Gorilla trekking in bwindi from queen elizabeth national park
Gorilla trekking in bwindi from queen elizabeth national park: Gorilla trekking is an interesting and adventurous activity where visitors move into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Uganda is the best destination for gorilla trekking in that it harbors about 459 mountain gorillas which is half of the world’s gorillas and they are found in two destinations namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park
The national park is located in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district and it’s the most visited gorilla destination in Africa because it harbors the highest number of the mountain gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 19 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors namely Nkuringo sector, Buhoma sector, Rushaga sector and Ruhija sector. Gorilla trekking in the park starts in the morning with a briefing at the park headquarters. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8 people and allocated a gorilla family to trek. Grouping of individuals is done depending on physical fitness and age so that visitors who are not physically fit are allocated a gorilla family that is near. You will then start trekking in the jungle with a park guide who will be sharing information about the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking in the park takes about 2 to 7 hours depending on the location of the gorillas because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. Once the gorillas have been found you will be able to spend one hour with them in their presence taking photos, recording the moments, learning about their lifestyle, behaviors, habits among others.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is the only destination in Uganda that offers gorilla habituation experience, a process where the mountain gorillas are trained to get used to the human presence. The habituation process takes a period of 2 to 3 years and is carried out by a team of researcher, trackers, park guides among others. Visitors who engage in gorilla habituation experience get an opportunity of spending 4 hours with the mountain gorillas under habituation where you will observe their daily activities, their behaviors, social environment, take plenty of photos and record the moments.
A gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi impenetrable national park costs $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents, UGX 250,000 for East African citizens and it was increased by $100 therefore effective 1st July 2020 a gorilla trekking permit for foreign non-residents will cost $700 and $600 for East African citizens. A gorilla habituation permit in the park costs $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents and UGX 750,000 for East African citizens. A gorilla trekking permit should however be booked in advance before the trekking date because the permits are competitive and usually get sold out especially during the peak season.
Visitors who want to go on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park from Queen Elizabeth national park will pass via Ishasha sector which is located in the southern part of the park and view the tree climbing lions lazily lying up in the fig tree branches.
Reasons for trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park from Queen Elizabeth national park.
Your gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park will start from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest and one of the most visited national park in Uganda and then drive from the park to Bwindi impenetrable forest via Ishasha sector which takes about 3 to 4 hours’ drive.
Booking a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park from Queen Elizabeth national park gives you an opportunity to explore two safari destinations that it Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park and one of the most visited in Uganda and Bwindi impenetrable national park which harbors the most popular attractions in Africa.
Booking a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest helps you to cut the transportation short though adding on the number of days for your safari because you will drive from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth national park have a sleep over and then transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park the next morning therefore you will not get so tired during travelling.
Gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park from Queen Elizabeth national park gives you an opportunity to participate in activities in one of the most visited national park in Uganda apart from gorilla trekking including
- Game drive which is one of the major activities in the park carried out in Kasenyi plains, Mweya peninsular, Ishasha sector among others. During the game drive in the park, you will be able to view various animals like the elephants, buffaloes, tree climbing lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks among others.
- Nature walk, this is an amazing activity in the park which gives you an opportunity to move of the safari vehicle and explore the park on foot. nature walks in Queen Elizabeth national park are conducted in various destinations like Maramagambo forest, Kyambura gorge, Mweya peninsular among others and during the nature walk you will have great views of the animals as you walk meters away, listen to sweet sounds of the birds, enjoy the cool environment, breathe fresh air among others.
- Boat cruise, this is carried out on Kazinga channel, a 40 km long channel that joins Lake Edward and Lake George. boat cruise on Kazinga channel can either be done in the morning or in the evening and during this activity you will have great views of large concentration of hippos in water, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, monitor lizards on the shores of the water, bird species among others.
- Birding, Queen Elizabeth national park is a home of over 619 bird species which makes it one of the best birding destinations in Uganda. Birding in the park is conducted in various areas such as Kasenyi plains, Mweya peninsular, Kazinga channel, Katwe area, Ishasha River among others. On your birding safari you can look out for bird species like squacco heron, African fish eagle, white backed pelican, water thick knee, pied and malachite kingfisher, yellow backed weaver, open billed stork, African jacana, black crake, swamp flycatcher, sacred ibis, knob billed duck, yellow wagtail among others.
- Chimpanzee trekking, this is one of the thrilling and adventurous activities in the park. Chimpanzee trekking in Queen Elizabeth national park is carried out in Kyambura Gorge which is also known as the valley of apes. Trekking chimpanzees in the park can either be carried out in the morning or in the afternoon and takes about 2 to 4 hours depending on their location because they like to move from one area to another in search of food. Once the chimpanzees are found you will be able to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat.
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