While planning your African safari holiday in Rwanda and Uganda don’t miss the double gorilla trekking tours in Volcanoes and Mgahinga or Bwindi. It is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and Rwanda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit these 2 destinations.
If you think of Rwanda mind about the price and for now whoever, go to Rwanda experience the best luxury gorilla safari straight from the new premises that have been set in place and the gorilla permits in Rwanda, go up to $1500 per individual and then in Uganda, they go each for USD 700. Therefore, you can choose go luxury or mix of luxury and mid-range as Uganda offers the relatively affordable upmarket lodge and camps.
The permit offers you one hour with the mountain gorillas in a group of 8 people. In case you are threatened by the price look at it in this point of view that you are contributing to the conservation of mountain gorillas and as a form of thank you, you will be rewarded with an hour in the midst observing and enjoying their company.
Uganda has 2 sections for gorilla safaris namely, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In total there are 18 gorilla groups or families and you can only track only one group a day.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has 17 gorilla group making it the best place or park where you can see the gorillas in the wild. Bwindi an ancient forest has 90 mammal species, 11 primates including the black and white colobus monkey.
While Rwanda has only one section for gorillas in volcanoes national park. This Park is a haven of the famous and unique critically endangered mountain gorillas. Visiting this park will bring you face to face with these Giant Apes (mountain gorillas).
A visit to the Land of a thousand Hills offers you fantastic Rwanda gorilla safaris in the Volcanoes National Park, home to10 habituated gorilla families existing in different locations of the park.
Besides the mountain gorilla, other attractions include over 75 species of mammals like Elephants, Buffaloes, and Giant Forest Hogs, Bush bucks and spotted hyenas among others.
The Park is also a home of over 180 species of birds whereby 26 species are endemic to Virunga and Rwenzori mountains. Besides the wildlife species, other attractions include Dian Fossey grave, Mount Karisimbi and Mount Bisoke.
Expect to leave your comfortable bed early enough, am move to the briefing point by 7:30am. After briefing, tourists will be allocated different tracking routes, each 8 tourists. Head to the forest accompanied by guides and rangers as you begin you search for gorillas.
Once you see the gorillas, it’s okay to take photos with your camera or iPhone but avoid flash or else the gorillas might charge. You will spend between 40 minutes and 1 hour in company of these gentle giants. It will be such a life changing experience. After the trek, head back to your accommodation or opt for a cultural village experience.