Choosing the best from a variety of African Safari activities is exciting. Although gorilla trekking is the master piece of African safaris to Uganda, a combo of gorilla trekking with other Uganda safari activities is divine.
The gorilla trekking national parks of Uganda are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. there location in the deep south western Uganda doesn’t exclude them from connecting with other parks. The amount of time you have on your Africa holiday determines a lot on which activities to select and combine with gorilla trekking in uganda.
Getting to other parks for more activities may take hours or a day on the road but its worth connecting gorilla trekking with other activities like
Gorilla Trekking with Chimpanzee trekking
Game drives with gorilla trekking
Birding in Uganda with Gorilla trekking
Community Visit with Gorilla trekking
White water rafting with Gorilla trekking
Launch trip with gorilla trekking
Hiking with gorilla trekking
Golden monkey trekking Combo with gorilla trekking
Kampala City Tour With Gorilla trekking
Clubbing gorilla trekking with chimpanzee trekking gives chance to be in the lives of some of the renowned large primates of the world. Chimpanzees have about 98% human DNA making them the closest human cousins.
Kibale National Park is the biggest home of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. From Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it takes about 5hours to 6 hours on the road to arrive in Kibale National Park. The distance from Bwindi impenetrable national Park to Kibale national Park is about 357km going through Kamwenge.
A number of routes can be used to get from Bwindi to Kibale and vice versa. Kibale is a tropical forest that harbors a variety of primates about 13 primate species including olive baboons, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys to mention but a few.
Two chimpanzee trekking sessions are available per day that is the morning and afternoon session in Kibale National Park. The age limit for chimpanzee trekking is 12 years and above but children activities are available too. Read More
A combination of gorilla trekking with game drives in uganda is a perfect journey into the wilderness of Uganda. The closest game park to Bwindi forest is Queen Elizabeth National Park. its takes about 4 hours to 5 hours from Buhoma in Bwindi to Queen Elizabeth National Park. the distance from Bwindi Buhoma to Queen Elizabeth National Park is about 64 km through Ishasha sector or about 160 km from Mweya.
Going through Ishasha sector brightens your chances of spotting tree climbing lions in the fig trees, topis, herds of buffaloes, elephants, leopards, water bucks bush bucks to mention but a few.
Early morning game drives through different tracks may give you chance to see water bucks, bush bucks, mongoose, uganda kobs, giant forest hogs, hyenas, variety of birds like African skimmers, martial eagle, white winged warbler to mention but a few.
Game drives in Murchison falls National Park are fantastic and a combo with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is exceptional. The distance from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to Murchison falls National Park is 600km taking about 8 to 9 hours on the road.
Daily domestic flights can be booked at Kajjansi or Entebbe Airport to connect you from Bwindi Forest to Murchison Falls National park but you must first return to Entebbe. You fly from Entebbe to Pakuba Airstrip or Bugungu air strip in Murchison Falls National Park.
Lake Mburo National park is the via park for all game parks activities in western part of Uganda. You can enjoy an excursion game drive before or After gorilla trekking in Bwindi or make it a stopover.
The distance from Lake Mburo to Bwindi National Park is about 272 km taking approximately 6 hours to 7 hours. During the game drive in Lake Mburo National park you may get to see animals like elands, impalas, zebras, elephants, water bucks, bush bucks, reed bucks, Uganda Kobs to mention but a few. READ MORE
For keen birder’ Uganda is the birding destination of Africa. Over 1000 bird species have been recorded to exist in Uganda yet more are still not yet documented. Bwindi forest is the birding haven in Uganda hosting some of the endangered bird species on the IUCN red list including Albertine endemics. No other African country matches the bird diversity of Uganda
After or during gorilla trekking especially in Ruhijah sector of Bwindi, you can identify a number of birds especially when you take the trail via Mubwindi Swamp.
Connecting with other famous Uganda birding destinations is worth your uganda birding trip. The shores of Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park offer great feeding point for numerous water birds like greater and lesser flamingos, Egyptian geese, shoe bill, papyrus gonolek, pink-backed pelican, papyrus canary, black-rumped buttonquail to mention but a few.
Kibale Forest National park is a uganda bird congregation especially Bigodi sanctuary Swamp where numerous birds spend there day. You have high chances of potting the shoe bill, Marsh Tschagra, green-backed Twin spot, Grey-headed Olive-back to mention but a few.
The riverine birds enjoy the freebies of River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park. From gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest national park, you can connect for birding in Murchison Falls National park. you may get to spot birds like chestnut-crowned sparrow-weaver, black headed Gonolek, silver bird, Blue-naped Mousebird to mention but a few.
Community Visit with Gorilla trekking
After gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park or Mgahinga National park you can pay a visit to the local community of Batwa Pygmies. In Buhoma a community of local villagers set up a community walk where you get to learn about their daily life. You get to visit the traditional healer, beer brewer, black smith in Nkuringo community, rural home stead and so much more as arranged.
The Batwa trail in Mgahinga National Park gives you a glimpse into the forest life of Batwa pygmies whose life basically depended on the forest survival. They were evicted from there ancestral home for conservation reasons in 1990s.
A Mutwa pygmy is the guide that takes you to Garama cave beneath the plateau close to the edge of the park. This 342 meters long cave used this as the council chamber from which they retreated after raiding.
Watch the cultural demos performed and enjoy the dance moves of the traditional dancers too if arranged in time. This is the only way Batwa can keep their traditions alive.
River Nile with all its drama from the source to the delta in Egypt is worth adding to the to do activities on your gorilla trekking safari in Africa. Uganda is the source of River Nile just a few meters from the course start the Nile stumbles over a bed of rocks to form the Itanda Falls.
Whether you have experience or not, trainers are ready to take you through white water rafting techniques. A crew of well-trained divers and instructors are ready to take you through the most comfortable tides.
Each rafting tube with tourists is led by a Kayak that establishes the depth and power of the tides before starting your white water rafting expedition. Different levels of white water rafting are present for you to enjoy. Ensure your safety gears are securely buckled and beat the tides with the peddles provided to enjoy the entire experience.
After or before gorilla trekking, you can organize this thrilling adrenaline stimulating experience. You can do bungee jumping too on River Nile.
Launch Trip With Gorilla Trekking
A Launch trip on River Nile to Murchison Falls National park takes you to the most powerful falls in the world. After gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest, you can drive to Murchison Falls for a super launch trip.
Sailing a long River Nile on a launch trip gives you chance to see a number of animals that come down to quench thirst and cool off the day’s heat. Some of the animals you may get to see include elephants, herds of buffaloes, giraffes, water bucks, bush bucks, lions, Uganda kobs, large Nile crocodiles, hippos, a number of birds to mention but a few.
As Murchison Falls comes into view, you get to feel the change in boat turbulence and foamy appearance comes into view on the water surface.
The magical Victoria Nile squeezes through a 6 meters wide bend to burst out and form a thundering sound. Later the Nile flows down a 43 meters high cliff to join the rest of the course. This point is the highlight of a uganda safari to Murchison Falls National Park.
A Launch trip on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National park is a perfect choice for relaxing after a tiring gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi Forest. A number of wild animals love the banks of the channel that links Lake Edward to Lake George.
During the launch trip, you may get to see lions, hyenas, leopards, herds of Elephants, buffaloes, warthogs, bush bucks, water bucks, topis, uganda Kobs to mention but a few. Watch the beautiful cap of Mountain Rwenzori as it comes into view on a clear day.
The descent of the golden sun below the horizon as late evening breaks in is absolutely fantastic. This three hours’ trip is worth adding with gorilla trekking.
Testing your fitness with hiking one of the mountains that Uganda is endowed with after gorilla trekking is a remarkable expedition. You can take a day’s hike or more days mountaineering on Rwenzori mountain of the moon. Other perfect hiking spots include mountain Muhavura, Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga and so many others.
Prior arrangements can be made so that an escorting ranger guide leads the way and explain in detail about the nature of the mountain you are hiking. Even after chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National park, a number of highlands overlooking a network of craters can be hiked to get a clearer view of the huge crater lake area.
Golden Monkeys Trekking Combo With Gorilla Trekking
Mgahinga national park is the primate haven in Uganda hosting the rare golden monkeys. These are larger than the normal monkeys with golden brown hairs. In the re entire world, golden monkeys are known to exist in the Virunga area only. They are an endangered species of monkey
Even if they have been habituated to be in the presence of humans, they are still jumpy primates. Following them is exciting so get ready to keep on your toes. READ MORE
Kampala City Tour Combo With Gorilla trekking
The Kampala city combo with Gorilla trekking is perfect for giving you an insight into the town life of Uganda’s capital. Departing Uganda after visiting for a safari and leave without enjoying its town life creates a lot of gaps for you to fill.
During the Kampala city tour, you may get to visit the ( kings)Kabaka’s place in Mengo, Kabaka’s Lake in Ndeeba excavated by hand , Uganda Museum, Uganda martyr’s shrine, Bahai temple the only one of its kind in Africa, several religious centers and so much more. A properly tailored Kampala City tour must consider the Jam hours of the day.
Although Kampala attractions may not be far from each other, getting there by car may take longer than you expect.
What Are Requirements for Booking Uganda Safari
Putting other a proper uganda safari that avoids back tracking especially when preparing for gorilla trekking requires a professional who has travelled and has great knowledge about uganda.
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Knowing the dates when you wish to do gorilla trekking is key in organizing any combo of a uganda safari activity with gorilla safari.
The number of people travelling with helps in costing your uganda safari itinerary.
Which number of days do you plan to spend on Holiday in Uganda so that the itinerary is tailored according to these day.
The ages of people travelling for gorilla trekking are important when booking the gorilla trekking permits as the age limit is 15 years and above.
Type of safari package to book according to your budget is very important especially when booking the accommodations and vehicle to use on safari.