Uganda Gorilla Safaris are one of the most savored activities as gorillas are listed as the critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Considering that they are 880 Mountain Gorillas left in the world further divided into two populations, one is found in the Virunga region within three national parks, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla national park in Uganda, Virunga national park in Congo and the other population is found in the Bwindi impenetrable forest in Uganda, considered by some primatologists to be a different subspecies.The mountain gorilla is the most endangered specie of the great apes family and they live in the almost impenetrable parts of the tropical forests in East-Africa since they can’t survive in captivity, you will never see a mountain gorilla in the zoo.
Our Uganda Gorilla Safaris can be done in two parks in Uganda where that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.Uganda has several other game parks which makes it an interessting destination for your safari since they are plenty of other activities that can be done before or after your gorilla trek. The destinations that can brighten your safari in Uganda include the Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo national Park, Rwenzori Mountains National park and many others destinations.
Uganda Gorilla safaris can be combined with a visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo has both the mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas which can be tracked in Virunga national park and Kahuzi- Biega national park where you can also hike mountain Nyiragongo an active Volcano.
You can opt for combining your Safari with a visit to Rwanda to Virunga National Park for a Gorilla Trek,golden monkey Trek,visit of the Genocide Memorial Centre,visit Nyungwe National Park, Akagera National Park, Lake Kivu and many others destinations that can turn the Uganda Gorilla Safaris to a whole lot of flora and fauna in their making it a more memorable and unforgettable experience.
Mountain gorillas are found within 3 countries in 4 national parks: Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks in Uganda and the Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The best time to track gorillas is in the dry months of June, July, August, early September, December, January and February since the mountain gorillas stay in mountainous tropical rainforests which can be hard to track during rainy seasons. However gorillas can be trekked all year round since these parks are in tropical rain forests even after it pours the sun will still show and it sometimes rains even in some of the drier months.
A Gorilla trekking permit is a document that is purchased from the Uganda Wildlife Authority to enable you visit and stay with the gorillas for 1 hour. Off Road Safaris is a incensed tour operator that is allowed to book gorilla permits.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda cost USD 600.00 per person per trek and for the Gorilla Habituation Experience, permits cost USD 1500.00 per person per track though during this experience the visitors get to spend 4 hours with the gorillas.
Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda cost USD1500.00 while the DR Congo gorilla trekking permits cost USD400.00
Permits are often on high demand especially during the peak season with the limited number of permits issued per day, it is advisable for one to book their gorilla trekking permit at least 3 months in advance
Gorilla trekking takes between 1 to 5 hours depending on the last known location of the gorillas (where they slept the night), the terrain where the gorillas are located(tough or simple) and the movements of the allocated gorilla family.
Gorillas have been habituated to bee in the presence of human beings, this is a long and careful process and can take several years with special trained rangers who are allowed to approach them carefully and spend increasing periods of time with them. The habituation can be risky for both gorillas and humans. Not only the silverback might feel threatened, but the gorillas can also easily be infected with diseases. Therefore it is important to maintain strict rules when habituating and visiting the gorillas.
Off Road Safaris Uganda have for many years introduced tourists to the treasures of East Africa and most importantly Uganda.Our specialty has been Uganda Gorilla Safaris thus we have obtained a lot of expertise from time to time.
We have well trained staff that will tailor make your safari to your preference and the well trained,experienced and multi-lingual guides who are very knowledgeable in Game Drives, Birding Safaris, Hiking and Mountain Climbing, River and Lake Kayaking trips, Cultural immersion and culinary adventures.
Off Road Safaris is mostly supported by personal referrals, repeat visits of our clients speak volumes to our personalized service and attention to detail and we are not satisfied until you are satisfied.
We will ease the process of acquiring a gorilla permit which is some what a tiring process and will gladly purchase a gorilla permit when you book a safari with us at no extra cost.
At Off Road Safaris, our Uganda Gorilla Safaris can be combined with several adventurous activities within Uganda different National parks and or other countries like Rwanda and Congo to suit your tastes and Preferences to give you the ultimate adventure in east Africa.