Uganda is situated in the East Africa covering a territory of around 236,580sq.km, it neighbors’ nations like the Democratic Republic of Congo toward the west, Kenya toward the East, Sudan toward the north and the great Tanzania and Rwanda toward the South. Uganda is known as a wonderful nation with regards to tourist destinations; it houses unbelievable types of natural life some of which can’t be seen somewhere else on the planet.
Numerous adventure activities are done in Uganda including game drives, primate safaris, mountaineering, white water rafting and birding safaris among numerous others; all these safari activities are ready to be explored by any tourist who makes it to Uganda. However the key adventure that tops the bucket-list of Uganda travelers is gorilla watching, an experience with the rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Uganda is one the only three countries on the planet to host the endangered mountain gorillas. The country has two protected areas harboring the gentle gorillas; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park hosting the highest number of these remaining mountain gorillas and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, a smaller park that is part of the Virunga Region.
In addition to gorilla watching, several adventure activities can be done in Uganda but these are only a supplement this lifetime wildlife experience. To many travelers, gorilla watching is rated as the best wildlife encounter adventure that can be taken in the whole world. More than 70% of visitors to Uganda go gorilla trekking, trekkers spend no less than one-two days in the wild with these great gorillas while studding and in addition taking photography. Uganda has 15 gorilla families with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park having 14 gorilla families and one gorilla family live in Mgahinga National Park. This implies more than 120 trekkers can visit the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tourism is regulated given that it was developed basing on the guidelines of ecotourism development. It is also a pro-poor tourism given that it involves the local communities that live adjacent to the park. The standards of the local most especially those surrounding the park have been improved as a small percentage go directly to the locals to improve on their welfare. However numerous trackers like to track in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park subsequent to the one gorilla family called Nyakagezi that exist in Mgahinga. The mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park often move to neighboring parks; Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the DRC. This makes tracking this family tricky and you should first consult a local tour operator before booking a tracking experience in this park. However for the past three years, the group has been stable in the park and when it is not available UWA takes the pre-booked travelers to track from the southern sector of Bwindi.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park are situated in the south western part of Uganda and the parks can be reached by road within 8-9 hours with wonderful views and stopovers at any interesting spots like at the equator crossing, Lake Mburo national park among numerous others, so for the individuals who are keen on adventure are the best. Bwindi impenetrable national park offers the best sights of these creatures, you can likewise spot them nourishing on the ground just meters from the hotel Buhoma making photography and viewing magnificent.
It’s truly a life changing minute to sit among these gorillas listening to them protest and cheer at a prevailing male silverback. One and only hour is permitted to stay with these gorillas while studding their practices and additionally taking photography. Gorilla tracking is the most expensive safari tour, however the most done activity. A gorilla permit costs US$600 in the high season and US$450 in the low season. Permits are sold at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kamwokya Kampala. There are several tour operators who can help you to book agorilla safari to Uganda and appreciate a long background that comes ounce in a lifetime.