Uganda Safaris - Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Tours
Enjoy guided Uganda safaris for gorilla trekking to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda. The Pearl of Africa is home to over 450 mountain gorillas which id half of the world's total gorilla population. Bwindi Forest is a centre of mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda with 21 gorilla families ready for trekking. These are Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Rushegura, Mishaya, Habinyanja, Kyaguliro, Bweza, Oruzogo, Busingye, Katwe, Rwigi, Christmas, Mukiza, Mubare, Nsongi, Muyambi, Bitukuro gorilla family. Bikyingi and bushaho gorilla families are still undergoing habituation at $1500 per permit for a 4 hours stay with the gorillas. The other population of mountain gorillas in Uganda live in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park habituated in Nyakagyezi family.
Uganda safaris also entail game viewing to see a variety of wild animals, how they feed, rest and socialise. The top places for game viewing in Uganda include Murchison Falls National park which is Uganda's oldest and biggest park located in north western Uganda. Queen Elizabeth national park, Uganda's second largest park also offers prime game viewing experiences. The other savannah parks are Kidepo Valley, the least visited park in North eastern Uganda, Lake Mburo and Semliki Valley National park. Game viewing is normally done along with boat cruising and community tours
Visit Kibale Forest National park for chimpanzee trekking and habituation experiences at $200 and $250 respectively. The rain forest is also called the "Primates Capital of Africa" sheltering a high number of primates. Chimpanzee trekking is combined with a nature walk in Bigodi wetland to make the experience more enjoyable. The other primates in Kibale Forest include Blue monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Grey Cheeked mangabey, L'Hoest monkeys, Olive baboons, Red tailed monkeys and Black and white colobus monkeys among others
Still on your Uganda safaris, join guided mountaineering safari to conquer the iconic snow capped Mt Rwenzori ranges in western Uganda. The other mountains in Uganda include Mt Muhabura,Mt Sabyinyo, Mt Gahinga in south western Uganda and Mt Elgon in eastern Uganda.
Batwa cultural trail in Mgahinga offers you chance to meet and interact with batwa pygmies, the traditional dwellers of Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks. The experience involve nature walks in Mgahinga Forest to practice traditional Batwa practices such as hunting, picking medicinal herbs, collecting honey, visiting Ngarama cave and plucking flowers. These short people will also perform their traditional dances to entertain and welcome you into their communities.
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3 Days Semliki Valley Park Tour
Book a 3 Days Uganda tour to Semliki Valley national Park one of the least visited Parks in the Pearl of Africa. Enjoy guided bird watching, nature walks and game viewing experience in Semliki Valley with Africa Adventure Safaris the number one safari company. Read More
Popular Tourism Destinations in Uganda
Uganda is endowed with 10 National parks and 12 game reserves. However, some parks are popular than the others. You ought to visit these popular national parks in Uganda to discover what makes them special and a must visit on your Uganda safari. However each of the 10 gorilla families in Uganda is different and unique in its kind. The top visited parks in Uganda are:
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park: Located in south western Uganda and a centre for gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. Bwindi forest shelters half of the world’s total gorilla population. Roughly 450 mountains gorillas inhabit in Bwindi Forest! Bwindi Forest is divided into four regions namely Rushaga, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Buhoma.
Murchison Falls National park: This is Uganda’s largest park spreading ob 3,893 square kilometers and also the oldest park which was established in 1952. Top activities in Murchison Falls Park include game viewing, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest, bird watching and community tours.
Kibale Forest National park: Also known as the “primates capital of Africa” Kibale Forest National park is a centre for chimpanzee trekking and habituation experience. The park spreads over 776 square kilometers located in western Uganda
Queen elizabeth National park: Ranked as Uganda’s second largest park, Queen Elizabeth National park is a “medley of wonders”. The park is located is located in south western Uganda and it comprises of several crater lakes which include Lake Katwe, Lake Bunyampaka, Lake Nyamunuka and Lake Munyanyange among others. The popular activities in Queen Elizabeth National park are game viewing, boat cruising at Kazinga channel, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura gorge, bird watching, lion tracking and local community visits among others.
Rwenzori Mountains National park: The snow capped Rwenzori mountains is a not miss for any adventure traveler to Uganda. The Mountain stands at 5,109 meters above sea level located in the borders of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What to Expect on Uganda Safaris
Uganda wildlife safaris offers a variety of amazing experiences to make you safari memorable. The safaris in Uganda entail both luxury and adventure experiences suitable for all kinds of travelers, the young, elderly and energetic depending on the travelers interests. Also dubbed as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is your best place to visit on an African Safari. The top things to see and do on a Uganda safari include:
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
This adventure experience takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks located in south western Uganda. With over 500 mountain gorillas living in Uganda, The Pearl of Africa is undeniably the ultimate gorilla safari destination in the world. Uganda Wildlife Authority has habituated over 20 gorilla families in Uganda to ease visitor’s access to the endangered species. All people visiting to see gorillas are required to have valid gorilla permits which cost $700 each. Moreso, you can spend half day with the gorillas in the gorilla habituation experience where wild gorillas are trained to be familiar with people. The cost of gorilla habituation permit is $1500 giving you chance to spend four hours with the gorillas.
Go game viewing to explore the big game in Uganda’s savannah Parks. The best places for game viewing in Uganda are Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Parks located in different parts of the country. Africa Adventure Safaris guides you for morning, evening and night game drives following different trails in the park. Expect to see lots of predators and grazers feeding in the open savannahs. Some of the animals to see on your Uganda game viewing safari include Lions, Leopards, Buffalos, Cheetahs, Elephants, Waterbucks, Bushbucks, Antelope, Topis, Oribis and Hippos among others.
Enjoy a trek to see chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park for a close encounter with your close relatives who share over 90% of human genes. Other places to see chimps in Uganda include Kyambura gorge, kalinzu forest and Budongo forest. The trekking experience in each destination in unique in its kind and worth doing.
Explore and experience Uganda’s indigenous cultures especially the batwa pygmies in south western Uganda and the IK people in northern Uganda. The batwa cultural trail is an opportunity to learn and experience the initial forest life of these pygmies who lived with gorillas in Bwindi Forest & Mgahinga Forests for 1000 of years until when gorilla tourism and conservation was introduced which led to their eviction from the forest. Enjoy and be part of the traditional dances and practices such as preparing local foods which make you part of the community.
Conclusively therefore, Uganda offers it all you need to meet, satisfy and even exceed your travel expectations in Africa. Africa Adventure Safaris is the number one safari company given their excellent trip advisor reviews and experience