Is a Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek for you?
We have been asked numerous times, so thought we would write a blog post on whether a Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek is for you?
Uganda is a country of stunning natural beauty, and its many national parks are some of the most spectacular in Africa. Among the most popular activities for visitors to Uganda is the gorilla trek, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures.
The trek is a challenging but rewarding experience, and it takes you through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Uganda. You’ll need to be physically fit to take on the trek, but the effort is well worth it. You’ll have the chance to see gorillas in their natural habitat and to learn about the conservation efforts being made to protect these incredible animals.
One of the best places to go on a gorilla trek in Uganda is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This stunning park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas, which represent almost half of the world’s total population. The park is also home to a wide range of other wildlife, including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, and many different species of birds.
To get to Bwindi, you’ll need to fly into Entebbe International Airport, which is located just outside the capital city of Kampala. From there, you can take a domestic flight to the town of Kisoro, which is the closest town to Bwindi. Once you arrive in Kisoro, you’ll need to hire a guide and a porter to help you on your trek.
The trek itself can take anywhere from three to eight hours, depending on where the gorillas are located and how difficult the terrain is. You’ll need to be prepared for a strenuous hike, with steep climbs and rough terrain. However, you’ll also be rewarded with stunning views of the surrounding countryside, including lush rainforests and dramatic mountain landscapes.
When you finally reach the gorillas, you’ll have a chance to spend up to an hour in their presence, observing them as they go about their daily lives. You’ll be able to see them playing, eating, and interacting with each other, and you’ll have a chance to take photographs and videos to document your experience.
It’s important to remember that gorillas are wild animals, and they can be unpredictable. However, your guide will be experienced in dealing with these animals, and will be able to keep you safe while you observe them.
In addition to the gorilla trek, there are many other activities to enjoy in Uganda. The country is known for its incredible wildlife, and there are many other national parks where you can see a wide range of animals. For example, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to elephants, lions, leopards, and many other species, and Murchison Falls National Park is home to hippos, crocodiles, and giraffes.
Uganda is also a great destination for birdwatching, with over 1,000 different species found in the country. Some of the most popular birdwatching spots include the Mabamba Wetlands, where you can see the rare shoebill stork, and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to a wide range of bird species, including many that are endemic to the area.
When it comes to accommodation, there are many different options to choose from in Uganda. From luxury lodges to basic campsites, there is something for every budget and preference. Some of the most popular lodges include the Buhoma Lodge and the Mahogany Springs Lodge, both of which are located near Bwindi National Park and offer stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
If you’re interested in learning more about the local culture, there are many opportunities to do so in Uganda as the country is home to a wide range of ethnic groups, each with its own customs.
Get in touch with us at Our Local Tour to find out more about our range of safari holidays in Uganda and other great tour options including our Uganda Family Safari Holiday.