Did you know that more than half of the world’s population of critically endangered mountain gorillas reside in southwestern Uganda?
And we’re thrilled to report that this number has recently grown with the recent birth of three infants!
Now, you can trek to visit the Habinyanja gorilla family in the northern section of Bwindi NP and have an opportunity to spend time with these new babies.
How can I visit these gorillas?
Located within the lush rainforest of Bwindi, you can access these gorillas viaGorilla Forest Camp.
Spend your days here searching for the gentle giants of the forest. Set off daily into the jungle with your local guide and trackers. You and your small group will be led along clear paths as you take in the sights and sounds of the dense forest. While trekking can be quite rigorous, all fatigue is forgotten once the gorillas are located – an experience often described as one of the most profound in the world.
Share your reflections and excitement with the group over a picnic lunch , then return for another relaxing evening at the lodge.
Check out our complete Uganda safari here, or combine a 3-day trek with another East Africa custom safari.
Why visit Uganda now?
Aside from the chance to visit these new babies, gorilla trekking is an important way in which Uganda supports conservation of these magnificent creatures. Gorilla trekking permits are $600 per person per day. These fees are used directly to fund ranger salaries and anti-poaching, as well as enriching local communities, which can equal upwards of US$1 million each year to support community growth and education. These funds go a very long way in Uganda.
Although mountain gorillas trekking can be conducted all year round in Uganda, due to the more rainy seasons in the national parks and protected ares where the gorillas live, the best time of year to view the gorillas is from June to September as well as from December up to February. However, you can visit Bwindi at any time of the year and something you may wish to consider if you don’t mind a little rain as months outside of the peak season offer a cheaper gorilla permit price.
Interested in learning more about visiting the gorillas in Uganda? Contact us now to get started planning your custom adventure in Africa!