Uganda Safaris, It’s been called “The Pearl of Africa” for its intense landscapes, abundant wildlife and warm, welcoming people. Perhaps most importantly, Uganda is a premier locale for trekking and viewing the elusive mountain gorilla.
Choose Your Journey In The Mountain Mists Of Uganda Safaris
Imagine trekking through the misty rain-forest and suddenly encountering a family of these shy but imposing primates. No safari in Africa compares to this. This is truly a rare encounter only a few are privileged to see, experience and remember in this Uganda Safaris.
Incredible Kenya Adventures is pleased to announce its new collection of Uganda gorilla treks and safaris. Ranging from 3 to 11 days, all our safari packages feature treks to view families of mountain gorillas. Led by expert gorilla trackers, you’ll be briefed on safari etiquette and how to closely and safely appreciate these majestic creatures.
Discover Mountain Gorilla in their Natural Habitat
You’ll learn about the lives of the gorillas – their habitat, diet, how they function as a family unit and relate to each other. On your trek you will get to view the gorillas uninterrupted to really see and appreciate their place in the natural order.
Pick from the Best Uganda Gorilla Tours
Depending on the tour you choose, additional activities include tracking chimpanzees and other primates, going on the lookout for the Big Five, a water safari, experiencing a mighty waterfall and more.
Will You Explore The Impenetrable Forest or Queen Elizabeth National Park?
Journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to half the mountain gorillas in Africa. You can also choose an adventure at Queen Elizabeth National Park where you’ll discover unusual tree climbing lions. At Lake Mburu Park, a walking safari past birds and smaller game guarantees an idyllic day.
Kibale National Park will take you into the heart of chimpanzee and other primate territory. For a different kind of exploration, sign on for a water safari up the Kazinga Channel. Here you’ll see one of the largest populations of hippos in the world, along with many Nile crocodiles.
And for pure spectacle, few natural sites are more impressive than Murchison Falls. At its peak the broad Nile is forced into a width of only 7 meters where it begins its spectacular and deafening – 43 meter freefall.
Plan Your Dream Gorilla Trekking Experience in the Heart of Africa
But whichever safari you choose, rest assured it will feature the rare excitement of a personalized gorilla trek in one of Africa’s most specialized habitats, the mountains of Uganda. And just as important to know, Uganda is a safe and secure environment, celebrated for its welcoming embrace of visitors.
Gorilla Trekking Safaris, to ensure a superior experience with the mountain gorillas of Rwanda, guests are required to follow clearly defined protocols. Guests must be at least 15 years old and in excellent physical health. The health requirement is not only to meet the demands of the trek, but also to protect the gorillas from contracting flu, colds, or other infectious diseases that can be passed from humans to primates. Gorilla Trekking Safaris When in the presence of the gorillas, your guide will require you to stay at least seven meters (22 feet) from the family. This requirement ensures that the gorillas do not feel threatened and that any diseases they may carry are not passed to guests.
The Rwandan Development Board, which is responsible for managing the protection of the mountain gorillas, has a set limit of 80 permits per day for guests who wish to participate in treks to see the primates. We recommend that you plan well ahead, as this is the most popular activity among visitors to Rwanda and the permits go very quickly. If you want to include mountain gorilla trekking in your nature tour, your Incredible Kenya Adventures tour planner will arrange for the permit, the cost of which is included in your personal African safari package.
During your gorilla tour in Volcanoes National Park, we recommend that you wear long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, waterproof jacket, and heavy-duty boots designed for traversing muddy, steep, and rugged terrain. You should also bring heavy gloves and a walking stick. Those who wish to hire a porter to help with camera equipment and offer a hand when you need extra support on the trails will want to bring some cash, as well. On the day of your trek, you will be assigned to a group of people who are of similar fitness levels and ages. Guests who are 45 or older are typically placed in a group that stays near the base of the mountains, while younger, more athletic guests are assigned to groups that take the more challenging hikes to higher elevations. Your group is assigned to one of the 10 gorilla families. If you are familiar with the mountain gorilla families in Volcanoes National Park, you can request a group that is planned for that particular family of primates. Before you begin your journey to see the gorillas, you are briefed on proper trekking and mountain gorilla etiquette to maximize your enjoyment of the experience. You should expect to return to base by early evening.