Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe
Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe: Travelers can have a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi from Zimbabwe which is a once in a lifetime experience. Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe is for those that are in Zimbabwe but want to encounter endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Bwindi is one of the lucky national parks in Uganda to have endangered mountain gorillas in the world. The national park has more than half of the remaining mountain gorillas left in the whole world and these do live in the thick forests of the park.
A gorilla safari in Bwindi from Zimbabwe starts in Zimbabwe, brings you to Uganda to Bwindi gorilla park where you will search for gorillas for 2-4 hours in the wilderness and on finding them, you will stay with them for 1 hour, and then takes you back to Zimbabwe. This safari can be better done if you used a trusted local tour operator such as Africa Adventure Vacations to organize a safari for you. We shall look at the number of days you want your safari to go on, look at your budget, buy the permits, organize transport, and the accommodation you are to stay in while on a safari.
Booking Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe
To book a gorilla safari from Zimbabwe you will need to search for a trusted local tour operator. You can search best tour operators online and the best ones should be those that are licensed by Uganda Tourism Board. Africa adventure vacations is one of the local tour operators based in Uganda that helps you to organize a safari in Bwindi. To organize a safari with us, you will have to send us the time of the year and the number of days you would want your safari to go on. We shall use these days to show you the best activities you can do on your safari to Bwindi. We do calculate how much it can take you and if you agree with us, we do a safari for you.
Booking gorilla permits from Zimbabwe
Africa adventure vacations helps travelers from Zimbabwe to book gorilla permits. What you have to do is contact us via email and tell us the dates of the month and year you want to trek gorillas. We shall use the information in the email to check for the availability of the permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and once the permits are available, we shall send you an email containing the different banking details of how you can send us money for the park and once you we have received it, we shall book the permits for you.
Bwindi gorilla permit prices from Zimbabwe
Travelers interested in meeting mountain gorillas can buy gorilla permits at $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX250,000 citizens of East Africa. Travelers from Zimbabwe that want to encounter mountain gorillas for 4 hours can buy gorilla habituation permits at $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents, and UGX750,000 East African citizens.
What to expect on a gorilla safari from Zimbabwe?
Travelers from Zimbabwe should expect to see mountain gorillas on their safari in Bwindi. ON the day of trekking, travelers will wake up early in the morning, have breakfast and meet their driver to transfer them to the sector offices. Here you will meet different kinds of people from different parts of the world, gather and listen to the park wardens. These check for valid permits, teach about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity, and then pair trekkers not exceeding 8.
Each group is led by armed ranger guides who take trekkers into the jungle to look for the assigned mountain gorilla family. The search takes 2-7 hours of meeting different park animals such as buffaloes, bush pigs, duikers, jackals, giant forest hogs, elephants, bats, birds, and different plant species. When the mountain gorillas are located, trekkers are given 1 hour or 4 hours to be around these gorillas watch them do daily activities, take photos and learn about their habits.
When to have a gorilla safari in Bwindi from Zimbabwe?
Travelers interested in meeting mountain gorillas in Bwindi can visit the park at any time of the year but there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months which occur from June to September and December to February are the best to visit Bwindi gorilla park from Zimbabwe because they are characterized by little or no rainfall which leaves the trekking trails dry, the vegetation is thin and short with good views of the mountain gorillas, and the roads leading to the park are in good conditions.
Travelers from Zimbabwe can still visit Bwindi for a gorilla safari during the rainy season and this favors the budget travelers because they are huge discounts on accommodation facilities. Travelers from Zimbabwe should note that in the months of March to May and October to November there is too much rainfall, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, and the vegetation is tall and thick with bad views of the gorillas and the roads leading to the park are in bad conditions.
What to pack for the Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe?
What to include on your packing list for a Bwindi gorilla safari from Zimbabwe includes waterproof hiking shoes, cotton stocks, a pair of gaiters, gardening gloves, long-sleeved clothes, long-sleeved shirts, rain jacket, sweater, insect repellents, sanitizer, face mask, a camera, a pair of binoculars, drinking water bottle, and energy-giving snacks.
Accessing Bwindi from Zimbabwe
Bwindi can be accessed from Zimbabwe by birding flights to Entebbe international airport of Uganda. From the airport, luxury travelers can access Bwindi gorilla park by taking flights from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kisoro airstrip for those going to Rushaga region, Nkuringo, and Ruhija regions while those going to Buhoma sector fly to Kihihi airstrip.
Travelers from Zimbabwe using road transport will drive from Entebbe via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, and Kisoro and connect to any of the sectors of the park. The journey is long taking 9-10 hours but of great views of the surrounding areas. Travelers from Zimbabwe can also fly to Kigali international airport where they will drive and cross to Uganda using Katuna border or Cyanika border and connect to the park.
Where to stay in Bwindi from Zimbabwe
When you are from Zimbabwe coming to Bwindi for a gorilla safari, don’t worry about where you will stay because there are lots of accommodation facilities in different sectors of the park that range from budget to mid-range to luxury options.
Lodges 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.
Lodges 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
Lodges 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, wagtail safari lodge
Lodges 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.