African Wildlife Safari
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Are you looking to travel? Africa is the unquestionably the best destination with a variety of encounters such as wildlife species where you will be able to meet “the big five African mammals” which include lions, leopards, rhinoceros, buffaloes, and elephants. Africa is a continent with many different ethnic groups and each ethnicity has its unique story. Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris “Primate tours”, hiking and mountaineering safaris, beach holidays, city tours or excursions, birding safaris with unique bird species such the “the rare shoebill”. And an undiscovered species available for research purposes.
Where to go for African Safari?
The East African region that includes Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi is the best region when it comes to planning for an African holiday Safari, where you can use a single tourist visa and explore countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, and Kenya with a variety of untouched ethnic groups for a cultural experience and some wildlife species that are endemic to East African regions such as the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo.
East African region is one of the best destinations for an unforgettable experience in Africa because it has a slice of everything that you can have in other African countries such as beach tours in Zanzibar, Mombasa, Pemba, Dare salaam, Ssese Island on Lake Victoria. When it comes to wildlife safaris, East Africa is the best as you will be able to encounter different thing from each corner such as the great African Migration of wild beast in Serengeti national park Tanzania and Masai Mara national park in Kenya, mountain gorillas, and chimpanzee trekking experience in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks, Volcanoes national park (Parc National des Volcans) in Rwanda and Virunga national parks in DR Congo.
When planning to travel to Africa, Uganda should be your number one destination for Wildlife viewing Safari, Mountain gorilla trekking safaris, African cultural experience, hiking and mountaineering trekking, Birding watching Safari and Sport fishing safaris, and other adventurous tours such as White water rafting, bungee jumping, horseback riding, and Quad biking. Uganda has several ten protected areas or national parks and over 12 wildlife reserves which are all overseen and protected by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and these include Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, Kibale Forest national park Mount Elgon national park, Rwenzori mountains national park, Semuliki national park, Lake Mburo national park, Queen Elizabeth national, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo
Are you looking for a Mountain gorilla trekking safari in African? Or Mountain gorilla habituation experience. Vibrant Holiday Safaris have the best answer for you and we are pleased to serve you with the finest mountain gorilla packages to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Volcanoes National park in Rwanda, and Virunga national park in DR Congo. We shall arrange for you an adorable mountain gorilla package that is positively collating with the expected experience and interests guided by your travel style ranging from budget to luxury travel. Don’t feel ignored or indecisive when it comes to mountain gorilla trekking, just contact us and we serve you with an unbeatable memorable gorilla trekking expedition in Uganda, Rwanda, and D.R. Congo.
When to go for mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo
Mountain gorilla trekking is a popular fascinating activity that is done by several visitors from all corners of the world. Mountain gorilla trekking involves the activity through which visitors accompanied by armed rangers, guides, and trackers move into the dense tropical rain and impenetrable forests on the search of the well-habituated gorilla families by following the designated trails.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo is done all year round. Therefore, at any time of the year, you can book your gorilla tracking safari. The climatic conditions of these three countries are favorable coupled with sun shined and rainfall. Despite these conditions, mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo is best done during the dry season of the year particularly in June to September and then from December to February.
During this period, the trails in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, volcanoes national park, and Virunga national park are dry and passable. Even you will get the clear views of the Mountain gorillas since the grasses are short and not fast-growing as compared to the wet season when the rains are very much and make trails so muddy and slippery. Mountain gorillas trekking can as well be conducted during the rainy season as though not as much as in dry season. During the rainy season, there are few travelers and thus ideal for travelers who don’t like overcrowding and also you can get a discount on accommodation because this period is considered as a low season (March, April, May, October, and November).
Where to go for mountain gorilla trekking safari in Africa?
In the whole world, there are only two Groups of Mountain gorillas left. One harbors the volcanic mountains of Virunga situated in central Africa spanning the countries of Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda which the Virunga Conservation Area (Volcanoes, Virunga, and Mgahinga gorilla national parks) while the other group is found deep in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park in Uganda. The Combined population of mountain gorillas in this region has risen to over 1063 which has been attributed to better conservation efforts given by authorities of the respective governments.
This implies that there only three destination countries where travelers can go for mountain gorilla trekking safari in Africa with Uganda toping the other two destinations with half of the total world’s remaining population of Mountain gorillas. Mountain gorilla trekking activities in Uganda are done in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla national parks located in the southwestern part of Uganda. The other destination where gorillas trekking activities are carried out includes Volcanoes National parks in Rwanda and Virunga national park in DR Congo. Therefore, at vibrant holiday safaris, we are ready to take you to any of these 3 countries for the endangered mountain gorillas trekking safari. Or you can decide to have double gorilla tracking experience combining 2 countries.
What is the cost of Mountain Gorilla trekking?
As you schedule your gorilla trekking expeditions to Africa, you need to book in advance to secure your gorilla trekking permit because they are always on high demand, sold on a first come first serve basis with a limited number of permits to sell out per day to have access to the Mountain gorilla parks of Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.
In Uganda, the cost of a gorilla trekking permit for non-foreign residents goes for 700 USD per person, 600 USD for foreign residents and residents, or East African at USD 80 which is equivalent to Shs 250000 local currency.
In Rwanda, the cost of a gorilla trekking permit is doubling that of Uganda with the permit standing at 1500 USD and this makes it to be the most luxurious and expensive gorilla trekking destination in the whole world but of course experience rewarding. Lastly, mountain gorilla permits in the democratic republic of Congo are sold at 400USD and sometimes discounted up to 250 USD especially during the low season.
The amazing Gorilla trekking lasts for a 1-hour encounter with gorillas in the forest wildness. However, you can decide to stay with gorillas for as long as 4 hours via the process of gorilla habituation. Here in Uganda, a permit for gorilla habituation goes for USD 1500.
Visitors wishing to come for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo are advised to book their Mountain gorilla trekking permits in 3 months advance before the trekking date to avoid any disappointments that can be caused by a failure to secure the gorilla permit mostly in the peak season months that is June, July, August and September, December, January and February.
How long does Mountain Gorilla trekking take?
This is one of the commonest questions asked by travelers wishing to come to Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo for gorilla trekking safaris. Mountain gorilla trekking approximately takes between 30 Minutes to 7 hours or more depending on the movements or the location of the gorilla family you are following. Once you encounter mountain gorillas, you are allowed to spend a maximum of 1 hour with them while watching, take photos, and asking as many questions as you would want. Therefore, for anyone to go for Mountain Gorilla trekking safari has to be physically fit and ready to walk for a long distance in the dense impenetrable forest.
What to wear on Mountain Gorilla safaris?
Having booked your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda, or DR Congo, there are certain attires that you need to put on during mountain trekking walk for your convenience. It is recommended that you carry a raincoat, long-sleeved woolen jacket, and trousers, long stockings, heavy hiking shoes covering the ankle, a hat, hand graves, and insect repellant. These will protect you from rain that can rain at any time, coldness during evening and morning hours, and insect bites.
Where to stay on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo?
All-mountain gorilla trekking National Parks, there is a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from Camping ground for backpackers, budget, midrange, and luxury accommodation facilities where tourists on gorilla trekking expeditions can relax and stay comfortably. All accommodation facilities mostly mid-range and luxury facilities feature international standard services such as spacious beds, internet services free of charge, self-contained rooms, swimming pools, well-stocked bars, enough parking areas, and restaurants serving both local and international cuisines working 24 hours.
What to pack for gorilla trekking safari?
As you are planning to book a mountain gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo, there are different items that you need a pack for your memorable mountain gorilla trekking experience these include; ensure that your mountain gorilla trekking permit was booked and paid for because without a permit, you cannot access any of the mountain gorilla national park, hiking shoes, hand gloves, waterproof jacket, long-sleeved warm sweater, insect repellants, binoculars, backpacker, a hut, sunglasses, cameras with an extra battery and a charger and lastly you need to be physically fit because mountain gorilla trekking is a bit strenuous activity or you may need to get porters who can carry you in case of any emergency for your successful mountain gorilla safari