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Uganda Gorilla Safaris

Uganda Gorilla Safaris - 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda:
Eager to know what the Uganda gorilla safaris experience is like? Also known as once in a lifetime experience, You will only get to know the experience when you book for Uganda gorilla safaris and be part of it! Uganda gorilla safaris can be customized, packages range from 3 day gorilla trekking Uganda.
In this article, you will get to know more information about  Gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.
These gorillas are divided into families across the various sectors of the forest with each family being led by a Silverback. However, you need a gorilla permit to track these primates for a certain amount of time implicating you have to spend  $700 on permits in the low and peak seasons respectively to reserve your spot for trekking a respective family for either 3 day gorilla trekking Uganda or 4 days Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Why book Uganda gorilla Safaris with us? 
With Four Crane Safaris all Uganda Gorilla Safaris packages come with excellent lodging options that range from budget to mid-range and luxury (slumber).
 Due to our collaboration with Uganda safari lodges, we are able to provide mid- range accommodation facilities for budget travelers on full board and luxury accommodation for  mid-range packages so that you can still get the best services irrespective of your safari budget.
We are more than ready for your next wildlife safari and Uganda gorilla safaris in Uganda! Just  select a package or customize your gorilla trekking in Uganda package, inquire about it and be assured of a superb quotation with an unbeatable price.

When To Go To See The Mountain in Africa
 The suitable time to experience gorillas in Uganda is during the months of June, July, August, September and December. In this period of a year there are no too much rains this makes it simple to hike and see the gorillas because the parks are drier. The average temperature throughout the year In Bwindi impenetrable National park is 11°C/52°F in the morning and 23°C/73°F in the afternoon. However, one can go for Uganda Gorilla Safaris all year around in Uganda travel leisure
Take Note of the Following Seasons When Planning For Gorilla Tracking Safari To Uganda
Low season – March to May and October to November: It rains a lot during these months. Most challenging during the trek, the slopes are slippery.
Shoulder Season – February: offering less huge crowds and very little or no rain.
Peak season – December to January and June to September: it’s important to buy your permits early since they run out and this is the Best time for Uganda gorilla safari.

Where To Go For Uganda Gorilla
Uganda has 2 sections for gorilla safaris namely, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In total there are 18 gorilla groups or families and you can only track only one group a day.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has 17 gorilla group making it the best place or park where you can see the gorillas in the wild. Bwindi an ancient forest has 90 mammal species, 11 primates including the black and white colobus monkey.
How Difficult Is Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?
The commonest factors that influence the gorilla trekking difficulty is your physical fitness and others include weather conditions and your pack weight. It is possible to ask for a gorilla group that will march your fitness levels. A porter is important, Gorilla Trekking is not very hard, and some people in their 60’s and 70’s have done it.
Gorilla Trekking has a numerical rating of 50 to 100
Difficult Rating: Moderate Hike

So how strenuous is the
 Elevation of the entire Bwindi Forest National park is from 3,904 to 8,553 ft. It has steep slopes in some areas. The experience takes between 2 to 8 hours depending on the gorilla family you are trekking for.
What to Expect On A Gorilla Safari
On the day of your trek, expect to leave your comfortable bed early enough, am move to the briefing point by 7:30am. After briefing, tourists will be allocated different tracking routes, each 8 tourists. Head to the forest accompanied by guides and rangers as you begin you search for gorillas.
In the forest, you may see monkey species, butterfly species, mammals and so much more. Sometimes the forest is challenging and a good level of fitness will be required. At the end of the day, expect to be muddy and sweaty.
Once you see the gorillas, it’s okay to take photos with your camera or iPhone but avoid flash or else the gorillas might charge. You will spend between 40 minutes and 1 hour in company of these gentle giants. It will be such a life changing experience. After the trek, head back to you accommodation or opt for a cultural village experience of the Batwa pygmies.
How About the Gorilla Habituation Experience?
Gorilla habituation is the training of wild gorillas to get used to humankind. Gorillas are trained by researchers and park rangers for a period of 3 years. Its during the training that that you can join the group of researchers and park rangers. Only 4 visitors are allowed. This makes it special. The cost of gorilla habituation is $1500 per person per day. The most exciting reality about this experience is that you actively engage in the gorilla habituation!
How To Get A Gorilla Trekking Permit In Uganda
Within Uganda, Gorilla trekking is conducted in Bwindi National Park or in Mgahinga National Park. But because of the inconsistency of gorillas in Mgahinga, majority of the sold permits are for Bwindi National Park. In Uganda, every gorilla permit goes for US $ 700.On a single day, nearly 72 people travel into Bwindi  to see gorillas and only 8 people are allowed to see  a gorilla family. We strongly encourage you to book your gorilla permit with us; the most prominent mistake is to book a gorilla family which is far away from your choice of accommodation! The routes to Bwindi and its various regions are often tricky; this is a remote area. If you would like to do the gorilla trek on your own so as to save costs, you might end up incurring more. 
Purchasing Gorilla Trekking Permits
You need tour operator to speed up the process. We normally add an extra purchasing fee of US$60 to US$100 for each permit if you purchasing only permit from us. However, we won’t add this extra purchasing fee if you are going to use our  other tour services such as transfers but if you simply want only a permit from us then we will put an extra charge of up to US$100 per gorilla permit we book, since we need to make calls, pick the permit, deliver it to you and other administrative costs. We normally speed up the reservation so you will be able to confirm your gorilla permit faster.
You inform us of the dates for your Uganda gorilla safaris and specify the date for trekking the gorillas
We will let you know if your preferred dates are available for  the tour and also temporarily reserve them for you
We will send you our bank details so that you can transfer the money for the gorilla permits or even pay by credit card.
We will send you an acknowledgement email for the money transfer. Please remember to instruct your bank to deduct the bank charges for the transaction from your account. We don’t ask for any extra money for the gorilla permit if you are reserving the rest of your tour through us. You will send us a copy of your passport availing the details which will be used to register for your permit. Normally we need just your full names, nationality and the passport number
What To Wear?  Choosing the Right Clothing
Gorilla Trekking gear guide, Good quality walking boots if trying any hikes or even climbs, warm layers of cloth for the cold evenings and clothing for wet weather remember it becomes cold and wet at this high altitude. A light weight jacket is a must. Gloves, long sleeved shirts, trousers, Knee high hiking gaiters are important. You need to find the best hiking boots for gorilla trekking.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking, How Do Gorillas Look Like ?
Usually The Males are two times the size of the females, they may grow to 6 ft tall and even weigh 350 -500 pounds.  These are strong, with long arms and muscular.  The males are referred to as the silverback because as they mature the hair on their back turns somewhat silver, hence the name Silverbacks.  The strength of the males is ten times stronger compared to the strongest boxer, even taking steroids.  The arms of silverbacks can stretch to 7 feet.
Mountain Gorillas possess longer plus darker hair compared to their lowland counterparts because they stay in colder climates and higher altitudes.  Their life span is between 40 and 50 years. The mountain gorillas mainly stay on the ground although they will climb a tree occasionally given that it can support them, however just like children, their young play in the trees. A fascinating fact is that Gorillas plus Humans are share 98% of their genetic composition.
How Do Mountain Gorillas Feed ?
Uganda has two places where these Mountain Gorillas may be seen, one is Mgahinga Gorilla Park; a stunning park and a component of the Virunga chain of towering volcanoes that extend into the DRC and Rwanda, and then in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest supports the hugest Population of Mountain Gorilla.  It is a ancient forest also called the “Place of Darkness.”  The tree cover makes it very dark within this forest.  The forest’s altitudes are between 1,160m and 2,607m above sea level. The Bwindi plus Mgahinga each possess varying characteristics as well as similarities. The Bwindi isn’t an extinct volcanic region while the Mgahinga is.
Mgahinga Gorilla Park sits on higher altitudes and the Mountain Gorillas move up and feed on some of the afro-montane vegetation.  Typically Mountain Gorillas eat large quantities of flowers, leaves, fruit, roots, bamboo and shoots in season.  The Adults can consume up to 75 pounds each day.
The day of a Mountain Gorilla starts at 6 am up to 6pm with a snooze around lunch time.  Uganda receives Light just past 6 am and darkness falls around 7pm. These move every day to different locations where they make nests using twigs plus leaves and spend their night.  Some people have found these reasonably comfortable, just enough to actually slumber in.
Are Mountain Gorillas Dangerous Species?
Visitors into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest frequently inquire if mountain gorillas are dangerous?  Although dominant and very strong, these are gentle as well as shy, and in addition the mountain gorillas which visitors see within Uganda have been habituated.  In other words they are habituated to people, which process that takes close to 2 years.  Dian Fossey actually was against the idea of visiting mountain gorillas which is done today, however it’s the money collected that survival of this endangered species, and seen their number increase over the recent years.
While mountain gorillas are threatened they do attack so as to protect their very own.  When different Mountain Gorilla groups meet, there is a fight between the leader Silver backs to death.  Recently 2 Silver backs fought within Democratic Republic of Congo and the rangers had to intervene.
Mountain gorillas exist in groups which differ in size from 2 – 30 or 40, however commonly in groups of 10.  There is no specific mating season while babies are born through the year.  The Males begin breeding at around 15 years while the females start giving birth between 10 and 12 years.  Females can give birth after every 2 to 3 years giving birth to 4 – 6 offspring through their lifetime.  Males leave their group at about 11 years of age, while a little over half of the females will leave their group.  Mountain gorillas communicate through sounds like roars, grunts and shouts, and 25 sounds currently have been documented by researche

Mountain Gorilla Predators:
The supreme threat to the Mountain Gorillas is human encroachment for settlement around them.  previously there was a slash as well as burn mentality however, through an educational program by the Uganda Wildlife Authority plus cash motivation to the community through the tourism industry that the gorillas within Uganda are today no longer as threatened by various poachers as it was in the DRC. Additionally they are threatened by various diseases transmitted by human visitors into the park, and for that reason the Uganda Wildlife Authority has set up strict rules to prevent spreading of such diseases.
Uganda Gorilla Safaris Sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
There are four gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park guide from Four Crane Safaris will drive you to Bwindi where you will experience these sector, including Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma sector.

Buhoma sector for Uganda Gorilla Safaris 
Buhoma sector is one of the gorilla trekking sectors and is located in the northern part of Bwindi in Kanungu district. Buhoma sector is an exceptional region of the park. There is a resort of failing to get Gorilla trekking permits in Buhoma because Gorilla permits are issued on first come first serve basis. Buhoma sector has an interesting past and present history, which is the first region to be visited by a group of tourist trekkers.
Each gorilla trekking sector in Bwindi has a number of Gorilla families and the oldest of all is Mubare which was habituated in 1992. Buhoma sector is very outstanding than other region, the best desirable sector for Uganda Gorilla safaris trekkers. Buhoma is very accessible in Bwindi impenetrable park. It takes 2hours drive from Kabale town via Kanungu and 4 hours from Ishasha sector area known for tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National park.
Trekking in Buhoma sector is an added advantage for travelers to engage themselves in other activities including game drives in Ishasha, forest walks, community’s tour and many more. Buhoma can be accessed as well from Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara- Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Buhoma route, other alternative is to fly Kihihi airstrip. 3 day gorilla trekking Uganda can be ideal.

Habinyanja gorilla family
Buhoma sector is a home to three Gorilla families which are already habituated, such as Mubare, Rushegura, Habinyanja family. Each Gorilla family in Buhoma sector has a different story to tell. Mubare was first group which was habituated in 1992 its one of the oldest family with 9 members. habituation in 1997 with 17 members, Rushegura family opened in 2000 the group consists of 19 members. Buhoma has 24 Gorilla permits that are issued everyday in Buhoma the three gorilla families are visited by 8 people per a day. Gorilla trekking offers a variety of activities and a number of attractions for trekkers.
Community walk, Batwa trail pygmies these where the first people to inhabit the forest of Bwindi there a lot of things to discover their day to day lifestyle, and Bakiga communities learn a lot of things from home away from home including digging, preparing local food, brewing, babysitting, beers, fruits, and many more Bird watching is a must do in Buhoma sector.

In the Buhoma sector, there are a number of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury, midrange and budget lodges all serving very high-quality services. The services are very great with amazing quality services which offer excellent services delivered by professional and experienced staff.
Ruhija sector for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Mountain Gorillas are one of the main reasons for Gorilla trekking in Ruhija sector. The region is home to a total of three Gorilla families including Oruogo, Kyaguiro, and Bitukura. They are all available for trekking. Just like other Gorilla sectors and in other countries inhabiting Mountain Gorillas, there is a strict rule which allows only eight people to trek the mountain Gorillas. There only 24 permits available for trekking in the Ruhija sector.
A gorilla trekker is sometimes asked to select the best region he would wish to trek in the mountain Gorilla as well this might depend on the availability of permits in the region. Trekkers are encouraged to pack trekking shoes, long pants, rain jackets since the park is a rain forest expects it to rain any time.
Gorilla permits are at a cost of 700USD non-foreign resident’s, 600USD for foreign residents  and East African residents at 250,000. There is an availability of potters who are available for support well you trek and a cost. You will have packed lunch with you from the lodge since the time for the trek and have an encounter runs from 30 mins to 6 hours since its unpredictable; remember these are wild animals they keep moving from one area to another, and also the toughness of the hike, one needs to be physically fit in order to have a better hike.
There are a lot of things to encounter on your trek or in the Bwindi and the sector of the park these include the following:
Batwa pygmy encounter/The Batwa pygmy trail:
Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga is Known For Having Silverback Gorillas.
The atmosphere is adventurous and filled with natural beauty. A day for trekking allows you to go through Mgahinga together with a well-trained guide who is very informed about the forest and its habitats. Gorilla trekking starts from Ntebeko where Entrance at the gate is at 8 am in the morning and usually, this may take about 4 hours. The rightful time to spend with the mountain Gorillas is one hour.

When is  the best time for Trekking Mountain Gorillas in the National park?
The rightful time to visit the place and trek the mountain Gorillas is in the two dry seasons when the area is easily accessed. During this time the thick forests can be penetrated easily the paths are not muddy as during the rainy season. The dry seasons run from mid-December to end of February and June to October however one can still prefer to trek the mountain Gorillas throughout the year and every season.

By road one can reach the Nkuringo sector from Kampala via kabala to Kisoro a journey of about 8 hours. By air one can board a plane from Entebbe to Kisoro airstrip, the airstrip is nearby the park this is the quickest way to access the park which is a journey of about 1 hour. The flights have to scheduled for booking in advance with local Uganda safari operator.

There a number of accommodations in the area that range from luxury, midrange, and budget suits and there are various lodges that are suitable for relaxing and spending the night. Some of the lodges are found in Ntebeko, Kisoro and Lake Mutanda. In Ntebeko the accommodations are Volcanoes mount Gahinga safari lodges, Amajembere Iwacu camp. The loges in Mutanda include Chameleon hill lodge and Lake Mutanda. Kisoro lodges can offer accommodation at Kisoro Travellers Rest hotel and River Mucha hotel.

Nkuringo sector for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
This region is one of the four Gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi including Buhoma sector, Ruhija, and Rushaga.Nkuringo sector for Gorilla trekking is located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National park. The area is habitat to the famous Nkuringo Gorilla family. The family is headed by the late Rafiki, and this family is the most fascinating Gorilla family where each individual in the gorilla family is amazing. This gives tourists great attention. Nkuringo sector gorilla family has a group of 19 members who are joined from Bushaho Gorilla family who crosses from Rushaga sector.
Nkuringo sector gorilla family was the first to be habituated in 1997. In the sectors of Bwindi impenetrable southern part, Nkuringo is the only sector which has given birth to Gorilla twins in December 2004; this was a big record in Bwindi Impenetrable National park. This Gorilla group in Nkuringo is known for roaming outside of the park. It has led to the displacement of local people who used to settle in the villages of Nkuringo sector.
In the early 2000s, there was an outbreak of scabies in the Nkuringo gorilla family however it was later cured. Nkuringo gorilla sector is found on the high altitudes and this makes it more strenuous for the tourists to hike within the impenetrable forest. The sector is recommended for the energetic and physically fit youths who always manage and enjoy the hilly forest. Nkuringo Gorilla sector neighbors one of the Gorilla families called Nshogi in Rushaga sector which is just like any other habituated Gorilla family. A total of eight people is allowed to trek the Gorillas of Nkuringo gorilla group.

The minimum age limit for Gorilla trekking is 15 years of age and anyone below the age of 15 years is not allowed to trek the mountain Gorilla.
Travel to Nkuringo sector for a great Tour out of the noisy city and enjoy great sceneries of Kabale’s landscape view to Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira of Congo, which provides a wonderful view in the sky. During the time in which they erupted in 2010, those who visited enjoyed to the maximum.

Accessibility to Nkuringo sector.
To get to Nkuringo, one goes via the Kabale-Kisoro road. If one uses a bus, the journey can last for 11-12 hours. The junction takes 45 kilometers which are about 3 hours. One can as well use the route via Buhoma through Kihihi or Butogota, but this is more tiresome and its better hiring a private vehicle provided by a tour company. Nkuringo Gorilla trekking has a number of activities included apart from Gorilla trekking, i.e. Bird watching, Hiking, and cultural encounters.

Birding in Nkuringo sector
Nkuringo Gorilla sector is not one to be missed out when it comes to viewing the beautiful bird species. The sector provides one of the best sceneries for bird watching as compared to other sectors. Therefore for those who prefer birdwatching, they will have a chance to canoe at Lake Mutanda using a wooden paddle, enjoy viewing the various colorful bird species, amazing sceneries of Virunga volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda border.
Hike in Nkuringo region of Bwindi impenetrable Trekking in Nkuringo sector in Buhoma the next morning enjoy a nature walk through an impenetrable forest as you pass via the Ivy,Kishasha and enjoy the fantastic views which are within the forest.
These include spotting of bird species as they sing in the air, spotting primates such as monkeys and many more with them as they swing from tree to tree. It’s an amazing encounter in the forest. Visit the local people of the area, have lunch with them, continue with the nature walks to the village of Batwa and Bakiga local people, the Batwa people were the first to inhabit the forest ,you will encounter a number of various cultural activities including cultural performances in songs and dance, visit the local healer who extracts medicine from plants, observe making various art, craft materials including baskets, mats, bags, sandals and many more talented local people.
Discover more activities of the Batwa pygmies such as hunting, fishing enjoy storytelling about their past life. Nkuringo region of Bwindi has the most favorable facilities including Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo safari budget, Nkuringo Gorilla camp; they provide delicious meals for a sweet taste.
Nkuringo is the fantastic sceneries at Nkuringo where activities are carried out, believing the visit to Nkuringo sector that leaves you with amazing memories to experience.

Rushaga sector for Gorilla trekking Uganda
Rushaga sector for Gorilla trekking is located in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. There 5 Gorilla families in Rushaga and this is the only sector for Gorilla habituation. The sector can be closest accessed through Rwanda in a 4 Hours’ Drive. Rushaga is also the best area for Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the only area permitted for habituation experience for four hours with the mountain Gorillas, hiking such as the waterfall hike and cultural interactive experiences. It’s an amazing encounter away from home.
Rushaga sector for Gorilla trekking is nearby Nkuringo area, and it has the biggest number of Gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest is the best area for viewing the scenic areas of the park. The lodges have been created in the area since there very many choices around the sector including Rushaga Gorilla camp, Gorilla safari lodge, Gorilla havens lodge, Gorilla valley lodge and many more. There about 8 Gorilla families in Rushaga. It takes a maximum of 4- hour drive from Kigali and Gorilla permits cost 700 USD lesser than for Rwanda which costs 1500 USD.
Rushaga Gorilla sector is the best area to encounter your lifetime trek. There more permits for trekking Gorillas in Rushaga than any other sector. You can as well choose to join the researchers for gorilla habituation. It’s a 4-hour experience with the Gorillas and only 4 people are allowed, unlike the gorilla trekking activity where 8 people are allowed to trek the Gorilla and only given 1 hour with the mountain Gorillas.
The permits for Gorilla habituation in Rushaga cost 1,500 USD while gorilla trekking costs 700 USD only. Gorilla habituation experience is not to be missed. It’s only done in Uganda and Rushaga area of the park and Four Crane Safaris will do it for you.

One can access the Sector from Entebbe airport in Uganda to Rushaga sector of Bwindi, it takes the only 3-hour drive from Kigali airport to Rushaga area. Fly into Rwanda and trek the Gorillas in Uganda, the visitors trekking the Mountain Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda have a lot to spot. Most clients find it amazing choice to fly in from Rwanda to Uganda.

Lodging in Rushaga and Nkuringo area
There are many choices of accommodation in Rushaga-Nkuringo, these have increased over the years, they range from up market, moderate and budget lodges. The lodges include Clouds mountain Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla camp, Gorilla safari lodge, Chameleon hill lodge and many more. The other lodges in the area such as Gorilla Valley lodge, Bwindi Gorilla lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort, Bwindi jungle lodge Lake Mulehe.
The Travelers Rest Hotel is in the town of Kisoro. Hike the trails in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Forest, the trails may take 3-hour trail this combines, nature, local history, and culture. Kara Ridge Trail is moderate with very amazing difficulty panoramic views of beautiful sceneries, local culture, visiting the Batwa people and many more. There many very many views in Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
There very many trailheads beginning and ending in Kisoro one can as well enjoy canoe across Lake Mutanda. Cultural Activities in the Rushaga – Nkuringo Areas: One activity not to miss is the Buniga Forest Walk with the Batwa Pygmies who have lived in the area for over 500,000 years and were the original people of the Forest. There are Village Walks, Home Visits – hands-on Craft activities – the list is boundless.
Be sure to buy some locally made arts and crafts to take home. It will benefit you and also the ones who made it and give income to their families.
If you are interested in more cultural activities, including dancing, drumming, jewelry making and like, let us know and Four Crane Safaris will facilitate your request. The Buniga Forest Walk is a great way to get to know the Batwa People – the first People of the Forest.

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