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Gorilla Forest Camp in Bwindi National Park

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Gorilla Forest Camp; The Top Notch Lodge In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is about 530 km from Kampala which takes between 8 to 10 hours’ drive to complete the journey. This puts the tourists taking a Uganda safari to see gorillas at a point where they will have to spend an overnight near the park to go gorilla trekking next day morning and then plan the return journey the day that follows. Even if they opt to fly, the gorilla trekking encounter starts at 8am and no flight that arrives in Bwindi before that time. This means that you ares till required to spend a night around the park.

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Gorilla Forest Camp

Spending an overnight in Bwindi is something the tourists to Uganda for gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest always take key note of. This comes with the lodge selection which is also influenced by the level of travel budget. The Gorilla Sanctuary, also known as Gorilla Forest Camp is located in the Buhoma Area which is the daring region for gorilla trekking activity and it is re-known as the pioneer region of this activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, thus most travellers planning to do a gorilla safari to Uganda tend to opt for it though the competition for gorilla permits tend to leave out the majority.

Located at close distance from the Buhoma Park entrance inside the Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers top notch overnight accommodation to upmarket world travelers. Its Accommodation is offered in a range of eight luxury tents which are very spacious and stylish with each tent having two queen sized beds, in supplement to the warm beds, the rooms feature huge bathtub looking into the impenetrable forest ideal for soaking the tired muscles after a daylong gorilla tracking experience.

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp has impressive forest views and an ample open place and a lounge in a very calm environment only interrupted by the songs of birds and mountain gorillas that occasional visit to the lodge.

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Planning a flying Gorilla Safari and stay at Gorilla Sanctuary

You need 3 days and 2 nights to complete a 3 days Uganda gorilla safari with a single gorilla trek. If you need more than one trek, then you need more than 3 days, for example, some tourists want to do 2 gorilla treks, we call it double gorilla tracking, where you visit two different gorilla groups. Below is a typical 3 day flying gorilla safari to see gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and and stay for 2 nights at Gorilla Forest Camp.

Organizing a Gorilla Tracking Tour – Initial States

If you want to see the gorillas in the wild (In their natural habitat), it means you must fly to Africa, the only place one can see the mountain gorillas in the wild. According to the gorilla census 2011, there are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the whole world, and this population is found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. However, gorilla tourism in DR Congo is less developed due to political instabilities.

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Aero Link Uganda Plane

As you plan a holiday to see gorillas in the wild in Bwindi forest, start with identifying your intended travel dates. After that, then check for availability of International Flights from your home country to Entebbe International Airport. If the flights available fit your intended travel dates, please go ahead and make tentative booking.

The next step is to check for availability of gorilla trekking permits through local Travel Agents / Tour Operators or you can inquire and book direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala. If you happen to find gorilla permits available on your preferred dates, please go a head and confirm your flights. In case you happen to find no permits, better you find alternative dates. The demand for gorilla permits is very high throughout the year. One is thus advised to book early at least 2 months in advance. Further more, you should get availability of rooms at Gorilla Forest camp in Buhoma area of Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

If you find no space, there are other gorilla trekking lodges around Buhoma such as Mahogany Springs Lodge, Buhome Lodge, Gorilla Resort and Bwindi Forest Lodge among others. Then you must book a regional flight in advance from Entebbe Airport to Kihihi Airstrip, and there must be arrangements for transfer by road from Kihihi Airstrip to Gorilla Forest lodge. We have both daily scheduled and private charter flights operating along this route. Scheduled daily flights are offered by Aerolink Uganda Limited, while Private Charters are offered by Kampala Aero Club and Eagle Air. Tour Operators can help you will all arrangements like booking permits, accommodation and flights.gorilla_safari

At this moment, we assume that all bookings are confirmed and it,s time to fly to Entebbe International Airport. If you booked through a local tour company, you will find a representative from that company waiting for you at the airport. Usually they carry a placard bearing your name. To get this, you should inform the Agent about your arrival date, time and flight number. Local based safari companies usually offer free airport transfers to guests, or at a subsidized cost.

If you made private arrangements without involving a tour company, then you need to organize for airport transfer to your pre-booked hotel around Entebbe International Airport. Depending on the flight you booked, get ready to fly from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi Airstrip in Western part of Uganda. It is less than 60 minutes flight. At Kihihi Airstrip, you will find a safari vehicle awaiting for you, and then drive for 90 minutes to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, arrive in time for lunch at Gorilla Sanctuary, relax in our cottages as we wait for evening entertainment from the Batwa people (Local community). Gorilla Forest camp is some times visited by mountain gorillas.

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GFC Dining

The next day is for gorilla tracking adventure, get up early for heavy breakfast walk to the park headquarters for a briefing about the trek. You will be divided into groups of 8 persons maximum and assigned to a gorilla group. Start a guided walk in accompaniment of armed rangers, trackers and park guides. Depending on the movement of the gorillas in the forest, the trek can take between 1 and 7 hours. Its quiet strenuous and a certain level of fitness is advised. Sight and stay with gorillas is one hour, take photos and videos with gorillas. You will be receiving advise and guidance from the guide in the whole process. After the trek, descend to the base, have lunch and take a forest walk if interested. Dinner and overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp.

This is the 3rd day and your last day in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Have breakfast and hit the road back to Kihihi Airstrip, then get a plane to Entebbe International Airport for your onward flight or for lunch and dinner at your hotel around Entebbe or Kampala.

3 Day Rwanda Safari Review – Gorilla Tracking

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With my husband, our dream was to take a Rwanda safari and see the mountain gorillas in the wild jungles of Africa in Volcanoes National Park! We had several trips into the dark continent in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Egypt and Kenya. This year, we had our summer holiday in Tanzania. While in Arusha, my wife brought the idea of visiting the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda. Though we did had not booked gorilla permits in advance, we inquired different tour companies in Kigali including Rwanda development Board and we were so lucky that, Gorilla Expeditions ltd had gorilla permits on re-sell.

A Juvenile in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda
A Juvenile in Volcanoes National Park Rwanda

They had received cancellations and therefore, we had to buy those 2 permits. We therefore had a 3 day Rwanda safari to see gorillas and golden monkeys in Parc National Des Volcans. We booked a flight from Kilimanjaro to Kigali by Rwanda Air (www.rwandair.com). We arrived in Kigali by 17:00 hrs. The Staff of Gorilla expeditions was already waiting for us at the airport, we immediately transferred to Volcanoes national park and stayed at Muhabura hotel.

Rwanda Air - Kigali International Airport
Rwanda Air – Kigali International Airport

The next day we got up early, had heavy breakfast at Hotel Muhabura in Ruhengeri, then we drove for about 20 minutes to the park headquarters at Kinigi. Here we found very many tourists from different countries, we interacted with them with free tea and coffee served at the headquarters. We were divided into groups of 8 persons maximum and allocated to different gorilla groups.

For us we were allocated to Hirwa gorilla group, we were briefed about this gorilla group and the trek in general. Later on we boarded our safari vehicle to the trekking start point. We are accompanied by park guides and rangers with guns just in case of any animals that may want to attack us such as forest elephants.Gorilla-filming

It took us about 3 hours to meet Hirwa gorilla group, we were given one hour to stay with gorillas, we took photos and videos. This was highlight of our safari in East Africa. We wanted to do another gorilla trek the next day but there were not gorilla permits available. We decided to return next year and this time we shall combine Uganda and Rwanda. In the evening, we took a community walk through Musanze town and we found out that the Rwanda people are so friendly, lovely and hospitable. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel Muhabura.

On day 3, our departure flight was scheduled at 18:05hrs, we had ample time to go for golden monkey tracking, we came back early by mid day, we had lunch in Ruhengeri and later drove fro 90 minutes to Kigali, we visit Gisozi genocide memorial museum, later we transferred to Kigali International airport for our scheduled departure flight. This marks the end of our Gorilla safari in Rwanda.

Gentle Giants in their Natural Habitat
Gentle Giants in their Natural Habitat

Some advise to everyone visiting East Africa for wildlife and beach holidays, never miss gorilla tracking activity in either Uganda or Rwanda. It’s such amazing experience to interact with the mountain gorillas in the wild. The experience is totally different from that of Zoo. Just an hour with the gorillas offers lifetime memories. However, you are advised to book your gorilla permits in advance because their demand is very high in both countries. Visit rwandasafarigorilla.com for details and more safari packages.

Don’t Miss the mountain Gorillas with amazing Golden Monkeys

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Just Go! We went twice – two days in a row. We feel as if we own part of Rwanda for what we paid. The two experiences were very different. The first day we hiked for about 1.5 hours which seemed perfect. When we met the gorillas we were on a slope of plants that were hard to stand on – we kept slipping down between the branches.

golden-monkey-rwandaThe gorillas came very close to us – one even pushed me aside to get past with her baby. It wasn’t scary. Guides were great. The second day we were in a bamboo forest and the gorillas came swinging down to greet us. They were very active and playful – more so than the other group. The second day the walk was shorter – maybe 45 minutes. Again the guides were wonderful. It is quite an adventure and you bond with your group and guides. The encounter with the gorillas is unforgettable.

The golden monkey (Cercopithecuskandti) is a species of Old World monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, including four national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga and Kahuzi-Biéga, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. It is restricted to highland forest, especially near bamboo.

This species was previously thought to be a subspecies of the blue monkey (Cercopithecusmitis), and the two are similar overall, but the Golden Monkey has a golden-orange patch on the upper flanks and back.

Not much is known about the golden monkey’s behaviour. It lives in social groups of up to 30 individuals. Its diet consists mainly of leaves and fruit, though it is also thought to eat insects.

Due to the gradual destruction of their habitat and recent wars in their limited habitat, the golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List

Due to its diet the golden monkey prefers a habitat with abundant fruit and bamboo. The golden monkey will move in between areas depending on the season. During the season where ripe fruit is available they will remain in those areas. When the rainy season begins this causes bamboo shooting to occur and the golden monkeys are found more in these areas. Studies have found that if there is an area consisting of mixed fruit and bamboo, the monkeys will tend to frequent that area more than an area of just bamboo. One study reported that golden monkeys are most frequently seen in forests with bamboo, and this may suggest that this is one of the major preferences of the species.

The golden monkey can travel in various group sizes, and have been seen in small groups of three up to large groups of 62 monkeys. The groups that are found at higher elevations tend to be smaller. The golden monkey will often return to one of several different sleeping areas after a day of feeding. The monkeys often sleep in small subgroups of four, at the top of bamboo plants. They will often use a dense bamboo plant, or a combination of several bamboo plants that weave together to make a sufficient foundation for sleep. The golden monkey will often feed near the sleeping area and return to this same sleeping location day after day.

Further more, while on our gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda, we learnt it from the rangers that a golden monkey has a diet that consists primarily of young bamboo leaves, fruits, bamboo branch lets, bamboo shoots, invertebrates, flowers, and shrubs. However, the golden monkey is an opportunistic feeder and diet can easily be influenced by the availability of fruit. During seasons where ripe fruit is available, the golden monkey tends to feed more on fruit. The golden monkey may also feed on various flowers and shrubs when they are available. The most frequent invertebrate eaten is the pupae of lepidopterist larvae picked from leaves. Bamboo tends to be the most frequently eaten because it is often more available year round.

The golden monkey is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List. Certain activities may threaten the conservation of the golden monkey. Illegal activities that harm the ecosystem such as tree extraction and bamboo removal are serious threats. Some research indicates that tree removal poses a more serious risk. This park not only offers these 2 great primates there are other more resources offered like the Dian Fossey center where Dian Fossey a primatologist was buried after losing life by her agitating the right of gorillas and the hunters killed her. For more information about primates in Rwanda / Uganda, log-on to http://www.rwandagorillasafaris.com.

A Day With Gorillas in Uganda – Kahungye group

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It is a Saturday morning 20th June 2015, we are at Wagtail Eco Camp, southern Bwindi National Park, a home to almost half of the only World’s remaining population of mountain gorillas in the wild. I and my wife, are getting ready for our gorilla trekking adventure. The day has started well with heavy breakfast, but we are unlucky that it’s raining here on addition to the usual coldness. However, rain is not a threat to us because we came well equipped with rain jackets and water proof hiking boots.kanama-mountain-gorilla

It is time now to board our 4×4 Land Cruiser to the park headquarters for briefing about gorilla tracking activity. The drive is so adventurous, the area is very hilly, has beautiful views, characterized by majestic hills and deep valleys. In case a driver does a mistake, the car can roll up to the bottom of the valley, for sure, no one can survive. We took very beautiful photos of the scenery yesterday because the weather is so clear. Today, its misty, we can not take clear photos.

We have arrived at the park headquarters, Its a short drive from Wagtail Eco Camp, took us less than 25 minutes. A 4 x 4 vehicle is recommended because the road is very bad, impassable when it rains. We are now waiting for other tourists to arrive at the park headquarters. At this point, there about four (04) gorilla families namely; Kahungye, Nshongi, Businjye and Mishaya. By 8:00am, we are divided into groups of 8 persons and allocated to different gorilla groups. In our group, we are going to visit Kahungye gorilla family. We are in a briefing about this group and gorilla trekking activity. Am hiring a porter for my wife only, am physically fit, and do not need a porter. The porter is carrying our small bag containing our items like Insect repellent, extra batteries for our cameras, drinking water and snacks. I only need a walking stick and I have bought one at US$5.

4x4 Vehicle Recommended
4×4 Vehicle Recommended

We start the trek in search for mountain gorillas, we are escorted and guided by park guides, they are so knowledgeable, we are firing them questions about gorillas and other wildlife in Bwindi National park and they are making our trek enjoyable and informative. We are accompanied by armed rangers, the trek is quiet strenuous, we are going through steep and slippery jungle grounds, so far we have hiked for 2 hours with stopovers for some of our friends to rest. Finally we have met a Silverback gorilla named as Gwigi eating leaves. Gwigi is moving around in thick vegetation, we are following his path, at some point we block his way and charges, we take submissive positions as advised by the guide (Squat and face down) while others attempt to run away. Oh My God this is amazing! Taking submissive position is a sign to the silverback that he is the king, he is in charge of that territory. We are having fun with the gorillas, we are taking fantastic photos and videos. However, we are warned NOT to use flash while taking photos. Gwigi is eating, others are playing with and young ones swinging on trees. We have only 60 minutes with the gorillas. Sadly we have to walk back to our base, we are awarded our certificates, then we embark on our vehicle back to our lodge. Descending is less strenuous and takes less than an hour. We arrive at the camp, Lunch is ready, we have to relax and take a community walk in the evening.

About Kahungye Gorilla Group

According to our park guide, Kahungye Gorilla group is one of the recently habituated Gorilla groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Habituation is the process by which primates are adapted to human beings or the process by which Gorillas are made familiar to man- this is done to ease trekking hence promoting Gorilla tourism in Uganda.

Kahungye Gorilla group has more than 13 members. The group was opened for tourism on October 2011 after habituation process and is one of the newest groups in the Park found in the Rushaga sector close to the Nshongi family and Mishaya gorilla group.

The group conflicts started after just one year leading to splitting, creating a new family that is called Busingye. The group is active and led by the dominant silverback Gwigi, which means “door” in the local language.

Lodges around Southern Bwindi National Park

As you plan to take a gorilla safari in Uganda, choosing the right accommodation is very important. This depends on your interests and budget. There are so many gorilla trekking lodges in Rushaga sector ranging from budget to deluxe and luxury eco lodges. Among these include Chameleon Hill Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Nshongi Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, not forgetting Wagtail Eco Camp where we stayed. There are also other accommodation options in nearby towns of Kisoro and Kabale. It can take about 90 minutes from these towns to the park headquarters. Therefore, you must start early at around 5:00am if you sleep in Kisoro or Kabale towns.

What you need to know when going on a gorilla trek in Uganda

First of all you need a gorilla permit that acts as permission for one to participate in this activity. The cost of gorilla trekking permits in Uganda varies depending on nationality and season. For instance, foreign non residents pay US$600 per permit, while Foreign East Africa residents pay US$475, and Ugandans pay UGX250000. In low seasons (April, May and November), there is a discount on gorilla permits where foreigners pay US$350 only. However, you need to contact your travel agent about availability of this promotion. Uganda gorilla trekking permits can be booked through credible travel agents like African Jungle Adventures Limited, African Adventures Safaris, Gorilla trek Africa, Gorilla Expeditions, Abacus vacations, Active African vacations, Prime Uganda safaris and Go Gorilla Trekking among others. You can also book direct through Uganda Wildlife Authority offices located on Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya, P.O. BOX 3530, Kampala, Uganda, Telephone:+256 414 355000, +256 312 355000,
Fax: +256 414 346 291, Email: info@ugandawildlife.org.

About Uganda tourism:

Uganda is a country endowed with lots of tourist attractions stocked in National Parks like Mountain Elgon National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Mountain Rwenzori National Park, Murchison falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park and above all Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (the home of mountain Gorillas). *Drainage features include Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga, Lake Gorge & Edward among others.

Relief features like Mountain Elgon, Mountain Rwenzori, Kigezi Hills among others. Valleys like East African Rift valley (western arm), Victoria basin and so on.

Memorable & Exciting Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

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Do you want to experience how exciting and memorable mountain gorilla trekking is? Well, look no further as African Jungle Adventures is an ideal answer to what you are in need of. They are local based and reputable travel agency which is primarily based in Kigali that offers wildlife safaris and gorilla trekking in Rwanda. They are among the premier leading tour operators in the eastern part of Africa with extreme knowledge and experience tour guides who will be responsible in enhancing your safari with enjoyment and knowledge.

At African Jungle Adventurers, they are offering responsible and environment friendly for gorilla trekking tours that is beyond your expectations. They are offering responsible travel and tour packages that can offer straightforward benefits to the entire front line communities all around Volcanoes gorilla Park and other national parks in Rwanda as well as to all other tourist destinations for conservation incentives. This is very essential since people are given the chance to both conserve and be part of the community that nurtures the gifts of nature. They are more on changing the live of the people and natures creature through protecting and conserving the environment with sustainable tourism growth and development for future generations.

Holiday Tours in Rwanda

One of the best holiday tours that are commonly chosen in Rwanda is more on gorilla trekking. But, there are still other activities that can be part of your tours in the place such as cultural trips, mountain hiking, canopy walks, genocide memorial tours, wildlife safaris, Nyungwe forest primates tracking and many others. All of these activities highlight amazing and exciting experience you have not experience from other places you have visited before.

What Makes Gorilla Trekking the Best Holiday Tour Package in Rwanda?

Among the huge numbers of activities that people may get in touch with in Rwanda, gorilla trekking is considered one of the best. This is not only due to the fact that there are huge numbers of people who keep on choosing to do this type of activity as they visit Rwanda but more on the uniqueness of this activity and the unforgettable experience it always provide to the people with wide ray of choices,
At African Jungle Adventurers, they offer the best gorilla trekking experience which you can’t obtain from other travel agency. Their gorilla trekking trips ranges from one day to multi day tours depending on your choice. They are the number one and the best gorilla trekking company in Rwanda with friendly and reputable staffs and tour guides who will guide and support you all throughout your safari in Rwanda.

They are offering exciting gorilla safari packages highlighting a closer look at some of the endangered gorillas found in Parc national Des Volcans in Rwanda. Their experienced and knowledgeable staffs will guide you whatever your chosen safari package is as you search for awesome and exciting gorillas in Rwanda. You can also combine gorilla tracking activities with other types of activities that are still part of the activities and tour packages offered by African Jungle Adventures Limited to make your holiday vacation more fun and exciting.

Why Choose Gorilla Trekking Activities Offered by African Jungle Adventures?

Choosing to a gorilla trek with African Jungle Adventures over the other tour packages offered by other travel agencies is an essential thing to do. This is due to the wide array of choices that the company offers from one day trip package to multiple days trekking that can create great fun and excitement in your life. They are also offering such activity in a complete package hence you are assured that you can save huge amount of money in seeking for their gorilla tracking adventure.

Their professional staffs and tour guides also play an essential role towards making gorilla safari more fun and exciting. With their knowledge and expertise in mountain gorillas and other wildlife in the Virunga massive, you are assured that you will not regret seeking for this particular type of tour package rather it will give you optimal amusement and entertainment you are in need of. Your time, money and effort spent in searching for mountain gorillas in their natural habitat will be all worth it for a one of kind experience they are going to hand on you.
So, don’t miss the chance to be part of this prestigious and exciting gorilla trekking adventure with African Jungle Adventures. You will be guaranteed of a memorable and exciting experience seeing huge numbers of mountain gorillas in Rwanda.

African Mountain Gorilla Updates

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According to the testimonies given by many tourists from gorilla trekking, it has been confirmed that, Gorilla tracking in either Uganda or Rwanda is one of Africa’s most memorable wildlife encounters. In Uganda, the 3 days gorilla safari package is most popular, while in Rwanda, they have a 1 and 2 days safari packages. However, there are longer gorilla safari packages depending on your interests! The short gorilla trips are mostly booked by people with other safaris in Kenya, Tanzania or Zanzibar, they pass by Rwanda or Uganda for gorillas only!

According to gorilla census of 2011, there are approximately 880 mountain gorillas remaining on earth and it is fortunate that half of them live in the Virunga Mountains which are shared by Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and another half lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda.

Uganda has two Gorilla National parks namely Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park while Rwanda has Volcanoes national park. Democratic Republic of Congo on the ther hand has gorillas in the magnificent Virunga National park.

Gorilla Groups in Bwindi Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla families in Uganda include; Mubale, Rushegula, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Nkuringo, Kahunje, Nshongi Mishaya, Bushinje and so on. These are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla park on the other hand has only one gorilla group called Nyakagezi.

Time taken while searching for gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest is unpredictable however, some times range from 2 to 8 hours or a full day depending on their movement in their natural setting.

african-mountain-gorillaBut the thrill of meeting gorillas in mist erases the difficulties trackers go through in trying to search for them. It should also be noted that a maximum of eight people visit each gorilla group per day. This is done to avoid annoying gorillas which can cause danger to the visitors, and to minimize the environmental impact of crowds in the forest.

Only one hour is given to visitors enjoy the view of the gentle giants in their habitat but visitors are free to take photos and films for record keeping.

About Gorillas in Rwanda

It is much easier to meet and see gorillas in Rwanda as the near by gorilla groups can easily reached in a maximum of 3 hours. More so, visitors are allocated to gorilla families according to their level of fitness unlike in Uganda.

Rwanda gorilla groups

There are currently 10 main groups habituated for gorilla tracking in Rwanda; the Susa, Sabyinyo, karisimbi, Amahoro, Umubano, Hirwa, Bwenge, Ugenda, Group Thirteen, etc.

The groups vary in number from around 9 to 39 individuals and all currently have at least one silverback male. Of the seven groups, there are a couple that tend to be found on the saddle between Mount Sabyinyo and Mount Gahinga which is around a two hour walk from the park entrance.

Nothing is guaranteed though and you may find yourself tracking a group such as the Susa, first studied by Diane Fossey and often found on the slopes of Mount Visoke, a five hour hike away.

You Can Not Regret a Gorilla Vacation in Uganda

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There are plenty of ways for people to spend their hard earned cash during holidays and one of these ways is going on a Uganda safari holiday adventure to see gorillas in the wild and the other Big 5 animals (Elephant, Lion, Rhino, Leopard and Buffalo). A vacation in Uganda is just remarkable because the holiday activities are so exciting and offers a life time adventure experience. Among these activities include chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee habituation experience, wildlife viewing, fantastic boat cruise, forest walks, community tours, mountain hiking, golden monkey tracking, not forgetting the adventurous mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in south western Uganda. You will have such an exceptional time, to the point that you will end up spending all your holidays in Uganda.

Uganda is a land locked country located in East Africa where the word safari means journey, no big surprise that Africa gives the best safari experiences that last for life time. Uganda is a home to almost 440 mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the world’s last remaining population according to the 2011 gorilla census.

Other Uganda safari experiences on addition to the one mentioned above usually include going into the wilds for bird watching, nature strolls, white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping thus numerous different activities. The excitement and thrills that run with these safaris are marvelous so never miss this chance of going to Africa especially on Uganda safaris! This is something you will never regret doing!

The Best Gorilla Tours Ever Offered

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Are you somebody who loves nature and wilderness? and the wind out in the wilderness? You also have a amazing sense of adventure and enjoy whenever you get that the rush of adrenaline? If so, then you probably love to go out on the various wildlife safari adventure packages offered throughout the world and Africa.

One of the world’s most exciting adventure safaris is mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park (Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo, deep in the misty Jungles of East and Central Africa. Mountain gorilla trekking tours are offered in the parks above by many tour and travel companies in Uganda and Rwanda.

Let the lifelong sense of adventure that always harnessed and cherished. If you would like to be able to expand the same thing that I have experienced then you must go on with these forms and was Allies changing experience.

Mountain gorilla trekking is now ranked as one of the world’s most interesting holiday activities in Africa because, it is a critically endangered specie with only 880 individuals left in the whole world. This is according to the gorilla census of 2011 that showed that, about 440 individuals are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south western Uganda. This is almost half of the world’s total population! The remaining gorilla population is distributed between Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Due to the fact that mountain gorillas are at risk of extinction, many conservation organizations came up to join effort to conserve this population. To see gorillas in the wild, you need to book a gorilla permit, that acts as a permission to enter the forest for guided walk to search for gorillas in their natural habitat. A gorilla permit in Rwanda costs US Dollars 750, and US dollars 600 in Uganda. DR Congo is cheaper but gorilla tourism in Congo is hindered by some political unrest.

The number of gorilla permits available per day is limited, therefore, you are advised to pre-book your trip to Africa and reserve your gorilla permit in advance. A maximum of 8 persons is allowed to visit each gorilla group. This aims at reducing risks of degrading the vegetation cover of their habitat. Click here for more information about packing list and more gorilla trekking tips in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, as well as dos and don’ts while with African mountain gorillas.

Fantastic views, but go in the dry season

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A group of seven of us hiked Mt. Sabyinyo during our gorilla safari in Rwanda in September this year 2014. The trail up is definitely for those with strong legs be prepared for lots of vertical climbing and the mud can be pretty extensive in some of the lower sections. The views from the top are spectacular and unreal, assuming there are not any clouds.

My only caution would be to absolutely do this hike in the dry season. As with any mountain, Sabyinyo creates its own weather and it is all too easy to get caught on the mountain peak when a storm rolls in (as we did). The number of poorly constructed ladders, steep trail sections, and slippery mud that results from rainfall makes a quick descent quite difficult. If anyone gets an injury, there is almost no way to get them off the mountain. Exercise a lot of caution.

We came here after tracking the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park, and the endangered golden monkeys in Mgahinga National Park. The hike to the monkeys was easier than the gorillas trek. If you are a hiker and used to hiking in hilly terrain, then the hike is easy.

It was really cool to walk thru an all bamboo forest. The monkeys are absolutely gorgeous, their colors magnificent. They live high up in the bamboo trees, jumping from one to the other, and were a bit hard to clearly photograph. We did not see a lot of other wildlife other than a water buffalo.

We were to hike to a Batwa village in the afternoon but were told by the rangers that we did not have enough time and that we needed to have let them know the day before as the batwa wanted notice, so we were disappointed to not have visited their village but we worth got the better the information about the batwa culture and their ways of life.

The drive here from Lake Mutanda Resort in Kisoro takes about an hour over a very bumpy road, although it is only 15 kilometers away, but this is Africa. Village life along the drive fascinating to watch. We set our cameras ready to take beautiful photos as the drive was going through beautiful scenery.

African mountain gorilla tracking is truly a thrilling experience not to be missed. Golden monkeys are worth a visit if your times allows. After experiencing this great experience our guide leisurely drove us to the Kigali international airport for our return flight back home!

Experience the gorillas in the mist like no other

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When planning for the great African safari plan for the gorilla trekking experience. This is an expensive activity and may cause someone to think “should I do it”. Yes, absolutely. Two treks if possible. Both of our treks were very different, but also amazing. We did intermediate treks…about 2 hours of steady walking, and a good deal of uphill. They don’t traverse much. Having the porter carry your pack is a huge help, but remember to tip at the end…it typically isn’t part of their fee.

We booked an 8 day Uganda safari package with 2 gorilla treks and other activities like wildlife viewing, chimpanzee tracking, boat cruise, community tours, and mountain gorilla trekking was outstanding. You arrive at 7am and wait to be assigned the group you are to go gorilla trekking with. It’s all very efficient and informative. You meet the two rangers who will escort you and they tell you about the gorilla group you will see, what to expect and to do. Then you drive to the spot you will be hiking from.

The lengths of hikes vary and we asked for and got two of the shorter ones. The hiking is very leisurely and you can also hire porters to carry your stuff. Do this. It’s only $10 dollars and it’s worth it. You will also get a gorilla carved stick to hike with. Our hike was through potatoes fields, over the volcanic rock wall and through some jungle.

The next minute you are told to stop and leave everything behind but your camera. And then you are in the bushes with the gorillas!!! They are sometimes as close as a meter and they don’t seem bothered at all with us. They eat, and play and sleep. It’s unbelievable. You do not need to drag a massive zoom with because they are right next to you. In fact even our cellphones got great videos. You have an hour to observe and take pictures. The time speeds past and even though this is an expensive experience you will not be disappointed.

We were back at park headquarters the following day to meet our guide for our trek to Dian Fossey’s grave. This is a steep hike through jungle (about 100 minutes) to 3,200 meters but well worth it and completed the whole gorilla experience. It was wonderful to walk in the footsteps of this amazing lady and contemplate her invaluable work during 18 years living with the mountain gorillas.