Bwindi gorilla trekking from United States of America
Bwindi gorilla trekking from United States of America: Bwindi gorilla trekking safari from the United States of America starts in the States and brings you to Uganda where you encounter mountain gorillas. The safari brings you to Uganda and takes you to the southwestern part of the country where you encounter mountain gorillas for 1 hour in their natural habitats. Bwindi gorilla trekking safari from the United States of America gives travelers an opportunity to choose which sector of the park they want to trek mountain gorillas because the park is dived into 4 sectors.
Sectors of Bwindi where travelers from the United States of America can trek mountain gorillas are Nkuringo, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Buhoma. These sectors have 19 mountain gorillas that are fully habituated for gorilla trekking activities at any time of the year. Travelers from the United States of America that are interested in trekking different mountain gorilla families such as Bushaho gorilla family, Mishaya gorilla family, Nkringo gorilla group, Mukiza, Bitukura and so much more families, can inform the tour operator in advance so that they inform the park wardens to locate that very family on the day of trekking.
Booking a gorilla safari in Bwindi from the United States of America is very easy all you just have to do is look for a tour operator who can book you a gorilla trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority first. You will have to send the dates of the month and year you want to have your safari and this information shall be used to check whether the permits are available and once they are still available, you will need t first secure a permit and other things shall follow.
While booking a safari in Bwindi from the United States of America, you need to send an email containing different activities you want to do on the safari apart from gorilla trekking. The local tour operator will look at all the information and the budget you have and do a safari for you. They do help in booking accommodation and organizing transport to and from the park.
How to buy Bwindi gorilla permits from the United States of America
Directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority
Travelers in the United States of America that are interested in seeing mountain gorillas in Bwindi can buy the gorilla parks directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. What is required is to contact the reservations office via email. The email should contain different dates of the month and year you want to trek gorillas and this will be used to check for the availability of the trekking permits. When the permits are available, you will be sent an email containing banking details of how you can send money, and when it has been received your permit shall be booked.
Using a trusted local tour operator
Travelers in the United States of America can buy a Bwindi gorilla permit using a trusted local tour operator such as Africa Adventure Vacation. All you have to do is contact us by email by telling us the days of the month and year you want to travel and this information shall be used to check for the availability of the trekking permits with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. When the permits are available, we shall send you an email containing different banking details and you will choose any that is good for you to send us the money for the permit. Once we have received it, we shall book a permit for you and you will find it with us.
How much are Bwindi gorilla permits from the United States of America
Travelers from the United States of America that would want to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi must buy the gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority or through a trusted local tour operator. The gorilla permits cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX250,000 East African citizens. The permits allow travelers to be around mountain gorillas for one hour and come with paid park entrance fees and ranger guide fees.
Bwindi gorilla trekking experience from the United States of America.
On the day of gorilla trekking, travelers from the United States of America and other places of the world are expected to be at the briefing centre early in the morning. Park wardens will teach them about the rules and regulations of the gorilla trekking activity, group them not exceeding 8, each of the groups is given a gorilla family to trek and armed ranger guides lead the groups into the jungle.
The search for the gorilla family takes you through different trails in the park with opportunities of meeting different park animals such as buffaloes, duikers, elephants, giant forest hogs, bushpigs, jackals, bats, and birds among others. The search for mountain gorillas takes 2-7 hours but as soon as you locate a gorilla group you have been looking for, armed ranger guides will give you 1 hour to be around the gorilla family, watch the members do daily activities, take photos and learn about their habits.
What to pack for Bwindi gorilla trekking from the United States of America?
What any travelers from the United States of America need to pack for Bwindi gorilla trekking includes long-sleeved clothes, long-sleeved pants, a pair of gaiters, cotton stocks, waterproof hiking shoes, a camera, a pair of binoculars, a hat, sunscreen, light backpack, a rain jacket, sweater, insect repellents, sanitizer, facemask, energy-giving snacks, and drinking water bottle.
When to visit Bwindi from the United States of America?
Travelers from the United States of America can visit Bwindi at any time of the year but there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best for a visit to Bwindi from the United States of America because they are characterized by little or no rainfall. The dry moths occur from June to September and December to February. The trekking trails are dry, the vegetation in the park is thin and short with good views of the gorillas, and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.
Travelers from the United States of America can access Bwindi gorilla park in the rainy months of October to November and March to May to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. However, during the rainy season, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall and thick with unclear views of the park animals and the roads leading to the park are in poor conditions.
Getting to Bwindi from the United States of America
Travelers from the United States of America can get to Bwindi by first flying to Entebbe international airport or Kigali international airport. From Kigali international airport, travelers from the United States of America can connect to Bwindi by crossing to Uganda using Katuna border in Kabale or Cyanika birder in Kisoro which takes 4-5 hours.
Travelers who use Entebbe international airport can use road transport or air transport to the park. From Entebbe, travelers can drive to Bwindi using Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, and Kisoro and to connect to any of the sectors of the park and this journey takes 9-10 hours of beautiful views of the countryside. Travelers can as well fly from Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe international airport to Kihihi airstrip for those going to Buhoma region and Kisoro airstrip for those going to Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija sector.
Accommodation on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi from the United States of America
Travelers from the United States of America don’t have to worry about where they will stay on their Bwindi gorilla trekking safari from the United States of America because the park has a lot of accommodation facilities where travelers can spend a night or more while on their safari.
Accommodation 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.
Accommodation 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 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.
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