Calling all nature lovers and adventurers! Take a Gorilla Safari as soon as you can to see these critically endangered creatures in their naturally wild countryside. An experience to treasure, reflect and smile about for the rest of your life.
Travel to Uganda in Africa to see up close and personal the strong but also gentle mountain giants. First fly into Entebbe, the gateway to Uganda and enjoy the remarkably clean city before adventuring further inland on a Gorilla Safari. Next would be to stopping in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda which overlooks Lake Victoria. You will enjoy the beautiful green countryside filled with tea and banana plantations, beautiful lakes, valleys and richly forested mountains.
There is so much to see on a Gorilla Safari so make sure that you are physically fit so you are able to enjoy your stay even more than you expect. The mountain gorillas are located in the Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park and the only way to see them is with a professional guide. The guides are locally employed so its good to know that our foreign dollar is going back into the community. There is limited access to see the Mountain Gorillas – a Gorilla Trekking Permit is required. The permit is usually included, or itemised with your Uganda Safari package.
If you have ever seen a gorilla in a zoo its most likely to be a lowland gorilla from Rwanda. The mountain gorillas found in Uganda on a Uganda safari are actually a subspecies known as gorilla beringei beringei. These mountain gorillas are exceptionally endangered but it is possible to trek to one of the gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Trekking can be challenging through the mountains as there is often mud, steep bits with difficult terrain and also prickly bushes – these are usually machete hacked away by the ranger. The outcome will be certainly worth the effort when you see the mountain gorilla’s deep red eyes, their massive bellies and huge biceps. The silverbacks are certainly impressive as are the cute but sometimes tricky to see babies. The trek can range anything between 4 hours to 8 hours depending on both fitness and gorillas locations. The guides are pre knowledgeable as to where the families are located.
A Uganda Safari will not only include trekking to have a personal encounter with the amazing Mountain Gorillas. There is so much more to be excited about including meeting the locals and learning more about the Ugandan culture and history at the igongo Cultural Village. Many interesting game drives are included throughout a Ugandan Safari; including visiting Kibale National Park to see the many chimpanzees and other primates, Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can cruise along the famous Kazinga Channel while spotting spectacular birdlife and a variety of African wildlife like hippo, buffalo, elephants, Kobs to name a few. In Ishasha you can take a evening game drive in search for tree climbing lions. Uganda should be a place on everyone bucket list.