How to choose the best gorilla trekking company for Bwindi?
Every day there are tour companies coming up here in Uganda and some of these are registered while others are not. Over 800 tour companies do exist in Uganda. Searching for the best tour company in Uganda for your safari requires some time because it is a bit tricky because you have to search different gorilla trekking companies and thereafter compare to see which one will work for you.
Bwindi tours are known to be some of the once in a lifetime safari done in the jungles of Bwindi impenetrable forest where travelers get to encounter close relatives to human beings. As a traveler, you will need a good tour company to help you on organizing a memorable safari in the park for you to enjoy your vacation or holiday. This is why we are here to show you different ways you can use to choose the best tour company for Bwindi safari.
Ways to choose the best gorilla trekking company for Bwindi
Members of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators.
A lot of tour companies are out there organizing gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi even when they are not licensed by Uganda Tour Operators. These companies might help you have a successful gorilla trekking tour in Bwindi while others might decide to scam your money. There are some gorilla companies that have decided to copy the AUTO logo to make you think that they are licensed however the government is looking out for those companies and is putting penalties.
Travelers that are intending to have gorilla trekking safaris to bwind and are looking for a local tour company should always make sure that they are licensed by the Uganda Tour Operators Association by checking their website and there after checking the AUTO website to confirm. It’s very rare for a licensed local tour company to scam your money.
Reviews about the safari company
A tour company might be registered by AUTO but still not offer the best services during gorilla trekking safari and a company not registered by AUTO might be good at organizing a gorilla safari for Bwindi. Therefore for travelers out there intending to visit Bwindi for a gorilla safari, use google to see different reviews about the companies you have chosen.
There are different ways you can see the reviews of the tour companies and one of them is checking on the trip advisor. The trip advisor has got a section of reviews from clients who once used the tour company. If the reviews are excellent, you can opt to go with that company, and in cases where the reviews from travelers are negative just drop the company before falling into trouble.
Difference between the safari quotes
We believe that most of the travelers intending to have gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi send different inquiries to different tour companies. Each company has a way it does its business and therefore in the end, they will all send different totals. As a traveler, you will need to go for a cheaper one with activities that are favorable for you. A traveler is advised to first look at the total and then the itinerary because you might rush for the cheapest which has a few activities therefore look at which one has enough activities for you at a fair price.
Form of payment used by a tour company
Travelers that are intending to visit Bwindi for a gorilla safari using a tour company should be very curious when it comes to paying for their safari. Travelers should avoid using personal contact to pay money but should rather send money to the company account. The most commonly used payment methods by tour companies are banks, Pesapal, and Paypal but not western union, world remit, or money gram.
Responsiveness to inquiries
We know as a traveler; you will have to ask so many different questions regarding the gorilla safari to Bwindi. You should use those local tour operators that are quick to respond to calls or emails. Tour companies that respond in time are a good indicator that they know what they are working on but never try those who take alt of time to respond.
When to go gorilla trekking in Bwindi
Travelers intending to visit Bwindi should note that the national park has two dry seasons and two rainy seasons. The two dry seasons of June to September and December to February are the best to visit the park because they are characterized by little or no rainfall that keeps the trekking trails dry and passable, the vegetation is short with great views of the mountain gorillas and the roads leading to the park are passable.
Travelers can still visit Bwindi in the two rainy seasons of March to May and October to November and this time favors the budget travelers most because they enjoy the discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season is however characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall and thick with bad views of the wild animals while the roads leading to the park are impassable.