Welcome to Jewel Safaris.
We are a Ugandan based tour operator, offering safaris to Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania. At Jewel safaris, we strive to ensure that every traveler gets the best adventure in Africa. Our custom and tailor-made safaris are organised to ensure that your stay in Africa is as memorable as can be. Our guides push their efforts to the limits to ensure that your Uganda safari, Rwanda safari or combined East Africa tour is remarkable, this is attributed to the fact that our guides are professional with many years of service.
Uganda and Rwanda are endowed with beautiful landscapes, wildlife and plant life which collectively offer many safari opportunities ranging from gorilla tours, chimpanzee tours and other wildlife safaris, hiking and nature treks, white water rafting, kayaking, cycling safaris, mountaineering and birding tours.
The most popular activity to do in Uganda and Rwanda is gorilla trekking, embarking Uganda gorilla tours or Rwanda gorilla tours can be a very rewarding experience especially since it takes between 2- 6 hours to track them, the mountain gorillas are enlisted as an endangered species which can currently be found only in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Below are some of the top safari offers >>
Who we are
Jewel safaris has for many year been at the forefront of providing the best safari services to its clients and travelers, we offer safaris in form of gorilla trekking, chimp trekking, wildlife safaris,hiking trails, cultural interactions, birding safaris other services include car hire , culinary experiences
All you ought to know about Gorillas!
Gorilla trekking Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking has the best affordable cost. Jewel Safaris provides genuine source of information about Uganda gorilla trek costs for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park then Rwanda gorilla trek cost for Volcanoes National Park
Jewel Safaris provides information for availability of gorilla permits, different gorilla families, what to pack, different types of accommodation, when to visit gorillas, guideline of gorilla trekking, transport to Bwindi or Mgahinga and many more.
Jewel Safaris, we offer luxury safaris both for Uganda and Rwanda, mid-range safaris and budget safaris at affordable costs.
Clients always have one question in their minds ‘’when is the best time to trek gorillas?’’ our answer is, gorilla tracking can be done throughout the whole year and all clients get the same satisfaction no matter which season you have visited gorillas.
Uganda has got two seasons that is rainy season and dry season but clients always prefer trekking around dry season which is the month of June, July, August and early September then we have December till February but that doesn't mean that it won’t rain in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because the park is located in the tropical rain forest and its climate is influenced by micro conditions of the area, so went in Bwindi impenetrable forest expect rains any time of the days.
Uganda is crossed by the Equator that has modified climate with two seasons. Gorilla trekking during raining season is too challenging because it is hard to hike and trek the impenetrable forest due to the heavy rains which makes the trails so slippery and it hard to see the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla permit is are card /passes issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board which allows any tourists/travelers to trek mountain gorillas in all habituated National Parks like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Volcanoes National Park and Mgahinga National Park. The gorilla permit cost 600 usds for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mhaginga national park in Uganda. Then Rwanda gorilla trekking permit cost 1500 usds for Volcanoes national park for foreign none resident. The foreign resident pay fee of 500 USD only those with valid working permit, then East Africa resident pay fee of 250,000 Ugandan shillings in Uganda habituated parks.
Before going for gorilla tour, clients have to purchase a gorilla trekking permit which allows them to track gorillas from their natural environment and you can only purchase gorilla permits from Uganda Wildlife Authority or through tour operators companies only.
Gorilla permit fee is inclusive of game ranger who will guide the group in search of the endangered mountain gorillas, park entry fees and for the one hour you spend with mountain gorillas.
Help Me Understand Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located at mountainous area in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi was gazette as national park in 1991 and it covers an area of above 331 square kilometer in size.
Impenetrable forest is well known as home of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas in the whole world. It protects over 400 mountain gorillas which is roughly half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. The forest also provides shelter to over 120 species of mammals and 350 species of birds which includes 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Some of the primates found in Bwindi include baboons, chimpanzees, forest monkeys and forest elephants among others.
Bwindi is divided into four regions, Buhoma region found in North, Ruhija region is in the east, Rushage and Nkuringo region are found in the south of the impenetrable forest. All the regions have habituated gorilla families which enable tourists to trek gorillas in any region of your choice.
All clients willing to trek gorillas from Bwindi Impenetrable national park should book in three months advance and accommodation should be booked after purchasing gorilla permit because Bwindi has got many gorilla families and some sectors are very far from each other.
When should I Book my Gorilla Permit/Tour
Since gorilla’s permits are limited and there is high competition for gorilla permits, we as Jewel Safaris advise you to book gorilla permit three months in advance due to the shortage of gorilla permits especially during high season went there are high number of travelers'.
NB. If you’re intending to book gorilla safari to Uganda or Rwanda, please use Jewel Safaris and we are always at your service, we can advise you on the availability of gorilla permits on the day you decide to trek gorillas.
What is Included in Gorilla Permit
What is Included in Gorilla Permit
Gorilla permits act as park entry fees to home of the endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda , the same permit includes fees for game ranger from Uganda Wildlife Authority who brief and lead the tourists into the jungle in search of giant mountain gorillas. No one is allowed to access Impenetrable forest without been escorted by UWA game ranger. When planning a trip to Uganda, remember Uganda gorilla permits are on high demand and you need to purchase permits as early as possible.
Gorilla permits act as park entry fees to home of the endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda a, the same permit includes fees for game ranger from Uganda Wildlife Authority who brief and lead the tourists into the jungle in search of giant mountain gorillas. No one is allowed to excess Impenetrable forest without been escorted by UWA game ranger. When planning a trip to Uganda, remember Uganda gorilla permits are on high demand and you need to purchase permits as early as possible.
How long is Gorilla Trekking in Uganda or Rwanda?
Uganda Gorilla trekking or Rwanda gorilla trekking takes 30 minutes to 8 hours to see the endangered mountain gorillas because the gorillas are too mobile, sometimes depends on where they built their nests the previous night. Game rangers move following the slowest person in the group because it is not good to leave any person behind and finding gorillas depends on the group’s speed.
What is the Age limit for Gorilla Trekking?
Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda are very strict on age limit when it comes to gorilla trekking, Children below the age of 15 years old are not allowed to trek gorillas. We as Jewel Safaris do advise our clients not to bring children under the age of 15 years for gorilla trekking as so to avoid incidents of not trekking gorillas.
What to pack for Gorilla Trekking
You should pack hiking boots, long trousers, long sleeved blouse/shirt, garden gloves, hat, rain jack, insect repellents, water proofed camera bag, packed lunch and mineral water.
Does Rwanda have discounted gorilla permits?
It is true that Rwanda still offers discounted gorilla tracking permits for only low season in the months of May and November. But Rwanda government issued a condition for one to benefit from discounted gorilla trekking permits he/she has at least to book with another national park in Rwanda, for example when you book Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking you have to add either Akagera National Park or Nyungwe forest National Park on your safari plan. The cost of discounted gorilla permits in Rwanda cost 1050 USD, the fees is inclusive of park entry fees to volcanoes, viewing of mountain gorillas for one hour and services of trained game ranger.
Does Democratic Republic of Congo have discounted Gorilla permits?
Democratic Republic of Congo is among the three destinations in the world with endangered mountain gorillas and these gorillas are found in Virunga national park. Congo sells its gorilla permit at cost of 400 USD per permit and the 400 USD fee is inclusive of park entry fees, services of game ranger and includes one hour sighting of the mountain gorilla in their natural habituated.
Yes Democratic Republic of Congo has discounted gorilla tracking permits and permit cost 200 USD per permit. This discounted Congo gorilla trekking permits are issued during low season of March, May, October and December, Book for discounted gorilla tracking permit in Congo through Jewel Safaris, we offer best service to our clients.
When should I book Rwanda discounted gorilla permits?
Rwanda discounted gorilla tracking permits goes for 1050 USD and it’s offered in only low season that is May and November every year. AS Jewel Safaris, we do advise our clients to book discounted Rwanda gorilla tracking permits two months in advance so as to avoid high competition for discounted permits because most people are more likely to be attracted to low season permits.
What is gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking is an activity where tourists go into thick jungle in search of our closed relative the mountain gorillas. These mountain gorillas are found in three countries in the world that is, Uganda( Uganda gorilla safari), Rwanda (Rwanda gorilla safaris) and Democratic Republic of Congo ( Congo gorilla tours). Gorilla trekking always starts in the morning by briefing from park officers on rule and regulations of mountain gorilla trekking. After trekking you head to the forest trail following the footsteps of the gorillas till when you allocate them, you will spend only one hour with the gorillas, then return to park headquarters where you will meet your guide for transfer to the lodge.
How many people trek gorilla family per day
Gorilla trek allows only maximum of 8 people to trek gorilla family per day in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park and Volcanoes national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park has 17 habituated gorilla families thus each gorilla family takes 8 people per hour. Bwindi impenetrable national park has another gorilla activity called gorilla habituation experience and it allows maximum of only 4 people per group to trek gorillas and spend with gorillas 4 hours.
Chances of seeing Mountain gorillas
We have always had questions being asked by tourist, if there are high chances of seeing gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. We are happy to inform you that chances of seeing the endangered mountain gorillas either in Bwindi Impenetrable National or Volcanoes National Park are 98% assured. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga national park and Volcanoes national park is too organized that UWA and RDB send team of game rangers in advance to follow the footsteps of the mountain gorillas till when there come cross them and then inform the other officers on ground who will led the group into the jungle for sighting. For Uganda if you fail to find the gorillas from the other family that you trekked, Uganda wildlife authority will allocate you another gorilla family and you will trek. For more information about gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda please feel free to ask us.
These are the most endangered animals in the world yet the biggest thrilling experience is derived from trekking and tracking them. One cannot ascertain in writing, a speech what is really embedded in having a little time spent with these giants and if you have never been with these animals, its time you visit them and we join hands to protect them so as to as to secure them from being killed to depletion.. These immediate relatives to humans have a greatest thrill, amazements, wows that they can offer to any traveler during the one hour stay with them during the tracking moment.
What to expect when on a Gorilla Tracking Excursion.
Uganda alone has a largest population share of these giant animals and spending time with them is really so hilarious and a lot should be expected that will never erased from your hard drive of memories. Expect an awesome best moment of your life while tracking these animals. The time spent with gorilla tracking varies on the how far the gorillas have moved and depends on the group of gorillas tracked in relation to the weather, relief or topography, family, and their location. All these will determine the length of the time spent tracking though after getting in contact with them ONLY one hour is allowed to any team to spend with it these animals. Expect a moment with these giant, humble, seemingly shy, dangerous, soft, and many other traits of these animals.
The Gorilla Encounter.
Uganda wildlife Authority, the local communities are majorly hand in hand responsible for Bwindi impenetrable National parkhowever the locals work under Uganda wildlife authority that is the over all in charge of the management of this park. There other agencies like Ministry of Tourism, Uganda tourism board, UNESCO are also involved in the conservation and protection of this endangered animals and this has seen their killing minimized, small additions into different gorilla families,
The gorilla population has improved and recovered at the same time. Many thanks go to the Bwindi impenetrable national park rangers, the local community at large, and other agencies’ efforts who have risked their lives to save the remaining mountain gorillas. The guides tracking with you will clear the bush away to give a better clearer view of these splendid primates and capture perfect shots on these rare species with your phone or camera but flashes off. It is also so very important to remember after you gazed a gorilla in the eye and he begins swooping at you, running should not be what you think of as a remedy rather just stay motionless, bow your head as a sign of compliance and respect. In addition, don’t beat your chest when with the mountain gorillas it has a different message it passes to them and the after results may not be appeasing.
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Gorilla Habituation Experience is in another level compared to trekking and tracking. While doing gorilla trekking or tracking, a group or an individual is permitted to spend ONLY one hour with gorillas, habituation experience permits you to spend 4 hours in the company of gorillas. However, as the saying goes “each valuable stuff has a bigger price” for one to do a habituation, US $1500 is charged compared to the USD $ 600 charged for gorilla trekking permits.
Gorilla habituation is a process where mountain gorillas are trained to get used to people without shying out, attacking and doing many nasty things when tracked. Due too often visits to where they frequent by researchers, they familiarize themselves with people. Also, during habituation experience, the group habituating will be able to learn more on how individual gorillas behave since their behaviors tend to vary. When the habituated gorillas have been confirmed to be trekked and tracked that of course is in a long run, they are awarded with a name, introduced for trekking that is always carried out by the first set of scientists, journalists that is always a mock exam for them. Once they pass, they are introduced for trekking to the visiting tourists to trek them both local and international tourists. Will you be among them? Well book a trip if its yes for a response on www.jewelsafaris.com .
At Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are gorilla habituation regions and in the north of the park there is Buhoma region where Mubare, Habiyanga and Rushegura were habituated from. To the East of the park, the gorilla families habituated include; Bitukura, Oruzogo and Kyaguriro, in the south found the Ruhija section where gorilla families habituated include:, Nshonji, Mishaya, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye in Rushaga then Nkuringo all making 11 habituated gorilla families in total number.
Two gorilla families have been put aside for gorilla habituation experience and are located in the Nkuringo and Rushaga side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Apparently, the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park only supports gorilla habituation experience because Rushaga and Nkuringo where the two families put aside for the experience are in the south and www.jewelsafaris is very ready to help you habituate them just book for a trip with us and all will be set for you.
- How much is gorilla Habituation experience?
For one or a team of a limited people to do habituation experience, US $1,500 is charged far more than the USD 600 for gorilla trekking permits.
And also, these permits must be booked six months before the real time intended to habituate since a limited number less than five (5) are admitted per entry.
- How long is the gorilla habituation experience?
Gorilla habituation experience is not a short while activity like gorilla trekking. This experience’s results actually lead to gorilla trekking. Simply because the gorillas that have been successfully confirmed to have been habituated well and are allowed to be tracked. This makes the activity so lengthy that it runs for a couple of years between 2-3 years for the experience to be completed and during this time, researchers keep on visiting an identified Wild gorilla group that is being habituated on a daily basis. It is a learning experience that has just recently become a stable activity presented by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale.
- Where else can I do gorilla habituation from?
Tracking, trekking are found in Rwanda as well but for an authentic habituation experience, its only existent in Uganda at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in the border of Uganda and Rwanda. Habituation experience started in Ugandadecades back in 1991 with the first habituated family group called Mubare. Only in Uganda in the whole of Africa.
- When can I book for my habituation permit?
The best time to book your permit is 6 months earlier the habituation date. This simply because of the limited number of persons granted to do the activity maximum of 4 people and the number of the hours spent in addition to the target of keeping this forest impenetrable hence limited number of people is allowed to stay inside to limit the repercussions of big groups in future.
- How many are permitted to habituate in a day?
The habituation experience only restricts the persons to a maximum of 4 persons each day. All these intended to maintain thickness of the gorilla forest keep intact and remain impenetrable. Thus, bookings for this kind of activity are to be done 6 months prior to the actual habituation day specifically during the months of December all through to March and July to October.
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Where do gorillas live?
Generally, mountain gorillas live in Uganda “the Pearl of Africa” at Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. These two parks are their homes permanently gazetted for them for protection from all the kinds of attacks. But while inside these two parks, mountain gorillas live freely. Mostly mountain Gorillas live both on the ground and on trees depending on key issues like the thickness of the vegetation, the security from condition. They do not have a permanent home because they are ever on move or mobile. They build a shade or house, use it and next day its abandoned and they continue to anew fresh area where they will put up another nightshade once a night fall comes. Their continuous movement makes the gorilla trekking experience a thrill and worthy it because gorilla trekkers are forced to overcome all sorts of challenges like climb/ hike mountains, cross rivers and several others. For one to visit these giant man’s close relatives in the wilderness, one has to have a gorilla tracking permit that Jewel Safaris Limited can help you to book. Kindly contact us for the magnificent gorilla trekking safari while on Ugandan safari, east African safari or sightseeing safari in Africa
Drive Time to Bwindi
Depending on the point of departure, the drive to the home jungle of mountain gorillas differs however all the road drives to this park use same route giving the same experience and adventurous movement. Drive time to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park from Entebbe International airport is about 9 – 10 hours of road drive. This is the major arrival terminal of tourists coming to Uganda for gorilla trekking safaris and other related safaris this being the main entry point to the country. This journey is usually not a boring one as it takes you through different regions and districts of this beautiful country Uganda each with a lot of endowments that will make you admire Uganda until you reach your ultimate destination. While on your road drive to the Bwindi impenetrable national park via districts like Masaka, Mbarara and many others, you will have stop overs at points like at the equator point, road side craft and fresh fruit shops. The beautiful sceneries of the Kigezi rolling hills, changes in vegetation, rivers and escarpments before reaching the home of mountain gorillas. In terms of kilometers, from Kampala to Bwindi is 550 kilometers on a fairly good road that is currently under construction. The section from Rukungiri town to Bwindi is a bit bumpy so there is need to reduce speed.
From Lake Mburo national park, the road drive is quite shorter about 5-6 hours of road drive from Lake Mburo national park to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Lake Mburo national park is Mbarara is usually the major stopover point for rest before resuming the road drive. Mbarara is always the stopover for lunch after the breakfast in Entebbe or Kampala.
From Queen Elizabeth national park, the drive time is still the same as from Lake Mburo national park 5-6 hours through the Ishasha sector where the climbing lions are usually spotted at then to Kihihi town and then Buhoma Sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Ishasha road sometimes is impassable more especially in rainy seasons when bridges tend to breakdown partly due to heavy down power and heavy tracks going to the Democratic Republic of Congo. When this road is impassable, there is a short cut that drivers use but, in most cases, you might find yourself using the Ishaka road then Rukungiri to Nengo and then Kihihi and lastly to Buhoma.
If you are going to other regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park such as Bitukura, Rushaga or Nkuringo, the drive time changes slightly because it involves meandering to reach to the side of the park where the region is located like Rushaga in the southern part of the park near the Rwandan border. However, the above informative write up was to give you a glimpse of the For more information about drive time from one tourist site to another, in case your urge to reach to the home of the giant man’s relatives has hyped high, kindly contact us at Jewel Safaris limited and we shall be delighted to help you grasp unending pool of memories in the pearl of Africa.
What do gorillas eat? – Ugandan gorilla safari news.
With a seemingly true perception that every individual no matter the size, species or background has one favorite dish/ meal that they thrill in, mountain gorillas too have theirs. Do you agree? Let’s ask then what is that your favorite meal you eat on a daily basis that makes you love it? And by the way before you answer, have you tried the Ugandan’s unrivaled dishes like luwombo, rolex, pated sauces and several others. Back on track the more you eat, the more you want more of it at all times. Well just like both of us, these immediate relatives of mankind the mountain gorillas, the land lords of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park also have their own favorite main course dish that they wish not to miss on any day when it is meal time.
Best known as herbivores, the mountain gorillas in Uganda have about 3 quarters of their meals enjoying plants leaves, shoots, fruits, leaves, and several others qualifying them as true vegetarians. They delight in feeding on vegetation cover of the forest found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and the Mgahinga gorilla national park. Mountain gorillas value their meal that they can move to different altitudes to get their food thus making it one of the reasons as to why trekking of some gorilla group families is so as hard as said by some clients. Mountain gorillas eat quite a vast range of plant species that include bamboo shoot, stems and several others. They thrill in feeding on over 200 plant species. Wow! What a variety!
On few cases, mountain gorillas have their snack as termites, ants and also break the anthills to get larva out and eat it. This is just a snack fed on to supplement on huge kilograms of plants stems, shoot eaten from different types of plants. In most cases, mountain gorillas have also been sighted feeding on their own poop and this could be escalated by the high food appetite. Though they have been rumored of eating humans, it’s not so valid basing on facts that mountain gorillas are vegetarians and do not feed on meat of any kind rather mountain gorillas stick to feeding on the stems, shoots, fruits and several other plants.
There is something untold and none can clearly to justify the incredibly thrilling felt experience one gets once they have an encounter with the mountain gorillas that can change their mind set about safaris in Uganda and definitely, they will always include gorilla tracking or trekking experience on any safari they will have on any Uganda safaris, East African safaris or African safari in not avoiding the mountain gorillas tracking and trekking safari in Uganda. The best safari ever is gorilla tracking, trekking and the bet travel partner to do the best safari should be the best tour operator Jewel safaris. For more about these mountain gorillas, kindly come to our inbox firstname.lastname@example.org and your issue will be addressed systematically.
Though a gorilla trekking expedition is one of the remarkably highly rated and appreciated safaris in the east of the African continent in Uganda particularly, there has been quest for long on different sites like trip advisor, lonely plant and several others on assertion of a gorilla trekking tour cot at least for minimum of 3 days. With different comparisons and deductions drawn, the gorilla trekking or tracking safari costs about $490 – 530 in low season and 530- 550 in high season. This excludes the gorilla permit that guarantees permission to do a gorilla tracking activity in any of the four parks where the gorilla tracking activity is done.
Gorilla habituation experience permit is selling at $ 1500 and it guarantees you four hours in the closer range with the mountain gorillas trying to learn their behaviors, conduct and many others traits of a gorilla. This is the first activity that a gorilla goes through before the particular habituated gorilla family is opened up to the public for the gorilla trekking experience.
Depending on where you want to do gorilla trekking tour from in the four sectors of Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park, the minimum number of days for a gorilla trekking safari is 3 days.
When it comes to accommodation, this park is so full of accommodation facilities with new ones springing up every day competitively ready to make your stay at the Bwindi impenetrable national park so beautiful. There are lodges here for everyone for instance; the budget lodges accommodation ranges from $ 50 to $ 80, midrange charging between $ 90 to $ 120 and the luxury lodges charge from $ 300 all based on shared accommodation.
Kindly note that the price indicated here is based on what we at Jewel safaris limited charge our clients. Also, the price ranges for the accommodation lodges is based on where our Jewel safaris limited clients spend their nights at.
For more of our competitive gorilla trekking tour prices, kindly check out our more sample packages for Gorilla trekking safaris on Jewel Safaris Limited page. Have your safari booked already for a thrill of an encounter with the giant man’s relatives in the thick jungles of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Which region is best for gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi?
As tricky as this question is, there are explanations to tell then you tell which one is the bet. if I’m a chance to make a wish on what I consider prior setting for an enticing thrilling and most enjoyable experiential mountain gorilla tracking safaris. The vast size of Bwindi impenetrable national park escalated the need to divide it into sectors or regions like Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Nkuringo are some of them created in spread over the whole park. All the above sectors have the gorilla families that have been freely availed to the public for tracking. In this write up, we explore the several options to see why one would see a particular point for being the best sector or region to track the mountain gorillas. Our argument remains that whichever region you choose gorilla trekking experience is the same as same procedures are followed as far as the encounter with the giants of the impenetrable forest is concerned.
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It is the same thrill of unrivaled experience. The regions are still within the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. The memories are uncontaminated but fresh always. However based on few factors let’s give you the opportunity to see the best region to visit as per your specifications. Some factors include; accessibility by road: though all regions can be accessed with ease, the best region for gorilla trekking safari based on the above factor in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park would be Ruhija in the Eastern Part of Bwindi impenetrable Forest national park.
The road from Entebbe to Kabale is in tarmacked and in good condition. The drive time is less compared to Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma which is bumpy with so much experiential to go through. However, for the visitors that want fly safaris to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo are the best regions for gorilla trekking. This is due to their nearness to Kihihi airstrip. The flights to Buhoma are available both morning and afternoon. Nkuringo and Rushaga flights operate morning only. And in Ruhija, there is no nearby airstrip to favor the fly in safaris. The Nkuringo Rushaga flights happen in the mornings only due to winds and weather conditions in the south of Bwindi National Park. Thus in terms of accessibility and drive time, Ruhija is closer, followed by Buhoma and then Rushaga and Nkuringo in Kisoro.
In the accommodation bit, Buhoma is best for up market lodged accommodation. Its avails less chance for the budget travelers. While Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo give tourists opportunities to decide on where to sleep due to the variety available. Lodges in Rushaga, Nkuringo, and Ruhija range from Luxury, midrange and budget even camping sites are available. With new lodges being added on the existing ones here too like in Rushaga region, the uniquely put up Four gorillas lodge is at its completion stage/level. It will be ready by early October.
For the case of gorilla families, Rushaga is the best ideal region for gorilla trekking in Bwindi. It has many gorilla families. This gorilla families lead to issuance of several gorilla tracking permits compared to other regions. Rushaga region alone issues about 40 gorilla trekking permits with 5 groups ready for tracking with more being habituated. Due to the fact that it has more gorilla families and permits compared to other regions. Rushaga has Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Busingye and Bweza while two other gorilla families are under habituated. This is followed by Buhoma and Ruhija that have three habituated gorilla families each. This therefore means that Rushaga has more gorilla permits available daily compared to other regions.
If it’s in terms of history, Buhoma is the best ideal area or sector to track gorillas from. Its first family group was declared ready for trekking in 1993 after it went post the habituation exercise. This gorilla family group is called Mubare.
All the above factors are opinions open for further dialogues and adjustments and for any other details and bookings for the gorilla trekking expedition, kindly contact us at Jewel Safaris and the fun commences.