HOW TO PLAN FOR YOUR FIRST GORILLA SAFARI TRIP IN UGANDA

HOW TO PLAN FOR YOUR FIRST GORILLA SAFARI TRIP IN UGANDA

For every safari journey to be successful, proper and efficient preparation is necessary to have the best experience.  If travelers are first time visitors to encounter a gorilla safari in Uganda. There are a number of few simple guidelines to tick off for a successful gorilla experience in Uganda.

Time is one of the major factors considered when planning any safari trip to any part of the world. Besides the personal available time to travel for the travelers, the season of tourists visit is as well crucial.

Both the wet season and dry season of Uganda are favorable for any safari type. Be it wildlife safaris, cultural safaris, hiking safaris, birding safaris or preferably primate safaris.

The gorilla destinations in Uganda are located in the dense tropical forests of the country that experience rain pours almost every time of the year. For each season, the gorilla experience is different with the ambiance that the weather creates.

Gorilla trekking in best done during the dry season, with the fact that remains that, it is still available during the wet season as well. The slippery trails, muddy and sticky grounds would obviously make the trekking of the apes a bit challenging, but really worth the experience.

The beautiful and cool weather conditions in Uganda make the availability of the gorilla encounters possible whole year round. When planning for primate encounters, tourists need not to worry because a lot of trekking slots are available any time.

Due to the limited and high demand of the gorilla permits especially during the high seasons, in the months of November, December, January, and Februarys. Interested trekkers of the mountain gorillas in Uganda are advised to book their permits three months prior their safari trip in Uganda.

Uganda gorilla permits are booked directly through the Uganda wildlife authority, a tourism regulatory body in Uganda or through love Uganda safaris, one of the best travel agencies in Uganda.

Depending on the nationality of the trekkers, the gorilla permits differ in prices. With foreign non-residents paying $700 for the permit, $600 for the foreign residents and 250,000 ugx for all East African residents.

For inquisitive gorilla lovers, they can opt for the gorilla habituation process. This experience avails a better chance to stay in contact with the gorilla species. More time is made available than that of gorilla trekking that permits only a one hour encounter with the mountain gorillas.

The gorilla habituation experience involves trekkers to participant in the habituation process of the gorillas. This is where the gorillas are made familiar with human presence from dusk to dawn by directly studying, and interacting with them.

This experience costs a bit higher than of gorilla trekking. With foreign nonresidents acquiring permits at $1500, $1000 for the foreign residents and $750,000 for the East African resident.

For a triumphant gorilla encounter in Uganda, professional travel agents should always be included in the loop. These play a big role in organizing and plan for a successful gorilla safari trip in Uganda.

Taking on the reasonability to carter for the transport arrangements, accommodation bookings, itinerary designing, permit bookings and many more. Doing all the trip planning work, is another guarantee for a stress free, enjoyable and memorable trip.

Income and money is another fact to consider when selecting the type of trip, travelers want to book and confirm with. This determines whether the trip will be based on budget, midrange or luxury setting.

This channels to the type of transportation to use either luxury safari vehicles, or check in at a comfortable budget accommodation.  Accommodation and transport really play part to the type of safari journey one is to encounter.

It is advised for traveler’s to book in accommodation they are comfortable with together with transportation means.

Depending on the preference of the travelers, a fly in option or a road transfer is available to reach the gorilla destinations in Uganda.

For a faster transfer, a fly in from Kampala to Bwindi impenetrable national park (kihihi airstrip) taking approximately one hour and 40 minutes could be the best option than a 9 hour road transfer from Kampala to the gorilla destination.

Booking a preferred accommodation facility in time, would make your safari trip much enjoyable. Travelers having overnight stays at Bwindi impenetrable national park, accommodation options to choose from would include; Buhoma safari lodge, Rushaga gorilla havens lodge, Gorilla safari lodge, Broad bill safari lodge to mention but a few.

Travelers that would rest from Mgahinga national park in Kisoro. Among the accommodation available include Traveler’s rest hotel, Gahinga lodge, Lake Chahafi resort etc.

Other factors to keep in check when planning for your first gorilla safari include, having the right trekking gear that include appropriate trekking clothing,  gadgets such as cameras and many more.

With the current Global pandemic of COVID-19. It is necessary for every traveler to take on ground virus testing in Uganda or get fully vaccinated to enable access to the country as well as the gorilla destinations in western Uganda.

The gorilla experience and encounter is such a worth experience for every traveler. Encountering the encountered apes in their natural habitat, with a witness of the human like gestures and life, is a journey worth preparing for.

Love Uganda safaris is available to make your dream gorilla safari trip come to life. With taking part in the professional preparation of the entire experience with the traveler.

 



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