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Short Uganda Gorilla Safari Tours
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. View More Short Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Long Uganda Gorilla Safari 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. View More Long Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Short Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tours
The short gorilla safaris to Rwanda are designed to enable mini break holiday makers to enjoy the taste of nature and encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Our short Gorilla safari trips range from one (1) day Rwanda gorilla safari, 2 Days Rwanda gorilla tour, 3 Days Rwanda gorilla safari trip, 4 days Rwanda gorilla safari tour to 5 Days Rwanda gorilla trekking safari.
The short Rwanda gorilla tours 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 Rwanda are well detailed and designed to maximize your Rwanda safari experience thus worth undertaking. View More Short Rwanda Gorilla Safaris
Long Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tours
The long gorilla safaris to Rwanda are designed to last a couple of days and are designed to enable Rwanda gorilla safari undertakers have an extended encounter with gorillas along with other Rwanda safari attractions like wild game, primates, culture and scenery. Our Long gorilla tours in Rwanda can stretch up to 12 Days. The long Rwanda Gorilla safaris are designed to suit the interests of travelers with enough time at their disposal and resources.
These long safaris in Rwanda take you to southern heritage sites of Butare, south western tracts of Nyungwe, western recreational destinations of Lake Kivu, north western gorilla destinations of Volcanoes and eastern wild game destination of Akagera. View More Long Rwanda Gorilla Safaris
Getting a Gorilla Permit:
One cannot trek gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, if he/she has not acquired gorilla trekking permit. Gorilla permit is a document that gives you the opportunity to encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that dwell in the Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Congo’s Virunga National Park.
Due to high demand for gorillas, it is advisable that gorilla permits should be booked like four months in advance which will not only increase your chances to trek gorillas but also allows you to select your favorite tracking family. This is more important if your safari is slated in the high season. Once you have booked and paid your gorilla permit, then the trekking of gorillas is guaranteed.
These gorilla permits are issued by the respective public bodies i.e. Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and ORTPN of Rwanda. The permits come along with one full hour of gorilla encounter and the whole trekking experience which lasts between 30min – 8 hours.
In Uganda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters on Kiira Road, Kampala at a cost of 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. However, there are promotional offers in the low season (May & November) where gorilla permits go for 350USD for foreign residents, 250USD for foreign residents and 100,000 UGX for East African citizens.
In Rwanda, the gorilla permits are obtained at Rwanda Tourism Board offices (ORPTN) offices in Ruhengeri or Kigali city at a cost of 750USD for foreign nonresidents, 375USD foreign residents and 30,000Frw for Rwandan citizens.
Are Gorillas afraid of water?
Mountain gorillas just like humans are naturally not fans of swimming and tend to dodge mass water bodies including rivers and Lakes. However, gorillas move through water logged areas using two legs so as to keep the water level on their waist while foraging. Additionally, gorillas can also play around with water. In the event of heavy down pour, gorillas stand still until the rain reduces in volume and if there is a cave or any other natural shelter in the nearby the gorillas draw closer to it until the rain reduces. Gorillas are not like bonobos and Orangutans that use tree leaves and branches to cover themselves from rain. Read More
Do Gorillas climb?
Gorillas are predominantly land dwelling animals that spend much of their time on land and a small percentage of 5 – 20% in trees. This makes them different from chimpanzees and orangutans that spend 47 – 67% and 100% of their time in trees respectively.
However, it should be noted that gorillas also climb in search of fruits and branches to swing on. They do this by climbing quad-rupedally but they do not throw themselves from on tree to another or from branch to branch like Monkeys due to their heavy weight. IN fact silverbacks and other adult male gorillas rarely climb since they contain a lot of weight on their bodies that gives them hard time to get off the ground. The young gorillas and female gorillas often climb since they carry relative light weight. Read More
Do Gorillas have enemies?
Gorillas hardly have enemies apart from humans. The singular predator that takes gorillas as its prey is leopard. Apart from human poaching threats, gorillas are prone to leopard that that prey on then the issue of the leopard has been evidenced in the Virunga Volcanoes and in Gabon where a sick young gorilla was found dead after being killed by a leopard.
After the gorillas are threatened, they react in a unique way where the silverback releases a intense smell followed by characteristic sounds. Other gorilla family members converge at a common point and give each other hugs or the surround the male. Since the Silverback is meant to protect his family, he stands between the family and the attacker. However, sometimes younger males have tried to take on this responsibility by driving the group away from the source of trouble and then attack the enemy at once. Read More
Gorilla trekking rules
The gorilla trekking rules and regulations are standard and apply to gorilla safari destinations of Uganda and Rwanda so as to ensure the thriving of the critically endangered mountain gorillas and at the same time the satisfaction of gorilla safari tour undertakers. Read More
How much space does a gorilla group need?
The gorilla families do not mark their territories and they do not defend their territories against other gorilla families. They normally thrive in what has been termed as home ranges and the availability of food in a given locality determines the size of a home range of a given gorilla group. Read More
Price for a gorilla permit
The price for a gorilla safari tour is finally derived after identifying the accommodation range, the vehicle type, fuel to use, gorilla permit fee, guide fee and meals involved. Read More
What to pack for a Gorilla trek?
- Wear firm and easy hiking shoes to withstand the muddy slopes.
- Carry ear plugs for those who are sensitive about forest sounds.
Refunds and Cancellation Guidelines
Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) refunds 50% of the gorilla trekking fee in case the visitor fails to track gorillas because of illness following a recommendation by the park warden in charge. Read More