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Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha

Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha

Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha

Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha: Arusha is found in Tanzania a country that borders Uganda in the south. The country is one of the places in Africa that has a lot of wildlife species in the different national parks although mountain gorillas can’t be seen in even one single park in the country. In Africa, places to find mountain gorillas are Bwindi gorilla park, Mgahinga national park, Virunga national park, and volcanoes national park.

Bwindi located in the southwestern part of Uganda is one of the best places to trek mountain gorillas from Arusha Tanzania. The national park can be accessed by flying to Entebbe and then connecting to Bwindi or taking a bus to Nairobi and another one to Uganda where you will drive to Bwindi gorilla park. One of the reasons as to why travelers from Arusha need to trek gorillas of Bwindi is that there are 100% chances of meeting mountain gorillas.

The national park has 19 gorilla families and a traveler can choose which family to trek with. The mountain gorilla families are in 4 sectors of the park and these are Nkuringo, Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija with more than 3 mountain gorilla families each. From Arusha, Bwindi can be visited at any time of the year but the best time is always the dry season. Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha gives travelers an opportunity to learn about mountain gorilla behaviors, watch them do daily activities, and take photos for memories.

Gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi from Arusha

On the day of trekking, travelers from Arusha will wake up for morning breakfast and then join their driver guide to transfer them to the sector offices where they will join other trekkers for a briefing from the park wardens. At the briefing, trekkers will be taught about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity and groups not exceeding 8 will be formed. Each group will be given a gorilla family to trek and armed ranger guides will lead the trek through different trekking trails while looking for the mountain gorilla family assigned.

The search for the gorilla groups in Bwindi can take 2-7 hours and the time that is taken usually depends on the speed of trekkers and the location of the mountain gorilla family. When the mountain gorilla family is located, trekkers are given 1 hour to be around the members, learn about their habits, take photos, and watch them do daily activities such as coupling, nesting, hunting, breastfeeding eating, and much more. During the whole search, the trekkers do get opportunities of seeing different mammals, primates, and birds among others.

A mountain gorilla in Bwindi Park

A mountain gorilla in Bwindi Park

Price of Bwindi gorilla permits from Arusha

Bwindi gorilla permits are cards issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to allow travelers to be part of the fascinating mountain gorilla trekking in the park. The permits do cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX250,000 East African citizens. Tourists from Arusha that want to spend more than one hour with mountain gorillas can always buy habituation permits and each costs $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and UGX750,000 citizens of East Africa.

How to buy Bwindi gorilla permits from Arusha

By yourself

Travelers can buy gorilla permits by themselves by sending an email to the reservation’s office at Uganda Wildlife Authority. The email should include the dates of the month and year you want to travel. The information in the email will be used to check for the availability of permits and once you are lucky and they are available, you will be sent an email containing banking details. If you send the money and they have received it, your permit will be purchased and on arrival in Uganda, you will pick up the permit at the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

By a local operator

Travelers from Arusha intending to have a gorilla safari in Bwindi gorilla park can book the gorilla permits with a trusted local tour operator. Africa Adventure Vacations limited is one of the local tour operators that help travelers from all parts of the world including Arusha in booking gorilla permits. To book with us, you will have to send us an email containing the days of the month and year you want to travel. This information will be used to check for the availability of the trekking permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. When the permits are available, you will be sent an email containing banking details and when you send the money your permit will be booked.

What to pack for Bwindi gorilla safari from Arusha?

When leaving Arusha for Bwindi gorilla trekking, we advise you to carry essential items such as waterproof hiking shoes, cotton stocks, a pair of gaiters, a rain jacket, sweater, gardening gloves, long-sleeved pants, long-sleeved shirts, a camera, a pair of binoculars, insect repellents, sanitizer, energy-giving snacks, and drinking water bottle.

A view of Bwindi gorilla park from Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

A view of Bwindi gorilla park from Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge

The most appropriate time to visit Bwindi from Arusha

Travelers from Arusha can visit Bwindi gorilla park at any time of the year however certain months are better than the rest. The dry months are the best to visit Bwindi from Arusha and they do occur from June to September and December to February. They are characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails dry, the vegetation is always short and thin with good views of the mountain gorillas and the roads leading to the park are passable.

Tourists from Arusha can still visit Bwindi in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. Travelers should however note that in the rainy season, there is plenty of rainfall, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, the vegetation leading to the park is passable and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.

Accommodation in Bwindi from Arusha

Tourists from Arusha have a lot of accommodation facilities where they can spend a night or more while on their safari in Bwindi. The accommodation facilities in Bwindi are found in different sectors of the park and travelers must stay in accommodations that are in the sectors they are going to trek. Travelers from Arusha should know that where to stay in Bwindi depends on someone’s budget because the lodges range from budget to mid-range to luxury facilities.

Accommodation facilities in Buhoma sector

Buhoma Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Bwindi View Bandas, Ride 4 women Guest House, Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Rest Camp, Haven Lodge, and Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge.

Accommodation facilities 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.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Accommodation facilities 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 facilities in Ruhija sector

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Broadbill Forest Camp, Agandi Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Cuckoo Land Tented Lodge, Ecomarvels Gorilla Lodge, and Trekkers Tavern.

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