bwindiThe gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda take you to the forested habitats of Bwindi and Mgahinga all positioned in the south west of the country. Trekking up the steep hills marked by dense jungle intercepted by deep valleys in search of the critically endangered mountain gorillas is always challenging but a rewarding endeavor in the wild.
To many, this marks the path to ancestry and reunion with species of common ancestry. It is a life time journey to discovery and adventure in the intense wild that gorillas still call home. The Impenetrable forest of Bwindi affirms its name. It is thick with dense undergrowth and with tall trees marked by a forest canopy. At some points, it is completely dark during the broad day light while at other points the ranger will have to use a machete to craft a way through for the travelers on gorilla safari in Uganda to realize their quest for these giant apes. This makes the journey in the mist above ordinary.
To the government, the Uganda gorilla safaris form a rich source of foreign exchange. The breathing hope for infrastructure funding, the education standard overhaul, the security strengthening, better health care, the increased employment opportunities and a perfect alternative for natural resource use that is actually more sustainable than any other.
The gorilla permit in the high season goes for $600 for the foreign travelers that are non-resident. For the resident foreigners, a sum of $500 is paid while for the East African citizen, 250,000/= payment is made. In the low season, the Uganda Wildlife Authority tends to extend discounted permits to the travelers intending to undertake gorilla safaris to Uganda during those months. And the non-residents would pay $350 which will increase in 2016 to $450, the residents pay $300 while the non-resident pay 150,000/=. This combined presents a perfect ground for the generation of foreign exchange that in turn nourishes the national economy.
Though the numbers of Uganda gorilla safari undertakers do fluctuate like any other tourist product, the gorilla destinations over the years have maintained a steady level of visitation that is by all means positive to the national development. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes a considerable share of these arrivals while the adjacent Mgahinga take the remainder. Bwindi features four gorilla trekking regions each with different gorilla groups. From Buhoma in the north with the gorilla families of Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura to Ruhija in the east with the gorilla groups of Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro, Rushaga in the south with gorilla groups of Bweza, Busingye, Mishaya, Kahungye and Nshongi and eventually Nkuringo with its single Nkuringo gorilla family, Bwindi stands as a perfect haven for gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Uganda.
The country features a sum of 104 gorilla permits where 96 of these are in Bwindi and the rest in Mgahinga. Now, with the habituation other two gorilla families in Bwindi, the permits will increase to 120 per day.