Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the leading gorilla trekking destination in Uganda. Though it is one of the leading birding and nature walk destinations in Uganda; it is mostly known for mountain gorilla trekking. It hosts half of the mountain gorilla population in the whole world.
Self Guided Tours To Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park
Anyone that considers gorilla trekking in Uganda has at one point seen gorilla trekking packages ranging from 2 days gorilla trekking safari to as many as a month-long gorilla trip in Uganda. Whether you are considering a self guided tour in Uganda, a scheduled tour, or a tailor-made safari, gorilla trekking remains Uganda’s leading tourism icon.
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What is Gorilla Tracking Like?
Gorilla trekking is among the few wilderness activities in Uganda that will require you to walk for a few hours. Though you might see some photos of mountain gorilla crossing the road, you must be aware that gorilla trekking is not done in a car like game viewing.
Rather you will have to book a gorilla permits for your desired date, and also make sure you are at the inception point of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park depending on the park-sector that you will be trekking in as early as 7:30 am.
After the briefing, you will trek for about an hour to spot the mountain gorillas. However, the quest for mountain gorilla can go up to 4 hours. After finding the mountain gorillas, you will be given 1 hour with the mountains gorilla to take some photos as well as watching them live their everyday life in the wilderness.
The gorilla trekking tourist group composes of a total of 8 tourists, two or three rangers, and a number of porters helping tourists to carry their luggage during the trek. In case you are the kind that is uncomfortable trekking with strangers, you can pay all the eight gorilla trekking slots or try your luck in a low season such as November. During the low season; the tourist gorilla trekking group can have as few as 3, 4 sometimes 5 people. On a lucky day, it can even be two people.
Why do we Recommend Bwindi above other Locations?
In Uganda there are only two gorilla trekking locations; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Between these two parks, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the most popular gorilla trekking location in Uganda for a number of reasons including but not limited to;
- The park has over 14 habituated gorilla families giving you a vast opportunity of choice
- Bwindi is closer to Queen Elizabeth national park compared to Mgahinga gorilla national park’s proximity to Queen Elizabeth national park.
- The park also has four gorilla trekking sectors unlike Mgahinga gorilla national park which has only one habituated gorilla family and gorilla trekking sector
How Far is Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park From Kampala and other parks?
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located 150km from Queen Elizabeth National Park and about 90km from Mgahinga gorilla national park. However, the time taken from Queen Elizabeth national park to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is almost the same as that of Mgahinga gorilla national park partly because of the conditions of Kisoro roads.
The park is also located around 260km from Kibale forest national park. It is the most probable location for anyone who considers going chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park coupling the experience with gorilla trekking will have to eventually consider Bwindi impenetrable forest national your gorilla trekking location.
What should I know about Responsible Tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park?
There are a number of community-owned cottages that you will do well if you consider them for your accommodation.
Key Facts About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
- Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the biggest gorilla trekking destination in Uganda
- The park hosts half of the mountain gorilla population in the whole world
- The park also offers nature walks