May 28, 2023
Mountain Gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda and Rwanda are the most searched for tour packages for all those looking for Wildlife tours to Uganda and Rwanda. Gorilla trekking is therefore the highlight of the safaris though it is always accompanied by other wildlife Safaris, culture, birding, Mountain climbing and landscape sceneries. East African Safaris On Ground Limited is currently one of the best tour companies in Uganda and one of the most reliable of the tour operators in Uganda which are organizing custom designed Gorilla trekking Safaris to Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya ranging from Budget Safaris, to Mid-range and luxury. These can either be private or group scheduled safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. For Gorilla trekking in Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable Forest national park is the premiere and the best place for Mountain Gorilla trekking in the whole world, followed by Mgahinga Gorilla National park whereas for Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is the one and only destination. On world record, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is a home for the largest mountain gorilla population in the whole world as it harbors about half of the total mountain Gorilla population in the world according to the 2018 Gorilla population census.
If you are looking or dreaming of a Gorilla tour in Uganda, first think about the Gorilla trekking permits. It is the mountain Gorilla permits which acts a pass that allow you to enjoy the endangered mountain gorilla in Uganda, and Rwanda. They can be a card or electronic and issued with a receipt and entitles you to one day of gorilla tracking with about 1 hour in the presence of the gorillas. It also includes the park entrance fee for the day and the park guides for the trek. Without the mountain gorilla trekking permit or pass, you cannot do gorilla trekking, and the Gorilla permit is currently 700 USD per person in Uganda and 1500 USD per person for a Gorilla permit in Rwanda.
The Gorilla permits in Uganda are regulated by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offices in Kampala whereas the Gorilla permits in Rwanda are regulated by Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and are to be booked in advance by certified tour operator such as African Rock Safaris LTD
Once the Gorilla permit has been purchased, the money is not refundable. However, you can reschedule the Gorilla trekking slot to a future date. According to Uganda Wildlife Authority, one can reschedule to a future date only if the former planned date had not expired or the reschedule was done at least 7 days before the tracking date. For instance, if you were meant to trek on a certain date this year 2020, and for some reasons you postponed the tour, you can reschedule to any future date up to one valid year ahead and the process of reschedule should be done a week before the former planned date was reached at. This tiresome work should always be done with the help of an expert of a resident tour operator.
To be safe, you need to book your gorilla tracking permit at least three months in advance. For busier months/peak season of July to September and December to February, your permit should be booked at least seven months in advance as most Gorilla trekking sectors sell out as you get closer. Advance booking of the mountain Gorilla trekking permits, will help you to save time, plus avoid any other inconveniences which may interfere with you travel experience, like late booking fee, and to the worst being missing out on the few mountain gorilla permits. However, last minute Gorilla bookings are accepted at African Rock safaris since we always buy in advance some excess Gorilla permits in preparations of times like these.
On record, visiting the mountain gorillas is done every day throughout the year, both in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Most of Uganda’s tourist destinations experience conducive tropical climate all the year through and it is favorable for most of the tourism activities. However, Gorilla tours in Uganda are best done in specific times of the year. Most Gorilla and wildlife tours in Uganda are done in the dry/high season of the year. In the high seasons, also known as the dry season, the rainfall is less in Bwindi impenetrable national park, and other parts of the country, which makes it favorable for the tourists to trek the mountain gorillas. The high seasons occur in the months of January, February, June, July, August, September and December where there are less or no rainfall at all.
And on the other hand, during the low seasons, also known as the rainy season, most of the national parks in Uganda, Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks inclusive, experience heavy rains which may interrupt hard the Gorilla trekking activity. In the months of March, May, April and November are recorded to have the heavy rains and this is the wettest time of the year. Hence tourists in these months are always advised to carry rain jackets and coats.
In a rundown, Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda are one of the activities you should do for once in a lifetime trip to Africa. However you can also enjoy the other wildlife safaris to Queen Elizabeth National park, Kibale forest National Park, Murchison falls National Park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda. In Rwanda, Gorilla trekking tour can be spiced with a wildlife and Cultural safari to Akagera National park and Nyungwe Forest National park for Chimpanzee trekking.