What is combined to a Gorilla trekking Safari in Uganda

What is combined to a Gorilla trekking Safari in Uganda: Gorilla trekking safari is one of the most interesting wildlife and primates experiences offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with the most celebrated mountain giants – the Wild Mountain Gorillas. To watch a family of mountain gorillas relaxing in their lush forest home is an awe-inspiring privilege and a memory you would take away and remember forever. This experience cannot be repeated anywhere in the world. Visitors who have been to East Africa or Uganda can attest how no other wildlife safari encounter in the Africa matches the outstanding experience of spending time face-to-face with the mountain gorillas.

What is combined to a Gorilla trekking Safari in Uganda

Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda can be combined with about 3 and more tourist attractions depending on your duration for the safari. Some of those destinations include the following; 

Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s second largest national park after Murchison falls national park and famously the home of the tree climbing lions. Queen Elizabeth national park provides the setting of an extensive range of large mammals, primates, birds and butterflies. The park’s vegetation is a variety of flora and fauna but consists of mostly thickets of small trees including acacias and evergreens. The park, however, has five levels of vegetation; bushy grassland, Acacia woodland, lakeshore or swamp vegetation and forest grassland. 

Queen Elizabeth national park is a habitat for over 95 mammal species with over 600 species of birds. 4 out of the big five animals can be found in Queen Elizabeth national park including Lions Elephants, Leopards and Buffaloes. Large herbivores species including hippopotamus, Elephant, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Topi and large carnivore species including Lion, Leopard, and spotted Hyena are the main attractions the bring a massive number of tourists to Queen Elizabeth National Park each year, more than any other savannah park in the Uganda. 

The park is home to impressive wildlife species such as Chimpanzees, Leopards, Lions, and Elephants, hippopotamuses, water buffaloes, waterbuck, Uganda kob, Warthog, Hyena, Giant forest hog and several types of antelopes, such as duiker, bush back and reedbuck, Topis and tree climbing lions can only be found in Ishasha sector of the park. Forest primate can be found in the Kyambura gorge and Maramagambo forest. The Nile crocodile can be found at the Kazinga channel. The best time to view wildlife is in the dry season (January to February and June to August) where wildlife concentrates near the river shores and waterholes. Travellers need about 4 to 5 Days Uganda Safari to explore both Queen Elizabeth national park for wildlife experience and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Lake Bunyonyi 

Lake Bunyonyi is yet another tourist attraction that can be combined with Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is located between Kisoro and Kabale close to Rwandan border. The stunningly beautiful and magical Lake Bunyonyi created by mist covering the waters especially in the morning is a best tourist destination for relaxation, swimming, canoeing after an energy draining gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park. One can also stay around the lake and trek gorillas in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park. 

Lake Bunyonyi is a second largest lake in Africa after Lake Tanganyika and the fourth deepest lake in the world with a depth of about 900 meters, a width of about 7 kilometers and length of about 25 kilometres. Lake Bunyonyi derives its name from the fact that it hosts numerous birds having it a place for birdwatching. Lake Bunyonyi main tourist attractions are the 29 islands which make it a tourism potential attracting a large number of tourists.  Some of the interesting islands on Lake Bunyonyi include; Bushara Island, Akampene Island the Punishment Island, Kyahugye Island, Bwama Island, Bucuranuka (the upside down island), Njuyeera Island to mention a few

Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga national park 

Golden monkeys trekking is yet another adventurous activity in Uganda that can be combined with Gorilla trekking in Uganda making a Uganda primates safari. Golden monkeys are located in the southwestern part of Uganda bordering Virunga mountain ranges which separate 3 individual countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Golden Monkeys inhabit in lower areas of the mountains which are mainly covered with the bamboo forest because they like feeding on bamboo shoot. While in Uganda, they occupy the southwest in Mgahinga National park which is the smallest national park in Uganda and also home to the Mountain Gorillas, a 4 Days primate’s tour in Mgahinga national park is the best combination for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.  

Batwa community tour 

The Batwa or pygmies people are the indigenous people of Uganda who original stayed in the forests which are currently the Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks which were gazetted into National Parks in 1991 for the purposes of wildlife and environmental conservation, they were forced out of the world heritage parks recognized by the UNESCO to resettle in places outside the gazetted areas. The Batwa had to leave behind their native cultures and adapt to the ways of modern agriculture and pastoralism. This also meant that they were to let their original cultures die to the past and adapt to the modern era. 

The Batwa people have a reach history that can be enjoyed by any traveller coming to Uganda with interests of primates and cultural tours. The Batwa people are found in areas around Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park, how easy to combine your cultural tour with a gorilla trekking safari. 

In conclusion, a combined safari with gorilla trekking in Uganda can include all the above mentioned destination taking about 10 Days Uganda safari that will include gorilla trekking, Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth national park, Golden monkey trekking, Batwa community tour and visit to Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation after the long trip.

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