Things to consider before booking a gorilla safari to Uganda in 2024. Booking a Uganda gorilla safaris tour in 2024 requires caution due to the few changes that were made by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Before booking any trip to Uganda for gorilla trekking either in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, it is important to be aware of this information.
Acacia Safaris Uganda takes an initiative to keep you aware of all the relevant information and here is what you need to carefully understand before coming to a final decision about taking a gorilla tour in Uganda. Things to consider before booking a gorilla safari to Uganda in 2024;
Anyone planning to trek gorillas in 2024, should be ready to pay US$ 700 per permit for foreign non-residents. Foreign residents will be required to pay US$ 600 per permit. East African citizens will continue to pay Ugandan Shillings 250,000 per permit.
A gorilla trekking permit is a document issued by the responsible authorities in Uganda specifically by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The permit grants you the opportunity to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas.
A gorilla permit is the only document that grants you permission to do Uganda gorilla safaris. This document is only issued to individuals aged 15 years and above. This change in the gorilla permit price should be considered before you start planning your trip.
Gorilla packages are in many cases customized and these range from short to long gorilla safaris. The number of days is based on what offers the best experience, however, though prior customized, you can still choose how you want your trip to be planned. Here we give you the best and well-planned trips to choose from or customize to suit your desired trip.
Uganda is privileged to be the only country in the world where you can have a gorilla habituation experience. Mountain gorilla habituation is the process of getting wild gorillas used to the presence of humans.
Unlike gorilla trekking where you spend a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the mountain gorillas, with habituation, you spend 4 hours along with gorilla doctors and researchers learning about these elusive giants.
A mountain gorilla habituation permit costs US$ 1500. Gorilla habituation is a much better way of learning about gorillas than trekking. If you can afford the cost, it’s good to for it.
For gorilla safaris, Uganda is surely the best option, it still remains cheaper than Rwanda and more peaceful than D.R Congo It’s also only in Uganda where there are two national parks that inhabit mountain gorillas. The National parks are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the Virunga massif.
Many travelers wonder which of the two parks is better for trekking. Both parks have the advantage of trekking in them. If you love bird watching, then Bwindi is also a great hub for special bird species including 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has one of the special and unique gorilla families known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group. Mgahinga is the only place in Uganda where silverback gorillas co-exist with the golden monkeys and therefore the slogan, “where gold meets silver”. This is the best place to see these beautiful golden monkeys since they are endemic to the Virunga Mountains.
The best time of the year for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris in both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is during the dry season months of June –August and December –February which makes it easy to go through the trails. When trails are drier, gorilla trekking is easy since trails are passable and the park is accessible.
It is best advisable to track gorillas during the dry season since it’s easy to trek gorillas as well as view wildlife. However, the dry season is actually the peak or high season therefore early booking is recommendable since permits can easily get fully booked as well as accommodation.
Uganda trips & tours give you opportunities to enjoy exciting game drives in the most visited Uganda Safari Parks. We will craft perfect Uganda safaris for you based on your budget. Besides, Uganda has such a wealth of attractions that a single visit will not be enough to discover all its wonders.
It has 10 National parks namely: Murchison Falls NP, Kidepo Valley NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Semuliki National Park, Rwenzori Mountains NP, Kibale Forest NP, Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Mt.Elgon NP. Each of these offers magnificent and unique fauna and flora, which make visitors always remember memorable moments in the Pearl of Africa.
Uganda Gorilla Safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park offer our Gorilla tour Uganda clients a great opportunity to go for Mountain Gorilla Trekking. The Most Popular Safari Packages include 3 days Bwindi Uganda Gorilla Trekking tour and 3 days Mgahinga Gorilla Uganda Safari Tour.
The Uganda Safari is categorized into 3 major categories namely Short safaris, medium safaris, and long safaris. The short safaris range from 1-3 days, the medium safaris range from 4-6 days and the long safaris range from 7 days and beyond.