Honeymoon safaris in Bwindi gorilla park
Honeymoon safaris in Bwindi gorilla park: Bwindi gorilla park is one of the best destinations to visit if you are intending to have a honeymoon safari. The park is located in the southwestern part of the country and it’s one of the most visited places in Africa because it harbors mountain gorillas. The national park is home to the highest population of mountain gorillas in the whole world and so travelers on a honeymoon safari will get an opportunity to encounter these apes in their natural habits.
The main activity done on a honeymoon safari in Bwindi gorilla park is encountering mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas on a honeymoon safari can be seen in Nkuringo sector, Rushaga sector, Ruhija sector, and Buhoma sector. Loved ones will only visit a mountain gorilla family if they have valid documents from Uganda Wildlife Authority. The gorilla permit is an important document when it comes to gorilla trekking in Bwindi.
Any couple should first get gorilla permits before planning anything else for their safari. The permit can be got from a trusted local tour operator or direct from Uganda Wildlife Authority at a fee. Gorilla trekking permits cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents, and UGX250,000 citizens of East Africa while gorilla habituation permits are got at a fee of $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and UGX750,000 citizens of East Africa.
How to book your gorilla safari to Bwindi?
Book your gorilla safari to Bwindi gorilla park by using Africa Adventure Vacations one of the local tour companies in Uganda. Contact us via email in advance and let us know about the dates of the month and year you want to have your honeymoon in Bwindi. What activities do you want to do while on your safari, the type of transport you want to use to the park, and the accommodation facility you want.
We shall use this information to organize a good honeymoon safari for you in Bwindi gorilla park. For gorilla trekking permits or gorilla habituation permits, we shall first check for the availability of the gorilla trekking permits and book them first before they sell out since they are sold on a first come first serve basis. After we have read all your information, we shall calculate how much the safari can cost you and send for you an email. You will write to us back if the price and activities in the itinerary are okay with you and we shall start on your honeymoon safari with us to Bwindi gorilla park.
Activities to do on a honeymoon safari in Bwindi Gorilla park
Encounter mountain gorillas on a honeymoon safari: Bwindi gorilla park harbors the highest population of mountain gorillas in the world. On your honeymoon safari, you will have an opportunity to encounter any of the 19 mountain gorilla families in the park. Encountering a mountain gorilla family with a loved one is a once in a lifetime activity and every person’s dream come true.
On a honeymoon safari in Bwindi, you will encounter mountain gorillas doing daily activities for 1 hour in the thick vegetation cover. To enjoy the whole trekking activity, you need to be physically fit to pass through the rough terrain and steep slopes while searching for the gorilla family. Mountain gorillas sometimes move to high altitudes but as soon as the gorilla group is located you will be given 1 hour to be around the family, take photos, learn about their habits and watch members do daily activities.
Gorilla habituation on a honeymoon safari: Bring your loved ones to Bwindi gorilla park and encounter mountain gorillas together for 4 hours. Gorilla habituation is one of the activities you should do with your love on your honeymoon in Bwindi. The activity is only done in Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors and only 4 people are allowed to trek a semi habituated gorilla family. Travelers coming for a honeymoon safari in Bwindi are advised to book their permits in advance since they are very few in the park.
The habituation activity starts with a briefing, park wardens teach the trekkers about the rules and regulations of the trekking activity, and armed ranger guides to lead the activity. The search for semi habituated activity takes trekkers through thick vegetation cover for 2-7 hours but during that time, they are able to meet different park mammals, primates, and birds. When the semi-habituated mountain gorilla family is located, trekkers are able to be around mountain gorillas for 4 hours, watch them do daily activities, take photos, learn about their habits, and be part of the activities that make gorillas get used to human presence.
Birding on a honeymoon safari: Are you a couple that loves birding? Well, Bwindi gorilla park is one of the best birding places in Uganda harboring over 350 bird species. As a couple on a honeymoon that loves birding, you can go for birding in the different areas of the sector with an armed ranger guide leading you. The armed ranger guides know where best to spot birds in the park all you have to come with from home is a birding book, voice recorder, a pair of binoculars, and a camera.
Some of the birds to encounter in Bwindi on a honeymoon safari include the African green pigeon, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, giant kingfisher, crowned hornbill, African harrier hawk, black-headed sunbird, black bee-eater, mountain masked apalis, black-faced warbler, black-billed turaco, nuemann’s warbler, yellow streaked greenbul, Rwenzori apalis, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, olive-breasted greenbul, and mountain masked apalis among others.
Batwa cultural tour on a honeymoon safari: On a honeymoon safari, you can join your loved one and take a visit to the Batwa community probably after trekking or habituating mountain gorillas. The Batwa community lives around the national park since they were evicted out of the jungle and the tour to their community is led by the local guides. The local guides take you around the park boundaries telling you stories of how they used to survive in the jungle, the tour takes you to their homesteads where you meet elders that tell you stories of long ago, traditional healers that show you how different plants are sued as local medicine, and you get a chance to be entertained by the traditional dancers through dance and drama.
When to have honeymoon safaris in Bwindi gorilla park?
Honeymoon safaris in Bwindi gorilla park can be done at any time of the year but some months are better than the rest. Loved ones are advised to plan their honeymoon safaris in the dry months of June to September and December to February. This is because these months are characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails dry, the vegetation is short giving good views of the animals and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.
Travelers can also visit Bwindi gorilla park for honeymoon safaris in the rainy seasons to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. Travelers should however note that in the rainy season, there is too much rainfall which makes the roads leading to the park impassable, the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, and the vegetation is tall with unclear views of the park animals.
Luxury lodges on your honeymoon safari in Bwindi gorilla park
You don’t have to use cheap accommodation on your honeymoon safari to Bwindi since the honeymoon is done once in life. Look out for the best accommodation with good services to help you have an amazing safari in the park. There are 4 sectors in Bwindi gorilla park and each sector has luxury accommodation facilities where travelers on a honeymoon safari can stay. These include Buhoma Lodge, Trackers Safari Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Safari Lodge, and Mahogany Springs Lodge among others.