Volcanoes National Park is among the three parks Rwanda has and it is the nearest National park from Kigali, Rwanda. Volcanoes National Park can be reached after 2-3 hours drive from Kigali Airport making it possible to do 1 day Gorilla tour.
Volcanoes National Park is the only park protecting Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda. It is known to protect 10 habituated Gorilla groups and more are in the process of habituation. Gorilla trekking is the top tourist activity in Rwanda and the most expensive activity. Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda is ranked as the most expensive destination where gorilla permits costs USD 1500 as it hosts most of the primate safaris activities like Golden monkey tracking , Gorilla Trekking & other primate tracking as Arranged below.
Volcano Hiking In Virunga
Volcanoes national park is located amidst the Virunga Mountains which give amazing relief. The Virunga volcanoes here include Mt. Sabyinyo, Mt. Karisimbi, Mt. Muhabura and Mt. Bisoke among others. The nearness to Kigali city makes it famous in a sense that, tourists easily access it even from the plane and depart easily after visiting Volcanoes national park. The 2-3 hours drive through the rolling hill and mountains of Rwanda allows visitor travel while taking wonderful and memorable photos.
Golden Monkey Tracking
Volcanoes National Park is known for protecting the beautiful Golden Monkeys which are the second sought after Gorillas. Trekking Golden monkeys is currently costing US$ 100 per foreign visitor. Because of high cost for Rwanda Gorilla permit, you can substitute to Golden monkey trekking at US# 100 per permit.
After Gorilla trekking or Golden monkey tracking, clients can relax at the beautiful twin Lake. Lake Burera and Ruhondo are among the few lakes situated in one are (twin) the world has – the twin lake offers the beautiful scenery for excellent photography. You can have a drink while viewing the amazing natural waters or hire a boat to explore the small islands.
The park is composed of Bamboo vegetation which simplifies Photographing during Gorilla trekking exercise. It should be noted that, Bamboo forests are clear compared to the tropical forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Birding in Volcanoes
Volcanoes National Park protects over 180 species of bird species including the Grauer’s rush warbler, 16 Albertine Rift endemic including francolin, Rwenzori batis, Archer’s ground robin, collared apalis, Rwenzori double collared sunbird, dusky crimson-wing, red-faced woodland warbler and the Rwenzori turaco.
The major annual event in Volcanoes National Park is the Gorilla naming ceremony “Kwita Izina” – annual celebration on which all the new born baby Gorillas in Volcanoes National park are given names for easy identification.
The park is surrounded by good lodges and Hotels – Lodges in Volcanoes National Park ranges from Luxury to budget accommodation. Some of the Lodges in Volcanoes National park include Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, Virunga Lodge, mountain Gorilla View Lodge, Le bamboo Gorilla Lodge and Muhabura Hotel among others.
Volcanoes National Park can be reached by road (private or public means). Important to note is that, Rwanda has better roads connecting to different destinations like Akagera N.P, Gisenyi, Nyungwe N.P etc.
Safari Extensions from Volcanoes national Park.
From Volcanoes National Park, tourists can easily connect to other destinations like Gisenyi for boat trip on Lake Kivu, Akagera National Park for Game drives, Nyungwe National park for primate trekking.Read More
For those who have ever watched the 1988 film “Gorillas in the Mist” you realize that watching it alone doesn’t help and the best is for you to hit the jungles of Rwanda to search for these rare creatures. Mountain gorillas thrive in only Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and they remain not more than 1004 individuals. To get the best of magical encounters with these dramatic creatures while on Rwanda safari, a number of tips need to put into considerations. They include
1. Get a gorilla permit early enough
To trek to see a group of mountain gorillas in Rwanda, you need a gorilla permit. It is a gorilla permit that allows you to trek one habituated gorilla family in Volcanoes National Park. You can obtain your permit through a ground tour operator or reservationist at Rwanda Development Board (RDB). To obtain one, you need $1500 and interested visitors are always advised to book for their permits early enough at least 3 months or even year before the actual trek.
2. Always be prepared for any kind of weather
Volcanoes National Park mainly features tropical rainforest and given the kind of habitat where these creatures live, you have to expect it to rain at any time of the day. This means the ground can become muddy, slippery and you will need good waterproof hiking boots, rain jacket or poncho,
3. Have food/energy giving snacks and water
Please, note most national parks don’t have shops like it is a case with urban areas. This means that you have pack all that you need and that will last your stay at the park. You can have some dried fruits, nuts or trail mix to help you boost energy so that you make a complete hike. As well, don’t forget to have adequate drinking water.
4. Visit during the dry season
While gorilla trekking is regarded as an all year round adventure on the other hand the dry season is regarded as the most ideal time to track gorillas. This season is characterized by low rainfall and the gorilla habitat remains relatively drier making it easier for one to hike through the thick rainforest and steep slopes while in search for these beautiful creatures. The dry season always starts from June to September and then December to February.
5. Respect gorillas
During briefing, one of the most important safety measures you have to take note is maintaining a distance of about 8 meters at all times away from gorillas. Note, humans are more like intruders in these creatures’ habitat and this means that they deserve total respect and maximum relaxing environment.
6. Be realistic about your physical fitness
Gorilla trekking is a strenuous adventure and for visitors on Rwanda safari, you need to be physically well to be able to hike through the dense rainforest and steep slopes. These creatures thrive between altitude of 1500 and 3000 meters and this requires some physical wellness. Treks can last you about 4 to 8 hours depending on your physical fitness level, nature of habitat and location of gorillas.
7. Conduct research
Spending some time on internet isn’t bad but just for your own benefit. Therefore, do conduct some research on which gorilla family to trek in Rwanda. Remember each gorilla family rewards travel endeavors with unique experiences and history. Some of them can be strenuous to hike while others are easy to hike.
8. Hire porter to help carry your heavy luggage
In case you have heavy luggage, don’t stress yourself the fact that you will be heading off for a strenuous adventure. There are porters for hire at the park headquarters to help you carry the luggage then you can only concentrate on you thrilling adventure. Porters can be hired at $10 and $15 depending on how heavy your luggage is.
9. Observe the set rules and regulations
There are many set measures that you have to follow while on gorilla trek. They will be briefed to you before you hit the jungles to search for your gorilla family. They include-only 8 visitors are allowed to track 1 habituated family, a distance of 8 meters should be maintained at all times away from gorilla, keep your voices low but do ask as many questions as possible, no flashlight is allowed when taking photos, only persons above 15 years are allowed to take part in this lovely adventure among others that will be briefed to you at the park headquarters.
10. Use Your Hour with the Gorillas Well
During the gorilla trek, you have up to one hour to be in the company of the mountain gorillas. You should use this hour well. Take enough photographs that you can keep for your memorable visit. Also use this time to ask any questions about you would like to know about the great apes and their habitat.Read More
The great wildebeest migration has begun at Masai Mara in Kenya, marking the start of one of the largest wildlife migrations in the world.
An estimated 1.5 million wildebeests, zebras and gazelles will cross the crocodile-infested Mara River over the coming weeks, and tourists are already rushing to the Masai Mara game reserve to witness this annual spectacle.
The great wildebeest migration sees close to 2 million ungulates (hoofed animals) moving from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania into the Masai Mara Game Reserve in search of pasture and water and then back to Serengeti by the promise of foliage.
Read more on the migration here.Read More
Do you want to trek gorillas in Uganda? You travel to the extreme south western part of county to reach un to meet face to face with these endangered species. In Gorilla trekking in Uganda is only done in the tropical rain forests of bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in kabale and kisoro districts. Though the two national parks are neighboring each other,t there are features that make gorilla trekking experience different.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is UNESCO owrld heritage centre situated in the south west of Uganda in kisoro, Kanungu and Kabale districts. It’s a home to over 400 rare mountain gorillas, and because of the large numbers of these gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable national park has been put on the world map as the only park having almost half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas.
On the other hand, Mgahinga is located in the extreme southwest of Uganda in kisoro district. Its among the three parks that are located on the Virunga ranges that separate or join the three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.Mgahinga has very few mountain gorilla families compared to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. This has put it on a disadvantage when it comes to gorilla trekking.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park has over eleven habituated gorilla families unlike Mgahinga that has only one habituated gorilla family which is Nyakagezi. But in Bwindi there is diversity, you can choose to trek in the north (Buhoma) and families there are the; Mubare which is the oldest family in Bwindi, Habinyanja and Rushegura. Still in Bwindi you can choose to trek gorillas in the east commonly known as the Ruhija side and visit the Kyaguriro, Oruzongo or Bitukura families. And if you choose the southern part, you are more assured of seeing the Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahungye and Bweza families.
According to research, Bwindi Impenetrable National park is the only place where mountain gorillas live with the chimpanzees in the whole world. Bwindi is also rich in terms of birds and twenty five of them are endemic species which makes it better than Mgahinga national park if one is a birder. In Uganda, mgahinga national park is the only park where mountain gorillas co- exist with golden monkeys giving you an awesome experience trekking the mountain gorillas in conjunction with the golden monkeys.
Both Bwindi and Mgahinga national park can be accessed y both air and road, putting them on the same advantage in terms of transport. However still Bwindi being on a better advantage than Mgahinga because it can be accessed through two air strips; Kahihi and Kisoro air strip unlike Mgahinga that can only be accessed through Kisoro airstrip.
Bwindi Impenetrable national forest has several accommodation options in all sides of the forest. There are the budget, up market and mid range lodges for you to decide accordingly, however in Mgahinga the only up market lodge is the Gahinga lodge, other options are found in kisoro town.
Adding more advantage on the Bwindi Impenetrable national park, it is nearer to other national parks like Queen Elizabeth national park which is a two hours drive from Bwindi. You can have join experiences connecting from one game park to another looking for the climbing lions in Ishasha or a boat cruise on kazinga channel with the highest concentration of hippos in the whole world. You can further proceed to Kibale national park also known as the place with the best habituated chimpanzees in the whole world. With that comparison, you can now choose wisely a place to trek the mountain gorillas, whether Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga national park to get the best experience.
Conclusively therefore, gorilla trekking in Uganda is a memorable experience. Trek gorillas in bwindi impenetrable forest national park or mgahinga gorilla national park and get a life time expereince.Read More
I remember in July of 2016, the price of a Rwandan gorilla permit went for a healthy $750. The same permit is now at $1,500 and “you distinctly think to yourself, prices on these mountain gorillas are just out of sight”. And all of a sudden you feel like this could be the reason why East African safaris are expensive. No, they’re not and the point is simple.
We all know what has happened, there’s a strong political will for conservation and economic development in Rwanda and the results are apparent. Arrive at Kigali airport and you’ll be in quite for a surprise, the drive time to volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking safari is just two hours. Seen travelers visiting gorillas and make their night flight departures just within a day. Ask any traveler who has been there, and the response is you spend less on transportation and logistics on the way to see gorillas because the infrastructure in Rwanda is well developed.
In contrast to most of other Eastern Africa wildlife national parks and reserves which are one of the most biologically diverse in Africa are located quite a distance from major cities and towns.
While you can easily get an airport taxi upon arrival at your destination and quickly move from the major airports to your hotel in a nearby city, it is difficult to have the same accessibility to a remote wilderness national park or reserve. And most of the roads are not paved, that safaris require using sport utility vehicle or 4WD safari vehicles which are likely to consume a lot of fuel for longer journeys. If you follow the wildebeest migration, there’s nothing like tarmac roads in the Serengeti-Maasai Mara ecosystems of Tanzania and Kenya.
Most distances may not take less than 3 hours while the longest takes more than 12 hours drive in a day. Using a charter plane to fly to a remote airstrip will significantly put costs higher.
We know the reason so many travelers say an African safaris are expensive is that the costs of transportation tends to be high than the cost of paying for what to see and do. The main ways to get around are by public transport include taxis, buses and Costas. While taxis and motor cycles or Boda Boda are highly used to get around in most African cities, buses which travel up country daily are not so convenient. This means that most buses do not exactly take you and you will require using other means to reach your final destination.
As a result many travelers definitely want to use an organized tour hoping for a holiday that provides a quality and relaxing safari experience. So when putting together itinerary, transport and logistics including guiding services, park entry fees, meals and accommodation the overall costs may not be cheap because these elements are primarily included in your safari costing.
Unlike things that are not included in the cost of a given tour yet very expensive including air ticket fees and purchasing visas and other entry requirements.
With regard to a particular itinerary and your choice of attractions and destination, the cost of a tour relatively differs. We would therefore not judge that transportation and logistics can necessary make every Africa safari very expensive. Yes, there are expensive safari camps and private game reserves but they represent the foundations of wildlife conservation. So the high prices represent strength of revenues generated to fund conservation activities and local development. Visit any cultural village around the national park, the conservation stories offered by rural people and the experience is mind boggling. If you believe in conservation, then show your support and make contributions to organizations or visit craft markets and purchase some the souvenirs which are locally made and of quality.
With the assumption that you want a safari that provides you a quality and memorable safari experience, you can as well experience the most popular safari on budget when you take time to look into low cost options and taking advantages of traveling during off the season. But how will you about some of the price discount promotions unless you’re connected through internet with a local tour operator who can easily arrange for you a safari of your interests.
Many professional tour companies willing to offer affordable tour packages as much as there’s a lot of things to do and see. From spectacular wildlife packed rainforests and savannah wilderness to the appeal of small towns located between volcanoes and along the coastlines, Africa is a nature lover’s paradise.Read More
While at Kalagala Falls, you cannot miss out the striking rapids along the entire length of the mighty Nile. Five minutes away from the lake shore, you will hear a roaring strength of the falls. Strong and loud they come onto you yet in their thunderous nature they are a beauty to marvel at Kalagala Falls are a spending sight, and presently the most striking falls on Lake Victoria where the mighty River Nile has its source.
From the upper side at Kalagala, one can clearly see the Nile forms into two channels both with rapids sparkling like hot boiling water. If you are here for the first time, it is easy to think this is a Lake. After drifting from the rapids, the water of the great River Nile cascade into a lake-like sanctuary that apart from being a fascinating site to see, also houses the Kalagala cultural caves where many Buganda guardian spirits reside.
Rafting is done starting from the base of the magnificent falls and people raft downstream from the heart of the recently established Wild waters Reserve. It is a wonderful River journey especially for both people who are experience and those not well experienced in rafting. Instead of choosing the biggest and wildest rapids, tourists instead drift swiftly between beautiful forested islands, bounce down smaller rapids and explore the least known channels of the River.
The falls and the flow of the Nile have a good view where the tourists can relax enjoying the beauty of the Nile taking a walk along the Nile doing birding tours of Uganda. Not only does Kalagala Falls offer the adventure and the good scenery, there are plenty of opportunities to swim, relax on the raft and spot the amazing array of wildlife, including red-tailed monkeys, fish eagles, monitor lizards, otters and thousands of members of the cormorant family.
The place has a number of rocks and caves some of which are huge that provide tourists with a good scenic view and the caves are the sacred places among the Baganda where there are beliefs that the spirits reside there and they take the offering to the spirits and gods. While there you will notice small shrines that traditional medicine men use when they visit the site and believed that the gods live there.
There are 2 routes to Kalagala falls if you are leaving Mukono, Jinja Road route and Kampala- Gayaza, Kayunga route. For Kampala to Mukono, on your left, turn to Kayunga Road. Follow it for 74 km to Kangulumira and turn right when you meet T-junction at Kalagi. If you are from Jinja, Kangulumira is 26 km up the Kayunga Road from Nile Breweries. Public transport to Kayunga runs from Kampala’s old taxi park and Njeru Taxi Park opposite Nile Breweries near Jinja.Read More
When you hear about this theme you cannot accept that Uganda deserves this amazing title not until you organize a tour of Uganda. I decided to arrange a safari with one of the Uganda tour company known as Nature Adventure Africa Safaris to establish it myself whether she really deserve it, the safaris I bought was a 9 Day Uganda safari, this was because of the curiosity I had In visiting Uganda. I wanted to carryout five activities notably, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking, birding, launch trips and nature walks.
The following are the prices I was charged per activity, chimpanzee tracking $150 USD, gorilla tracking $600 USD since it was during promotion period, birding $30 USD, nature walks at $30 USD and launch trips $30 USD. Accommodation was arranged basing on the park destinations I went to and in this matter, I went to three national parks namely Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Semliki and Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park.
On reaching Uganda, I was given a warm welcome by the tour operator Moses and I was taken to Sheraton Hotel where I stayed while preparing for the tour journeys. In the morning after a nice breakfast, our journey started from Kampala and we used Masaka road to Kisoro to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this took us about 9 hours to the park.
I tracked the gorillas in the park as my first activity which took me 3hours in the thick forest, besides gorillas, the park has other primates such as the Golden monkeys which I was told that they are rare in Africa, beautiful sceneries, mountains such as Muhavura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo are also found in this park and they form the three conical volcanoes.
After tracking I was taken to the Kisoro Travelers Hotel where I was to sleep and very early in the morning after taking tea, I tracked gorillas again. This didn’t take us many hours since we tracked them easily in 1hour, immediately we traveled to Lake Bunyonyi from where I had my dinner, From here I was transported to Semliki National park the following day and this took us almost a full day to the park, this is an amazing park of its kind.
The Sempaya hot springs which has bubbling hot water is found in this park and for real this park proved me that Uganda is gifted by nature. within the same park the unsuspected herds of the Uganda kobs which are reflected on the Uganda coat of arm are also found in this park. I did nature walk from here where I interacted with the Batwa from the great Ituri forest who gave me a number of interesting tales about their cultural background, I spent the whole day in Semliki National Park. In the evening, I went to National Park Banda’s Campsite to rest and also to prepare for the next day.
My fifth day in the pearl of Africa, I was taken to Murchison falls national park in the north western Uganda which is also in the north of the Albertine rift valley, while in the park, it also took us a full day to the park, I witnessed the powers that Nile river has along the gorge forming the two waterfalls that’s Murchison and Karuma water falls from where I conducted launch trips along the rivers.
While on the trips I viewed hippos and crocodiles which are permanent residents along the shores of the river, besides those animals, antelopes and buffaloes can be seen within the park. This makes the park a must visit by any tourist before leaving Uganda, I also did birding where a different number of bird species was observed such as sun bills, bee-eaters and weaver birds among others and this prompted me to spend a day while in the park.
On my fourth day I was taken to the falls where I experienced the beauty of the Nile River Delta and its splashing water-flows during morning hours, birds were also watched as I was enjoying launch trips on the water body for my first time, I had to repeat the activity for more satisfaction on the sixth day but I did it half way since we were caught up by time.
From here Moses prepared my return to Kampala where I slept in a luxury hotel that’s Sheraton hotel again while waiting for my flight back to Germany which was scheduled for the next day. For sure if you haven’t yet traveled to Uganda, you have not enjoyed the geography and you cannot agree that it is the pearl of Africa. The trip was so enjoy-full since I traveled with the leading tour company in Uganda, Nature Adventure Africa Safaris Limited, the car I was driven in was a 4×4 wheel car with air conditioner and enough leg space as well as comfortable seats and also this made our journey a success and therefore I cannot miss travelling to Uganda again.Read More
Using the service of Aero link, Budget Gorilla Trekking offers you various flying safaris in Uganda or combination of fly and drive safaris as you see Uganda from above and view incredible scenery while flying to such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has much to offer and its incredible and stunning beauty alone is worth a visit.
Because of the long drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Budget Gorilla Trekking has made this easy you don’t need to drive 10 hours to Bwindi, in just 1 hour and 5 minutes you will be in Bwindi for gorilla trekking adventure. There the flying option is more convenient for our budget gorilla flying safaris. This budget gorilla flying safari is based on landing and departing, however it depends on your preferences and availability of permits in the area. Note: you are supposed to have limited luggage with you since the weight limit is strict.
Scheduled flights which fly to Bwindi twice a day, you can choose either the morning or the afternoon flight to Bwindi Impenetrable forest, book with Budget Gorilla Trekking for what we refer to as the most thrilling adventure in the world with more comfort and accessibility by taking the flight option. There are many activities in Bwindi forest one can per take in and outside the park including cultural such as on village walks, a visit to Batwa people.
Budget gorilla flying safaris takes you to Bwindi impenetrable forest for gorilla trekking experience which brings you much closer to nature as you watch and droll over to see the gorilla behavior. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is home of the rare mountain gorillas that habits half of the world’s population, for an hour you will be in flight to enable you enjoy the Ariel view of the beautiful landscapes and green vegetation cover of Uganda and to you will be landing at either Kihihi or Kisoro airstrip. This will be decided according to the tour plan, upon arrival at Kihihi or Kisoro, you will be met by Budget Gorilla Trekking representative and will transfer you to your lodge as he drives you through the beautiful natural forest of Bwindi park. Gorilla treks start from four different points: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo, so this will determine which lodge you stay in.
Gorilla trekking is conducted under the guidance of highly knowledgeable park rangers who guide you to one of several habituated groups. Gorilla movements are monitored around the clock which the whole activity an air of predictability an essence of seeing the gorillas.
Budget Gorilla Trekking begins at 7:45am in the morning after you have finished with your breakfast at your lodge. The warden briefs about the dos and don’ts when encountering the mountain gorillas in the forest. Gorilla trekking takes more than 2 to 8 hours that is why you are advised to take lunch boxes and walking stick to support you while trekking. You are advised to carry along with you hiking boots, rain gears, long sleeved shirts and trousers, drinking water, snacks, a camera, sun glasses, and insect repellent. The afternoon is optional for you to relax at the lodge and walk around the communities surrounding the park which gives you a chance to interact with the local people and support them by buying there souvenirs which they use to support their families.
One spends one hour with the gorillas on normal gorilla trekking in Bwindi but the Gorilla Habituation Experience however is a full day activity with trackers spending up to 4 hours with the gentle apes. Budget Gorilla Trekking will reward you with a budget gorilla flying safari in partnership with Aero link Uganda for an amazing gorilla adventure. This is one of the most convenient ways to reach the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you can participate in mountain gorilla habituation experience.
You will be driven back to the airstrip where you will choose to take either in the morning or afternoon flight back to Entebbe international airport for a flight to you next destination.
Nature Adventure Africa Safaris, Uganda introduces to you flying safaris in Uganda to all the major safari destinations around Country. The flying safaris are an alternative to traditional safaris of accessing our safari destinations by road. Though the long road journeys can be quite adventurous, the poor road conditions and the long distances cause a lot of unnecessary fatigue.
Our flying safaris offer you a quick and scenic trip to your safari and ensure nothing is taken from your adventure to these parks; Murchison Falls National Park at Bugungu (South Bank), Chobe, Bulago, Fort Portal (Kibale), Ishasha (Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi), Jinja, Kaiso (Lake Albert), Kasese (Kibale), Kayonza (Bwindi, Buhoma), Kidepo, Kihihi (Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi), Kisoro (Mgahinga, Clouds), Mbarara (Lake Mburo), Mweya (Queen Elizabeth National Park), Pakuba (Murchison Falls National Park North Bank), Semliki, Tororo (Mt Elgon N.P).
Most of the clients who come to Uganda visit the country’s popular parks including Bwindi Impenetrable for gorilla trekking tours, Murchison falls for a spectacular view of the water falls, Kidepo National park for a great view of the vegetation and wildlife in the valley, Queen Elizabeth with great views overlooking the Rwenzori ranges and Semliki Park for the great Savannah vegetation filled great wildlife.
A Flying Safari allows you to see Uganda from above –a great way to get to your Safari Destination in the country. Over the past few years things have changed in Uganda-flying to National Parks has become easier, daily flights are now available to most parks at reasonable prices, two Flying Safari Providers Aero Link Uganda and Fly Uganda provide excellent service to most major parks in Uganda.
Getting around has become easier and one can see and do more without being on the road with drive times in between some locations taking a full day or even more. Nature Adventure Uganda using the service of Aero Link Uganda offers you various flying Safaris in Uganda or combination of fly and drive safaris that give our clients more time on the actual safari. Flying from Park to Park can also be arranged – the latter not being scheduled flights but chartered flights and they do carry with them a higher cost but this cost is off-set by the convenience by getting to another park in a most timely fashion. Scheduled flight return to Entebbe and you can catch a connecting flight in the afternoon at times to another park including flying from Kidepo Valley National Park to Murchison Falls National Park.Read More
Rwanda, Uganda and DRC Congo are the best gorilla trekking adventure destinations in East Africa. Selecting which country to go for gorilla trekking depends according to your preferences. If you are looking for a short gorilla tracking safari, then you should opt for Rwanda and if you are longing for much longer safari with variety of wildlife, then Uganda is your answer and lastly if you are looking to see both mountain gorillas and lowland gorilla safari then DRC Congo is the place to go to. Rwanda and Uganda are the best destinations to track mountain gorillas and this is what you should consider when choosing whether to go on a Uganda or Rwanda for a gorilla safari.
Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 per person and in low season for the months of April, May and November cost $450 per person, while in Rwanda cost $1500 per person and in Congo cost $400 per person. The permit gets you a full hour of time spent with a mountain gorilla family.
When it comes to accessibility in Rwanda you have it easier to access gorilla trekking opportunities because the drive from the airport to volcanoes national park is short, within 2 hours and it is possible to trek mountain gorilla on a day trip. On the other hand, in Uganda you can combine a budget gorilla safari with other wildlife national of Uganda; because the drive from the airport to either Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Mgahinga is very long yet along the way there are wildlife national parks to visit. Therefore I recommend if you intend to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda they you should at least book 8 days gorilla and wildlife safari.
In Rwanda, Uganda and DRC Congo, trekking gorillas can be a challenging experience. Remember they are called mountain gorillas so a bit of hiking is required between 2 to 8 hours according to the movements of the gorillas and depending on your physical strength. However Rwanda is considered to have easier tracks than Uganda according to my experience. The gorillas in either country are much the same so is the gorilla trekking system and the number of clients to track gorilla is 8 people per gorilla group family. The only difference is in the number of gorilla families whereby Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla families while Uganda has 12 habituated gorilla families.
The guides, trackers and porters are really good and informative but extremely helpful and thoughtful of the fact that the tourists of the most part are not nearly as adept at climbing. Some walks can be quite strenuous, so ensure you are relatively fit, and read all instructions carefully so you can be properly prepared to enjoy this once in a lifetime event. The mountain gorilla experience is something that cannot be properly explained without experiencing it.
The best of the year for gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is all year round. Both Uganda and Rwanda are in montane rain forest which means it can rain anytime of the day. The peak seasons for gorilla trekking is considered the best months for gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda and are from June, July, August and September and then December to January and February.
In both countries you can add safari activities and places for more complete African tour both in Uganda and Rwanda like chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, and wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park among others.Read More