There are a number of reasons people visit the pristine pearl of Africa. But regardless of the reason, at one point in time, you might consider to execute a gorilla trekking safari either in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Below are some of the tips to put in mind in order to better execute an amazing gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.
Secure a gorilla permit first before planning anything else
It is very common for people to drag in the planning process of their Uganda safari only to conclude their planning so late that they cannot find any available gorilla trekking permits. To avoid this mistake, ensure that you book your gorilla trekking permits at least three months prior more so for the months of January, July and August.
Only book accommodation after securing a gorilla permit
One of the most common mistakes is assuming that all gorilla trekkers go to the same spot to see the mountain gorillas. It is partly because of this that some people book lodges quite far away from their gorilla trekking sectors.
To avoid all this mess, it recommended that you first secure a gorilla permit before proceeding with accommodation booking. The accommodation should be based on the sector where you will be trekking the gorillas. For instance, it is very illogical to book accommodation in Buhoma sector yet you are gorilla trek with the gorillas in Nkuringo sector.
Seek Your Own Experience: Reviews can be misleading
The value of anything is based on perception. Someone might consider a service excellent because they expected less and ended up being surprised yet for you when you try the same service; you find it average.
In order to better execute your gorilla safari in Uganda and also avoid the frustrations that are inspired by reviews; seek to have you own experience not what other people said. Leave behind the “in our country syndrome” and just let the trip flow.
Get Enough Rest
It is very common for visitors to opt for a transfer on their day of arrival. This is a bad idea. Besides the jet lag, you will also be fatigued by the long transfer to Bwindi. In order to better enjoy your trip, give yourself some good rest time before the trek. This will help you to wake up fresh and ready to trek with the gorillas.
Many at times, the gorilla trekking experience can be spoilt by the fatigue that people get during their transfer to either Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park.
It is fine to fly in through Entebbe International Airport
Contrary to the common norm of flying in through Kigali and driving three to four hours to access the gorilla parks in Uganda; it would be wise to fly in through Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Unless you are considering a one day gorilla trek; the full day transfer to Bwindi is a worthwhile experience as long as you have a good tour planner like African Jungle Adventures and 4×4 Uganda among others.
There are a number of stops that tour operators keep as surprises for their gorilla trekking clients. When you fly in through Rwanda, you miss a lot of these amazing stops.
Consider a Nature Walk in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park
Many people have been blinded by the gorilla trekking experience. They rarely see anything beyond the gorilla trekking experience. But Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world. Whenever you restrict yourself to gorilla trekking, you are actually doing a disservice to yourself.
Nature walks are some of the best ways to enhance your gorilla safari in Uganda. Always plan for at least one of the top nature trails in Bwindi alongside gorilla trekking; the nature walk will give more time to explore the impenetrable forest beyond the mountain gorilla trekking.
Keep in mind the S.O.Ps
It can be very misleading whenever you see people flouting the covid-19 guidelines in some places. As a conservationist, it is very wise to maintain your social distance, sanitize and keep your face mask on to avoid chances of infecting the mountain gorillas just in case by any chance you are carrying the virus without your knowledge.
The mountain gorillas alongside the chimpanzees are some of the species that have a DNA that is very close to humans. Most of the diseases that affect humans are likely to affect these primates equally.