A while ago many tourists thought Uganda wasn’t as magical as Rwanda but today more of them choose it and it has become the leading gorilla trekking destination! This is due to the recent changes where Rwanda dpoubled the price of gorilla permits from US$750 to US$1500 leaving Uganda as the best alternative.Gorillas are found in ten countries in Africa. However gorilla trekking is done in a few countries; Uganda, Rwanda, Gabon, Central African Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.
When people think about Uganda, they think about Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and picture a number of several primates’ species and the mountain gorillas as they play and enjoy their natural home, yet the country has much to offer beyond gorillas including wildlife, birds, lakes, landscape, culture, community etc.
Although Uganda has two national parks where gorillas can be seen, tourists enjoy gorilla watching in both parks! In this country, gorilla tracking can be done any time of the year. The trek is conducted same, starting with a morning briefing, followed by the forest search ending with the long waited encounter moment of gorillas. Being a all year activity, it doesn’t matter when you visit but what matters is the life time experience you get after visiting these beautiful primates.
Cheap & discounted Gorilla Permits
With over 10 habituated gorilla families, Uganda offers the cheapest gorilla permits compared to Rwanda. One can do a private gorilla safari in Uganda that cost $1500 a price for one Rwanda gorilla permit making Uganda a favorite destination for many. Uganda Gorilla permits go for $600 while Rwanda go for $1500 per trek.Also the country offers discounted gorilla permits that attract many primate lovers in April, May and November. When you miss during the beginning of year, you can at least grab your discounted permit for November and end the year in smiles.
Before travelers used to worry about the 9 hour drive from Kampala to Bwindi forest to see gorillas especially those who hate long scenic drives. However, today one can fly to Kigali and track gorillas in Bwindi forest a thing that cuts off the long driving distance making Uganda your next choice gorilla trekking destination. Big spenders opted for flying gorilla safaris to Bwindi forest and back making their trip simply the best and easiest. Also tourists need only 2 days to track gorillas in Bwindi forest when they fly to Kigali international Airport and 3 days to track gorillas when they fly to Entebbe international airport.
Tourist Visa to Uganda
Getting a tourist visa to Uganda is as easy as enjoying your favorite dishes since it has multiple ways of securing it. One applies it online while still home, or gets it upon arrival at Entebbe international airport at only $50 dollars valid for a period of ninety days. Even those intending to visit the country for longer stays, life has been made easy .After the three months tourist visa duration, you visit the Uganda immigration office for extension. It’s hard to describe the beauty of the Pearl of Africa until when you step your feet in a warm weather country, filled by green vegetation, lakes, hills and mountains. I believe the terrific moment in close contact with gorillas will change your life forever.