A bucket list experience must always be something unique and out of this world. White sandy beaches and blue waters are beautiful but a little overdone. So why not experience a different kind of beauty? The African continent is home to so many wonderful habitats and equally amazing creatures. For example, deep in the jungles of Uganda, you could go gorilla trekking. These beautiful animals have become endangered throughout the years and are only limited to a few special places.
Part of why they are endangered can be contributed to factors such as deforestation, poaching, and diseases. Needless to say, these animals need to be protected.
However, that doesn’t mean that they should be hidden from the world.
Granted, some are unsure and may think that the process is complicated. We can assure you that it is simple and the benefits are plenty.
Here are 6 reasons why you should go gorilla trekking in Uganda.
If you decide to go gorilla trekking in Africa, you would need a gorilla permit. While the prices of these permits differ from country to country, Uganda’s permits are the most affordable.
Right now, each gorilla permit in Uganda is USD 700 for the entire year. Other places, such as Rwanda, cost about USD 1500.
However, you should watch out for some deals. During the high season, when the number of tourists rises, the price of the permit will remain at USD 700.
However, during the low-season months, the price could drop down to USD 600. These are usually during April, May, and November.
It’s also noteworthy to mention that Uganda has more reasonable prices when it comes to accommodation. During the low-season months, Uganda’s accommodations are more affordable, making the trip a little more enjoyable.
There is a difference between seeing gorillas at a zoo and seeing them in their natural habitat, undisturbed.
Different gorilla families make residence in the forests of Uganda. Guides will make sure to inform you of them before the trek.
Presently, there are about 1000 gorillas around East Africa. Uganda is home to more than half of them.
This shows that the gorilla population is thriving. It also tells you that the chances of spotting a gorilla while gorilla trekking is almost 100%.
The parks housing these gorillas will also give you the opportunity to spot other species of animals.
Other primate species such as chimpanzees and colobus monkeys can be spotted and pointed out by an experienced tour guide. For bird lovers, you get a chance to see a few of the thousand bird species in Uganda.
Depending on the tour you go on, and the national park you visit, the species of animals you see may differ.
In Bwindi Impenetrable Park, you might see a range of animals ranging from forest pigs to the proud forest elephants. If you look a little closer, you’ll catch a variety of butterflies, frogs, and lizards that call Uganda home.
The money you spend on the gorilla permits contributes to the protection of these magnificent creatures. For many years, Uganda has used this venture to also provide for the local communities.
Gorillas get to live in a sanctuary free of disease, poaching, and habitat loss. Their health also gets monitored to prevent any of them from reducing the population.
As for the local community, the money helps pay the rangers who help protect the gorillas from poachers. We also take pride in the local operators who help guide those across the Ugandan landscape.
Gorilla trekking is a trip that can take a few hours. You will be taken care of every step of the way.
To get to the gorillas, you will have to walk about 2-7 hours. This is dependent on the last known location of the gorillas.
The routes will differ as the trails leading to the sightings of the gorillas aren’t set roads. There are no signs either, which means that you would have to rely on the local trackers to guide you.
Gorillas live at elevations of 8 000 to 13 000 feet, so it’s good to be prepared. Wearing the proper clothing and bringing along some insect repellent and water is the way to go. Proper clothing would include hiking shoes, lightweight but comfortable clothing, and a jacket, in the case of rain.
For those who want to record and take photographs, a protective bag is required as well as your camera.
Some landscapes are easier to walk through, while others offer denser jungles and steeper inclines. For those who love to work out, this is a great option to take. After all, the choice in the difficulty of terrain is up to you.
The Ugandan landscape is beautiful. As you enter the jungle, where the gorillas reside, you will see various species of flora. All in all, it’s a photographer’s dream.
Some tours will take you to Lake Bunyonyi. This lake is one of the best spots in Uganda, and it offers a tonne of other activities. If you like, you can simply sit back and relax with a wonderful view.
Uganda isn’t limited to the mountainous jungle habitat where you go gorilla trekking. It’s also home to savannas and desert-like habitats. By planning for an Uganda safari trip, you get the opportunity to see new animals and plants.
Gorilla trekking is an experience that you most likely, will never forget. The chance to see these magnificent mountain-backed gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
This only increases their bucket-list factor.
We at Oasis Safaris Limited ensure that your stay in Uganda will be one that is exciting and full of wonder. The accommodations and transport are comfortable and of high quality. The guides are experienced and friendly.
Want to know more? Don’t hesitate to contact us and book a gorilla trekking tour right here in Uganda.