Uganda Gorilla Safaris, Gorilla trekking Safari Uganda Bwindi, Uganda Gorilla Safari Trip

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Uganda is a home of almost a half of the worldly critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone has 400 out of 880 Mountain Gorillas that are currently thriving in the wild making Uganda the biggest Gorilla tracking destination in the whole world. Other gorillas exist in the nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that adjoins the greater Virunga massif.

Uganda gorilla safaris are very unique in that the habitats where Uganda Mountain Gorillas thrive are so interesting and an attraction in themselves. For example the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park features steep hill sides, narrow valleys traversed by water streams marked by mature Afro-montane tree species with dense undergrowth which makes it really impenetrable and exciting to explore during the gorilla trek.

The connection to Uganda gorilla safari destinations is also rewarding as it is dotted by amazing scenic landscapes and a range of other fauna especially the verdant wildlife that thrive in Uganda Savannah protected areas like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Prime Uganda safaris and tours has positioned itself to provide memorable Gorilla safaris in Uganda with room for customizing these Uganda Gorilla safari packages to suit your unique individual safari interests. Thus, planning your Uganda gorilla safari with Prime Uganda Safaris and tours does not only generate ultimate Africa safari memories but also makes you part of the arrangement right from the start.

List of popular Uganda Gorilla safari packages

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Safari

The 3 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda is one of the short gorilla trekking safaris organized for travellers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The safari offers you ultimate gorilla trekking experiences Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the most impressing Uganda gorillas trekking Safari that allows you to explore different activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 6 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking safari is one of the best rewarding safaris 0rganised in Uganda. The 6 days safari takes through Uganda’s primate Capital- Kibale forest park Read More

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 7 days Uganda primate classic Safari is one of the most rewarding safari tours organized for you to enjoy trekking the unique stunning primate species housed Read More

12 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Adventure and Cultural Safari

Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa is famously known by different travellers in the world due to its splendid national parks endowed with different wildlife species. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 9 Days detailed safari package offers visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris a golden opportunity to trek the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla group Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

This 12 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari provides you a thrilling experience as you go through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Read More

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Tour.

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the splendid wildlife species and delightful mountain gorillas Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek and Wild game Safari is one the best safari packages that grants you that golden chance to partake in Uganda’s most marvelous tourist activities Read More

8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour & Cultural Safari

The 16 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the delightful mountain gorillas in the 331kms of forested land covered by Bwindi Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 18 Days Bwndi Gorilla and Mt. Rwenzori Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy a highly rewarding hike to the peak of Mountain Rwenzori-also dubbed Mountains of the Moon Read More

3 Days Gorilla trekking Safaris in Rwanda

The 20 days Uganda Gorilla trekking and Wild Game, Adventure Safari is one of the best -long safari packages that will combine Uganda’s most majestic national parks Read More

Short Uganda Gorilla Safaris Packages

The short gorilla safaris in Uganda are designed to enable mini break holiday makers to enjoy the taste of nature and encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. These short Uganda Gorilla Safaris range from 3 days Uganda gorilla safari to 4 days Uganda gorilla safari, 5 days Uganda gorilla safari and 6 days Uganda gorilla safari.

The short gorilla safaris are less costly and enable the limited time clients to have an encounter with attractions that they never thought of. The short gorilla safaris to Uganda are well detailed and designed to maximize your Uganda safari experience thus worth undertaking.

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Safari

The 3 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda is one of the short gorilla trekking safaris organized for travellers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The safari offers you ultimate gorilla trekking experiences Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the most impressing Uganda gorillas trekking Safari that allows you to explore different activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 6 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking safari is one of the best rewarding safaris 0rganised in Uganda. The 6 days safari takes through Uganda’s primate Capital- Kibale forest park Read More

Long Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris Tours

The long gorilla safaris in Uganda are designed to last a couple of days and are designed to enable Uganda gorilla safari undertakers have an extended encounter with gorillas along with other Uganda safari attractions like other primates, wildlife, scenery and culture.

The Long safaris in Uganda extend up to 24 days and are comprehensively designed to enable Uganda safari undertakers to explore Uganda in detail. The destination Uganda is very diverse and every corner has got rich attractions and activities can keep you mesmerized throughout your long gorilla safari in Uganda.

Taking you to the virgin wilderness of Kidepo up to the Impenetrable forests of Bwindi in the south west for gorilla trekking while traversing the Chimpanzee trekking destinations of Kibale, wildlife havens of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park along with scenic wonders of the snowcapped mountains of the moon among other attractions like the worldly hospitable people.

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 7 days Uganda primate classic Safari is one of the most rewarding safari tours organized for you to enjoy trekking the unique stunning primate species housed Read More

12 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Adventure and Cultural Safari

Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa is famously known by different travellers in the world due to its splendid national parks endowed with different wildlife species. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 9 Days detailed safari package offers visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris a golden opportunity to trek the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla group Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

This 12 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari provides you a thrilling experience as you go through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Read More

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Tour.

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the splendid wildlife species and delightful mountain gorillas Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek and Wild game Safari is one the best safari packages that grants you that golden chance to partake in Uganda’s most marvelous tourist activities Read More

8 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour & Cultural Safari

The 16 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the delightful mountain gorillas in the 331kms of forested land covered by Bwindi Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 18 Days Bwndi Gorilla and Mt. Rwenzori Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy a highly rewarding hike to the peak of Mountain Rwenzori-also dubbed Mountains of the Moon Read More

3 Days Gorilla trekking Safaris in Rwanda

The 20 days Uganda Gorilla trekking and Wild Game, Adventure Safari is one of the best -long safari packages that will combine Uganda’s most majestic national parks Read More

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Safari

The 3 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda is one of the short gorilla trekking safaris organized for travellers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The safari offers you ultimate gorilla trekking experiences Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the most impressing Uganda gorillas trekking Safari that allows you to explore different activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More

6 Day Uganda Gorillas and Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris

The 6 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking safari is one of the best rewarding safaris 0rganised in Uganda. The 6 days safari takes through Uganda’s primate Capital- Kibale forest park Read More

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 7 days Uganda primate classic Safari is one of the most rewarding safari tours organized for you to enjoy trekking the unique stunning primate species housed Read More

12 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Adventure and Cultural Safari

Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa is famously known by different travellers in the world due to its splendid national parks endowed with different wildlife species. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 9 Days detailed safari package offers visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris a golden opportunity to trek the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla group Read More

9 Days Rwanda Gorilla trek and Wild Game Safari

This 12 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari provides you a thrilling experience as you go through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Read More

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Tour.

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the splendid wildlife species and delightful mountain gorillas Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek and Wild game Safari is one the best safari packages that grants you that golden chance to partake in Uganda’s most marvelous tourist activities Read More

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Safari

The 3 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda is one of the short gorilla trekking safaris organized for travellers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The safari offers you ultimate gorilla trekking experiences Read More

7 Days Primate Tour in Rwanda

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the most impressing Uganda gorillas trekking Safari that allows you to explore different activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 6 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking safari is one of the best rewarding safaris 0rganised in Uganda. The 6 days safari takes through Uganda’s primate Capital- Kibale forest park Read More

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 7 days Uganda primate classic Safari is one of the most rewarding safari tours organized for you to enjoy trekking the unique stunning primate species housed Read More

12 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Adventure and Cultural Safari

Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa is famously known by different travellers in the world due to its splendid national parks endowed with different wildlife species. Read More

6 Days Mountain Gorilla trekking Safari Tour in DR Congo and Rwanda.

The 9 Days detailed safari package offers visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris a golden opportunity to trek the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla group Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

This 12 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari provides you a thrilling experience as you go through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Read More

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Tour.

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the splendid wildlife species and delightful mountain gorillas Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek and Wild game Safari is one the best safari packages that grants you that golden chance to partake in Uganda’s most marvelous tourist activities Read More

6 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking and Cultural Safari

The 3 Days Gorilla Safari in Uganda is one of the short gorilla trekking safaris organized for travellers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. The safari offers you ultimate gorilla trekking experiences Read More

5 Days Karisimbi Hike and Gorilla Trekking Tour in Rwanda

The 4 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari is one of the most impressing Uganda gorillas trekking Safari that allows you to explore different activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More

3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The 6 days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Trekking safari is one of the best rewarding safaris 0rganised in Uganda. The 6 days safari takes through Uganda’s primate Capital- Kibale forest park Read More

4 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 7 days Uganda primate classic Safari is one of the most rewarding safari tours organized for you to enjoy trekking the unique stunning primate species housed Read More

12 Days Rwanda Gorillas, Adventure and Cultural Safari

Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa is famously known by different travellers in the world due to its splendid national parks endowed with different wildlife species. Read More

2 Days Congo Lowland Gorilla Trekking Safari to Kahuzi Biega National Park

The 9 Days detailed safari package offers visitors on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris a golden opportunity to trek the Nyakagezi mountain gorilla group Read More

3 Days Lowland Gorilla Trekking in Congo

This 12 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari provides you a thrilling experience as you go through undulating hills and small-scale farmlands to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Read More

7 Days Congo Gorilla Safari and Wildlife Tour.

The 13 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari is a good safari package that allows you to enjoy the sights and views of the splendid wildlife species and delightful mountain gorillas Read More

4 Days Rwanda Gorilla & Adventure Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek and Wild game Safari is one the best safari packages that grants you that golden chance to partake in Uganda’s most marvelous tourist activities Read More

UGANDA NATIONAL GAME PARKS

Crowned as the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill in 1907, the destination Uganda is such a magical wonder that truly brings out the value of its exploration while considered as part of your Africa Safari travel.

Uganda is home to counts of wild animals including the Big five of African Wild game namely; African Elephant, African Leopard, African Buffalo, Rhinos and Lions including the unique tree climbing lions, Other Wild game species like Rothschild Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Topis, Impala, Cheetah, Defassa Waterbuck, Burchell’s Zebra and Hyenas to mention but a few living in her savannah National Parks of Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo and Murchison Falls.

The great counts of primates thrive in Uganda’s forested parks including the famous Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest Reserve – Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Semuliki National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park and Golden Monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These combine to derive lasting Uganda safari memories for those interested in viewing primates in their natural habitats.

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Trek Tour and Wildlife Safari

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park dubbed the safe haven for mountain gorillas in Uganda is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Read More

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National park dubbed the world’s primate Capital is located in the two districts of Kabarole and Kamwenge in western part of Uganda. The park covers an approximated area of about 795km Read More

8 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari tour- Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park located in the southwestern corner of Uganda in Kisoro district. The park is situated in the great Virunga ranges Read More

Elephant at Kahuzi-biega Park Congo gorilla trekking safaris

Queen Elizabeth national park is situated in south western part of Uganda; spanning the districts of Bushenyi, Kasese, Rukungiri and Kamwenge, the park is situated at an estimated distance of 417km Read More

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is a compact gem, perfectly suited close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. The Park is an exceptional protected area Read More

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park formerly known as Kabalega National Park a name it inherited from one of the former kings of Bunyoro Kingdom is Uganda’s largest protected area covering an area of 3,840 square kilometers. Read More

Kidepo Valley National park

Strategically situated in the rugged, semi-arid valleys of the remote Karamoja region on the extreme border with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley is Uganda’s most splendid national park, for it ranks among Africa’s finest Wildernesses Read More

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Semuliki National Park is located in Uganda which is found in the East African region on the African continent on the geographical co-ordinates of 00o40’39”N 30o03’40”E. Read More

Mountain Rwenzori National Park

Mountain Rwenzori national park is located in Uganda which is found in East African region on the African continent just slightly above the equator line on the geographical co-ordinates 00o 22’N 29o57’E. Mt. Rwenzori national park lies 398 km or 6-hour drive away from Kampala city. Read More

Mountain Elgon National Park

Mountain Elgon National Park is located on the border of Uganda and Kenya which are found in the East African region on the African continent on the geographical co-ordinates of 01o08’00”N 34o35’00”E.  The park lies about 256km or a 5-hour drive from Kampala city the capital of Uganda Read More

Uganda travel health Advice, Uganda Travel Information

Uganda travel health Advice – Uganda Travel Information

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time. The following information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

Routine- Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Uganda travel health Advice

Hepatitis B Vaccination in uganda

Hepatitis B-Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).

Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.

Meningococcal (meningitis)- Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.

Typhoid- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in East Africa, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Polio- Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.

Rabies – Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites

Yellow Fever- Recommended for all travelers from 9 months of age. Uganda requires travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is ongoing risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinic.

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari, Uganda Travel Information

Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.

In developing countries like Uganda, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.

Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)

To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.

Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide). If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.

What you are supposed to do while on your Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).

Do not drink beverages with ice

Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.

Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.

Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

There are both international and regional flights to Uganda being offered by various airbuses including British Airways, Kenya Airways, Brussels and so much more. You can as well charter a flight but this can be damn expensive. Uganda has all means of transport although the most accessible is by bus; it’s cost effective and safe when it comes to traveling. Bus companies for instance Regional Coach, Link and Scandinavian Express and Akamba have strict departure time if travelers can’t adhere to this, they are often left behind.

The Min buses usually go for shorter journeys. Transport in Uganda has been improved with well-maintained roads, speed governors as well as seat belts to ensure the safety of all passengers. The buses assemble in the new taxis park and some may be got along the public roads. The bus fares are fixed but cheaper to all the passengers. In the villages, there are motorcycles, bicycles, taxis for hire that can take you to your destination and remember to get small denominations of money to ease on transport. Ugandans are friendly people and are so willing to give directions when required. A visa to Uganda guide has also been put here.

Flights in Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

On Arrival.

Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Travel Information

There are 12 airports in Uganda and the 4 biggest are

Entebbe Airport (Entebbe, Uganda)

Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Entebbe Airport.

Entebbe Airport offers nonstop flights to 22 cities.

Every week, at least 49 domestic flights and 490 international flights depart from Entebbe Airport.

Arua Airport (Arua, Uganda)

Arua Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Arua Airport.

Gulu Airport (Gulu, Uganda)

Gulu Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Gulu Airport.

Kasese Airport (Kasese, Uganda)

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Kasese Airport.

Uganda language

English is the national language. There are other local languages like luganda, runyankore, lusoga, luo, runyakitara, lugisu, lugbara and many more spoken by different tribes in Uganda. For those who can only communicate using languages like Chinese, Germany, French, Arabic and others, we can organize special interpreters for them while taking their tours in Uganda.

Uganda’s Climate

Uganda’s climate is humid; it combines hotness and coldness in some parts. Uganda has dry spells from June-September and rains from November to mid-January and many rains from March-June but at times such seasons change unexpectedly.

Uganda travel clothing/dress

Carry along lightweight, washable clothes plus a coat, jacket or sweater for morning wildlife game drives or any cold as a result of any weather changes. Items like sunhat, sunglasses and sunscreen etc. are also important. Trousers or long sleeved shirts save you from dangers of insect bites. Any other form of dressing by one’s preference is good as long as it isn’t offensive for public displeasure. Women travelers need to carry a wrap to cover legs in the village and towns. At Lodges and hotels with swimming pools, better to carry a swimsuit along with you.

Baggage on safaris

Baggage on safari is limited to one bag, plus one small piece of hand baggage per person (excluding a camera bag). In total this should not weight more than 20kg. Suitcases and other heavier items can be stored in town hotels whilst clients are on safari.

Uganda tour and travel photo shots

To make your tour unforgettable, its better you carry along with you a video and a digital camera with enough charged batteries for shooting anything that interests you throughout your trip. Keep cameras from dust, sunshine or rain. It is advisable to seek permission first before photographing anyone or anything.

Uganda travel security

Uganda is a very safe and sound country in African continent .The country presently has no rebel activity going on inside of Uganda. Even the north of Uganda is enjoying a state of peace and rebuilding since the LRA has signed a cease-fire in the summer of 2006.

Hence Uganda is a very safe country to visit, work and stay, but still precautionary measures have to be ensured while traveling. Below are some guides on how to be cautious so as to keep safe.

Money should be hidden:

The best way to carry your money is when you keep it at your front pocket where you can put your hand over it rather than a back pocket where it can easily be stolen. Do not flash money or count it in public, pull out what you need and pay, never carry large amounts with you. Keep money and any other valuables in your hotel safe.

Carrying Passports and Return Tickets:

It’s very risky carrying your passport on you, it’s best to make a copy of your travel documents and leave the originals at your hotel safe. If you are traveling on a safari, keep it all such things in a small backpack that you can easily carry with you. It is best to carry that small Backpack even if you go on a game drive while on safari. It is always best to be on the safe side of life instead of having later sorrow.

Keep your Jewelry at home or hotel safe:

Take inexpensive jewelry with you (you can buy some lovely items here in Uganda at a low price). Gold chains and jewelry can be torn off you. Avoid expensive watches and if you are wearing one, have one preferably with leather strap that can be tightened and safely worn.

Buy some local Ugandan crafted jewelry and support a local artisan and their families and you will safe-keep your expensive items at home and at the same time make a difference in Uganda through your purchase of local hand-crafted items.

Cell Phone:

Keep your Mobile Cell-Phone in your pocket and do not carry it in your hands. If you carry it in your hands, someone may take a cigarette burn your hand and you drop the phone when pain strikes and it is gone.

Do not put in on a table in a restaurant or bar since again someone might just come and grab it – Stay on the safe side. Mobile phones are stolen daily in Uganda – hold on to it tightly.

Walking at night:

Do not walk alone on your own in most neighborhoods to be on the safe side – what you would do at home, do here while visiting Uganda. You do not hear of many cases where Visitors to Uganda are robbed or harmed but it is best to be wise and smart.

Visits to Slums:

Slums in Kampala happen to be a place of misery and where you can find quite a few people who would not have the best intentions in mind when it comes to dealing with you. Most slum-dwellers are there not because of choice but because of circumstances in life.

Visiting a slum unless you are visiting a school, an NGO, a charitable work such as an orphanage is ill-advised. We do not offer slum tours as is the fashion in Kenya in order to make money and once company does here in Kampala. We believe in the dignity of all human beings and do not want to benefit off another person’s misery.

Gay Travelers Safety:

In February of 2014 President Museveni signed the stronger anti-gay bill into law. 97% of Ugandans concurred with his decision. Uganda had been in the news for five years regarding the anti-gay bill and it had an effect on Uganda’s image in the world even though it is one of 38 African Countries and over 80 worldwide with strong anti-gay laws.

What does it mean to a gay traveler wanting to come to Uganda? In Uganda there is no public affection between any gender. No promotion of homosexuality and simply discreet behavior that does not draw attention to a visitor to Uganda. The traditions of held values of Uganda and most African Nations are simply different.

The law is there – the choice is up to the gay visitor to Uganda whether to come or whether to stay away – the previous anti-gay law was hardly enforced since in Uganda personal relationships are kept private.

Statement from Stephen Asiimwe -Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda Tourism Board “no gay visitor to our country will be harassed or not welcome for the only reason that he or she may be gay. Cultural policies are important in Uganda. We ask visitors to respect them. They include touching in public for example or engaging in sex with children.”

Is it safe for single travelers?

It’s very safe for tourists to travel solo on safari in Uganda. It’s always best to travel with a reliable tour company like Africa Adventure Safaris Ltd to run your safari in Uganda.

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Currency, Uganda Travel Information

Major foreign currencies – like the US$, Pound Sterling and Euros, South African Rand and currencies for the Uganda’s neighboring countries can be exchanged in the local forex bureaus and banks. Travelers’ cheques are accepted in Uganda and are exchangeable at banks and forex bureau in Kampala City and other major towns and hotels. Credit cards are getting common and are acknowledged in some shopping and banks. Majority of banks have ATM facilities. In some national parks or tourist centre, visitors can pay using foreign currencies if they didn’t get time to convert into local money. It is not suitable to exchange money on the streets from individuals as you may be given fake notes of Uganda shillings.

Bank and money transactions in Kampala Uganda;Where to get and how to make money transactions in Kampala.

Uganda Banks, Money exchange, Forex rates, in Uganda

The simplest way to acquire money on your initial arrival is using a Visa ATM card (MasterCard is more challenging; do not bother using anything else). The ATMs are scattered across Uganda, beginning at the airport, and nearly all of them offer the favorable Visa logo. It is a good idea to talk to your bankers back at home and inquire about any kind of deals they offer within Ugandan banks – for example, as I write this, in case you use your Bank of America ATM card in any of Uganda’s Barclays ATMs, you will not be charged that annoying ATM fee. Western Union is as well an alternative for quick cash from foreign countries, although the fees are somewhat large. On the other hand, if it is a better option for you, there are several Western Union places throughout Kampala.

Do I need my International Banking card While in Kampala Uganda?

The majority of properly-ATMed banks are Barclays plus Stanbic that appear to have ATMs almost anyplace you would require one. A properly-informed friend informed me that Barclays, regardless of its international name, is pretty short on service, and that its competitor Stanbic could be a better choice. Additional alternatives include Centenary bank whose ATMs and branches can be accessed in most of the rural parts of the country plus Standard Chartered, that has fewer branches as well as ATMs although fairly good service.

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

Uganda Currency Forex exchange rates

Uganda Currency Forex exchange rates

One new and expanding approach to handle money within Uganda is using cell phones commonly known as Mobile money. You can Sign up with any of the local carrier and then send and also receive money directly on your phone, obtainable almost any place across the country. But of course, you need to have some money deposited on it.

Shopping in Uganda

From jammed but fascinating markets filled with collectable handicrafts, to glitzy malls in our big city with the latest must have name brands, more so because our favorable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer too. Uganda’s shopping centers provide world-class shopping, plenty of entertainment, the latest movies and delicious food in conveniently situated and safe surroundings. Whether you are looking for something specific, have time on your hands to browse around or just love to shop, the boutiques, chain stores and specialist shops in the country’s malls have it all. The quality, cost and variety of goods on offer along with the safe, sophisticated environment provided by Uganda’s shopping centers should not take visiting international holidaymakers and business people by surprise.

Uganda’s malls are famous for their excellent shopping and entertainment facilities. When you leave the country after your holiday or business trip, you will lament the baggage restrictions of the international airlines and wish that you could take more of Uganda home with you! Vacationers can choose from dining and enjoying a drink at local or hotel bars and restaurants, seeing a movie at the cinema, attending a theatrical production at the cultural centre or gambling at one of the two casinos in town. Some bars host live music sessions at weekends. Uganda is known for their woodcarvings, handcrafted jewellery, textiles and attractive basketry – all make a memorable souvenir of your trip.

Nightlife in Kampala

From a night of fine dining to raucous all-night party in Kampala city Ugandans love to have a good time. Let your hair down and live it up in our clubs, pubs, late-night bars, theatres and live music venues. You won’t just find the best wildlife in our game parks…come on, the party’s starting! Experience a sundowner. Sip a cool drink and enjoy a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying afternoon game drive. In the tourist towns of Kampala, there are a handful of restaurants, cinema and a clutch of places to grab a cold beer with fellow travelers and the friendly locals.

Casinos in Uganda

Bet on having a good time around Uganda. From our most famous Kampala casino for high-rollers to family entertainment venues– we’ve myriad casinos where you can take chance with Lady Luck. Ugandan casinos, including several large entertainment complexes, can be found countrywide. These entertainment destinations are typically designed around a specific theme and include a large range of activities for the whole family. Many are also geared towards business tourism, providing hotels and conferencing facilities as well.

Uganda’s casinos can be found on the fringes of most major centers. The emphasis is on being a one-stop leisure destination, with access to both indoor and outdoor entertainment. In Uganda, casinos are designed around a specific theme, offering a vision of life somewhat different from the run of the mill expectation of Africa. Nor are they typical casinos, most offering entertainment that goes beyond the usual slots and gaming tables. Among the most popular casinos in Uganda is the famed Kampala casino, in the city centre. Garden city is as famous for its golf course, game drives and outdoor activities as it is for gambling.

Uganda Accommodation

Uganda offers a wide variety of hotels lodge’s guesthouses, safari lodges available for travellers ranging from budget, midrange and high-end accommodation that are distributed in all parts of the country. For any destination you want to travel to, there accommodations that you can book at. Feel free to contact us for any of your travel accommodation plans and you will find all answers for Uganda accommodation.

Uganda Public Holidays

Below is the list of Uganda’s public holidays that are officially noticed by all citizens: Liberation day(26 Jan),Women’s Day (8 March),New Years’ Day (1 Jan),Independence Day (9 Oct),Labor Day(1 May),Heroes Day(9 June),Martyrs Day(3June),World Aids Day (1 Dec),Boxing Day (26 Dec),Christmas Day (25 Dec),Human Rights’ Day (10 Dec),Africa Day (25 May)

What are the interesting activities I can Do while in Uganda?

What are the interesting activities I can Do while in Uganda?

Tours and Adventures in Uganda

There are so many activities and adventures on a Uganda safari that it is difficult to stick to the details on your plan. Here are some of the top interesting tourist activities in Uganda that most tourists have come to love through the years.

Gorilla Trekking Safari, Uganda Travel Information

6 Days Mountain Gorilla trekking Safari Tour in DR Congo and Rwanda.

6 Days Mountain Gorilla trekking Safari Tour in DR Congo and Rwanda.

This ranks as the most important part of any Uganda safari itinerary. The once-in-a-lifetime experience takes you through the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National park on the slopes of the Rwenzori ranges in search of the gentle giants. Groups of 8 people launch every day into the forest canopy behind the lead of a trained and armed ranger! It is surely exciting and a challenge that may take you up to eight intense hours of trekking. Without mountain gorilla trekking expeditions, Uganda safaris are not same!

Chimpanzee tracking and the Primates of Uganda

Uganda’s forests are home to an estimated 13 or more species of primates include the black & white colobus, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, olive baboons, gorillas and the habituated chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking is a fascination in Kibale Forest National park but there are also a few of these primates in Semliki National Park and Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria.

Wildlife safaris and National Parks in Uganda

There are 10 National parks and 12 game reserves in Uganda gifted with a wide range of flora and fauna. The most visited include Murchison Falls Park (which is the largest) and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Take a game drive or a guided safari walk in the wilderness and encounter Uganda’s best kept mammals like the tree climbing Lions, zebras, Uganda kob, elephants, buffaloes, hippos, Harte beest and many more. Unique safari experiences take you to Lake Mburo National park for a canoe ride for sights of Uganda’s birds and animals visiting the vast lake.

Lake Bunyonyi tours

Lake Bunyonyi is found in South Western Uganda in the district of Kabale. It is Africa’s second deepest lake dotted with a few islands that are historically important to the people in this area. The lake is named after the birds that nest on the lake’s shore and surrounding swamps such as kingfishers, malachite eagles, sun birds, bee eaters, the rare shoebill stork and a few of the Albertine endemic species. Take a canoe ride to the island, nature walks around the lake or go swimming – Yes…the lake is Bilharzia free and good for swimming!

Bird watching safaris

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

If you are a nature enthusiast, then Uganda must have a special place in your heart. Over 3,000 species of birds are recorded to have nests in papyrus swamps, forests, lakeshores and national parks all over the country. Some of the best birding destinations like Lake Bunyonyi, Bwindi forest park, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth Park and also in the different cities. Kampala city also has a few swamps with notable species like the stork and sun birds among others.

Mountain Climbing

Hiking is not a popular sport In Uganda but you can be among the few tourists to reach some of the peaks of Uganda’s skyline. The ‘mountains of the moon’ popularly known as the Rwenzori mountain offer great hiking experiences often challenging but worth when you reach the glaciated peak. Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano in Eastern Uganda is also good for hiking and at the same time discovers some unique plant species that grow on the slopes of this fertile rock.

River Nile Adventures

It is the world’s longest river with its source on Lake Victoria in south central Uganda. The river has a number of rapids and water falls on its course to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. Bujagali falls is particularly good for kayaking and water rafting with class I, II and IV rapids while Bungee jumping is also done near the falls. You can continue pursuing the river to the spectacular Murchison Falls on the Victoria Nile in the west and so on

Kampala City Tours, Uganda Travel Information

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and the busiest town in the country. It is Uganda’s largest town and an important centre for business, industry, transport and administration. There are also many interesting things to note and tour about this friendly town such as the independence monument, Uganda Museum & art galleries, Makerere University, Kabaka’s palace, the National theatre, Uganda Martyr’s Shrine at Namugongo and the different religious centres around the capital.

Shopping in Kampala

Kampala being the capital city of Uganda, it has plenty of modern and western style shops with a feel of western typical malls with luxury goods and fast food outlets. You can visit numerous local and upscale shopping places like local markets for fresh foods, supermarkets, boutiques and departmental stores. In some parts of the city there are shopping complexes offering designer labels, computer equipment and other wide range of goods available let it be specialist or luxury. From colorful and bustling markets to newly developed shopping malls, Kampala now has it all. There are many upscale hotels that cater to the influx of tourists.

Uganda Travel Information

Shopping in Uganda

Kampala is famous for its intoxicating overcrowded markets, streets and arcades with upscale goods and services. Very chaotic but with pretty experience, Owino market normally acknowledged as Balikuddembe market is the most admired local market in Kampala. Sprawling around Nakivubo stadium, Owino is well stocked with everything from manufactured goods to traditional medicine. Eminent for its second hand clothes “Ebikadde” in Luganda, new clothes can be made as well by local tailors after making a selection for a piece of cloth material. Visitors are bound to spend much time here not because they are having much fun but once you are inside it’s really difficult to find your way out.

Apart from these local markets, Uganda is endowed with shopping centers with a feel of typical western styles and among the best places for shopping are 5 big shopping centers; if you want luxury goods especially the American and European brands. This is your best bet because you are likely to do your shopping in one place from one of the following malls; Lugogo shopping mall, Acacia mall, Garden city, and Freedom city. Shopping places indoors include; big supermarkets like Nakumatt, Capital shoppers, Uchumi, Game and Payless, departmental stores, fast food outlets, jewelry and book shops.

Looking out for the best rates for changing large amounts of foreign currency, Kampala is the best way to go. Try out bureaus in Kampala for the best rates this time especially the dollar house and half east all located conveniently next to each other at king Fahad plaza along Kampala road. There are many more bureaus and rates change from time to time but are usually printed in local papers and white boards at the entrance.

There are several sophisticated craft shops around the national theatre and Uganda crafts 2000 limited that sell locally made Arts and crafts. Original and smart local items like bark-cloth clothing, drums, wood carvings, sandals, basketry, beaded jewelry and Muzungu t- shirts plus other items from all over Africa are sold. Look out for many cheaper crafts at park headquarters and the nearby communities, Entebbe airport, Garden city and Lugogo mall. Pieces of valuable handcrafts are available at relatively low prices compared to imported crafts; therefore don’t hesitate to snap a chance. Your purchase of arts, crafts, souvenirs and gifts impact the lives of ordinary Ugandans.

Look out for the best places for English language publications, with the great selection of books like novels and as well as Uganda at very reasonable and affordable prices. The best place is Aristoc, where books are stocked up to satisfy the customers’ needs. Get a reading material before heading on to long road trip. You can also have second hand books with a good selection of novels at a bit cheaper price down town. Bargaining is acceptable and the way to the business. You can bargain for better prices especially on souvenirs and your bargaining power determines what you pay in the end.

Cultural tours and safaris

Uganda is home to many tribes and peoples who live in harmony. Almost every part of Uganda has a tribe that relates to it with a unique heritage and institution called a Kingdom. The most popular kingdom is Buganda in central Uganda with proper institutional structures headed by the Kabaka who is the king. Some of its significant tourist sites include Kasubi Royal tombs, the Kabaka’s palace and lake in Mengo, Sezibwa falls and a host of cultural/spiritual sites dotted around the country. Other kingdoms worth visiting include Toro Kingdom Palace in Fort Portal and Busoga in Jinja among others.

Lake Victoria tours

Lake Victoria is Uganda’s largest lake seen on landing at the Entebbe International Airport. Catch a ferry or hire a charter boat to the spectacular Ssese Islands for a treat of the best beaches in Uganda. Ngamba Island is also another island to visit on the lake, synonymous with the Ngamba Chimpanzee sanctuary. The best ways to relax on one of these islands is by taking nature walks, forest walks, go fishing or treat yourself to some of the best fish in Uganda’s waters. It is the perfect place to relax after hectic safaris in Uganda before you take your departure flights.

Spot fishing in Uganda

Go fishing in Nile River and in Lake Victoria to explore a world of untouched, mystical beauty. Take advantage of some of the other activities on offer such as gliding along the scenic waterways of the Nile and Victoria on a dug-out canoe. For game fisherman, the Nile River teems with Nile perch one of the biggest fish species in Uganda. Catch your biggest one yet and be amazed at the size that the fish grow to in these areas. Houseboats offer 360 degrees of lush greenery filled with the music of chirping birds and beautiful waterways and absolutely luxurious living conditions. Glide through the Nile and Lake Victoria fringes to find fish-rich water

Horseback riding

Lake Mburo national park is one of fewest parks that offer horseback riding in safari Uganda, but for the adventurous this is an experience not to be missed. Uganda is a land of immense natural beauty with diverse terrain and landscapes of which Lake Mburo national park with a lush emerald paradise of swamps and Precambrian metamorphic rocks, rich savannah grasslands is undoubtedly living proof of. On horseback you can truly absorb the magnificence of park like unique spectrum of ecosystems that supports an unbelievable variety of bird, plant and wildlife waiting to be discovered. Venture further into the park and get much closer to the abounding wildlife. Encounter exciting moments along the game trails as your horseback safari ride brings you upon great herds of buffalo, zebra, elands and other antelopes. Be assured that this activity is a magical and humbling experience that will touch your soul and remain in your heart for an eternity.

Flights to Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

Flights to Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

Flying to Uganda is simple and affordable. With many direct flights to Entebbe from Europe, Asia and Africa, Uganda can now be easily accessed from any part of the world. Below are the major international airlines that fly to Entebbe International Airport, Uganda:

Flights to Uganda

Flights to Uganda, Getting There and Around

KLM / Amsterdam – flights to and from Entebbe 5 times a week.

Brussels Airlines / Brussels – flights to and from Entebbe 3 times a week.

Emirates / Dubai – flights to and from Entebbe daily.

South African Airways / Johannesburg – flights to and from Entebbe daily.

Kenya Airways / Nairobi – flights to and from Entebbe 5 times a week.

Ethiopian Airways / Addis Ababa – flights to and from Entebbe daily.

Qatar Airways / Doha – flights to and from Entebbe daily.

Feel free to contact Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd for advice on flights to Uganda and which airline would be most suitable for you.

Domestic Flights, Uganda Travel Information

Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd would be delighted to book your scheduled domestic flights or private charters, providing excellent access to most of the national parks within Uganda. Daily domestic flights are available at affordable rates from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip, flying to Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Kidepo National Park among others.

Contact prime safaris and Tours Ltd for more information and prices on charter and scheduled flights to Uganda’s national parks or regional flights within East Africa.

How do Mountain Gorillas look like?, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

How do Mountain Gorillas look like?, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

How do Mountain Gorillas look

The fur of the mountain gorilla, often thicker and longer than that of other gorilla species and this enables them to live in colder temperatures like those in Bwindi and Mgahinga Park. Gorillas can be easily identified by nose prints unique to each individual Males, at a mean weight of 195 kg and upright standing height of 150 cm .Male gorillas usually weigh twice as much as the females, at a mean of 100 kg and a height of 130 cm. Mountain gorilla also called Gorilla beringei beringei is considered on average the second largest species of primate.

Mountain gorillas have longer hair and shorter arms than their lowland cousins. They also tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas.

Mountain Gorillas can climb trees, but are usually found on the ground in communities of 25-30 individuals. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male identified as a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur.

The leader of the mountain gorillas called silver back organizes troop activities like nesting in leaves, eating and moving, protecting the group from attacks by other silverbacks among others. The life span of mountain gorilla is between 40 and 50 years and also the other fascinating fact about Mountain Gorillas is that they share 98% of their genetic composition with human beings.

How Do Mountain Gorillas Feed?, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

Uganda has two prominent protected areas which support the survival of Mountain Gorillas and these include the Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is component of the Virunga chain of towering volcanoes that extend into the DRC and Rwanda. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest supports the hugest Population of Mountain Gorilla. It is an ancient forest also described as the “Place of Darkness.” The tree cover makes it very dark within this forest.

All the two parks of Bwindi and Mgahinga sit at high altitudes and the Mountain Gorillas move up and feed on some of the afro-montane vegetation. Typically the daily meal of Mountain Gorillas mainly consists of large quantities of flowers, leaves, fruit, and bamboo roots, shoots vines, shrub. The Adults can consume up to 75 pounds each day and due to the fact that gorillas receive a large quantity of water from its diet, they rarely take water.

How much does a Uganda Gorilla Safari Cost? Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

How much does a Uganda Gorilla Safari Cost? Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

How much Gorilla Safari Costs, is very vital question which is often asked by the travellers planning for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and according to our opinion, which is meant to act as guide line when you are planning for your Uganda gorilla safari is that, the total cost for gorilla Safari will require you budgeting the cost of following items;

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

cost of Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

Cost of Gorilla permit which will give you the opportunity to trek the mountain gorillas. The current cost of each permit is at USD600 during the high season (June to September, December to February) and USD350 during the low season (April, May, November).

Cost of Transport. You need to budget and plan for transport from Kampala/Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla trekking is done. The minimum days to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park by road are three days. Therefore, you need to budget for three days. The first day is for transferring from Entebbe/Kampala to Bwindi and the next day is for moving around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You need Vehicle to transfer you to and from the starting head trails of your gorilla trek in Bwindi and the third day is to drive back to Entebbe/Kampala. Hence traveller needs to budget for a tourist vehicle with guide per day and then fuel to cater for the long drive distance from of 527kilometres from Kampala to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Please kindly contact prime Uganda Safaris and Tours for the best rates of Tourist vehicles for hire. Travel can as well opt to fly to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as some companies such as Aerolink operate scheduled flights to and from Kihihi which is the nearest Air Field and as such, you need drive transfers from the Air strip to your choice lodge.

Cost of Accommodation-You need to budget and plan for your accommodation for at least two nights. The first night is when you arrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the second night is after your gorilla trekking experience. It is possible to trek mountain gorillas and depart Bwindi to Kampala on the same day but it is highly recommended that tourists on Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris to Bwindi budget for additional night after trekking the gorillas as they will never tell whether they will encounter the gorillas after what period of time. The price of the accommodation will depend on the type of lodging facility because all the four gorilla trekking regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National have Luxury lodges, Mid-Range and budget. Hence the choice of lodge to stay will depend on you.

Cost of Porters- Traveller to Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are highly recommended to hire Potters because these individuals help to carry your bags and when you are up-close to gorillas, they will remain with your packed lunch and all the other things you might not at that time.

Cost of Tips- Tips is an appreciation of good service rendered to you by your safari guide, gorilla trekking guide, waiters and porters. It’s not a must that you have to do this.

Company Markup- On top of the above costs, the company puts between 10-20% of the total cost as fixing or service fee.

In nut shell, total gorilla safari cost will require you to budget and plan for gorilla permit, book and pay for you choice accommodation, pay for your transport to and from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you also need to budget for porter, among other requirements. In order to make your Uganda gorilla trekking safaris success, you need to contact us the number one gorilla trekking safari planners in Uganda the pearl of Africa.

How to get a Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

Gorilla trekking activities in Uganda are conducted in the two protected parks of Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. But due to the nomadic nature of mountain gorillas in Mgahinga which keep crossing to Rwandan side, most of the gorilla trekking permits sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority are for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. In Uganda, each and every gorilla permit is sold at US$600 during high season and during the low season from the month of April, May and November; discounted permits are sold at discounted price of US$350 per each. On one particular day especially during the high season, around 80 individual tourists travel to Uganda’s Bwindi to trek the stunning Mountain gorillas in the ancient Impenetrable forest and only a group of 8 individual trekkers are allowed to trek a habituated gorilla family. We strongly recommend you to book your Uganda gorilla permit with a Ugandan Tour Operator agent as early as 3-5 month in advance. The most Common blunder which travellers make is booking a Habituated gorilla family which is located far distance from their choice of lodging facility.

What you should note is that the road network to Bwindi Impenetrable and its different gorilla trekking regions are often very awkward because this is a remote area hilly area and hence if you book a lodge located far away from the gorilla family you are going to trek, it becomes hard to catch up with trekking activity which starts very early in the morning. For travellers who would wish to plan and do gorilla trekking safari to Uganda on their own in order to save costs, they might end up spending more on their safari compared to if they used Ugandan based safari tour operators. Booking Gorilla permit through tour operator is best option and usually tour operators charge an extra fee of USD100 on top of US$600 and this happens when you only need a permit from them. The extra USD100 per permit is attached to help them in administrative costs like make calls to UWA, pick the permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority where the permits are sold officially and then deliver it to you. In case you involve the tour operators in the whole process of planning for your gorilla safari, they will not charge you the extra USD100 because they know that you will use their other services like guiding services, transfers among others.

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

The procedure is almost similar as above, except that the tour agencies tend to speed-up the process and most likely you will get you gorilla permit confirmation faster.

Contact us and let us know of the dates you want to tour Uganda with the days you want to see the gorilla permits.

Afterwards we shall let you know if the days you want for your gorilla tour are available for gorilla tracking and tentatively book them for you (but with no guarantee).

We send you our bank details for you to send the money for gorilla permits.

It takes about 16 hours for us to receive the money from your bank and pay for your permits. We shall send you acknowledgement for the money and the official Uganda Wildlife Authority Receipt (by scan and email). Please ensure you pay the bank charges when authorizing the transaction.

We do not charge any fee for gorilla permits buying/booking if you are booking the rest of the tour (or a part of it) with us. In case we do charge, this is to cater for any costs like telephony, transport, etc. we incur to get you the permit.

Send us your passport details to register your gorilla permits. Usually, we only need the Full names, passport number, and nationality.

Let us help you book you Gorilla Permit and Safari (no fees on permits)

We register your names and get the gorilla permits. We send you scanned copies of your gorilla permit.

As soon as the payment has been received, the permits for gorilla tracking will be purchased. Getting a gorilla permit is not a guarantee of seeing a gorilla. However, the chances of seeing them are 98%.

Please ensure you pay the bank charges when authorizing the transaction.

We do not charge any fee for gorilla permits buying/booking if you are booking the rest of the tour (or a part of it) with us. In case we do charge, this is to cater for any costs like telephony, transport, etc. we incur to get you the permit.

At what time of the day does Gorilla Trekking start?

At what time of the day does Gorilla Trekking start?

The normal day of a Mountain Gorilla starts at 6:00 am local time up to 6:00pm with a snooze around lunch time. Uganda receives Light just past 6:00am and darkness falls around 7:00pm.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

best time to track gorillas in Uganda

Most of the times mountain gorilla spend an estimated 30% of the day while looking for food and 30% traveling and 40% resting. Mountain gorillas move every day to different locations looking for food and where they make nests using twigs plus leaves and spend their night.

Mountain gorillas exist in groups which differ in size from 2 – 30 or 40, however commonly in groups of 10. There is no specific mating season while babies are born through the year. The Males begin breeding at around 15 years while the females start giving birth between 10 and 12 years. Females can give birth after every 2 to 3 years giving birth to 4 – 6 offspring through their lifetime.

Males leave their group at about 11 years of age, while a little over half of the females will leave their group.

Mountain gorillas communicate through sounds like roars, grunts and shouts, and 25 sounds currently have been documented by researchers

What is the best time to track gorillas in Uganda?

Despite of the fact that mountain gorillas trekking in Uganda and Rwanda can be done all the year round, the majority of travellers on Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris prefer trekking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga from dry month of June to September as well as from December up to February. However, what tourists should note is that due to unpredictable weather, there are some little showers which can be experienced during the dry month and hence visitors to Uganda gorilla trekking safaris have to be prepared.

Sometimes, trekkers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris take advantage of the seasonal discounts provided on the gorilla trekking permits in the month of April, May, and November. Uganda Wildlife Authority together with the Association of Uganda Tour Operators continuously offer discounted low season Gorilla permits and in this season trekkers can save USD250 per permit as they are sold at USD350 compared to USD600 in other months when the season is high.

Also some visitors travel during the low season (April, May, and November) because various lodging facilities in the areas where the gorillas trekking safaris are done in Uganda also tend to offer discount and hence travellers tend to find it cheap to undertake gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda. The seasonality of the trekkers on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris also depends on the general weather back in the tourism generating areas. For instance during summers season in Europe, the number of gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda increase and then in winter season, it safaris greatly lowers or decrease.

What to Wear On Gorilla Trekking, Gear, and Clothes for Gorilla Safari in Uganda

What to Wear On Gorilla Trekking, Gear, and Clothes for Gorilla Safari in Uganda

Knowing the right clothes suitable for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is equally very important. What you should put in mind is that gorilla trekking activities in Uganda is done in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and hilly Mgahinga gorilla national park where the weather is very unforeseeable and this implies it can rain any time. When it rains, the trekking trails become very slippery, muddy and hence requires travellers on Uganda trekking safaris to be aware of the what to wear on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

What to Wear On Gorilla Trekking

The following are the recommended clothes to carry for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

  • Long sleeved shirt or T-shirt on gorilla trekking is quite handy as it can quickly dry up just in case of rain, it can cover your arms from wild plants, anticipated bush thorns.
  • A light Rain Jacket or fleece or cheap poncho should be carried on your gorilla safaris because it rains almost all the time in Bwindi and Mgahinga where mountain gorilla trekking is done.
  • The Long Pants or Trousers on your Uganda Gorilla Trek are the best because in case it rains, they quickly dry up and they also offer an assured protection from the thorns, nettles and branches.

What Shoes to Put On While on A Gorilla Trek in Uganda.

We strongly recommend travellers on their gorilla trekking safaris to come with boots for foot wear, because there are some deep mud as you walk in the gorilla trekking trails in the Impenetrable forest and hence you need to cover above the ankle. While in Uganda, you can look for knee-high rubber wellies, famously called gum boots. Hiking boots are best for the steep terrain of Bwindi Impentrable and Mgahinga National Parks. Potential Travellers planning for an ultimate gorilla trekking experience in Uganda should not think about wearing white sneakers, sandals, Cool white sneakers because these will not automatically survive the slipper ,muddy trails in the dark Impenetrable forest and the mountainous areas of Mgahinga park. Most importantly to note is that, the boots should be light weight boots which can offer support and traction in the steep hills and slipper trails. For the case of socks, woolen socks are the best.

What to use for Covering Hands while on A Gorilla trek in Uganda.

Since gorilla trekking is done in the slippery trails, travellers are highly argued to use building gloves to cover their hands when trekking the mountain gorillas. These can help you to protect your hands from the injuries in case you slid in the muddy, slippery trails .Trekker can as well bring gardening gloves particularly the ones made out of cotton. Tourists should note that the gloves must be padded on the fingers and palms.

Summary of Packing List

Lightweight raincoat, Hiking boots, Cap/hat, Sweater (chilly evenings), Camera (no flash), Waterproof plastic bag (to wrap your camera and film in),

Gorilla Trekking Etiquette, Gorilla Trekking Rules

Gorilla Trekking Etiquette

For travellers who are planning to have a memorable gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, there are number of etiquettes one is supposed to follow when starting to trek, when spending the one magical hour with the stunning mountain gorillas in the ancient forest of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla Park

Before starting gorilla trekking:

A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day. This limit is set to help minimizes behavioral disturbances that can be caused by the large numbers of trekkers to the Mountain gorillas and also to reduce the risk of Gorilla exposure to human-borne diseases since they can be affected by human diseases.

Visitors should always wash their hands before they head out to the encounter the Mountain gorillas.

On the way to the gorillas:

  • Please always keep your voices low. You will also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park environ. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
  • You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the gorilla’s trail to find them. Look out for the gorilla’s nesting sites along the way!
  • When you approach the mountain gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready.

When you are with the gorillas:

 

  • A 5 meter (15 feet) distance should be observed at all times from the gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • You must stay in tight group when you are near the gorillas.
  • Keep your voices down at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  • Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are near the gorillas. Eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass). Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
  • Flash photography is not permitted especially when taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.
  • Does not touch or look at the Mountain gorillas direct to their eyes remember they are wild animals however much they habituated.
  • The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. However, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  • After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

General health rules

  • Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. the following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might poses to them:
  • Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. this minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. an alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
  • Always stay 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas. this is to protect them from catching human diseases.
  • Do not leave any rubbish (eg. food wrappers) in the park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 cm deep and fill it in when you are finished.

Uganda Mountain gorilla Families

Uganda Mountain gorilla Families

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Mountain Gorilla Families in Uganda

Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual, adult males can weigh as much as 195 kg with a standing height of 168cm or 66 inches while their female counterparts can weigh 100kg with a height of 140 cm or 55inches. Mountain gorillas are diurnal animals as they are very active in the early morning and evening hours which they use for foraging or eating, they maintain an herbivorous diet which consists of leaves, fruits, tree branches and bamboo shoots. these gentle mountain giants are Bwindi impenetrable national park’s tourism signature symbol and as well as Uganda’s.

This park serves as a habitat to about 400 of these mountain giants and this number constitutes about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. These gorillas live in families of about 5 to 30 and is headed by a predominant male called a silverback due to its silver like lining on its back. It should be noted that, not all gorilla families that habituate in Bwindi can be viewed by tourists because not all of them have been habituated for human interaction and also there is a high risk of passing diseases between humans and gorillas. In Bwindi there are 16(fifteen) gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism and1(one) for research purposes taking the tally to 17 gorilla families in Bwindi. These families are found in the park sector regions of Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma, and Rushaga.

Gorilla families in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This region has 6 gorilla families

Nshongi family.

This is the largest gorilla family with 25 members, this group was named after river that flows in the area of Rushaga called river Nshongi. Nshongi family comprises of 2 silverbacks and it is led by a silverback named Nshongi and his second in command Kakono. The group has 7 blackbacks namely Bweza, Matama, Busasa, Bwire, Munnywa, Kutu, and Tinfayo, 5 adult females namely Munini, Shida, Bukojo, Nyampundu and Bwiruka, there are also 5 jujuveniles namely Tindatine, Mahoro, Rurehuka, Mucunguzi and Mureba and finally 6 infants namely Kazani, Katoono, Mukiza, Ninsiima, Bwiruka baby, Rotary.

Bweza family.

This family consists of 9 members. It is led by a silver back called Bweza. This family was previously part of the Nshongi family but due to misunderstandings Bweza broke away from the Nshongi family to form his own family which is named after him. This family has one silverback, 2 infants

Kahugye family.

This family has 17 members. It is led by a silverback called Rumanzi. This family was named after Kahugye hill in Rushaga sector where this family was first discovered. This family includes 3 silverbacks 3 blackbacks, 3 female aduilts, 3juveniles and 2 infants.

Busingye family.

This group is named after a Runyakitara word Busingye which means peace. This family has 9 members led by Busingye.

Mishaya family.

This group has 12 members led by a silverback called Mishaya. It has 2 adult females namely Bakunzi and Mwiza, 2 juveniles namely Rutaro, Mize, 5 infants but only 3 infants have names Mwiza baby 1, Mwiza baby 2 and Bakunzi. the two remaining infants are unknown.

Bikiyingi family.

The Bikiyingi family was discovered in Bikyingi area in the Rushaga sector hence having its name derived from the area where it was discovered. This family is only open for habituation experience. The Bikiyingi family is led by 1 dominant silver buck called Bikiyingi. Other members in this group include 5 adult females, 2 sub adults, 2 juveniles and 1 infant.

Gorilla families in Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In this sector, there are 3 gorilla families namely

Kyaguliro family.

This family was initially led by Rukina but he was stuck by lightening to death in 2015. This resulted into a junior and inexperienced silver back Mukiza to take leadership of the group, after a short period of time mukiza was attacked by another silver back called Rukara. This led to the emergency of two families –kyaguliro A&B one led by Mukiza and another led by Rukara. the Mukiza family has 10 members 1 silverback Mukiza, 4 adult females, 4 infants and 1 juvenile. On the other hand, the Rukara family has 1 silver back Rukara, 2 blackbucks, 3 aduilt females 2 juveniles and 2 infants.

Oruzogo family.

This family is named after a plant commonly called “Oruzogoto” has 17 members. It is led by a silverback called Bakwate his name means “an intelligent being and learns quickly”. There are 2 silverbacks in this family, the other silver buck is called Busungu which means “hot tempered”, 3 black bucks one of them is called Kaganga another one is called Bwoba which means “coward” and final blackbuck is called Otaka, 5 adult females, one is called Birungi which means “pretty”, Nyakiina is another one and she named after the depression on her nose ridge, Kashudwe which also has a mole on her nose, Kakobe is another adult female who was named after resemblance to the baboon called “Nkobe” in local dialect, the final adult female is Mutesi and her name means “calm or relaxed” , 3 juveniles which include Karimi named after her act of sticking her tongue out when playing Kashura named after her protruding hairless eyebrow and finally Kiromba and 4 infants which include Kanywani, Katoto, and Buchura which means the ‘youngest”.

Bitukura family.

This is the last family in the Ruhija family, it consists of 13 members. This family is led by a younger silverbuck called Ndahura regardless of his age he is the dominant male in this group. There are 3 other silverbucks in this family namely Karamuzi, Rukumu, and Rukara, 3 adult females namely Betina, Ruhara, and Kamuga, 2 black bucks namely Obia and Mugisha 2 juveniles namely Twakire and Kabandize- this broke off the Kyaguliro family, 2 infants namely Kadogo and Mubwindi.

Buhoma gorilla families

As of august 2018, Buhoma sector has 4 gorilla families with katwe gorilla family being the latest addition here which was officially declared available for tracking on 20th august 2018. The gorilla families here include

Habinyanja family

This family is named after a local word “Nyanja” which means lake or water. This family consists of 19 members and it is led by Makara as the dominant silver buck. 2 black bucks namely Maraya, and mizano who was killed by a poacher. 6 adult females namely Binyonko, Nyabuche, Nyamuhango, Rukundo, Kisho and Rugyendo. 2 sub adult males namely Kavuyo and Ruyombo, 3 juveniles namely Malaika, Hamusini, Elisa, 5 infants namely Rugyendo baby infant, Binyonko baby infant, Kisho baby infant, Rukundo baby infant, Nyabuche the new born.

Rushegura family.

The Rushegura family consists of 19 members led by Mwirima a dominant silver buck. This family is named after a tree species called “Ebishegura” that’s abundant in the area where it was discovered. Other members include 1 black buck called Kabukojo, 5 adult females namely Kyirinvi, Kibande, Buzinza, Nyamunwa, Karungyi, Kalembezi a sub adult male, Ruterana a sub adult female, 5 juveniles namely Nyampazi, Kafuruka, Kibande, Karungyi, Kanywanyi, 5 infants namely Kirinvi, Bunzinza, Nyamunwa, Kibande baby infant and Katabazi.

Mubare family.

The family was named after Mubare hills in Buhoma where this group was first seen in 1998. This family suffered loss of its first silver buck leader called Ruhondeza and this led to some of its members breaking away from the group leaving it with only 5 members. However, recently the group has grown in numbers to 11 members and it is now under the leadership of a dominant silver buck called Kanyonyi. Other members of this group include 6 adult females, 1 sub adult and 3 teenagers.

Katwe family.

This is the most recent gorilla family that has taken shape in the buhoma sector. This family is comprised of 10 members which include 1 dominant silverbuck called katwe, 3 black bucks, 4 adult females and 2 infants. The member composition of this are really still taking shape as some members keep joining and leaving the group.

Gorilla families in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

As of 2018, this sector has 3 gorilla families

Nkuringo family.

This family has 19 members and it is named after the sector in which it is found Nkuringo. Nkuringo family is led by a dominant silver buck called Safari. Other members in this family include 3 other silver bucks namely Rafiki, Bahati, and Kirungi, 4 adult females namely mama Christmas, kwitonda, Samehe and Kasotora, 3 black bucks namely Karibu, Posho and Christmas, 3 juveniles namely Kwesima, Magara, Kuhirwa, 5 infants namely Rwamutwe , Muhozi Tabu, Furaha and Kiiza.

Bushaho family.

This family has 8 members. This was also named after the area it was first met. The Bushaho family is considered a breakaway group from Nkuringo family. The family is led by Bahati a dominant silver buck. Other members of the family include 1 black buck, 3 adult females, 1 sub adult, 1 juvenile and 2 infants.

Christmas family.

This is the newest family in the park. It is led by a dominant silver buck called Christmas as he was born on Christmas. Christmas family has 9 members and is expected to grow as it lives on. Currently 6 out of 9 members are usually seen and these include 1 silverback Christmas, 1 black buck, 3 adult females and 1 infant.

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