Things to Know Before Going for a Gorilla Trekking Experience

It is possible to go gorilla trekking all year round, but you may face rain or more crowds during certain times of year. The high season is June-September and December-February when Uganda has its dry season and Europeans have their holidays. Even during this time you may experience rain in the forest.

Low season is considered March-May or October-November rainy seasons. When trekking during this time you may experience more rain in the forest, making most of the roads very muddier and totally slippery to climb. However, during this time gorillas may be more likely to hang out in the low lands since food is abundant during the rainy season and they don’t need to search long and wide for meals. This means that your treks into the forest to find them will be shorter often under two hours.

To go gorilla trekking in May, you must have lady luck on your side especially to do with the weather. It might rain the day before and the day after, but on the day of your trek it may be total sunshine the whole time you are in the forest and with the gorillas. For cost and crowds, we’d recommend trekking in either the off-season or shoulder season.

Obtaining a Gorilla Trekking Permit

Gorilla trekking permits are a hefty expense at $600 per person for most of the year, with April and May at $350 per person since it is a low season and the government of Uganda decided to give you that concession. The maximum number of visitors per day is 72 arising from the fact that there are 9 groups ready for trekking and each group takes only 8 visitors per day maximum. Each group visits a different habituated gorilla family. The permit assigns you to a gorilla family and allows you to spend one hour with the family once your group finds them.

Each gorilla family is in a different area of the park, so your accommodation should be coordinated with the park entry point for that particular family thus a very stress-free experience.

Even if you travel independently, it makes sense to find a local tour operator to help you secure your trekking permit and arrange transport, accommodation and other logistical support. The reality is that Ugandan tour operators purchase the majority of trekking permits so it’s very difficult for individuals to buy them directly from the National Park. If you want to go during the high season (June-September) you’ll need to organize everything months in advance to be sure you can get a permit.

And while there are no guarantees of mountain gorilla sightings when you set off, the tracking procedures in place at Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park virtually ensure you an unforgettable encounter.

Gear:

Everyone’s gorilla trekking experience will be different depending upon the weather, the depth of your forest hike, where the gorillas are hanging out, and other factors. It’s important to be prepared for anything so you can focus your time on enjoying your jungle walk and time spent with the gorillas, rather than being worried about your gear.

What to wear when gorilla trekking

It’s likely that you’ll be trekking through mud and covered in dirt by the end of your trek so consider bringing clothes that you won’t mind ruining.

Trekking pants. If you have waterproof pants with you, carry these in your backpack in case of rain. You will also be recommended to tuck your pant legs into your socks to prevent nasty creatures from crawling up your legs.

T-shirt and long-sleeved shirt. We recommend a t-shirt with a light long-sleeved shirt over top to protect you against sun exposure and bugs since there are a lot in the forest and jungle.

Waterproof jacket. Keep this handy, especially in the wet season.

Fleece or light jacket. The park is above 2,000 meters (6,000 feet). It’s unlikely that you will be cold when trekking in the humid forest, but you may become chilled waiting around for word of the gorillas’ location or when stopping for lunch.

Trekking shoes. For climbing hills, good traction on your shoes is essential. Even better if your trekking shoes are somewhat water-resistant.

Hat. Sun protection when trekking outside the forest.

Food and Water

Two liters of water per person. While this may sound like a lot, this amount is recommended in case it’s a long, hot hike. Better to have too much water than too little.

Lunch and snacks. Bring snacks that you can munch on along the way to keep your blood sugar and energy high before lunch, which will usually consist of a sandwich and fruit. Depending on how long it takes your group to find the gorilla family, it can sometimes be a while before you eat lunch.

Other useful gear for your gorilla trek

 

Small backpack. Be sure this is comfortable, as you’ll need to carry it for hours en route to and inside the jungle.

Walking stick. Do not worry about bringing your own. Wooden sticks are available at the park entrance.

Cameras and rain protection. It might be a bit overboard to carry a dry sack for your camera (although we did), but do carry a plastic bag or similar water resisting protection to keep your camera protected in case of rain.

Sunscreen and bug spray. Travel staples in this part of the world.

 

If you’d prefer to enjoy your trek unencumbered, you can hire a porter to carry your small bag and assist you up hills and through the challenging parts of the forest. Just tell your guide that you’re interested in hiring a porter and he’ll find one for you at the National Park entrance. The fee is $15 per day.

 

Don’t forget to bring your passport with you as officials at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park office will need to verify your trekking permit against your identification. After a quick briefing on safety measures and what to expect during the day, you will be assigned to a group of a maximum of 8 people for your gorilla family search and visit.

 

Each group consists of a main guide and two scouts who carry AK-47 guns and walk before and after the group. The reason for armed scouts is for protection in the forest against wild elephants or angry, unhabituated gorillas. The scouts are trained to fire shots into the air first in order to scare away the animals. We’ve never heard of anyone coming across these wild animals, but we understand that the policy of the National Park is to be safe rather than sorry.

 

Your group will also have a pair of trackers who will have been sent out in the early morning to find the location of your specific gorilla family and to assess where they may be headed. Trackers communicate the gorilla’s movements to the guide so that he can decide on the best approach to meet the gorilla family.

How to Rent a Self Drive Car in Uganda for Honey Moon

In Uganda,Self-drive is a new concept in the tourism sector and its at its peak and this concept was introduced by a Guide in  Names of Ssali Billy Who Later developed a Company Known as Self Drive Uganda and Later it was adopted by Other Car Rental Companies like Uganda Car Rental, Car Rental Uganda , Road Trip Uganda, Auto Rental Uganda. Due to the Fact that this Guide Wanted to be offering Self Driving in East African Countries he has moved an extra Mile to open up self Drive In Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi and Tanzania.

Due to the Fact that Also Uganda Car Rental Extended the Car Rental Services in Rwanda at the Moment as ways of expanding its business and Rwanda Car Rental is a partner to Uganda Car Rental having the Manager Being Ssali Dickson that is a Brother to Ssali Billy the Manager for Self Drive Uganda.

Honey moon Holiday Makers that wish to have a safari at a Very Discounted Price and Enjoy Every Safari Activity in Uganda and Rwanda Like Great Game Drives in Ugandan National Parks ,Gorilla Trekking in Either Bwindi or Volcanoes National Park. Look no further than Just selecting Uganda Car Rental to Book the Gorilla Permit for You in Either April or May before 31 or November at a very discounted Price of USD 350.

Uganda Car Rental Team has designed the Best Ways to Explore Uganda with a Rented Car by offering the Best Guidelines for Hiring a Car in Uganda for Self Drive Adventure.

Various travel guides have come to concur that renting a car is a worthwhile and economical way for groups to explore the beauty and natural endowment of Uganda with very many describing it as the best way to enjoy especially the rural Uganda. Renting a car in Uganda is somewhat similar to renting in the most of the other African countries only that Ugandans are more trustworthy compared to others. Also, the highways of Uganda pose their own special set of challenges that an intrepid driver should be aware of.

The purpose of this writing is to identify you the best and eminent steps that one must undertake and follow so as to have a hassle free car hire process;

Step 1

Consult with your auto insurance company and your credit card company regarding the insurance terms extended to car rentals in Uganda. Your existing auto insurance policy may cover international rentals (in which case it should include Uganda), and your credit card company should extend some coverage to any car rented with the card. But in particular car hire companies in Uganda, their insurance is always comprehensive in that it covers the car irrespective of its occupants and their belongings thus clients must move with their personal insurances.

Step 2

Ask rental car agencies in Uganda, either by e-mail or calling them directly, about their insurance programs and supplementary insurance in particular. Uganda has one of the highest traffic fatality rates in the Africa majorly due to the reckless drivers around the country and the poor condition of most roads especially those connecting the remote areas and upcountry where most tourist attractions are located, so this is a place where you want strong collision and personal accident coverage.

Step 3

Bring a valid proof of insurance if any of the drivers listed for the rental car is between the ages of 18 and 20. Print up documents regarding any private insurance from outside the rental agency to prove that you have it, especially in the case of younger drivers, which will necessitate a formal document from the insurance agency.

Step 4

Ask for a Letter of Authority from the rental car agency if you intend to drive the car over international borders and out of Uganda as you will not be around to get out of Uganda with its registered vehicle without proper authorizing documents from its owner.

Step 5

Appear at the rental car agency, present your driver’s license, request whatever additional insurance you want, fill out the forms and leave your credit card imprint, just as you would at home.

Ssali Billy Born in South Western Uganda by Ssali Ben, Later After the Completion of his Studies he  Ventured into tourism in 2008 and Started Offering Self Driving Safaris in Uganda in 2010 and Later inspired his fellow Brother Ssali Dickson to Join the Car Rental Field and they all Offer the Same Business. They all have Car Rental Sites in Uganda and Rwanda plus Kenya and Tanzania. Car rental Services in Uganda is becoming a Family Oriented Business even thought they Employ Qualified Workers and Experienced Staff.

Self Driving in Rwanda

In Rwanda the Self-Drive concept was carried by the same person and Self Drive Rwanda is the Most ranked Car Rental agency in Rwanda with the Great Car Hire Deals for Holiday Makers and the Next Car Rental Site is Rwanda Car Rental.

These Two Brothers are creative in Car Rental Business and they even Offer Seasonal Car Rental Rates and prices like for May & April they are Offering a RAv4 at USD 45 for 10 and above Days .  This Article is written by the Reservations at Uganda Car Rental.

Choose the Destination to Discover on a Honey moon Adventure in Africa

Thinking of adventurous Holidays in the world on a honey moon Holiday in Africa, Explore the Beauty of Mountain Gorillas, Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are the Same as the Rwandan Mountain Gorillas found in Volcanoes National Park, Uganda is among the best adventuring place in the world. Discover Uganda national Parks and Game reserves Known by Travelers in the world.

Are you now wondering what a Honey moon Safari is to include Gorilla Trekking among the Activities to enjoy on the Great Explore of Uganda / Rwanda?  Uganda is among the best place for adventure. Have you ever been on adventure safari Holiday? Experienced an adventure? Was it fun or interesting? Which places did you visit? Where they beautiful or breathtaking? Have you ever heard of a Uganda safari adventure? Ever been on one? Well if you haven’t yet, then sit back and relax cause you are sure are going to enjoy this. I traveled to Uganda for a safari last month and believe me it was worthy all the insane hours I spent on the plane. My Uganda safari was the most fun adventures I had ever had the opportunity of being to in my whole adult life. I left Uganda with memories that I will treasure for the rest of my old age.

I never wanted to leave though I knew that it was time for me to go back home and that the Gorilla safari was over and I had nothing to do about it cause even if I had postponed it, it would have eventually ended. I was very comfortable from the minute it started and having the time of my life as I so felt like home from the moment we arrived in Uganda. The eco lodges I stayed in were wonderful and eco friendly with a touch of both western and African style, who could have imagined me staying in the middle of the wilderness for days and enjoying every bit of it, the food I ate was wonderful and fresh, all of the fun I had was just incredible to take in all at once. I will never forget the wildlife, chimps though the gorillas were my absolute favorite was a glimpse of those gentle creatures which took my breath away. It is something to see mamma and babies in their natural setting going about their business like no one is watching them. I will never forget the silverback pounding its chest, at first it felt like the ground was shaking and then it sounded like the African traditional drums I had heard the previous day at a cultural showcase. I there and then made up my mind and decided to go on an extended safari vacation that also included; a trip to Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. I also went for golden money trekking in Rwanda, we first heard movements in the trees and that was when I saw the golden moneys swinging from branch to branch and tree to tree, this was something I will never forget and the photos I took of them a living proof of what I experienced. So much had happened on that vacation it will stay on my mind for life time.

I truly recommend many traveler to also try taking a Rwanda Gorilla safari to explore the beauty of a true pearl African.

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