serene but they also snap when you disobey the rules of gorilla trekking like no using flash cameras during gorilla trekking.