Things to consider while choosing a Uganda safari isn’t any difficult due to the many customized safari itineraries on the internet. However, it could be daunting to choose a perfect safari and Acacia Safaris prides in creating personalized safari itineraries for each client depending on their interests upon request. Our several packages on the website are all amazing and a traveler can choose from them or use them as a guide to get together the kind of safari package they want.
Planning your Uganda safari shouldn’t be daunting as long as you know what to consider. Here are the top things to consider while choosing Uganda safari;
Anyone planning to trek gorillas from 1st July 2020 onwards, 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 as a permit to spend one hour with the mountain gorillas.
A gorilla permit is the only way to have Uganda gorilla safaris and it is given to individuals of age 15 years and above. This change in the gorilla permit price should be considered before you start planning your trip. Before the 1st of July 2020, permits will still be costing US$ 600 for foreign non-residents and US$ 500 for foreign residents.
Uganda is open to safaris all year round, however, the best time of the year 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 go for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris in both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park 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.
There are lots of popular attractions and activities like gorilla trekking and wildlife tours however, these are not the only activities that you can undertake. There are many activities that you can undertake off the beaten track. Try to discover those hidden gems, explore those amazing but unpopular places. Choose to visit communities, go white water rafting, abseiling, and any other activity of your choice.
Pack and wear the right safari clothing. Wear neutral safari clothing with khaki clothes that will not attract tsetse flies. Since khaki clothing gets dirty easily, you can wear blue jeans and khaki shirts. Avoid wearing blue shirts while on game drives to avoid attracting tsetse flies. Avoid wearing army like clothes since it may be referred to as camouflage.
The most important rule with what to wear is to keep comfortable and wear appropriately. While visiting communities wear clothes that the community refers to as descent and wear body-covering clothes while doing activities like gorilla trekking.
With these tips, planning your next tour will be easy and fulfilling your desired destinations. These tips can still be applicable to a Kenya safari, Rwanda safari, or a wildlife safari in Tanzania for wildlife viewing.