Double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park
Double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park is an amazing safari that enables you to trek a single gorilla family twice or two different gorilla families on different days. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park harbors more than half of the mountain gorilla population in the world and it’s located in the southwestern part of the country.
On a double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, you have a variety of gorilla families to trek and sectors to trek from. Bwindi gorilla park has over 21 mountain gorilla families that stay in four sectors of the park namely Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Buhoma. Travelers intending to have double gorilla trekking in Bwindi gorilla park have an opportunity to trek mountain gorillas for 1 hour and habituate gorillas for 4 hours.
Travelers on a double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi can choose to trek gorilla families in the same sector or different sectors. They can also choose to trek the same gorilla group to know more about the group members and habits and lastly there is an opportunity to trekking different gorilla families.
Double gorilla trekking in Bwindi gorilla park
Double gorilla trekking in Bwindi gorilla park can be done in any of the 4 sectors of the park which are Nkuringo, Rushaga, Buhoma, and Ruhija. The double gorilla trekking can be done on the same gorilla family or different families in any of the park regions. On the days of gorilla trekking, trekkers are advised to wake up early in the morning and have breakfast at their lodges. Safari drivers will pick them up and transfer them to the sector headquarters where will meet other trekkers.
At the park headquarters, the trekkers will go through a briefing session from the ranger guides where they will learn about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity. Later armed ranger guides will lead them into the jungle to search for the assigned mountain gorilla family. Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi takes 2-7 hours of passing through different trekking trails meeting different park mammals, primates, and birds.
After allocating the mountain gorilla family you have been looking for, the armed ranger guides will give you 1 hour to be around these apes, watch them do daily activities – feeding, breastfeeding, nesting, hunting, playing, climbing, coupling, taking photos and learn about the gorilla habits. Later you will trek out of the jungle, meet your ranger guide, get your trekking certificate and drive to the park or lodge.
What does a traveler need to do double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park?
Trekking mountain gorillas twice in Bwindi gorilla park doesn’t require a lot. All, you have to do is book two gorilla trekking permits because each gorilla trekking permit can only be used once. When booking the gorilla permits, you will have to inform your tour operator if you want to trek the same gorilla family or two different families so that they infirm the wardens on the days of trekking.
How much is each gorilla trekking permit for Bwindi gorilla park?
Gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi gorilla park is $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African citizens. The gorilla habituation for Bwindi gorilla park cost $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents, and shs750,000 East African citizens. The gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi gorilla park are sold at Uganda Wildlife Authority but can be got from a trusted local tour operator.
Booking double gorilla trekking permits for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Travelers that are out of the country and want to book double gorilla trekking permits can use a local tour operator or get them direct from Uganda Wildlife Authority at the same price. Those that want to book gorilla permits by themselves will have to send an email to the Uganda Wildlife reservation office containing the dates of months and year asking for the availability of the permits. You will inform them if you need two gorilla trekking permits or two habituation permits. When the permits are available, they will send you an email containing banking details and when you send money they will secure the permits for you.
Another alternative is booking double gorilla permits for Bwindi gorilla park using a trusted local tour operator such as Africa Adventure Vacations limited. All you will have to do is send us an email containing the dates of months and year you want to travel. We shall use these dates to check for the availability of the permits of your choice with Uganda Wildlife Authority. When the permits are available, we shall send you an email containing the banking details and when you send money, we shall book the permits for you.
When to book a double gorilla trekking safari for Bwindi gorilla park?
Travelers intending to have a double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park are advised to book their safari 3-4 months in advance. This is done to avoid the travelers from last-minute booking disappointments. Booking a double gorilla safari in Bwindi gorilla park involves booking gorilla trekking permits, accommodation, and transport.
When to have a double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park?
Travelers can have double gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi gorilla park at any time of the year however there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months from June to September and December to February are the best to have double gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi gorilla park because they are characterized by little or no rainfall that leaves the trekking trails dry. The vegetation in the jungle is thin with unclear views of the park animals, and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Travelers can still visit Bwindi gorilla park in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. However during these months, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall with unclear views of the park animals and the roads leading to the park are impassable.
Accommodation on a double gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi gorilla park
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
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.