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The experience of tracking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Tourists tracking Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK – Gorilla tracking in Uganda is one of the most popular tour activities in Uganda. More than half of all the mountain gorillas in existence live in Uganda in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is found in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley. A typical safari in Uganda often times includes tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi.

Best time to track mountain gorillas in Bwindi.

A Gorilla Safari in Bwindi can be done at any time of the year  but most tourists prefer visiting from June to September and from December to February. Tourists who track mountain gorillas in the low seasons benefit from discounted gorilla tracking permits.

In Uganda, each gorilla permit goes for USD 600 during high seasons and they can go for USD 450 during low seasons.

Gorilla permits are a requirement for one to be able to track mountain gorillas and acquiring these permits is best done through your tour operator in Uganda or through Uganda Wildlife Authority.

The major tour activity in Bwindi is Gorilla tracking and a maximum of 8 people can track a particular gorilla group per day. Other tour activities include; bird watching, guided forest walks, Batwa cultural experience among others.

What to wear when tracking mountain gorillas.
Tourists are advised to come with walking boots good for hiking, extra layers of cloth for when it gets cold, A Rain Coat, Gloves. Thick trousers and a long-sleeved top are also ideal for tracking.

Where to stay in Bwindi.
State-of-the-art safari lodges have over the years been set up in Bwindi to provide comfortable accommodation to tourists who visit Bwindi for Gorilla tracking. These lodges range from budget to high-end luxury facilities which means the lodges tourists stay at will depend on their ability to afford them or their preference.

Safari lodges in Bwindi include; Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany Springs, Clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Silverback Lodge among others.

Getting there.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park can be accessed either by road from Kampala, Uganda’s capital or by air from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip. Scheduled flights from Entebbe to either Kihihi or Kisoro take about 2 hours to get there whereas traveling by road takes up to 9 hours to reach Bwindi.

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