GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA FROM KIGALI
Uganda is an African country located in the Eastern part which is very much blessed with alot of beautiful nature ranging from the natural physical features like mountains and plateaus, water bodies like Lake Victoria which is the largest freshwater lake in Africa to the unique cultures which are over 50.
Among the physical features that are found in Uganda, include national parks which are ten in number. All these national parks are home to unique attractions; in Kibale National Park there are over 13 different species of primates, Lake Mburo National Park is home for zebras, Bwindi impenetrable national Park and Mgahinga gorilla national Park are homes to mountain gorillas that bring thousands of travellers each year.
Mountain gorillas are great apes with developed brains and they live in mountainous areas like their name’s mountain gorillas. These gorillas live in groups and Uganda, there are 22 gorilla families with 21 of these living in Bwindi impenetrable national Park and the other one lives in Mgahinga National Park. This makes Bwindi a home to half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Though these mountain gorillas are endangered, everyone on this planet earth dreams about seeing them. For you to be among those who trekked mountain gorillas, you need to either come to Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo or Rwanda which are all gorilla destinations and you must be having a gorilla permit. A permit in Uganda costs USD 700 while in Rwanda, it costs USD 1500. When you want to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda, you can land in Entebbe or Kigali city of Rwanda and then you easily transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national Park or Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda.
Travelers who trek mountain gorillas in Uganda prefer passing through Rwanda because the distance is shorter compared to that from Entebbe / Kampala in Uganda. Travelling from Kigali to Bwindi impenetrable will only take about 3-4 hours’ drive but if travelling from Kampala to Bwindi you would take almost 10 hours’ drive. This makes travelers prefer trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda through Kigali in Rwanda.
Trekking mountain gorillas in Uganda from Kigali is economical as travelers’ benefit from the permits since a gorilla permit in Uganda is cheaper than that of Rwanda and thus favors the budget travelers because you spend less and get the best gorilla trekking experience ever in the world.
You will visit two countries at the same time when you trek gorillas in Uganda from Kigali. This will give you a chance of visiting some other places in Kigali on your first like the Kigali and Gisozi genocide memorial sites, visit art centers and museums, visit Kimironko Market. On the second day, drive from Kigali to Bwindi via the Cyanika border and trek the mountain gorillas where you will be allowed to watch them do their daily behaviours for one hour but you can spend approximately 7 hours searching the gorilla group that is allocated for you to trek, then after coming back in Rwanda rest and the next day fly back to your home country if you are having a 3 days gorilla trekking safari.
For the one planning a short safari of 1,2 and 3 days, this favors you a lot because you will be having less time and wanting to do gorilla trekking so it is recommended for those with short safaris to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda from Kigali for you to satisfy your dream holiday.