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Of all destinations to visit in East Africa, Uganda is one of a kind. With a diverse range of attractions, Uganda delights visitors with a number of things from favorable climatic conditions, impeccable hospitality services, and accessibility.
For first-timers, a trip to East Africa wouldn’t be complete without this center of natural wonder. That’s why it is easy to understand why even most customized safaris to Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo include a few days to Uganda.
Travelers have different interests, some come for the big game, Mountain hiking, Gorillas and others come for the man’s closest relatives – the chimpanzees.
For all primate enthusiasts, there is a lot to relish if you choose Uganda as your first stop for a once in a lifetime primate experience. Below are the top spots to include in your Uganda safari so that you enjoy spectacular chimps’ encounters in Uganda.
Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Kalinzu Forest Reserve is one of those untouched destinations that travelers often visit for Chimpanzees while in Uganda. This reserve is home to a range of primate species including chimps, blue monkeys, velvet, baboons, black and white Colobus monkeys. Kalinzu has a community of chimpanzees that are fully habituated and open to tracking excursions. Though Chimpanzee tracking is the main activity that draws adventurers.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is termed as the primate capital of Uganda. This forest park is inhabited by thirteen primate species including the chimpanzees. Other primates are grey-cheeked mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys. The main attraction for this park is chimps tracking, where a large number of chimps are open to public viewing. One can enjoy a both normal (last for 2 hours) and chimps habituation experiences (lasts up to 6 hours)
Budongo Forest Reserve.
Budongo is situated in the northwestern part of Uganda – part of the Murchison Falls conservation area. It has two major tourist sites that include Kaniyo Pabidi and Busingiro Ecotourism site. This reserve is known as a chimp’s habitant. Visitors to the forest engage in Chimpanzee tracking and forest walks.
Kyambura gorge sited in a valley is home to about sixteen habituated chimpanzees which are always available for the primate lover. Although they are rarely seen mostly in the dry season. In addition to chimp tracking, the gorge offers stunning views of vast landscapes and a few streams.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Ngamba Island was mainly established to provide habitat to a number of rescued and orphaned chimpanzee primates. It is currently home to over 49 chimpanzees and can only accessed by a boat. Visitors to this protected area participate in chimpanzee feeding, care giving and volunteering.
Planning a family trip in Rwanda but you are not sure of which cars to hire? Whether you are looking for a 4×4 car hire in Rwanda or a mass transportation vehicle, here are some of the best choices for family travel. Get on a family road trip in Rwanda in a comfortable way in one of our luxurious family size car rentals.
Safari Land Cruiser
Our fleet of safari Land Cruisers range from hard top to extended type, VX and V8. They are all ideal for family vacations in Rwanda especially if you plan for wildlife safari to Akagera National Park. They take from 5 to 8 people and perfect for outdoor camping tours in any part of Rwanda. Our luxurious Safari Land Cruisers consist of a pop up roof making them the best for game viewing. They also come with a mini fridge and air conditioners.
We have wide range of Toyota Prado car rentals for family trips in Rwanda ranging from TX, TZ and GX type. They have capacity of 6 seats with features such as MP 3, CD, FM radio station, air conditioner and many more. Whether you are planning to embark on a self-drive road trip, wedding, guided tours, conference, family vacation or airport transfers in the peal of Africa, our Toyota Land cruiser Prado will get you to that dream destination and at end of the day, you live within your dream. With pop-up roof/sun roof, you have amazing views while you are on a game drive in Rwanda’s savanna grassland protected areas.
Toyota Super Custom
Our Toyota Super Custom car rentals are the best 4wheel drive and they accommodate about 7 people. They are perfect for safaris the fact that it also features a pop-up/sun roof which is ideal for game drive. They also comprise of air conditioners front and rear as well as a luxurious boot which accommodates all that you plan to use while on your safari. They are the best for you to navigate through the remote areas where Rwanda’s attractions are located.
The Toyota Rav4 equally comes in 4wheel and 4 doors accommodating about 2-4 people. They feature air conditioners and a comprehensive insurance. Our compact Rav4 come with adequate space for you to pack your property and pocket friendly the fact that it doesn’t consume much fuel. They are perfect for family trips, self-drive, conference meetings and others.
Need to get the best of sightseeing tour in Rwanda? Embark on a family trip in our safari minivans and get your dreams achieved. They take up to nine visitors and feature a pop up roof making it a perfect choice for wildlife viewing experiences. It also features air conditioners, comfortable seats and adequate room for your cargo.
Planning a wedding, introductions or company getaway and you do not have any idea of how your people can get to reception or church? Our spacious Coaster minibuses are worth hiring. They accommodate between 25 and 35 people.
Namibia is a country located in southwest Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean. Namibia is officially known as Republic of Namibia. This large and mainly arid country shares its borders with Bostwana, Angola, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This is the only country in this world to have protection of natural resources and address conservation. The Article 95 of the constitution states , “The State shall actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people by adopting international policies aimed at the following: maintenance of ecosystems, essential ecological processes, and biological diversity of Namibia, and utilization of living natural resources on a sustainable basis for the benefit of all Namibians, both present and future.”
Etosha National Park
The Etosha Game Park which was given the status of a National Park in 1907 is South Africa’s most important and finest park. This park covers extends and covers an area of 22,270 square km. The park is in fact the home for 340 bird species, 114 mammal species, 110 reptile species, 16 amphibian species and also one species of fish. For any holiday chart prepared for Namibia, Etosha Park will be a definite destination on it.
The term Etosha means “Great White Place”. The park is dominated by huge amount mineral pan. The part of the Kalahari Basin, which was originated around 1000 million years ago, is known is pan. One fourth of this National Park is covered by the Pan. The pan was in fact a lake fed by the River Kunene. But the lake dried up when the river course was changed some many years ago.
The pan is presently a large and dusty mixture of clay and salt which holds water on rainy days. However this temporary water attracts thousands of beautiful birds including the famous flocks of flamingos.
The game viewing is an excellent pleasure for eyes in this Park. The best time for this is from May to September- the cooler months in the country. Many buck species, elephants, giraffe, rhino and lions can also been seen in this wonderful Park. More fortunate visitors will see leopard and cheetah.
Camping & Lodging
Basically Etosha provides three rest camps to its visitors which are Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo. Tourist facilities such as a basic goods shop, a restaurant, a motor garage for basic repairs & fuel, a swimming pool and various ranks of camping & accommodation facilities are also available in each of these camps. Besides these, Onkoshi Camp, an eco-friendly luxury lodge inside Etosha, is also available for camping. Non-resident visitors to Etosha can stop off at these camps for rest, recreation, and refueling.
The Park is only open from sunrise to sunset and visitors either have to be in any of the camps, or completely outside the park beyond these hours. Also Etosha does not provide its own guided safaris. So if you need a guided safari you are either required to stay at one of the private lodging which offer this service or manually make private guided safari.
The daily entrance fee is N$80 for foreign visitors and for a passenger vehicle (with 10 seats max) its N$10.
The amazing islands are a cluster of four little islands, floating on the Indian Ocean make for a great escape from all the city bustle and pressures associated with it. A truly delightful vacation spot it goes to be, filled with the goodness of sun-sand-surf activity.
The largest of the four clustered islands, the spectacular and scenic pleasure of Sonotra makes it the largest island of all the other three counterparts. This island takes about ninety-five percent of the land area together taken by other three.
About a distance of 150 miles from the Horn of Africa from the east, and separated by the Arabian Peninsula by about two hundred and forty miles from the southern side, this mesmerizing getaway is a secluded destination. The island boasts of such flora that can unarguably be found nowhere else in the world. Also, referred to as the ‘most alien looking place on planet’, one can understand.
These islands are also a part of the Republic of Yemen. Boasting a wide range of varied bio-diversity in the whole of the world, about ninety percent of the reptile species found over here cannot be seen elsewhere. The rich flora of the Socotra Islands are also true only to this beautiful location. With about eight hundred peculiar sorts of plants, no where in the world can they be found. So, all naturalists and nature enthusiasts and alike definitely have not something but a lot to look forward to from these amazing islands.
A very rare specie of tree called the Dragon;s Blood Tree attracts many a visitors befuddled at the uniqueness possessed by the tree. Very peculiar feature of the tree is the sap color of it, which is red in color and can be compared to blood. However, that sap is beneficial and has a medicinal property, which is also used as a dye. Compared with the blood of Abel, many wounds can be seen on the trunk and bark of the tree, which makes the sight even deadly.
However, that was not all. The great animal life found over the islands are peculiar to its own. With six hundred and eighty different species of fish and another two hundred and thirty species of amazing hard coral, four hundred and ninety peculiar types of mollusk, one will surely feel like they’ve come to an all new land.
Although, apart from the rich flora and fauna which makes the place so exquisite; there’s something more to this paradise of a destination. The scenic splendors of the Socotra Islands are so great that the islands can easily be regarded as one of the greatest locations high on natural bounty. Aptly called as the alienated place of earth, the islands also boasts some of the greatest historically significant monuments, awesome beaches with crystal waters, and a great time more than anything.
All those who seek a holiday which means quite a getaway from the world to a whole new place, they certainly and undoubtedly need to come and rewind at this very place. With an insignificant number of populace with only sixty thousands residents, the locals primarily speak in Arabic and Socotri. Much influenced by the Arabian and African culture, it’s a dream come true vacation spot for any traveler.
Did you know that beach vacations in Africa can prove to be one of the greatest adventures? And specially, if you are in Kenya? Regarded among the top vacation spots in Africa, Kenya is often dubbed as family beach vacation destination, adventurous vacation spot, and kid vacation city. Beach vacations are at their best in Kenya’s Mombasa Island that is nestled in the southwest area breaking the north as well as the south mainlands. The island as the main town is pristinely situated between the south and north Kenyan mainlands and is linked via the nyali bridge (north) as well as the likoni ferry channel (south).
Visitors prefer to enjoy the beach vacations at the southern Mombasa beaches, especially the ones at Diani that is a beach holiday Mecca. Set amidst the lush tropical forest and a few excellent beach hotels, Diani beaches are famous for a sole giant coral reef along the Indian Ocean shore. With the warmly calm turquoise waters, reef breaking the strong surf, and powdery white sands, it has become the hub of many relaxing activities too. And yes, a few beaches here are so remote that they offer much sought tranquility unlike the Mediterranean beaches.
In Diani, a majority of the hotels are 4- or 5-star properties that offer a variety of water sports on the beaches besides the luxurious facilities. There are also clubs, resorts, and sea lodges offering a plethora of water adventure sports. The most famous water sports here are beach volleyball, kite surfing in Kenya style, wind surfing, deep sea diving, wreck diving on the coast of Mombasa, snorkeling or goggling in marine national parks as well as coral gardens, kayaking, banana boats, jet skiing, beach parachuting, beach parasailing, and traditional sailing.
The beach hotels in Diani offers a plethora of facilities such as pool ball games, freeform fresh water swimming pools, air-conditioned rooms, room service, en suite bathrooms, children playgrounds and pools, conference facilities, valet services, cyber cafes, shopping arcades, and breathtaking tropical gardens with loungers and palms in manicured lawns. Above all, these beach hotels are the home of many diversely themed restaurants that offer the best African Culinary experience. You are free to choose from the European, African, Indian, Continental, and Chinese; the list is adequate to sample all the vast gourmet dishes while you are on week holiday.
Some of the best beach hotels in Diani are Alliance Africana Sea Lodge Kenya, Alliance Safari Beach Hotel, Alliance Jadini Beach Hotel, Baobab Beach Resort, Indian Ocean Beach Club, Diani Sea Resort, Leopard Beach Resort, Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort, and Neptune Paradise Village. Diani in Kenya is a vacation resort town that is fully serviced with a shopping centre handily nestled at the beach resort complex’s entrance, many malls as well as super markets offering supplies to the self catering travelers, banks, souvenir arcades, and gift shops for home items. And yes, there is also a tarmac road that leads one to each of the entrances of the hotels here.
Diani is certainly for those travelers who are seeking a relaxation beach holiday in Kenya. Others can think of a beach and bush excursion – combine Masai Mara of Kenya with the Diani beach vacation or the Tsavo (for lions that are man-eaters) with Diani.
Benin is a virtually unknown country because of its size. It is a tiny nation in West Africa that has Togo and Nigeria in its vicinity. The nation has recently come into the lime light in travel and tourism circles as it contains some of the best sights and attractions for travelers.
The national parks, museums and other locations here make for an exceedingly rewarding destination for travelers. The UNESCO declared the ancient town of Abomey as a world heritage site. The site is one of the most important in entire West Africa.
Benin has a number of sites that are extremely interesting. You will not find many facilities or five star resorts here, but if you can do without some comforts, Benin will promise you an incredibly rewarding experience.
Porto Novo is the capital city. It has a colorful history and a huge number of sights. You will find that the city has a great number of Brazilian influences right from the food, to the architecture to other facets.
Aborney is one of the most notable locations in entire Western Africa. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Dohomey in the olden times.
Mauritius is a fascinating island, famous for its sandy white pristine beaches. This tropical luxury island, stupendous destination, famed for its pleasant climate, hospitable and friendly residents and long list of things that you can do. Regarded as one of the best of places for wedding and honeymoon, Mauritius has its own charm.
On my very first day at Mauritius, I just fell in love with the island for its cleanliness and pristine beaches. The morning jog at the beach was superb, after which we rested in chair lounge. After swimming and sun bathing, we had breakfast. Hotel had planned a complimentary tour for us. We went to Port Louis, Mauritius capital. Such impression it made on us, backdrop of the lush mountains, ahead lays the magnum of Indian Ocean. We had savoury snacks at Bombay Sweets Mart. After which we went to Pere Laval’s Shrine which is Pilgrim’s place for all Mauritians. The church was so beautiful.
Domaine Les Pailes was another destination that we went. We choose to tour the place on horse carriage. That itself was so romantic. Initially as sugar estate, now has been turned into a theme park which is a cultural and a heritage centre. We saw a traditional ox-driven sugar’s mill, a distillery of making of rum, a spice garden, children’s playground and there was this quad-biking circuit for fun. There were many upmarket restaurants.
From far off we saw the very famous Champ de Mars racecourse of the Mauritius. Heading to Central Market we saw the locals there. Selling there were authentic food of Mauritius, fruits and vegetables, which we bought to taste. And yummy, juicy and delicious they were. Also we bought many souvenirs from there. We bought Malagasy handicrafts of Dodo bird replicas, wood crafted work, and Mauritius theme inspired t-shirts. We got things cheap here, then that of big branded shops. But definitely we had to bargain hard.
After that we head back to hotel, so that we could rest. There after we decided to have fun at Grand Baie a cosmopolitan part of Mauritius, definitely a classy town, famous for its resorts and nightlife. Though its quoted as bad at times but the place is definitely popular. Grand Baie has quality food to offer, varieties in shopping and more. Buddha Club is the most happening nightspot in Grand Baie and we heard good reviews about this people from lots of people in hotel, and from people in town. And did we enjoy? Yes we enjoyed so much there. Dress code is smart casual dress. And man, there were so many cool looking people out there. Crowd was so awesome. And drinks they serve was good too. And we were in luck as we went on Friday, its said the place simply sizzles on Friday and Saturday nights. Buddha Club has three dance floor and feet stepping music going on. We danced so much that next day my feet were sore. But most important we both loved it.
Africa is a wide continent with so many travel destinations usually your packing tips rotates where exactly you are going and the kind of activities to do in respect with how long or short the trip will be. We recommend limiting your adventure travel packing list to only items that you will use regularly and are fairly compact. In general below are the packing tips to guide on what is necessary while traveling to Africa;
1. Travel Documents
After confirming the itinerary, everything is set it’s important you bring together all the required travel document s including visa to the African countries you’re visiting, medical and insurance cards. In most cases you will need to carry your credit cards and a little cash for easy transaction.
2. Back Pack
It’s obvious you need one to carry all our belongings together, much as you would have packed one big suit case but a small hand back pack is necessary. It will help gather all the necessities together. Let’s say stepping out for swimming, even walk, this will be of great use carrying your gadgets like cameras, sun glasses and swim suits with you.
3. Hiking Shoes or Boots
Comfortable shoes for walking around, you will find most of the times while in Africa you will have distances to walk for adventure let’s say trekking to the top of the mountain, to find mountain gorilla if you are in east Africa, other pair of shoes to pack are trainers and sandals to relax your feet after a long day in the boots. Endeavor to pack at least 2 0r pairs of shoes for comfort and depending on the days of stay.
4. Light Clothing
Most African countries have hot weather, therefore you will need right clothing for example pair of khaki trousers, shorts, long sleeved shirts, vests and others, for ladies Africans are conservative and reserved, you will need knee length skirts, scarves, for respect of peoples culture and society depending which African country. However there is need to pack rain coats and gears, some time weather is un predictable and it can shower any time.
To keep update and track of your safari you need your camera and a pair of binoculars to spot the furthest interesting features. Adaptors and chargers, accessories like power chargers, head seats, selfie stick, tripod stands can spice up your safari and not feel left out. Spare batteries, Cell phone with a local plan to connect with family and friends back home. Most camps may not have Wi-Fi, but will have a cell phone connection.
6. Sanitary Ware
There are lots of toiletries to remember to bring with you on your trip. Some items you may be able to find wherever you’re traveling.Pack your favorites in advance and use this section of the travel packing checklist to ensure you haven’t forgotten any of the essentials e.g. tooth paste, brush, combs and sun screens, and wet wipes.
7. First Aid Kit
Much as every lodge and camp site give basic first aid and almost every safari vehicle has a first aid kit, it is also important if you pack some of the essential emergency medication and supplies like hand sanitizer, histamine for sting and bites, Aspirin and paracetamol among others.
Looking for a perfect destination to track the gorillas from? Uganda should be your first priority as it covers almost three thirds of the total population of mountain gorillas in the world. Tracking the gorillas is somehow a challenging activity but the experience achieved from it, is of a lifetime and you are surely guaranteed with memorable escapades. On meeting these giant yet humble apes in their territory, it will arguably be worth your effort as no one can fully describe the fantastic moment attached to the first sight on a wild mountain gorilla. It is to be noted that; among all the gorilla types in the world, Uganda only resides one type, which is the eastern mountain gorilla (rare endangered mountain gorillas) and it resides it more than any other country in the world.
Where to track the mountain gorillas in Uganda
The world comprises of only four national parks which protect the lives of the rare endangered mountain gorillas, and the most fascinating thing is that Uganda has two of the four national parks. These Parks include; Virunga National Park (in DR Congo), Volcanoes National Park (in Rwanda), and then the two Parks in Uganda; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Therefore, the mountain gorillas in Uganda can only be tracked from Bwindi and Mgahinga, of which both Parks are perched in the South-western parts of the country.
Location, History and Accessibility of Bwindi
Bwindi, found in south-western Uganda, was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO natural world heritage site in 1994. The Park is composed of 331 square kilometers (128 square miles) of both montane and lowland forests. Accessing Bwindi by Road from Kampala, Uganda’s capital, it is a 6-8 hours’ drive; a route through Kampala to Mbarara and then converging to Butogota, a mere 17 kilometers from the Buhoma entrance gate. Always remember to book your gorilla safari in advance with your tour agency such that it reserves you a good quality 4X4 tourist vehicle that you will use for transportation, such as; Land Cruisers TX, Land Cruisers V8, Land Cruisers VX, Land Cruisers JX, Extended Land Cruisers with pop-up roofs, Safari Vans, Costa buses, Super Customs, and Rav4s, among others. Bwindi can also be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the north through Ishasha sector, which is a 2-3 hours drive, or from Kabale town to the south, just a 1-2 hours’ drive.
Bwindi can also be accessed by Air flying from Kampala, Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield, to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro. Planes can too be chartered to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips. Bwindi comprises of three airfields; at Kayonza and Kihiihi, for those going to track in the northern sector, and Nyakabande, in Kisoro, for those going to track gorillas in the southern sectors.
Location, History and Accessibility of Mgahinga
In the South-western parts of Uganda (Kisoro District) is where Mgahinga National Park lies. Though it is the smallest national park in Uganda, covering a total area of 33.7 square kilometers, Mgahinga is one of the only four Parks in the world protecting the rare endangered mountain gorillas that inhabit the dense forests of the Park, and besides protecting the endangered mountain gorillas, Mgahinga is also known for keeping the endangered golden monkeys. The Park commands majestic natural beauty and its annual visitors always enjoy the beautiful views over the Park’s three volcanoes; Muhavura, Mgahinga, and Sabinyo volcanoes. On addition to gorilla and golden monkey trekking, hiking any of the above volcanoes is also an experience of its own, especially the Mgahinga volcano of which you will only pay US$ 80 to hike it.
Accessing Mgahinga from Kampala, it takes 8-10 hours driving on the good tarmac roads up to Kabale or Kisoro towns covering about 482 kilometers. From Kisoro town, the dirt road covers 14 kilometers to the park and another route goes along the shorelines of the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. Ntebeko is the only entrance gate open from 07:00am to 06:00pm all year round. However, the Park can also be accessed by air as the charter schedule flights depart from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airfield in Kampala and land at Kisoro Airstrip, of which from there it is a one hour drive to the Park.
Habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga
Mgahinga is a home to almost 100 mountain gorilla individuals but due to various conservation reasons, there is only one habituated gorilla family that is open to trekkers. Nyakagezi gorilla family, comprising of 10 members (gorilla individuals), is the only renowned habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga National Park. The gorilla family is led by a silverback known as Mark and being assisted by another silverback called Mafia. Out of the 10 gorilla individuals in the family, there are; 3 Silverbacks, 2 Black-backs, 2 Females, 2 Juveniles and one Baby-Toddler.
Habituated gorilla families in Bwindi
As of now, Bwindi Impenetrable Forests National Park comprises of over 500 mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the total number of mountain gorillas left in the world. The Park consists of 18 habituated gorilla families and these families reside and are trekked from the Park’s four sectors; Buhoma sector, Rushaga sector, Ruhija sector, and Nkuringo sector. These gorilla families are; Mubare, Rushegura, Habinyanja and Katwe (in Buhoma); Bweza, Nshongi, Mishaya, Mucunguzi, Busingye, Kahungye, Bikyinji and Bushaho (in Rushaga); Oruzogo, Kyaguriro, Mukiza, and Bitukura (in Ruhija); and then Nkuringo and Christmas (in Nkuringo sector). Mubare gorilla family, boasting 5 gorilla individuals, is however the oldest habituated gorilla family in Bwindi and Uganda at large and thus trekking this family is much adorable.
Gorilla Permit in Uganda
For one to go trekking the mountain gorillas in any of the country’s gorilla trekking Parks will need to owe a Uganda gorilla trekking permit which costs quite affordable as compared to that of Rwanda. A Uganda gorilla permit costs US$ 600 per person and this will be acquired for you by your tour agency however due to the high demand of the permit, especially in the peak season, you are highly advised to consider advance booking. It is on your arrival in Uganda after settling all your safari’s bills that the permit will be handed over to you and you will need to represent it at the Park’s entrance gate – as it even includes the Park entrance fees and thus you will not need to pay any extra charge for the entrance fee as long as you posses a permit.
Accommodations in Bwindi and Mgahinga
Bwindi National Park comprises of various accommodations ranging from budget, mid-range and luxury accommodations which include; Buhoma lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Silverback Lodge, Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, The Gorilla Resort, Mahogany Springs Lodge, and Buhoma Community Rest Camp (in Buhoma sector); Nshongi Camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, and Gorilla Safari Lodge (in Rushaga Sector); Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite, and Trekkers Tavern Lodge (in Ruhija sector); Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort, Wagtail Eco Safari Camp, and Bwindi Backpackers Lodge (in Nkuringo sector).
Accommodations in Mgahinga National Park are also many and some of them include; Mgahinga gorilla lodge, Mgahinga Community Camp Ground, Virunga Hotel, Mgahinga Rest camp, Travelers Rest House, and Kisoro tourist hotel, among others.
Rules and Regulations to follow during gorilla trekking expeditions
-Trekkers will only be given one hour to spend with the gorillas once met.
-Keep a distance of at least 6 to 8 meters while viewing the gorillas because a close intact with them may lead to spread of some air diseases from you to them, as we share almost the same DNA with them, and also since these primates are wild creatures, however much how friendly they are to us, you should at least view them from a certain distance for security purposes.
-Gorilla trekking is done in groups of 8 individuals per trekking group.
-Minimize your voices while tracking the gorillas because high voices will scare the primates hence failing to meet them.
-Do not use flashlight cameras while taking photos of the gorillas as the flashlights may scare the primates while you are still viewing them.
-Do not litter the Park.
-Do not smoke or eat from the Park.
-Do not mimic the gorillas as you may not know what you are communicating to them.
– Arrive at the Park headquarters earlier (at 07:30am) for briefings and to be given your trekking group – the gorilla trekking activity starts at 08:30am.
The Best Time to Go For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda
For all gorilla lovers all over the world should take note that; though the gorilla trekking activity is regarded as an all-year-round-activity, there is a best time during the year that the gorilla trekking expeditions be more joyous. The most ideal time to go for gorilla trekking expeditions in Uganda is during the Country’s two dry seasons; January to February, and then June to October, reason being that; since the roads linking to the Parks are dirt, they become easier to pass through in dry seasons as they become slippery in the wet seasons and passing through these slippery dirt roads becomes a hurdle. Still trekking the gorillas in the thick forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga becomes more enjoyful and easier during the dry seasons when it is not raining in the Parks.
What to Pack for a Gorilla Safari in Uganda
There are some vital things that you should not forget to pack while going for a gorilla safari and here is the guide on what you should pack; a yellow fever vaccination, water-proof walking/hiking boots, wet weather clothing and warm layers as the weather is at times unpredictable and for the evening coldness, sun glasses, sun hat, water-proof bags to protect your belongings safely, good cameras together with extra charged batteries, energy-giving snacks and enough drinking water, garden gloves, and insect repellents, among others.