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1 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda

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1 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safari

The 1 day gorilla trekking Uganda tour makes it possible for you to strike your imaginations with a habituated gorilla family group whether you are on budget safari or you have limited time. This particular short gorilla tour trip takes you to the lush Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a haven for over 459 mountain gorillas, 4 gorilla trekking regions and 20 habituated gorilla families.

Unlike other gorilla safaris, your 1 day gorilla trekking Uganda tour will begin and end in Kigali Rwanda. This involves border crossing from Katuna or Chanika border area to Kabale/Kisoro Town then you get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwestern Uganda. This will take you 3-4 hours’ drive and you will be driven in a 4x4 Safari Van or 4x4 Uganda Safari Land Cruiser.

Highlights of your 1 day gorilla trekking Uganda tour

  • Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi
  • 1 hour of magical encounter with mountain gorillas in the wild
  • Photography and touring
  • Border crossing through Katuna/Chanika border areas
  • Travel in a 4×4 Safari Van or Land Cruiser
1 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Detailed Itinerary of your 1 day Gorilla Trekking Uganda Tour

Being a short gorilla trip and since it involves border crossing, expect to get up early enough to prepare, take breakfast then ensure you have some packed snacks and bottled water. Meet and greet your Uganda gorilla tour guide ready to start your 3 to 4 hours which involves Katuna or Chanika border crossing to Kabale or Kisoro Town then later to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offices for 7:00 am briefing on gorilla trekking rules.

At 8:00 am, the park official will be done with briefing, assigning every group of 8 trekkers a habituated gorilla family and park guide. This is the time you will begin navigating through the rainforest, steep slopes to look for mountain gorillas and this takes about 2 to 6 hours inclusive of 1 hour you will have face to face with these rare creatures, taking pictures, learning about their feeding habits, how they socialize and a lot more.

Since your gorilla trek involves navigating through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, expect to come across other primates, birds and trees/plant species of medicinal importance. Get back to where you had briefing; meet your Uganda tour guide/driver who then will drive you back to Kigali. This will mark the end of your 1 day gorilla trekking Uganda tour.

End Gorilla trekking Uganda tour

The gorilla tour includes

  • Gorilla permit ($700)
  • Road trip in a 4×4 Safari Van/Land Cruiser
  • Lunch
  • Photography & touring
  • Park entrance fees
  • Fulltime English-speaking guide
  • Park guide fees
  • Bottled drinking water
  • All trip activities but not the optional ones

The gorilla tour excludes

  • Cigarettes
  • Hotel fees in Kigali after your trip
  • Optional activities
  • Souvenirs
  • Tipping
  • Telephone calls
  • Other drinks/beverages
  • Laundry services
  • Visa fees

Where gorilla treks are done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are carried out starting from anyone of the 4 regions, each comprising of habituated gorilla families;

  • Nkuringo in the south with gorilla families such as Nkuringo, Christmas and Bushaho.
  • Rushaga region in the south consisting of Bikingi group, Kutu, Mucunguzi, Busingye, Mishaya, Bweza, Kahungye, Nshongi and Rwigi.
  • Buhoma sector in the North has gorilla groups like Katwe, Habinyanja family, Mubare and Rushegura group.
  • Ruhija sector in the east features gorilla families like Bitukura group, Oruzongo, Kyaguriro and Mukiza family.

What to carry on 1 day gorilla trekking Uganda tour

  • Waterproof hiking boots/shores
  • Waterproof daypack
  • Camera with no flashlight plus extra batters and charger
  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Trousers
  • Insect repellents
  • First aid kit
  • Sun hat
  • Snacks
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Socks
  • Sun glasses
  • Sweater
  • Rain jacket or poncho

Some of the gorilla trekking rules to observe

  • A 7 meters’ distance should be kept away from mountain gorillas at all times.
  • If you are ill, you won’t be allowed to track mountain gorillas
  • Gorilla trekking strictly for persons above 15 years.
  • A maximum of 8 visitors are always allowed to trek 1 habituated gorilla family.
  • Upon finding a gorilla family, you will have 1 hour of magical encounter.
  • Don’t smoke, drink or eat in the presence of gorillas.
  • No flashlight camera should be used when taking pictures of gorillas.

Leave the gorilla habitat as clean as you found it.

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