Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Traverse the beautiful thick rain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home to more than half the population of the remaining 880 mountain gorillas. Mountains gorillas are one of the notable natural wonders of Uganda. When people think of Africa they are usually thinking of safaris and ask themselves that does Uganda deliver with the anticipated African safari experience? Bwindi impenetrable forest offers a unique birding opportunity, cultural experience, a scenic of stunning hills and lush vegetation inhabited by the elusive primates and pygmies. Glimpsing these gentle apes in the wild for the first time is a special experience. Over time, the special experience comes from soaking up interactions that are found everywhere in the forest. Budget gorilla safari in Uganda offers an experience of a lifetime watching and observing at a close range of these great creatures as they feed, play, relax and bond with the young ones.
Uganda is home to the mountain gorilla, but there is so much more nature to encounter in Uganda like lakes, rivers, jungles, waterfalls, snow-peaked mountain, wildlife and so much more to experience. Mountain gorillas in Uganda are found in Bwindi impenetrable national park located in the southwest park of Uganda. Bwindi also features both lowland and montane forests and is a haven for nature loves with 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, and more than 1,000 species of flowering plants. The approximate 340 gorillas serve as the pinnacle nature experience of visitors and it is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is 8 – 9 hours away from Kampala; this route is well endowed with remarkable tourist attractions including the Equator line, Savannah plains, the rolling hills, rich culture, diversity of wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park, Queen E Elizabeth National Park located along your journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda is a truly unforgettable experience that offers a great privilege for the rest of your life time. No safari to Uganda would be complete without experiencing this particular wonder at least once. The must see life experience is the first single hour you can spend in the wild with our so close related gorillas.
As the venture is starting with a good hike to the last know where about of the family, it takes you through beautiful scenery. However, as seen everywhere, Uganda has not been forgotten by humans in the major destruction of nature. The clear cutting line of trees and farmland shows so clearly the pressure of humans on the wildlife. Back in the nature, in Bwindi you will have looked like over a century ago. Marvelous and impressive you have to find the gorillas here deep in the jungle with some less restraining hike, they are just across the farmland and showing their gentle nature close by. You can take videos and photos of these gentle creatures playing, sleeping, swinging from trees, and many others, the guides visit the gorillas every day, for over many years before they may host the guest from all over the world. The relatively high price to pay for the 1 hour visit is worthy every trek and some is used to protect the species and land for future generations.
The staffs at Bwindi are extremely knowledgeable and intelligent and friendly. The treks to find the gorillas’ ranges in time and difficulty, the hike can take from 2-8 and can be strenuous depending were the gorillas are located that day. I suggest you were wearing your best hiking boots and bringing a lot of water and lunch box. The families of gorillas in Bwindi are not threatening at all, the staffs have been working with the families for years and they become quite accustomed to people. Trekking to find gorillas is hard work after all they are mountain gorillas, but you are pretty much certain to find them and it is a very special time. The scenery is stunning although travelling around is an adventure of its own with only mud roads to use and some great bird watching opportunities.
Mountain gorilla can be habituated, this experience takes a full day when you get to associate with these primate mountain gorillas live in structured groups with defined home ranges. Bwindi has now 14 habituated gorilla group that are tracked by tourists. Three of these are in the vicinity of Buhoma three at Ruhija, while other four are tracked from the southern sector (Nkuringo / Rushaga).
In the evening you can go for a guided community walk to experience the livelihoods of the local communities on the Batwa trail. You will visit a traditional herbalist to see how he prepares native medicine to treat human sicknesses, see a black smith manufacturing local tools used in everyday life and see how local beer is brewed using local methods. You will be entertained by the traditional dances offered by the community.