Gorilla trekking in Africa can only be experienced in three countries and that is Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo in the whole world. Mountain gorilla trekking is a lifetime African Safari Experience, nothing can beat the fact of meeting and spending time with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
It is not surprising that more tourists have picked interest in combining the African game safari with the Gorilla trekking experience, take for example one may need to do a safari in Masai Mara and at the same time experience gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Uganda, and this is very much possible.
What is the best time to visit Uganda from Kenya for Gorilla Trekking?
One can say Uganda is a whole year round travel destination to any tourist planning to visit. Rightly so because of her climate and location to the equator and perhaps the other factor being partly covered by the second largest fresh water body (Lake Victoria) and its unique weather patterns to the climate. Uganda mainly has two rainy seasons, with the short season starting from October to November and the long rainy season starts from Mid-march to the end of May.
Therefore, the best time of the year to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda is June, July, August and September. If that is not possible, January and February should be relatively okay, though it is important to note that gorilla trekking destinations of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda are open to tourists all year round.
What you need to know about Visa requirements to cross from Kenya to Uganda?
You can now apply for an East African Visa online that takes you to three countries of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda, and the process takes about 24 hours excluding the new lockdown guidelines that may arise as set by different countries. It is in your best interest to get an East African Visa on entering Kenya and this enables you go to either Rwanda or Kampala without having to apply for another Visa.
Is it Better to take a Bus of Flight from Kenya to Uganda?
Several tour agents can easily organize for you a road transfer from Kenya to Uganda but be advised that the journey is quite an undertaking by road. Nairobi to Kampala stretches up to (400miles) which is a full day of travel plus additional 9 or 10 hours from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the home to the endangered mountain gorillas in the south western part of the country. You are therefore looking at at-least two overnights to get there.
The most precise option would be to take a flight from Nairobi to Entebbe then fly from Entebbe to Bwindi or to take an early hop from Nairobi to Entebbe followed by a transfer to Bwindi by road. And alternative you can fly from Nairobi to Kigali and from Kigali book a 2/3 days gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park/Mgahinga Gorilla National Park(Uganda)/Volcanoes National Park(Rwanda).
What is the Cost of Gorilla Trekking for travelers from Kenya to Uganda?
The cost of gorilla trekking differs from country to country and if you are planning to do gorilla trekking in any of the three destinations, you will need to acquire a gorilla permit which is basically a document that allows you to access the gorillas. In Uganda, gorilla permits cost $700, in Rwanda $1500 and Congo $400. And if you are an East African national, you can obtain a gorilla permit in Uganda for 300,000 shillings.
It is important to note that the price of gorilla permits is just a fraction of the overall cost of gorilla trekking. The cost of the whole gorilla trekking experience will also depend on other several factors like the type of accommodation (Luxury, mid-range or budget), food, VISAs, air tickets, packing lists, porters and tips for the Guides among others. Inquire with Primate World Safaris for tours tailored to your suit.
Accommodation options in Bwindi
There are different lodging options that are strategically set up for gorilla trekking in Bwindi ranging from budget, mid-range to luxury accommodation. Visitors to Bwindi have a number of luxury lodges like Birdnest Bunyonyi Resort, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, and Gorilla Forest Camp to pick from, then choose from mid-range lodges like Chameleon Hill Lodge, Mahogany springs, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, and for those on budget trip there is Broadbill Forest Camp, Buhoma Community Rest Camp among others.