Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour
Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour is designed for these that would love to spend more time with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. Bwindi is the only place where this kind of tour can happen in the whole world. Although different national parks such as Mgahinga national park, volcanoes national park, and Virunga national park harbor mountain gorillas, gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi gorilla park of Uganda.
Bwindi gorilla park is located in the southwestern part of the country where the highest population of mountain gorillas do live in the thick tropical forests. The national park has about 21 mountain gorilla families that are open for tourism purposes in Bwindi. 2 of the 21 mountain gorilla families are the only ones that are open for habituation purposes. These families have been specifically designed for habituation purposes only in Bwindi gorilla park.
Where in Bwindi can one spend four hours with gorillas?
There are only 2 sectors in Bwindi where travelers can have their Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour and these are Nkuringo sector and Rushaga sector in the southern sector of Bwindi gorilla park. These two are the only sectors where mountain gorilla habituation is done in Bwindi gorilla park and the whole world. Travelers are able to be with the semi habituated mountain gorilla families in these sectors for four hours.
Which gorilla families can one spend four hours within Bwindi?
There are only 2 mountain gorilla families which a traveler can spend fur hours with while in Bwindi gorilla park. The two gorilla families that are undergoing habituation in Bwindi gorilla park and these are Bushaho gorilla family in Nkuringo sector and Bikingi gorilla family in Rushaga sector. These two gorilla families have been designed for gorilla habituation purposes to enable travelers to be around mountain gorillas for four hours as they make them get used to human beings. To have Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour you will have to first look for the best tour operator to organize the safari for you. Another option is organizing the safari by yourself but this is a bit hectic because you need to contact all service providers of which you might even land on scammers. It’s therefore better to contact a trusted local tour operator who is licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board like Africa adventure vacations to organize the safari for you.
All you have to do is contact us via email and tell us the number of days you would want your safari to happen, the travel budget, and the dates and time of the year you want your safari to happen. We shall use this information to count how much your trip can cost and then send you the total and itinerary in your email. If you agree to work with us, we shall do the booking of gorilla permits next so that you acquire your spot early.
How much is Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour
for a successful Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour you need a gorilla habituation permit. The gorilla habituation permit is sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority at a fee of $1500 foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and UGX250,000 East African citizens. The gorilla habituation permit is for single use and it comes with paid park entrance fees, ranger guides fees, and 4 hours around mountain gorillas.
Spending 4 hours with mountain gorillas in Bwindi
Spending four hours with mountain gorillas is called mountain gorilla habituation. The activity is done in only 2 sectors of the park all located on the southwestern side of the country and these are Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors. Travelers intending to habituate mountain gorillas in these sectors must stay in the lodges that are in that region because the activity starts very early in the morning.
Habituation in Bwindi starts with tourists waking up for early morning breakfast and then meeting the driver guides for a transfer to the sector offices. The sector offices are where all other trekkers gather to hear the rules and regulations of the gorilla habituation and then armed ranger guides are assigned to each lead the trek. Researchers and conservationists accompany the trekkers to teach them how mountain gorillas can get used to human presence.
The search for the semi habituated mountain gorilla group can take 2-7 hours of meeting different animals, birds, and plant species. The moment the mountain gorilla family is located, armed ranger guides do give the trekkers 4 hours to be around the mountain gorillas, and in this time, they are able to learn about the gorilla behaviors, take photos, record videos and learn about their habits. The trekkers get involved in the activities that make the gorillas get used to human presence with a help of researchers and conservationists.
When to spend four hours with gorillas in Bwindi
Tourists from every part of the world can visit Bwindi for four hours gorilla trek tour at any time of the year but there are certain months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best to visit Bwindi gorilla park and spend four hours with mountain gorillas and these happen from June to September and December to February. They are characterized by little or no rainfall that leaves the trekking trails dry, the vegetation is short with good views of the mountain gorillas, and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.
Tourists can still visit Bwindi gorilla park in the rainy season of March to May and October to November and this season favors the budget travelers. The rainy season is when the lodges are giving out huge discounts and they do so to attract the few tourists that are in the park. The issue with having a tour in Bwindi in the rainy season is that there is plenty of rainfall that makes the trekking trails in the park muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall and thick with unclear views of the mountain gorillas, and the roads leading to the park are in poor conditions.
Where to stay on Bwindi four hours gorilla trek tour
There are only 2 sectors in Bwindi gorilla park where mountain gorilla habituation is done and this where travelers that are going for the gorilla habituation activity must stay. Nkuringo sector and Rushaga sectors have accommodation facilities that do range from budget to mid-range to luxury options where travelers can stay during the safari and so where to stay depend on your budget.
Accommodation in Nkuringo sector: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Mutanda Eco Community Centre, Nshongi Camp, Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, and Virunga Campsite.
Accommodation in Rushaga sector: Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Bwindi Jungle Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Nsongi Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Haven Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Resort, and Wagtail Eco Safari Lodge.