After COVID gorilla tracking safaris, If you are planning to visit Uganda or Rwanda for Mountain Gorilla tracking after the pandemic of COVID-19, contact Great Adventure Safaris for your perfect safari plan to see these forest giants in their natural habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National parks. Uganda is one of the only 3 countries in the world with half of the remaining population of Mountain Gorillas while others are found in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mountain Gorillas in Uganda can be trekked in two National parks and that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks which are both close to each other located in the far southwestern part of Uganda the Pearl of Africa. These two National parks can be accessed both from Entebbe/Kampala and Kigali in Rwanda and these National parks for your Gorilla tracking and are closer from Kigali with 4-5 hour’s drive compared to that of Entebbe/Kampala which is an 8-9 hour’s drive.Read more about gorilla trekking Bwindi from Kigali
This pandemic of the corona virus has caused a standstill on Gorilla tracking tourism activities in both National parks, this has as well resulted into a tentative closure of all the ten National parks in Uganda given the fact the same virus can easily spread to the Mountain Gorillas since they share approximately 98% DNA with human beings. Uganda for the past many years has managed to handle and combat the pandemics, the same measures have been used in line with the guidelines and recommendations set by the World Health Organization, the Ministry of Health and the Uganda Government to fight the spread of the COVID-19 and we do hope this will be combated soon.
Great Adventure safaris organizes budget, mid-range to luxury gorilla safaris in Uganda. Our Uganda Gorilla tours start from both Entebbe/Kampala and Kigali in Rwanda. We as well consider highly customizing all trips to best match our client’s needs, please feel free to send us an email and we will customize for you a tour that will suite your interests budget and time. There are all reasons for you to track mountain Gorillas in Uganda after COVID-19 and the major one is security and affordability.
When it comes to travel everyone has a choice ranging from budget, mid-range to tour luxury packages however Uganda is among the best destinations for Gorilla tracking and is much more affordable for all travelers given the fact that food, transportation, accommodation and other services are abundant and this makes them more cheaper and affordable to many travelers visiting Uganda for Gorilla tracking. Uganda Gorilla tracking permit price is relatively cheaper compared to Rwanda that is USD700 and USD1500 per person per trek respectively.
Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda have mountain Gorillas and there is no big difference when it comes to the experience obtained at the end of your trek. The only difference is that Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo Mountain Gorillas are in the Virunga hills with mainly bamboo as the main vegetation while in Uganda, Mountain Gorillas are both in the Virunga that is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and tropical rain forest which is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park with varieties of trees and plants. Chances of seeing Gorillas in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda are 98% so which ever country you visit, you will be able to see these great apes in their natural environment. It is believed that Rwanda Gorillas are easy to see because of the kind of vegetation but this is in the mind set of people and also because Rwanda is highly marketed and hyped than Uganda. Those that have trekked Gorillas in Uganda will equally hip praises on Bwindi Forest National Park
When it comes to Gorilla tracking this is one of the best organized tourism activities in Uganda and on your trek you are given the maximum security and knowledgeable ranger guides for the best experience during your trek. Among the Great Gorilla tracking experience is the Gorilla Habituation Experience that only takes place in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Forest National Park among the National Parks for Gorilla tracking, with this when you choose to do your Gorilla tracking in Uganda you have an option to spend 4 hours watching the Gorillas in the jungle.
For other interesting attractions when you visit Uganda, you can always combine your gorilla tracking with Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing and a boat cruise on the Kanzinga Channel and this would be an ideal add on and worth visiting. Kazinga channel is one of the best avenue of spotting both land and aquatic wildlife in Uganda. Combining game drives and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel will be rewarding. Among other areas to visit include are Ishasha sector the southern park of Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree climbing lions, Kibale Forest National park for Chimpanzee tracking, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks for wildlife viewing among others. This will depend on the number of days you wish to spend on your Great safari when you visit Uganda.
On top of the usual guidelines set by Uganda Wildlife Authority followed during Gorilla tracking, Uganda Tourism board has issued travel recommendations that we will have to follow during the post Corona virus outbreak, due to the current threat posed by Corona Virus to Uganda travel trade and tourism assets, it is the recommendation of the Uganda Tourism Board that:
All Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, and accommodation facilities provide hand washing facilities with soap at their premises and on-board travel vehicles and vessels.
To improve preparedness as a sector, tour operators, agencies and accommodation facilities are encouraged to maintain a stock of recommended masks (N95) for their clients.
All tour operators and travel agencies should encourage clients who intend to visit Uganda to carry own recommended masks.
All tour operators, travel agencies and accommodation facilities should educate their staff and clients (visitors) on preventive measures for the mitigation of contracting Corona virus.
These measures include; avoiding handshakes and body-hugging, washing hands with disinfectants/sanitizers, regularly cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles.
Gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations
All travelers interested and planning to go for Gorilla tracking in Uganda, you will need to abide with the following Gorilla Tracking Rules set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Before setting off for the Gorilla trek:
Do not visit the Gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness. This will be determined by the head park ranger and he/she has a right to stop you from joining the trek, so before you travel to the park you should always first check with your doctor to confirm your health is okay for the Gorilla tracking.
Minimum age for tracking is 15 years; this is always confirmed during sign in for the Gorilla trek where you will be required to show your original passport for verification to be allowed to go for Gorilla tracking.
Human waste should be buried 30cm (12”) deep; this is always guided by the park ranger during your trek that will dig a hole for you to dispose of your waste.
Maximum number of visitors is eight persons per Gorilla group; this eases control of the movements in the forest as well as reducing on the behavioral disturbances of the Mountain Gorillas during the trek.
On your Gorilla walk:
It is advised to keep your voices low. You will also have a chance to spot various bird species and other wild animals and if keen enough you will see some reptiles.
DO NOT litter in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out in your backpack with you.
You will have areas and time for relaxing along the way and the groups always go by the slowest person as you always have to keep in one group.
When you approach the Mountain Gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready for the amazing sighting.
Meeting the Gorillas:
Maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the Gorillas, this helps avoid transmitting the airborne diseases to the Mountain Gorillas.
Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted. This may incite the Gorillas to attack you and grab them.
If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the Gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans.
Visits are limited to one hour per Gorilla group per day except those who are doing Gorilla Habituation Experience who are limited to four hours which start counting when you find the fresh trails of the Gorillas.
Do not use flash photography when taking pictures you are also recommended to take care and follow the advice of your ranger guide.
Accommodations in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options which include Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Ride 4 a woman, Buhoma Community Rest Camp among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person. Mid-range options include, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Havens Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person. Luxury options include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Gorilla Sanctuary Camp, Four Gorillas Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Engagi Lodge, and Trackers Safari Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Accommodations in Mgahinga National Park range from budget, mid-range to luxury. Budget options include Kisoro Travelers INN among others fares range from 90-100 dollars a night per person. Mid-range options include, Lake Cahahfi Resort, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge among others fares range from 100-200 dollars a night per person and then Luxury options include Gahinga Lodge among others fares range from 200-400 dollars a night per person.
Great Adventure Safaris is one of the most trusted safari company offering safaris to different parts of East Africa including Uganda, Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania. We have been conducting safaris in these destinations and our guides are well conversant to these places with passion. Contact us and one of our safari designers who will assist you in organizing your safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see Mountain Gorillas will get back to with a response as per your inquiry. Great Adventure Safaris is highly recommended on Trip Adviser as well as Safari Bookings.