Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda. Everything you need to know

Welcome to Mushra Travel Agency! Mushra Travel Agency is an East Africa based Tours and Safari Operator company headquartered in Kampala, Uganda. We organize and execute gorilla trekking safaris, wildlife tours, mountaineering, rafting on river Nile, cultural tours and birding tours to Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Malawi. Whether this is your very first trip to Africa or you have been here so many times, when you need unsurpassed experience in organizing your ideal African Safari holiday. Travel with us the experts.

We organize hundreds of Gorilla Trekking Safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. We are glad to share with you  everything that you must know to prepare for a Gorilla Trekking Safari.

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No African Safari tour is complete without seeing the Mountain Gorillas! There are only 700 – 880 Mountain gorillas remaining on earth. The majority live in the Virunga Mountains that straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of the gorillas live a wild existence, far from human reach. However, a handful of groups have been habituated and can be tracked and observed by small numbers of visitors under the watchful eyes of park rangers.

Going on gorilla trekking safari takes more effort, both time and money. It’s more expense than a traditional safari but ranked highly by travellers around the world. Every year, thousands of travellers go for Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

The first thing to appreciate is that visiting mountain gorillas on a group tour can be quite expensive (going solo is often even more so). Gorillas exist in extremely remote mountainous locations, which means the logistics of a gorillas safari are a challenge. In fact the cost of a Gorilla Trekking permit can cover a wildlife-viewing safari in a top wilderness park in many parts of the world. The good news is, the gorilla trekking experience is completely worth it, it lasts a lifetime. Are you planning to go trekking? Here’s everything you need to know about gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda.

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WHERE TO SEE GORILLAS IN UGANDA

Uganda is a larger country to explore than Rwanda, and it takes one day of driving to reach the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe. You can break this road trip with an overnight stay halfway at Lake Mburo for a wildlife viewing tour. Bwindi, the home of the Mountain Gorillas

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla trekking although, it also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a Safari to Uganda. Bwindi is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age and it is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

 

GORILLA TREKKING IN RWANDA

Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is often described as “life changing”. It’s pretty costly though! Gorillas make their homes in and amongst the bamboo-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains in the Volcanoes National Park in northern Rwanda. You’ll be introduced by expert trackers and guides to one of the fully-habituated families of mountain gorillas and you can stay with them for an hour as they go about their daily lives.

Hikes in the mountains can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours + depending on the family allocated to your group and their location. The journey back can take just as long, but you are often carried along by the euphoria you feel at seeing the gorillas! There are ten Gorilla families living in the Volcanoes National Park that are fully habituated and available for visits by the public (whilst others are habituated for scientific research purposes only) . Each family consists of at least one Silverback (but sometimes as many and four), along with several females and a group of youngsters.

COST OF GORILLA TREKKING SAFARI IN UGANDA AND RWANDA

A Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is cheaper compared to Rwanda. You need $600 for a Gorilla trekking permit and $450 in the months of April, May and November (2016-2017). Uganda will not increase its gorilla trekking permits during the 2018/2019 period.

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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO TANZANIA FOR A SAFARI OR CULTURAL TOURS

Thousands of tourists visit Tanzania every year. Thousands more planning their safari to Africa are wondering whether to choose a Tanzania Safari. It’s hard to totally narrow down why every traveler should visit Tanzania when there is so much to see. You probably need an entire year to explore Tanzania, a country with unbeatable natural resources, stunning landscapes, spectacular wildlife, historical and cultural riches, watersports, highest mountain in Africa and the deepest lake in Africa. Here are top 8 reasons we feel you should visit Tanzania.

1. TOP ECOTOURISM SAFARIS & CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

Ecotourism changes the way we interact with wildlife and local communities that help preserve the wonderful creatures. Our Ecotourism and Fair trade Safaris help conserve wildlife and the environment for generations. We encourage our guests to go for Tanzania cultural tours and get fully immersed in the Tanzania culture. Tourists can choose to visit a local community project, spend a day working with kids at a local school, or join a Maasai marriage rituals and celebrations. Guests can also choose to have a full day and full night culture tour which comes with accommodation hosted by the friendly Maasai tribe. Ecotourism guests have access to fresh and organically grown food, cooked and served the African-way.

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2. EXPLORE TANZANIA NATIONAL PARKS

Tanzania has the largest concentration of wild animals in Africa. Visit the Ngorongoro Crater during your Tanzania Safari. This 2000 feet high rim of Ngorongoro Crater has the largest concentration of fauna on the African continent. There are over 30,000 mammals: buffalos, lions, leopards, pods of hippopotamus, varied ungulates, elephants, giraffes, black rhinos. Serengeti and Tarangire are must-visit parks in Tanzania. Guests can also go to Selous, the largest reserve in Africa, with over 3000 lions, over 120,000 elephants, close to 2,000 rhinos and herds of buffalos roaming its wilderness.

3. THE ANNUAL WILDEBEEST MIGRATION IN SERENGETI

The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park, and the Serengeti migration has also recently been proclaimed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa. This annual event is when visitors can bear witness to over six million hooves pounding across the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeests’ trek for fresh grazing. Wouldn’t you want to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site? Our expert guides will guide you to one of the world’s most celebrated wilderness areas and an ongoing source of inspiration to writers, filmmakers and photographers.

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DISCOVER THE BEAUTY AND DIVERSITY IN BWINDI IMPENERTRABLE NATIONAL PARK

As one of the most diverse and oldest national parks in East Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is beautiful destination any one should dream to visit. It’s a home of variety with a number of species, it’s no wonder one of most diverse parks in Uganda. The park is located in the south –western in Uganda, part of the Bwindi impenetrable forest and is situated along the democratic republic of Congo next to the Virunga and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Bwindi impenetrable national park is composed of 331 square kilometers (128 sqmi) of both montane and lowland forest and can only be inaccessible on foot. Bwindi is a national education educational, scientific and cultural organization designated world heritage site.

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BWINDI IS ALL ABOUT DIVERSITY

Visiting Bwindi impenetrable national park is the only way to experience the   beauty of Uganda for diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. It has more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemism’s of the Albertine Rift.

Since a variety is feature of the park, it also home for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE AS A HOME FOR MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

Bwindi impenetrable is a very interesting and adventurous place but mountain gorillas are at the center stage. There are about 340 individual’s mountain gorillas, commonly known as the Bwindi population, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is close to Virunga Mountains. A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park showed that its numbers had increased modestly from an estimated 300 individuals in 1999 to 320 individuals.

Research has shown that the Bwindi gorilla’s diet is evidently higher in fruit than that of the Virunga population, and that the Bwindi gorillas, even silverbacks, are more likely to climb trees to feed on foliage, fruits, and epiphytes. In some months, the Bwindi gorilla diet is very similar to that of Bwindi chimpanzees. It was also found that Bwindi gorillas travel farther per day than Virunga gorillas, particularly on days when feeding primarily on fruit than when they are feeding on fibrous foods. Additionally, Bwindi gorillas also build their nests in trees, nearly always in Alchornea floribunda , a small understory tree.

THE TROPICAL CLIMATE OF THE PARK.

The overall atmosphere of the park is relaxed and hassle-free. It has a tropical climate with the annual mean temperature of ranging from minimum 7-15 degrees C. Its annual rain falls ranges fr4om 1,400 to 1900 millimeters. Peak rainfall occurs from March to April and from September to November. The park forest plays an important role in regulating the outside of the area s environment.

The park is can be visited any time of the year, though a bit difficult in the rainy season for it’s in a remote area, tourist accommodation includes tents, lodges etc.

Whether it’s a holiday, vacation or Christmas tour Bwindi impenetrable park is designated and the only place for you to have your adventure.

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GORILLA TREKKING IN VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Volcanoes National Park is the most famous destination in Rwanda. It has become synonymous with mountain gorilla tracking safaris and no visit to the country would be complete without visiting these majestic primates.

There is no other wildlife experience quite like an encounter with mountain gorillas. That precious hour spent in their company – watching the group playing, sulking, teasing each other, eating, or dozing just like we do – is extraordinary. And the gorilla tracking safaris in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park are among the best in Africa.

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Our expert guides passionately impart an incomparable wealth of knowledge, personally researched and experienced, about Gorillas, habitats, ecology, birds, trees, plants, animals and insects, providing our guests with enough memorable experiences to last a lifetime. Contact our Customer Service Team for a customized Itinerary.