If you have watched Kong: Skull Island, you may have had glimpses of how the magnificent gorillas display their strength. Nonetheless if you visit Uganda, be sure to visit the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park also known as the place of darkness to experience Kong in his natural setting.
Below are the reasons to why Bwindi is the dream destination to go gorilla trekking.
- Bwindi alone is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas with 610 mountain Gorillas with over 36 gorilla families. 19 of the 36 gorilla families have been habituated which gives the visitors a chance to participate in the day to day gorilla life activities.
- In Uganda permit prices vary depending on season which means if you happen to buy your permit around April, May and November permits are cheaper compared to Rwanda which is 1500 dollars all year round.
- Uganda is a gorilla lover’s dream destination boosting of two national parks habiting gorillas Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park. Visitors can make a choice between trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park.
- The park is also home to other primate endangered species like the golden monkey, L’hoest monkeys, gray checked mangabeys and the blue monkeys.
- You are assured of Gorilla permits all year round. With a high number of gorilla families, each family is visited by a group of eight people hence a total of 104 permits issued out everyday
- Easy Access from Rwanda: Most visitors who find the 7-9 hours drive from Entebbe to Bwindi daunting can fly in via Kigali International airport and only endure a 3 hours’ drive from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
- Easy Communication among the visitors and the Ugandan park rangers, hotel managers and drivers as they speak fluent English unlike in Rwanda.
- Affordable accommodation in the areas surrounding the National Park and within the national park unlike in Rwanda.
Packing list for Gorilla Trekking
Hiking boots: because of the light weight nature of the forest and the altitude, you need light weight hiking boots for this activity.
Rain Jacket: Bwindi is a tropical rain forest and as such, rain is received throughout the year. You will never tell when it will rain so it’s advisable to carry a rain jacket.
Long sleeved shirts/ blouse as the weather can get really cold but also to avoid being bitten by different types of insects.
Energy giving snacks: gorilla trekking can take between 30 minutes to 8 hours so it’s advisable to carry energy bars and boost your energy on the trek, lots of water and parked lunch so you don’t miss a thing during your trek.
Cameras and extra batteries to take your memories with you for a lifetime and the extra battery is to make sure you don’t miss a moment due to low battery.
Pair of binoculars to spot birds and other wildlife which is far off.