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A Rwanda gorilla safari  / Rwanda gorilla tours take you Gorilla trekking Rwanda-a golden chance to visit, trek and see mountain Gorillas in Volcanoes national park Rwanda Africa. A Gorilla safari in Rwanda / Rwanda gorilla safaris that takes you trek and search for the beautiful mountain gorillas gives a lifetime memory giving safari adventure. Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in the Volcanoes national park and were habituated by Dian Fossey for a long time till her death. Besides a mountain gorilla safari tour in Rwanda, you can visit various national wildlife parks for wildlife such as Akagera and also tour genocide memorial stadiums as well as the various cultural museums. We offer several Rwanda Gorilla safaris ranging from short 1, 2, 3, 4 days Rwanda gorilla tours / safari excursions to medium and long Rwanda gorilla safari tours.
We organise the best Rwanda safari tours at the affordable Rwanda safari prices. We cusomised your tour based on your Rwanda safari budget as witnessed by many of our Rwanda safari Tripadvisor satisfied clients. Enjoy a cheap Rwanda safari to Volcanoes National Park, Nyugwe Forest National Park, Akagera National Park etc as well as to all Rwanda national game reserves. 

To enjoy Gorilla trekking in Rwanda / a Rwanda Gorilla trek, you need a Rwanda gorilla permit to watch the Gorillas in one of Rwanda`s gorilla groups in Volcanoes national park. We always formulate new exciting customised gorilla trekking safari private, group affordable Rwanda Gorilla safari (s) alongside several African wildlife, Eco tourism, culture and community tours, nature walks not to mention historical tours.

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A Gorilla safari in Rwanda featuring Gorilla trekking is  highlighted by highly trained, caring, enthusiastic, dedicated but also highly informed safari guides that are any time ready to take you to various spectacular wildlife parks & reserves in Rwanda aboard our clean customised safari vehicles.

Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd always ensures rescue services to our clients in case of any danger whilst on a safari with us no matter the distance or region. Needless to say no one wants to risk having a safari with a unreliable tour company that cant rescue you in case of danger or challenges whilst on a safari , this being our strength we are your ultimate safari company to guide you on your safari in Rwanda and Africa at large.

As reads our slogan,we always offer our clients the ultimate African Rwanda Gorilla safari memory , as well other game viewing safaris in Rwanda with a greatly high standard service level to instill a permanent Africa safari memory in the hearts of all our customers

N.B Please note that Rwanda Gorilla permits are on high demand and get sold out quickly. We hence advised you to book your Rwanda gorilla safari / Rwanda gorilla tours early enough (usually three months in advance)to avoid disappointments of missing out on gorilla permits as you can’t go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda without these permits.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

1 Day Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

The shortest Rwanda gorilla trekking tour that you can have...Read More

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2 days Rwanda Gorilla safari holiday Adventure

Visit Volcanoes NP for this Rwanda gorilla safari experience...Read More

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3 days Rwanda Gorilla safari tour & Dian Fossey – 3 Days

Tour mountain Gorilla safari in Rwanda & also take on the Dian Fossey Trek...Read More

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4 days double Rwanda Gorilla trek tour

This Rwanda Gorilla safari offers Gorilla trekking in Rwanda to different gorilla groups...Read More

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4 days Gorilla trekking tour Rwanda & mountain Climbing

A Gorilla trekking Rwanda tour, primate trekking & mountain climb adventure...Read More

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5 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari Tour

A Gorilla safari in Rwanda to see mountain gorillas in Volcanoes NP and hike Karisimbi mountain...Read More

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5 Days Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

A Mountain Gorilla safari in Rwanda plus Akagera NP – the largest Rwanda wildlife safari park...Read More

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6 days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari – 6 Days

This Rwanda Gorilla safari tour features Gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park...Read More

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7 days Uganda Rwanda chimpanzee trekking tour

The Uganda Rwanda Safari tour starts and ends at Kigali . It blends of primate tracking, culture with wildlife...Read More

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8 Days Gorilla safari in Rwanda

The Safari features the most interesting Rwanda safari destinations including the Akagera NP, the Nyungwe NP...Read More

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9 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari tour

This Rwanda tour incorporates the golden monkey, mountain gorilla trekking and Caves Exploration...Read More

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11 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari

This Rwanda safari offers Gorilla trekking Rwanda, Chimpanzee & Wildlife as an extensive Rwanda wildlife tour...Read More

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Short Gorilla Trekking Safari Rwanda

1 Day Rwanda Gorilla Safari

1 Day Gorilla Safari in Rwanda is a short Rwanda Gorilla safari to trek mountain gorillas in Rwanda...Read More

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2 Days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

Rwanda- one of the most perfect holiday destinations in the Africa, known for its rich Gorilla Trekking is also one of the most sought after and exciting destinations in the Africa...Read More

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3 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari & Genocide tour

3 Days Rwanda Gorilla Safari & Genocide tour in Rwanda does not only offer you remarkable memories with the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas...Read More

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3 Days Gorilla Trekking Rwanda Tour

3 days Rwanda Gorilla Safari takes you to Rwanda the land of a thousand hills home to the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park...Read More

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3 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

3 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda & Recreation at Gisenyi presents a unique magical encounter in Rwanda that allows the world travellers to track gorillas in the famous Volcanoes National Park...Read More

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4 Days Rwanda Gorilla tour

The 4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tracking Tour with gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda allows you to trek gorillas twice in two different habitats...Read More

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4 Days Rwanda Gorilla Tour

The 4 Rwanda Gorilla tracking Tour / 4 Days Rwanda Gorilla tour / Short Gorilla tour in Uganda involves double gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda...Read More

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4 Days Gorilla safari in Rwanda

The 4 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda & Golden Monkey tracking features two primate tracking encounters in the land of a thousand hills...Read More

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5 Days Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda

The 5 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda involves not only gorilla trekking but also wildlife viewing. The safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park where mountain gorillas...Read More

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Long Rwanda Gorilla Safaris

6 Days Primate Safari in Rwanda

The 6 Days Rwanda Primate Safari is designed to enable you explore the Primates of Rwanda in detail. This Rwanda safari takes you to the Nyungwe Forest...Read More

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6 Days Gorilla & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

6 Days Gorilla Wildlife Safari in Rwanda to Volcanoes & Akagera National Parks features two main Rwanda safari destinations namely the Volcanoes National Park and the Akagera National Park.

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7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda

The 7 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari in Rwanda starts and ends at Kigali International Airport in Rwanda. It features a blend of primate, culture and wildlife.

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7 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla trekking Tour

The Rwanda Uganda gorilla tracking tour 7 days begins and ends at Entebbe International Airport Uganda. The safari features gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda...Read More

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8 Days Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

The 8 Days Rwanda Uganda gorilla safari begins with gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes national park; Volcanoes National Park (also known as Parc National Des Volcano)...Read More

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Gorilla Safari in Rwanda 8 Days

The 8 Days Safari in Rwanda features the most interesting Rwanda safari destinations including the Akagera National Park, the Nyungwe National Park

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9 Days Gorilla Safari Holiday in Rwanda

The 9 Days Gorilla Safari Holiday in Rwanda is an extended holiday package in Rwanda that incorporates the most popular destinations and activities in the destination Rwanda.

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11 Days Gorilla, Chimpanzee & Wildlife Safari

The 11 Days Rwanda Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari is an extensive Rwanda safari encounter that allows you to explore the destination Rwanda in detail.

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Wildlife & Chimpanzee tracking Rwanda

2 Days Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Nyungwe Forest National Park

2 Days Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a mini break perfect for a weekend spent out Kigali City...Read More

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2 Days Wildlife Safari in Rwanda Akagera National Park

The 2 Days Wildlife Safari in Rwanda to Akagera National Park exposes you to the only Savannah protected area in Rwanda teeming with all counts of Savannah flora...Read More

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3 Days Chimpanzee Rwanda tour Safari

The 3 Days Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Nyungwe Forest National Park is a specialized safari dedicated to take you to the forest of Nyungwe...Read More

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3 days Rwanda Wildlife safari to Akagera National Park

The 3 Days Rwanda Wildlife Safari to Akagera National Park presents a short wildlife tour in Rwanda. The safari features magical wild game...Read More

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5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda

The 5 Days Wildlife & Chimpanzee Safari in Rwanda to Akagera and Nyungwe Forest National Park features wild game viewing and boat cruise in Akagera National Park...Read More

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Rwanda Gorilla Safari Parks

Volcanoes National Park

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The Volcanoes National Park is an English of the former French naming the Parc Nationale des Volcanos which is positioned to the north west of Rwanda sheltering the Rwandan section of the entire Virunga Volcanoes that comprise of eight (8) mountains shared by Rwanda along with adjacent countries of Uganda and DR Congo. Read More about Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda National Game Parks

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Nyunwe Forest National Park

Located to the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is close to the border of Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo in the south and the west respectively. It is recorded to be among the ancient African forests that are noted to have survived the last ice age. Nyungwe Forest is among the largest montane forest in the East of Africa and considered to be the well conserved forest in the entire highlands of Central Africa known for Rwanda chimpanzee trekking safaris. Read More about Nyunwe Forest National Park

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Akagera National Park

The Rwanda’s Akagera National Park-the biggest Rwanda wildlife safari hub, is located to the east of the country with the views of the plains of Tanzania stretches over a geographical size 1122 km2 and it is being managed under the arrangement of public private partnership arrangement of the Rwanda Development Board and the African Parks from 2010. Read More about Akagera National Park

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Volcanoes National Park

The Volcanoes National Park is an English version of the former French naming – the Parc Nationale des Volcanos which is positioned to the north west of Rwanda sheltering the Rwandan section of the entire Virunga Volcanoes that comprise of eight (8) mountains shared by Rwanda along with adjacent countries of Uganda and DR Congo and the where Gorilla trekking in Rwanda is done. Read More about Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda Safari Parks

Nyungwe Forest National Park

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Located to the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park is close to the border of Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo in the south and the west respectively. It is recorded to be among the ancient African forests that are noted to have survived the last ice age. Nyungwe Forest is among the largest montane forest in the East of Africa and considered to be the well conserved forest in the entire highlands of Central Africa. Read More about Nyungwe Forest National Park

Akagera National Park

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The Rwanda’s Akagera National Park located to the east of the country with the views of the plains of Tanzania stretches over a geographical size 1122 km2 and it is being managed under the arrangement of public private partnership arrangement of the Rwanda Development Board and the African Parks from 2010. Read More about Akagera National Park

Planning Your Gorilla Trekking Safari in Rwanda

When to go Gorilla trekking in Rwanda

A Gorilla trekking safari in Rwanda/ Rwanda gorilla tours can be carried out at any time of the year. It can be noted that hiking the slopes of the Volcanoes tends to be challenging in the rainy season that stretch from the months of April through May and then November. Also on the raised altitudes of 2000m and above, the rain can …

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Mountain gorilla groups in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park: Gorilla families in Rwanda

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There are a range of gorilla families that number to ten (10) that are habituated purposely for Rwanda gorilla trekking safari lovers. There are also other two which are dedicated for research called Pablos Shida and Beetsme.

It can be noted though that the home ranges of the habituated gorilla families dedicated for tourism are known; their movements are not very fixed to only those areas. When preparing for Rwanda gorilla trekking tour encounter, it is important to note that gorilla families are distributed on the date of tracking and though you have possibilities of getting your preferred group by requesting the rangers to give it attention during allocation, the practice is not guaranteed.

The following are the ten (10) gorilla families that are available for tracking by world travellers on a Gorilla safari in Rwanda and Volcanoes National Park in particular;

Susa -A Family

The Susa A gorilla family is noted to have originally been studied by Dian Fossey. It is named after Susa River which makes its way through this gorilla group’s home range. The Susa A has twenty eight (28) gorilla members with three (3) silverbacks. The family was the largest gorilla group with 42 members before it split to form Susa B and when one encountered initially, he / she would see the gorilla spread all over. Susa A us denoted by the playful Byishimo and Impano – the twins in the group. It also contains poppy who is one of the oldest habituated gorillas that dates back to the times of Dian Fossey.

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Gorilla safari Uganda / Gorilla tours Uganda trips

taking you Gorilla trekking Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable forest form the greatest number of Uganda safaris. Book a Uganda Gorilla safari tour, go gorilla trekking in Uganda Africa!

We organise Uganda Gorilla safari tours at budget Gorilla trekking Uganda safari prices. We plan Uganda Gorilla safari trips based on your Uganda Gorilla tour budget as witnessed by many of our Gorilla Uganda safari Tripadvisor satisfied clients.

These are some of our Uganda Gorilla safari / Gorilla trek safari in Uganda & Rwanda

Gorilla Safari in Uganda 3 Days

Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and trek Endangered mountain gorillas, Our star attraction

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Gorilla safari to Mgahinga Gorilla NP 3 Days

The park is notably known as the second refigium for the critically endangered mountain gorillas

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi 3 Days

This is a great day that will mark your re-union with your long lost cousins – the mountain gorillas

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Bwindi Gorilla Safari & Wildlife 4 Days

See mountain gorillas in Bwindi Park & Queen Elizabeth Park for game viewing

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4 Days Gorilla tour in Uganda - double tracking

Do gorilla trekking and have an evening performance of the Batwa / Bakiga

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Bwindi gorilla trekking 4 Days

Trek the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & wildlife in queen Elizabeth park!

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Gorillas & Wildlife Uganda Safari Tour 5 Days

Trek Endangered Mountain gorillas in Bwindi and wildlife in Lake Mburo

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5 Days Africa Gorilla tour in Uganda

Do morning game drive and afternoon boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel & an evening game drive along the channel track

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Rwanda Uganda Gorilla trekking Safari 8 Days

A Rwanda gorilla safari in Volcanoes & Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on this gorilla Uganda safari

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Uganda Safari tour 9 Days

Uganda wildlife tour in Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth & Gorilla trekking Uganda in Bwindi Forest

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9 days Wilderness Camping Gorilla safari in Uganda

Go camping on a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda & Rwanda, enjoy wildlife Uganda safari game drives in prominent Game parks

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Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda & Chimps 10 Days

Enjoy a Uganda gorilla safari and wild chimps in the spectacular forests of Bwindi & Kibale Forest National Park

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Uganda Rwanda Gorilla Safari 11 Days

Go gorillas trekking in Uganda and Rwanda but also tour a range of wildlife and culture while on this wildlife safari

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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour 12 Days

This is a gorilla trekking Uganda safari in Bwindi, a stop at Uganda Equator crossing, wildlife game drives and chimpanzee trekking safari

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Rwanda Uganda Safari 13 Days

Tour all the premier destinations in Uganda and Rwanda on this adventure trip. Book this safari with us now

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Birding & Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari 14 Days

Enjoy a birding safari in Uganda in top bird watching destinations in Africa on this tour plus Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable

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Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Gorilla tracking safari

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda a home to the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, is strategically located at the edge of the western rift valley (Albertine rift valley), in South Western Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is shared amoungest Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale Districts of Uganda. Read More about Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mgahinga National Park, Uganda Gorilla trekking, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda only 33 sq km of size, is located in the far southwestern corner of Uganda bordering Rwanda and Congo,14 km from kisoro town in Bufumbira County about 540 km from Kampala-the capital. Mgahinga National Park was gazetted in 1991.
This Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes namely; the 3,474 m high Mt. Gahinga , Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m). The park is bordered to the south by the Republic of Rwanda and to the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo(DRC). Each of these surrounding countries protects its own share of the Virungas. The three parks together form the ‘Virunga Conservation Area’ ( VCA) totaling to 434-sq. km of which Mgahinga is 33.7 sq. km, just 8% of the VCA. Read More about Mgahinga National Park

10 Days Uganda Birding Safari

The 10 Days Uganda Birding Safari features birds in east and central Uganda

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14 days Uganda Birding Safari

This 14 days Birding safari in Uganda tour / Uganda Birding Safari.

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18 Days Uganda Forest Birding Safari

The 18 Days Uganda Forest Birding Safari is designed to enable you explore the forest birds of Uganda.

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21 Days Uganda Birding Safari tour

21 Days Bird Watching safari in Uganda / 21 Birding Safari to Uganda allows you to explore the birds of Uganda in detail.

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10 Days Uganda Birding Safari

The 10 Days Uganda Birding Safari features birds in east and central Uganda

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14 days Uganda Birding Safari

This 14 days Birding safari in Uganda tour / Uganda Birding Safari.

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18 Days Uganda Forest Birding Safari

The 18 Days Uganda Forest Birding Safari is designed to enable you explore the forest birds of Uganda.

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21 Days Uganda Birding Safari tour

21 Days Bird Watching safari in Uganda / 21 Birding Safari to Uganda allows you to explore the birds of Uganda in detail.

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What to know about Gorillas, on Uganda Gorilla trekking safari

Are Gorillas Related to Humans in Uganda

Initially, the humans belonged to their Hominidae taxonomy family while the apes were put in another taxonomic family named Pongidae. The separation between the two was brought about by specialization in anatomy, the human brain which is highly developed along with distinct locomotion. However, this has been declared outdated overtime putting the gorillas close relatives to humans second to Chimpanzees and coming before Orangutans. It can be noted that the genetic composition of the apes matches that of humans to a considerable degree with a small distinction in DNA. The gene analysis indicates that man and gorillas differ by 1.6% while man with chimpanzees differs by 1.2%. For gorillas and Chimps, the difference is 1.8% The DNA mitochondrial which is recorded to change faster, the geneticists identified a gap of 8.8% between chimps and humans, 10.3% between gorillas and humans. It should be noted that despite the closeness of the chimpanzees and bonobos to humans, the gorillas resemble humans in a range of aspects. For example, the hands and feet of gorilla resemble those of man than other apes while their feet is more suited for walking just like humans since they spend most of the time on ground unlike other apes. This is common in mountain gorillas that are encountered on Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. gorilla-in-uganda

Where do Gorillas live in Uganda, where gorilla trekking Uganda is done ?

Mountain gorillas are known to be living in the Africa’s tropical rain forests distributed into two sects with about 900km in between the eastern and western lowland gorillas. Initially, this was a single uniform habitat before it was separated by the ice age that created patches of forests and dry lands in the middle. The dry land eventually grew Savannah vegetation that did not favor the existence of apes and even when the rain forests regenerated, the gorillas could not re-unite again.

This kind of separation led to distinct development paths including gorilla exterior and the genetic factor explaining the difference between the eastern and western gorillas. The western gorillas are known to be thriving in the countries of Cameroon, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Angola and extreme west of Democratic Republic of Congo.[read more=”See more” less=”See less”]

The Eastern gorillas which include the eastern lowland and mountain Gorillas are located in Uganda where they are encountered on Uganda Gorilla safaris, Rwanda as viewed on Rwanda Gorilla safari, and Democratic Republic of Congo in a geographical spread of about 112,000km2. However, it can be noted that mountain gorillas are limited in range to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga massif which comprise of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What illnesses do Uganda Gorillas suffer from?

Gorillas in Uganda are prone to most of the human diseases and as a result it is very significant to note that travelers on gorilla safaris in Uganda keep a considerable distance (7m as recommended) to stop the transmission of these diseases.

Besides the human diseases, the mountain gorilla habitats feature cold and wet climate which makes to gorillas to contract develop diseases like respiratory tract diseases especially Pneumonia resulting in to their death.

Gorillas occasionally develop teeth cavities while for the mountain gorillas they hardly suffer from it since they consume little fruit and thus less sugar. However, the bad tartar in mountain gorillas causes periodontitis that dissolve the jaw bone eventually leading to loss of teeth.

It can be noted that most of the free range mountain gorillas feature intestinal parasites (worms) and these affect both man and gorillas though others only capitalize on gorillas. The malaria parasites also have got an effect on gorillas however they are different species than those that cause sickness in humans.

Snares usually set by poachers targeting other wildlife accidentally tend to grab the foot of the hand of the gorillas causing wounds that might result into death. The case like ebora is a big threat to gorillas as it can be transferred from Humans to gorillas and vise versa.

What do Gorillas in Uganda- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest / Mgahinga Gorilla Park eat?

gorilla in uganda eating The question of what the gorilla eats depends on the season of the year and the respective gorilla habitat has to offer. It can be noted that mountain gorillas consume parts of green plants while for lowland gorilla take plenty of fruit. In the dry season, the availability of juicy fruits is limited which makes the gorilla to consume of the tree bark and fruits. Generally, the gorillas are noted to stick on the vegetarian diet consuming the bamboo shoots, the stems along with fruit while for the Western lowland gorillas that go on to consume ants, termites and even go ahead to break the termite nests to consume Larvae.

Since the fruits grow on trees, the gorillas of all age categories climb these trees to harvest them. Even though the western gorillas feature a lot of fruit consumption more than stems, leaves, shoots and piths, they cannot exceed Orangutans and chimpanzees in the quantity of fruit consumption. It can be noted that the western gorillas feature a wide range of around species of plants that belong to the arrowroot and ginger families while the Virunga and Bwindi dwelling mountain gorillas consume only 38 plant species mostly thistles, nettles, Galium and celery.

The mature Grauer’s gorilla male is noted to consume up to 30 kg of plants daily while for the females, it is around 18 kg. Gorillas feature strong chewing muscles that allow them to process this plant material gathered. The teeth of the gorilla are like those of humans apart their long pointed canines possessed by mature gorilla males though it is used for fighting other than feeding.

What threats do Gorillas in Uganda face?

It is noted that Mountain gorillas are critically endangered which is even highlighted on gorilla safari in Uganda. The gorillas are sensitive to environmental alterations especially their habitats. In the Virunga Volcanoes, gorillas are disturbed by loggers, cattle herds, honey and grass collectors, poachers and smugglers not forgetting the visitors on gorilla safaris themselves. Mining is also a point of disturbance to gorillas in some parts.

In most of the aspects, the poachers tend to set wire snares to catch the duiker but unfortunately the gorillas become victims losing their hands or feet resulting into death. The vets tend to remove such snares in the habituated gorilla groups.

For the western and Grauer’s gorilla are hunted for their meat by the local people despite its illegality. The gorillas also raid on people’s gardens and are killed since it is noted that one gorilla group can put down the entire harvest.

The increasing gorilla habitat loss arising from rain forest deforestation creates small patches of isolated forests which are inadequate for the gorillas to forage. The Ebola virus is also a main threat to western low land gorillas.

The Habitat and ecologyof Mountain gorillas – where to find mountain gorillas on Gorilla safari in Uganda

Uganda Mountain gorillas are noted to be thriving in the cloud montane forests in the Albertine rift that stand at an altitude of 2,200–4,300 m above sea level. These are distributed into two separate but close ranges with the Virunga Volcanoes which is a chain of eight volcanic mountain stretching from Congo through Rwanda to Uganda and the detached Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda. It can be noted that the vegetation on these raised altitudinal landscapes is very dense and it definitely gets scarce when approaching the higher elevations of the Mountains. The mountain gorilla forests are noted to be misty, cloudy with cold conditions.

Mountain gorillas are recorded to be herbivore Species and the majority of its diet is comprised of leaves, stems and shoots (85.8%) from the 142 Species of plants. The gorillas also feed on the tree bark (6.9%), fruit (1.7%) and flowers (2.3%) along with minor invertebrates (0.1%). The mature male gorillas are noted to consume up to 34 kgs everyday whereas a female can consume up to 18kgs.

The Mountain gorilla home range is determined by the availability of food sources and the home range normally features a range of vegetation zones. Some of the vegetation zones frequented by mountain gorillas include the lower Bamboo standing at 2,200–2,800m, the Hagenia forests standing at 2,800–3,400 m and the giant senecio zone standing at 3,400–4,300m. It should be noted that the mountain gorillas spend much of its time in the Hagenia forests where their preferred gallium vines exist throughout the year. The parts of the gallium vine are eaten all including the stems, leaves, berries and flowers. The mountain gorillas tend to dwell in the bamboo forests in the few months when the fresh Bamboo shoots exist. The mountain gorillas would then climb to the subalpine regions to have a taste of giant senecio trees soft centers.

Mountain Gorilla Conservation: The Continuity of mountain gorillas and gorilla safaris in Uganda Population size and growth rates

The conservation of mountain Gorillas has contributed to their increasing numbers in the two of their habitats namely the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda and Virunga Volcanoes national Park Rwanda. Apparently the mountain Gorilla population is given at 880 individuals. There are also three young gorillas that were affected by trauma as a result of poaching, snare injuries and the loss of the mother as a result of brutal killing thrive at in the DR Congo’s Senkwekwe Centre orphanage in at Mikeno Lodge in the Virunga National park Congo.

Virunga National Park official website announced in December 2010 an increment in the mountain gorilla populations thriving in the Virunga massif by 26.3% for the seven years past with an estimated mean growth rate of 3.7% per year. The census that was conducted in the same year gave the figure of the mountain gorillas at 480 in the massif which is shared by nations of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda rising from 380 mountain gorillas that were ascertained in 2003 and the 320 members in 1989 not forgetting the 254 gorillas in 1981.

In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south west of Uganda, the 2011 study gave the gorilla population at a minimum of 400 individuals showing a steady increase from the 340 in 2006 and the 320 in 1997. It can be noted that these numbers were ascertained using traditional methods of gorilla counting including collecting dung samples from the night nests of gorillas. In contrast, the genetic analysis indicated that there were 300 gorillas in Bwindi by 2006.

It can be noted that either in Bwindi or the Virunga massif, the gorilla groups which are habituated for Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo have a considerable growth rate compared to those groups that are not habituated as given by computer modeling of dynamics of their populations. The Habituation can be interpreted as the repeated and neutral contact of gorillas with humans resulting into the gorillas getting used with people and would depict normal behavior even when people are around. The habituated gorillas have opportunities of being guarded by park rangers, receiving veterinary treatment in case of Habituated gorillas are snares or other diseases unlike the unhabituated. However, gorilla researchers still recommend that a section of gorillas should remain wild (unhabituated) to avoid gorilla extinction in case the dangerous human pathogens are transmitted to the habituated ones.

It should be noted that regardless of increasing numbers, the mountain gorillas are still threatened and the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists them as critically endangered.

How much space do gorillas need? More about gorillas encountered on a Uganda gorilla safari

The gorilla families do not actually need independent territories nor do they position themselves to defend their territory from the rest. It can be noted that gorillas roam in the home ranges of which the size is dependent on the availability of food.

The home ranges are noted to be extended in areas where food is spread widely but in case of abundant availability of food the range tend to be limited. The space also depends on the family members possessed by a given gorilla group. The more the members, the wider space it would require thriving. This at times explains the difference in duration for gorilla trekking activity between different gorilla families.

The gorilla home range contain differing vegetation zones which are utilized seasonally stretching between 4 & 8km2 and even to 30km2 in the areas that are less fertile. It can be noted that home ranges at times overlap and it no surprising to find one gorilla groups entirely with in the home range of another gorilla group.

The gorilla groups tend to move an average distance of 0.5 – 1km to do foraging per day depending on the availability of food. At times, gorillas move to far distances targeting the trees of their loved food. This also affects the duration Gorilla trekking tour in Uganda and Rwanda.

Common questions during Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda

How do Gorillas sleep:

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Gorillas have been observed to sleep in nests which are built either in trees or on ground considering various aspects including the vegetation along with security situation

It can be noted that new nests are constructed per evening by the gorillas even if the previous nest is within the close reach. Every gorilla puts up his / her nest except for the infants who sleep with the mothers in the same nest. The gorillas settle in their respective nests about half an hour to the dark. It is on rare occasions that gorillas out up nests for midday use.

Regarding the construction of a ground nest, the gorillas pulls the branches of plants to the center, layer and anchor them on each other while other plants are also bent in to form the rim of the nest.

For the tree nests, they are put up in forks of branches or related structures and they are built to strength in order to contain the weight of the gorillas. The young ones and females prefer to sleep in trees but the silver-backs rarely do because of their enormous weight.

Evolution, Taxonomy and Classification: Exploring the background of gorillas on Uganda gorilla safaris

Mountain Gorillas are noted to be the descendants of old world monkey and the apes that are known to have thrived in Africa and Arabia at the onset of the Oligocene epoch about (34-24 million years ago). The evidence gathered from fossil records indicates the existence of hominoid primates (apes) in the region of East Africa approximately 18–22 million years past. However, it should be noted that the fossil record in the area where the mountain gorillas are known to thrive is poor which gives unclear history of evolution.

It can be noted that around nine (9) million years ago, the primate group that was to evolve into gorillas disintegrated from the common ancestor along with humans and chimps resulting into the formation of the genus gorilla. Though it is not certain who the earliest gorilla relative was, it’s believed that Proconsul Africanus the early ape could be the one.

Mountain gorillas are noted to have disintegrated from the eastern lowland gorillas about 400,000 years past and the two are believed to have disintegrated from their western counter parts about 2 million years. About the classification, one can note that there has been considerable debate and this can be described here; the genus was initially given as Troglodytes in the year 1947 but in the year 1952, it was reverted back to the gorilla naming. After a couple of years, the taxonomist in the names of Colin Gloves suggested that all gorillas should be referred to as one Species Gorilla gorilla in the year 1967 distributed in three sub species namely; the western lowland gorilla scientifically Gorilla gorilla gorilla, the eastern lowland gorillas scientifically Gorilla gorilla graueri and then mountain gorillas scientifically Gorilla gorilla beringei which are mostly encountered on Gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda. The argument continued until the year 2003 when International Union for the Conservation of Nature reviewed the classification and divided the genus into two (2) species namely; the Gorilla berengei and Gorilla gorilla

Must read for all Travelers that come for Uganda Gorilla Safaris!

GORILLA FAMILIES IN UGANDAIn Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rushaga in the south of Bwindi which features five (7) gorilla families has the highest gorilla permits. Read More about Uganda Gorilla Trekking Families

UGANDA MOUNTAIN GORILLASGorillas in Uganda are mainly found in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park in south west Uganda. It has half the number of gorillas Read More about where are Uganda mountain gorillas

Gorilla tracking Because Gorillas are engendered species, there are stipulated rules that must be observed during gorilla tracking. Read More about Uganda Gorillas tracking rules

Baby gorillasTo go Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi /Volcanoes gorilla parks, you must poses a Gorilla permit bought in advance. Read more about Uganda gorilla tracking Premits

Tailor Made Uganda Gorilla Safari

A tailor made Uganda gorilla safari allow you to select the places that you feel like exploring with no influence of Prime Uganda Safaris. The tailor made safaris involves you selecting the preferable travel time and the travel pace that suites your interests.

The Prime Uganda Safaris Tailor made safaris are entirely private where you travel yourself, you’re travelling companions and the Prime Uganda Safaris local professional safari driver guide who has expert knowledge about Uganda and it’s her sites visited on safaris in Uganda not forgetting the extension to Rwanda.

Your Tailor made Gorilla safari in Uganda itinerary is further enhanced by the Prime Uganda safari expert who gives you in depth details of the safari and possibly suggest littler further additions and subtractions that deem necessary. Mostly they can help you incorporate the touch of the local people and cultures not forgetting the other novelic sites that would be far beyond the knowledge of the average traveller. Whatever micro destinations and activities that you opt to encounter, Prime Uganda Safaris is always dedicated to offering you ultimate safari memories of a lifetime with great authenticity and style.

Uganda Wildlife Safari Parks

Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Uganda

Kibale National Park Uganda-the major Chimpanzee trekking safari tours in Kibale forest national park destination in Uganda, is located in Kabarole district of western Uganda near Fort Portal and measures 776 sq km in size.It is elevate between 1110 meters to 1590 meters and has a national park since 1993.

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It is the most accessible of Uganda’s major rainforests and home to 13 primate species, remarkable of which are the very localized red colobus and L’Hoest’s monkey. 77% of Kibale National Park is covered by a medium altitude, moist evergreen forest in the north, and a medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest at a lower altitudes in the south. The remaining 23% of the park is composed of savanna grassland, swamps and some plantations with exotic coniferous trees. Read More about Kibale National Park Uganda

Semuliki National Park, Uganda wildlife safaris in Semuliki National Park Uganda

Sempaya hot springs-semuliki Uganda Cultural Safari Tour of the female Sempaya Hot Springs

Semuliki National Park Uganda is impeccable a Uganda safari spot located in the extreme west of Uganda in Bundibugyo district along geo-graphical coordinates 0o 44′- 00 53′ N – 290 57-30o 11’E. It is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri forest, and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene period. It forms one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa particularly birds. Read More about Semuliki National Park Uganda

Mt. Rwenzori National Park Mountain climbing safaris & tours in Uganda

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A Uganda Safari that features the Rwenzori mountain climbing adventure provides a memorable and rewarding experience but in order to have a smooth flow it should be Well planned and every tour must be well prepared. The central hike circuit can take about six nights/seven days and then reaches an altitude of 14,000ft(4,267m) above the sea level.
Conditions on this mountain are quite challenging even to an experienced hiker as mountain Rwenzori is well known for its steep, un engeneered, and slippery trails with frequent rainfall and cold temperatures, fog, muddy, steep terrain with a high altitude. Read More about Mt. Rwenzori National Park

Mount Elgon National Park Uganda mountain climbing adventure safari tours

Mount Elgon National Park Uganda is home Mount Elgon a 4,321m high extinct volcano with Wagagai as it`s highest peak,that first erupted more than 24 million years ago and in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Having a 50km by 80km area, Elgon is a great Uganda prime tour-safari destination, possesing the largest surface area of any extinct Volcano in the world but 4th highest mount in E. Africa.

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This mountain straddles the Kenya border, but its highest peak Wagagai peak,( 4321 m), lies within Uganda and is best ascended from the Uganda side.Elgon also contains collapsed crater-Calder covering over 40kms at the top and it is the largest known crater, surrounded by a series of rugged peaks. Read More about Mount Elgon National Park Uganda

Kidepo National Park, Uganda Wildlife safari tour in Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo National Park; The 1,442 square kilometres Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged semi-arid karamoja province valleys. It is one of Uganda’s prime most remote but spectacular national parks that harbors scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Many tourists that visit this park comment on the scenery and often promise and do come back to re-visit Kidepo, for according to them this tour cant not be any better any where.

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As a mysterious Uganda safari tour destination, squeezed into the corner of Uganda’s border with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo National Park offers breathtaking savannah landscapes, that end into a rugged horizon.It has a wide latitudinal range, that gives off a wide range of climatic conditions that have evolved an extremely diverse vegetation.In effect this has enabled the growth of a variety of animal species in the park that are equally abundant including many not found anywhere else in Uganda. Read More about Kidepo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda wildlife tour safari in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park; With a size of 260 sq km,Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda is situated near Mbarara district and forms Uganda wildlife tours and Safaris destination best for tourists to amazing wild game walks amidst chanting and grazing wild animal and this can be done here in the whole Uganda .

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Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda lies in the one part of Uganda that is covered in extensive acacia woodland and unlike any reserve in Uganda, L. Mburo National Park is home to remarkably different fauna. It is Uganda`s prime tour and safari destination for one to see the gigantic eland antelopes, zebras, topis, impala, and buffaloes. Its unique acacia-associated bird species population includes the rare Shoebill stork.it’s sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and beautiful lake shores has are harbors forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal and permanent swamps a combination of which supports a great attraction of different wildlife species. Read More about Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park,Uganda wildlife safari tour in Uganda

Wildlife safari tours in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda wildlife safari game drives,boat cruises, nature walks,chimpanzee trekking when to visit, how to get there & where to sleep in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda.

Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda (QENP) is located in the southwest of Uganda near Kasese, covering 1978 sq km. It is Uganda`s most popular and accessible savanna reserve and Uganda safari destination. It was declared as a bios-sphere reserve purposely to harmonizing human activities with the conservation and protection of wild life , wet lands and natural resources in 1979.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda is bounded by the Ishasha River and Lake Edward to the west along DR Congo boarder, by Kasese and Rwenzori foothills to the north, to the east by lake George, Kyambura/Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve, and by the Kigezi Wildlife Reserve to the south. Much as QENP is primarily known for open savanna,in some areas studded with a dense cover of acacia and euphoria trees but it also embraces large area of thick swamps around Lake George,the extensive Maramagambo Forest in the southeast, and the forested Kyambura Gorge along the border with the Kyambura Game Reserve. Read More about Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda, Wildlife safari in Murchison Falls Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park Uganda protected Area (3840 sq km) located In the northwest, approximately 90km from Masindi and Uganda`s largest national park , is comprised of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Re-serves. It is named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. It becomes a placid river whose banks are thronged with crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks and buffaloes. Savannah grasslands, riverine forest and woodland characterize Murchison vegetation.

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Murchison Falls National Park Uganda`s Wildlife includes lions, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species that include the rare shoebill. Read More about Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda

The Impenetrable forests of Bwindi that are positioned in the south west of Uganda support a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas that are close to a half of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park features a count of twelve (12) fully habituated gorilla families that are spread in its four gorilla trekking regions of Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Other two (2) new gorilla groups are under habituation with the possibility of increasing the gorilla groups visited on Uganda gorilla safaris.

Besides Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda also features a second gorilla habitat named Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that is positioned at the extreme south western tip of the country. The protected area is part of the Greater Virunga Trans boundary Conservation Area which protects an eight mountain chain stretching from Uganda through Rwanda to Democratic Republic of Congo supporting a total of 480 mountain gorillas that are more than a half of the global mountain gorilla population. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park shelters one habituated gorilla family called Nyakagyezi that inhabits the slopes of the three volcanoes of Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga.

Thus your choice of undertaking a Gorilla safari in Uganda is never limited since you have a broad pool from where you can select the respective gorilla region and gorilla family to track. Mountain gorilla safari is so far the best Africa safari offer as noted by the seasoned world travelers.

Planning your Uganda Gorilla safari

When to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda can be carried out at any time of the year. It can be noted that hiking the slopes of the Mgahinga or the hilly rugged landscapes of Bwindi tend to be challenging in the rainy season that stretch from the months of April through May and then November. The forest trails are muddy and slippery present a challenging hike. The rain also presents uncomfortable trek if it happens to rain on the morning of gorilla trekking.

The common time preferred by the many to undertake Gorilla trekking in Uganda is in the drier months that stretch between December and February and then from June to around Mid-September.

Uganda Gorilla safari trekking Permits

It is advisable to avoid booking the gorilla permits in Uganda on a short notice especially in the popular seasons as you can easily miss out. Prime Safaris has considerable expertise in Uganda gorilla safari operations and thus can do all the required arrangements to ensure that you have the permit to track gorillas in Uganda.

In Uganda, there are always Ninety Six (114) gorilla permitsavailable per day to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and eight (8) more gorilla permits present in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with each permit costing about $600 for the nonresident foreigners, $500 for resident foreigners and 250,000/= for the citizens of the East African Community (EAC).

The gorilla permits in Uganda are solely sold by the Uganda Wildlife Authority which has offices in Kampala for the gorilla permits of Bwindi and in Kisoro for the gorilla permits of Mgahinga. The gorilla permits of Mgahinga are sold on group because initially the gorilla family tended to cross to Congo thus the permit would be issued depending on whether the group is available. But the group now settled permanently on the Ugandan side though the permits are still issued on ground.

In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there permits are sold per region and the more gorilla families in the region the more the permits. Rushaga in the south of Bwindi which features five (7) gorilla families has the highest gorilla permits in Bwindi followed by Ruhija and Buhoma that have three (3) gorilla families each and Nkuringo with its dual (2) gorilla family comes last. It should be noted that being a pioneer of gorilla trekking activity in Bwindi, Buhoma has well established facilities like accommodation and its trek is less challenging which makes her gorilla permits to be on high demand. Nkuringo also features the most challenging hike in Bwindi and adventurous travellers are always in a rush for its only eight permits. Therefore, if you are targeting these toe regions, it is better to book far back in advance.

In Kampala, UWA offices are located along Plot 7 Kira Road, Kamwokya. You have possibilities of booking a Uganda gorilla permit by yourself or through an Agent. Prime Uganda Safaris can help you to book a gorilla permit on the preferred date. Kindly note that the criteria for booking the gorilla permit is first come and first serve and you need to submit the passport details for gorilla permit printing.

Do Gorillas fear Water: Questions on Gorilla safari in Uganda

Just like the humans and other apes, the gorillas are not able to swim naturally and as a result tend to avoid expanse water bodies. However, it can be noted that gorillas including the young and adult like playing with water and during their quest for food, the gorillas move through swamps walking on two legs with the water reaching up to their waist.

When the rain shower is heavy enough to their surprise, the gorillas tend to stay motionless waiting for the rain to end. They will sit under the cave or any shelter of a similar sort if it is within the reach. The gorillas never utilize branches or leaves to cover themselves from rain something that is occasionally done by the Orangutans and the Bonobos.

Day time of Mountain gorillas: Day moments with gorillas on a Uganda gorilla safari

According to the study conducted in Virunga Volcanoes, the mountain gorillas embark on foraging early in the morning, rest in the late morning and around midday. They do forage again in the afternoon before retiring for overnight. The mountain gorillas depart their nests about 6am except for the cases of forecast and coldness where they are compelled to stay longer in their nests.

It can be noted that mountain gorillas spend close to half day foraging while the resting times take about 1/3 of the day. The mountain gorillas spend around 6.5% of their day time moving from one point to the other while engaging in social behavior for around 3.6% of the gorilla day time. This tend to happen during the resting periods and as a result mid-day becomes a significant period regarding the social life of the gorillas since it is the period when the animals interact with their mates and when the baby gorillas play with no interruptions.

Can Gorillas climb trees: Exploring more on gorilla safari in Uganda

It can be noted that gorillas primarily thrive on the ground and spend around 5 – 20% of their day time in trees which is lesser than the chimpanzees that spend 5 – 20% along with the orangutans that spend close to 100%.

Gorillas climb to extract fruit or play and they usually climb quadruped-ally and on rare occasions, they jump from one branch to another. The Silver-back gorillas hardly move off the ground as result of their enormous size and would climb into fruiting trees provided the branch can contain their weight.

Besides Humans, do Gorillas have enemies: Uganda gorilla safari questions

Besides the humans, the gorillas have a few predators. The Leopard is noted to be the only one preying on gorillas. In the Virunga Volcanoes, the remains of a range of gorillas were found by Walter Baumgärtel after being killed by leopard. A similar case was confirmed in Gabon when a sick young gorilla was noticed to have been killed by leopard.

The gorilla group would behave in a certain (special) way when threatened. The Silver backs send off an intensive smell and produce characteristic sounds while other members congregate together, hug one another or surround the Silverback. The adult males are charged with the responsibility of defending the group positioning themselves amidst the group and the attacker. At times, this duty is taken over by the young males who take the group away from the danger source.

Behavior of Mountain Gorillas – How do Mountain Gorillas behave while on Gorilla Safaris in Uganda?

Mountain gorillas are social animals and thrive in stable and cohesive groups which are kept together by long term bonds among the mature males and females. It can be noted that female relationships are averagely weak. The mountain gorillas are non-territorial Species and the silver-back gorilla would aim at defending the family other than the territory.

It can be noted that 61% of the gorilla groups feature one mature male and a count of females while the 36% has features more than one mature male. The remaining gorillas either live alone like male or form exclusive male groups which feature one mature male and a range of younger males. The mountain gorilla group sizes range from five (5) to thirty (30) with the common average being ten (10) members. Atypical group features one main silver-back whose leadership is unquestionable followed by another subordinate silver-back who is commonly the half-brother, younger brother or even an adult son of the reigning silver-back. From this position, there follows the one (1) or two (2) black backs that act as watchmen, three (3) or four (4) that are sexually mature and more bonded to the main silver-back for life and these are followed by a range of Juveniles ranging from three (3) to six (6) and the infants.

It can be noted that a considerable number of males and around 60% of the females depart their natal group. The males tend to leave the group when they are around 11 years old and process of separation takes time with them starting to forage on the group edge up to when they depart altogether. They can leave alone or with an entire male group of 2 – 5 years before attracting females to join them and put up a new group. The females are known to leave the group when they are eight (8) years and they either transfer direct to an already established group or forming up a new one with a lone male. It is noted that female tend to transfer to many gorilla groups before settling in one.

Dominant Silver back decides on the group movements leading them to the ideal feeding areas all year round. The Silver back settles conflicts within the group and ensures that the group is protected from the external threats. In case of any attack from predators like leopard, other threats like humans or attacks for other gorillas, the Silverback is dedicated to fight beyond self. The Silver back is the center of focus during the resting periods and the young gorillas always stay close to him and engage him in their playful games. When a mother dies or happens to evacuate the group, the Silver-back tends to take care of the abandoned baby even sharing his nest with the young. This alloparental care is also encountered in a range of other animals including the wolf and the elephants. The silver-backs which are experienced can even remove the poacher’s snares from the feet or hand of any group member.

It can be noted that in cases where the Silverback passes away succumbing to a disease, poaching or accident, there happens a family disruption unless when he has left a capable successor behind. The group splits up or can be taken over by a foreign male. At times, the new Silverback can kill all the infants left by the deceased in order to enable the female conceive its young ones. However, this infanticide has never been encountered in stable gorilla groups.

Aggression of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda

Despite the fact that mountain gorillas are powerful and strong, it can be acknowledged that they are gentle and shy. In the same group, aggression is limited but when the two gorilla groups meet, the two silverbacks can even fight to death using their sharp canines to impose deep injuries. The sequence of aggression follows nine (9) steps and these include;

  1. Progressive quick hooting
  2. Symbolic feeding
  3. Bipedal rising
  4. Vegetation throwing
  5. Chest beating using cupped hands
  6. One leg kick
  7. Running sideways
  8. Vegetation slapping and tearing
  9. Ground thumping with palms ending the display

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Mountain gorillas use the midday rest as a significant time to establish and reinforce relations with in the group. The mutual grooming aims at reinforcing social bonds and keeping the hair free from parasites and dust. However, this is not very common in gorillas compared to other primates though the females do the young one grooming regularly. The young gorillas tend to play often and like playing trees more than the adults. The playing elements enables them learn how they can communicate and behave in their respective groups. The playful activities that young gorillas engage in include; chasing, wrestling not forgetting somersaults. It can be noted that the silverback along with the mature females do tolerate the games and can even engage in them once encouraged

Vocalizations

There are twenty five (25) vocalizations recognized among the mountain gorillas most of which are applied within the group to communicate while foraging in the dense vegetation that they inhabit. The Sounds that are categorized as barks and grunts are made when the gorillas are on the move and help to locate the whereabouts of various group members. These sounds can also be used in the social interaction when there is call for discipline. The warning or alarm is done by screaming or roaring and are mostly released by the silverbacks. In times of contentment especially during periods of feeding and resting, the deep, rumbling belches can be heard. They are also commonly used in the intra group communication.

Fears

Mountain gorillas are reportedly naturally afraid of the given reptiles due to unclear reasons. The infants which are noted to have habit of chasing anything that might present itself in moving motion would dive way for caterpillars and Reptiles. The Mountain gorillas are noted to fear water and would do stream crossing if they can do so without becoming wet such crossing on the fallen logs. However in situations where they do not have option, they cross the water bipedally. It can be noted that Mountain gorillas also dislike rain and in situations of heavy down pour they can stand still or sit below a cave or a similar structure.

Are Gorillas Stronger than Humans: Questions to ask on gorilla safaris in Uganda

The issue of whether gorillas are stronger than humans is still a matter of debate. It can be noted that gorillas can up root small trees while others have been encountered shaking even the mature well-grounded trees. The fight between two silverbacks can lure a person into remarkable trembling. These are yardsticks to ascertain the strength of a gorilla but there not the exact gorilla strength. Various people argue that a male gorilla is stronger than a man 10 times though others claim 27 times but none of these have been proved.

Other arguments indicate that a group of 8 strong men are required to hold down a silverback gorilla. Other groups argue that a gorilla can crush the limbs of 10 heavy weight boxers even when they are using drugs.

As a result, it is noted that man should desist from angering gorillas even when the gorillas are habituated. Even a female gorilla can beat a human being to death. Even the young gorillas are strong enough not to be contained by humans because a single person cannot contain 4 year old gorilla.

It can be noted that Gorillas still do swinging and walk on four legs which makes its arms more engaged and thus stronger than those of human beings.

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda Etiquette

It can be noted that Mountain gorillas comprise 98% of man’s DNA and as a result they are prone to disease contraction. The human infections especially the respiratory ones are dangerous to gorillas because the gorillas do not feature the immune system to neutralize such diseases like that of humans. In fact, a common cold to a gorilla can be threatening.

There are various rules that have been put in place to ensure proper conduct of gorilla trekking in Uganda. These include;

  • On tourist group of eight (8) people can be allowed to track one gorilla family.
  • Upon reaching them, one hour is availed to you to maximize your experience
  • In case, you have flue or cold or any other contagious infection, save yourself from tracking gorillas that day
  • A minimum distance of 7m should be observed between the gorillas and the gorilla trekkers. Since gorillas are unaware of this and attempt to draw closer to you, kindly try to take steps away to maintain the distance.
  • On the moments with the gorilla group, the voices should be kept low and the sudden unnecessary movements avoided ensuring that mountain gorillas are relaxed.
  • Even though the mountain gorillas are habituated, the fact remains that they are wild animals and thus can react if they feel not safe. Always follow the rangers instructions; including desisting from running, crouch down and allow them to pass avoid looking straight in their eyes.
  • The hands have to be washed before heads for the gorilla trekking encounter.
  • Desist from Littering in the gorilla habitat
  • Do not attempt to smoke, eat or drink when you are closer to gorillas
  • It not permitted to use flash photography
  • After the tracking, keep the until you reach 200m away
  • In case you want to use a bush toilet, let the range know such that he can dig for you a hole using his Panga and has to be 30cm deep and then you close it after use.

What kit should you take for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda?

  • It can be noted that the paths in the mountain gorilla habitats tend to be slippery, steep and muddy which makes the study walking shoes important.
  • Gorilla trekkers also need to have thick gardening gloves since you can get hold of a tree with nettles and thorns while looking for support through challenging hiking sections.
  • Long trousers and long sleeved shirts are necessary to save your body from the thorny bushes
  • A waterproof jacket might be carried along in case it rains during the trek
  • For challenging Gorilla Trekking groups, it is better to take along a walking stick for extra support
  • Do not forget packed lunch and sufficient water as the trekking duration can be longer than expected
  • In case of heavy baggage, less expensive porters are available at the trailheads to help you out with the weight. In fact, porters are local people with in and by hiring them you are contributing to the community development

Photography during a Gorilla trekking Safari in Uganda

Taking photos with mountain gorillas during UgandaGorilla tours is a living testimony of your encounter with them and there is no limit to the number of pictures one should take during his / her one hour with gorillas. However, it can be noted that light or flash photography is prohibited as it is too sharp in the rain forests and not good for the gorillas especially when the all eight people take flash photos at a minute interval for one hour. Thus, photos have to be taken without flash. A camera gear is also required to save your camera from rain.

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Primate Safari in Uganda 6 days

Our 6 Days safari also features the magical chimpanzee trekking in the forested landscapes of Kibale National Park dubbed the Primate capital of the world with 13 Primate Species

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Chimps Trekking & Wildlife Safari in Uganda 6 Days

Explore a range of primates including Chimpanzees, Grey cheeked mangabey, Olive Baboons, Black and whote Colobus Monkeys, Blue and red tailed monkey, Central African Red colobus

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Gorilla Trekking & Chimps Safari in Uganda 10 Days

This 10 days Uganda gorillas-Chimps safari offers Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzees tracking and wild life game drives coupled with amazing game scenery- the highlight of an African safari

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Uganda Safari Tour-Chimpanzees & Wildlife 5 Days

A flying safari to Kibale Forest renowned homes to wild chimpanzees in Africa and Semuliki Forest, a stunning lushness of Uganda’s National Parks combined with spectacular landscapes

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Uganda Day Tours | Uganda Short Excursion | Day Uganda Trips

Looking for Day Trips in Uganda, Short Excursions in Uganda or Short Uganda Tours in her wildlife safari parks such as Day tours in Uganda-Ngamba Island chimp tour to see Chimpanzees,1 day Entebbe Tour,1 day Kampala city town tour, Short visit to Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) Jinja rafting and source of the Nile day short trip/tour plus 1 day short wildlife safari to Lake Mburo National Park. Read More about Uganda Day Tour

Jinja Source of the Nile Tour

Take a short ride to the source of the Nile-a quiet beautiful place, filled with palm trees, fantastic tropical plants. As you stand on the Nile, you will hear the gurgling water, watch native fishermen

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Uganda Short Safari to Lake Mburo NP

The park is situated in the traditional range lands of the Bahima pastoralist and has extensive savannah that initially supported count of the Ankole long horned cattle before it was gazetted

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Sipi Falls safari in Uganda

The Sipi falls tour involves a magical hike which opens you the sights of the Mount Elgon, the Bagisu farmlands and settlement along with the plains of Karamoja. It is a whole day.

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Kampala City Tour

Kampala City Tour organised by Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours is one of the short Uganda Safaris/ Short Uganda tours that offer you an opportunity to see the highlights of Uganda`s Capital city on your tour in Uganda

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Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Day Tour

These short Uganda safaris are organised in a way that you are able to carry out various Uganda tours in Uganda’s national parks such as gorilla tracking

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Entebbe City Short Tour

This Entebbe day Tour exposes you to the once the colonial capital of Uganda, is the first town that welcomes any visitor to Uganda from the Air port. Being a quiet town Cooled by breezes from Lake Victoria

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Popular Uganda Birding Safaris | Birding Safari in Uganda Birding Tours Africa

Uganda birding safari. Uganda is remarkably the leading African Uganda birding safari destination with 50% of the continents bird species concentration and 11% of birds in the world. The Uganda is endowed with 1,057 species of birds including one endemic bird species called the Fox Weaver. Read More about Popular Uganda Birding Safaris

Mabamba Swamp Birding trip Excursion Uganda

The 1 Day Mabamba Birding Excursion is a whole birding that is suitable for a day break from the towns of Kampala and Entebbe

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Birding Safari in Uganda 7 Days

Tour Kampala birding areas as well as Lake Mburo where you see the Shoebill and more wanted birds on this Uganda Safari

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Birding & Gorilla trekking Uganda Safari 14 Days

Enjoy a birding safari in Uganda in top bird watching destinations in Africa on this tour plus Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable

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Birding Safari in Uganda Africa 21 Days

See exciting Uganda birds including rarities, endemic birds and migrants on this Uganda Birding tour!

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Cultural Safaris in Uganda | Uganda Culture Safari, African Culture tour Uganda

Cultural Safaris in Uganda are a great Uganda Safari component because Uganda is a culturally diverse country with a count of 65 tribal groups as per the amended constitution of Uganda 2005.A Uganda cultural safari will take you to some ome of these tribes in Uganda with closely related cultures while others are far part presenting as a rich cultural diversity as shall be seen as explored on cultural safaris in Uganda. Read More about Cultural Safaris in Uganda

Short Cultural tour in Uganda 3 Days

The 3 Days encounter allows you to explore the ancient Kingdom of Buganda with its magical cultural sites like the Kabaka’s Lake, the Kasubi Tombs, the Kabaka’s Palace, Naggalabi Coronation Site and the Wamala tombs along the Ssezibwa falls, the national heritage and cultural sites like the Uganda National Museum not forgetting the magical Kagulu hill in Busoga

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Culture Safari in Uganda with Gorilla trekking 7 Days

The safari involves a game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park where the travellers can explore the Rothschild Giraffes among others, whole day experience with the Banyankole community exploring the Ankole long horned cattle and its practices, the crop growing and extensive Banana plantations, the 1520AD eclipse monument

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8 Days Uganda Cultural Tour

The tour explores the Nakayima heritage tree in Mubende, the Amabere g’ Nnyinamwiru Caves which are breast like features believed to be dating back to the Bachwezi era, the Fort Portal Crater lake field, the Nshenyi Cultural village exploring the Banyankole Culture including great time with the beautiful Ankole long horned cattle, the Batwa heritage trail in Mgahinga

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20 Days Grand Cultural Tour in Uganda

It is an exciting experience to explore the Imbalu heritage of the Bagisu people, the heritage of Buganda Kingdom including the Kasubi tomb which is a world heritage site, the King’s Palace, the King’s Lake which is manmade, the Naggalabi Coronation site, Wamala tombs and Ssezibwa falls. The safari features the Acholi Culture, the pastoralist Karimojong culture

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Agricultural Uganda Safaris | Uganda Agro-Safaris

Uganda ago-Safaris, Uganda uses among the world’s lowest amount of artificial fertilizers, at less than 2 per cent (or 1kg/ha) of the already very low continent-wide average of 9kg/ha in Sub Saharan Africa. The widespread lack of fertilizer use has been harnessed as a real opportunity to pursue organic forms of agricultural production, a policy direction widely embraced by Uganda. Read More about agricultural Uganda Safaris

Bukalasa Agricultural Tour in Uganda 1 Day

This is a Short Uganda Tour to a Bukalasa Agricultural research center-the agricultural research hub of Uganda serving as a center of research about animal and crop husbandry

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2 Days Agricultural Tour in Uganda

On top of Bukalasa, this Uganda tour also takes you to JESA Farm diary in Busunju which is the leading modern Diary Farm in Uganda

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Agricultural Tour in Uganda 5 Days

The Uganda Safari features the livestock farming and crop cultivation in particular banana plantations of western Uganda

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9 Days Agricultural tour in Uganda

The Uganda Safari explores Tea Estates in Fort Portal, Kasese region farming practices,Coffee tours in Kisoro, terraced farms of Kigezi Highlands,banana farming & livestock farming in Kiruhura

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Fishing Safaris in Uganda, Uganda fishing safari tour on Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, Jinja River Nile, Lake Mburo

Sport fishing safari tours in Uganda and general fishing safari tours on Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, Jinja River Nile and Lake Mburo is very famous because Uganda in is a water rich country with 25% of its surface under water. The country features a myriad of lakes including Lake Victoria which stands as the largest in Uganda and Africa in large and the second largest in the world with fresh waters and the largest tropical lake in the world, Lake Kyoga in the Central Uganda, Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo. Read More Fishing Safaris in Uganda

1 Days Fishing trip to Lake Victoria in Uganda

The fresh waters of Lake Victoria contain large quantities of fish but the sport fishing safaris are based on capture and release. The great boats are captained by expert guides.

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1 Day Jinja Fishing Tour in Uganda

The 1 Day Jinja Fishing Trip in Uganda is a perfect one day encounter with magical sport fishing experience. Standing as the source of the Nile which is the world’s longest.

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3 Days Uganda Fishing & Wildlife Safari

The 3 Days Uganda Fishing & Wildlife Safari to Lake Mburo National Park features fishing and wild game viewing in one destination – Lake Mburo National Park. Located in the

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4 Days Luxury Fishing and Wildlife safari in Uganda

The 4 Days Luxury Fishing and Wildlife Safari in Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park features an impressive blend of fishing and wildlife experience allowing you to explore

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5 Days Uganda Fishing Safari to Lake Victoria and Ssese Islands

The 5 Days Uganda fishing safari to Lake Victoria and Ssese Islands is a fun filled encounter that will allow you explore the largest tropical lake in the world in detail. In the middle

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Fishing Safari to Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands & Murchison Falls NP

The 8 Days Uganda Fishing Safari to Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands & Murchison Falls National Park is one of the comprehensive fishing safaris in Uganda that allows world anglers to explore

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7 Days Luxury Fishing Safari in Uganda

The 7 days Luxury Fishing Safari in Uganda takes you to the two prime fishing destinations of Lake Victoria and Murchison Falls National Park. The safari is relaxed offering a true

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9 Days Nile Perch Fishing Safari in Uganda

The 9 Days Nile Perch Fishing Safari in Uganda features the mighty Nile Perch as the icon of the trip while incorporating the exploration of other fish species along with scenery

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8 Days Uganda big ape, scenery & wild game Uganda Group Safari

The 8 Days Uganda Primates, Wild game & Scenery scheduled group safari tour is one of the short but well detailed safaris that allows you to explore Uganda – the pearl of Africa in detail. The 8 Days encounter features Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest NP, adventure hiking to the Rwenzori Mountains, the wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park which including the tree climbing lions

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10 Days Uganda Albertine Rift Encounter Group Tour Uganda

The 10 Days Group Uganda Safari Tour Encounter in the Albertine rift is a remarkable package that takes you to the Uganda’s tourism hot spot. The safari features active adventures like cycling in Mpanga tea estates, hiking in the Fort Portal Crater Lake Field, Mount Rwenzori hiking, Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest

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12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Group Safari

The 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Scheduled Gorilla Safari Tour is one of the magical combined Uganda Rwanda Safari packages that commences in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Entebbe Uganda. The Safari takes you to the genocide memorial at Gisozi, African home experience both in Uganda and Rwanda exploring the authentic daily life of the locals, golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga, Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable, extensive wild game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing lions of Ishasha and in Lake Mburo National Park with possibilities of exploring elands, Rothschild giraffes, Burchell’s Zebra and Impala

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14 Days Fort Night Uganda Scheduled Group Safari Tour with a day of Volunteering

The 14 Days Fort Night Uganda Scheduled Safari Tour with a day of Volunteering features mostly the destinations of western Uganda and a day of Volunteering at the Christ Our Vision International Children Ministries in Kalagi Mukono. Adventure in Western Uganda features a perfect period that suites in the commonly given two weeks leave.

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14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla and Wildlife Scheduled Group Tour Safari

The 14 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla & Wildlife Group Tour-Safari is a detailed gorilla and wildlife encounter in Uganda and Rwanda. The safari incorporates culture and history. Taking you through Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi and Volcanoes National Parks, the 14 Days Safari brings you closer to primates than ever before with the possibility of encountering the two (2) big apes including gorillas and chimpanzee. It also features the big five of Land animals namely; Rhinos, Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards. The safari incorporates the Batwa Culture, a night in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park for tree climbing lions, Coffee tour, the recreational encounter on Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Kivu and the historical tours at Gisozi genocide museum in Kigali

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16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda Group Tour-Scheduled Safari

The 16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda group tour is one of the rewarding scheduled safari options that allow you to explore the remarkable safari highlights of Uganda and Rwanda. The safari takes you through Gisozi genocide memorial to pay tribute to the counts of Rwandese that lost their lives during the bloody genocide, Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking, Lake Bunyonyi for relaxation, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a second gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park for amazing wild game viewing including tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopard among others, Kibale National Park for an amazing Chimpanzee habituation experience, Murchison Falls National Park for wild game viewing including the Rothschild Giraffe etc

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Uganda Safaris in Game Reserves

Uganda is also gifted with a count of thirteen (13) safari game reserves which are also ideal wildlife habitats. These include; Ajai Wildlife Reserve, Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve, Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, Karuma Wildlife Reserve, Katonga Wildlife Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Lomunga Wildlife Reserve, East Madi Wildlife Reserve, Matheniko Wildlife Reserve, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve and Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. Read More about Uganda Wildlife Reserves

Eco Safari Tours in Uganda

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve is one of the forests in Uganda with established eco-tourism initiatives. The forest features impressive species among which include the Celtis Family Species containing large buttress, Ficus family Species along with Mahogany. The forest is also a habitat to a range of birds including the impressive black and white casqued hornbills along with grey parrot, Weaver birds, cuckoos and owls. Mpanga Forest also shelters counts of primates including the Bush babies, red tailed monkey along with bush babies. There are also impressive butterflies and the famous dragon flies. Mpanga Eco tourism site offers a range of tourism activities including forest exploration or forest hiking, bird watching, butterfly identification, primate watching and butterfly identification. The forest trails have been specially designed to allow you explore the forest and they include; Baseline Trail, the Butterfly Trail and the Hornbill Trail.

Accessibility

Mpanga ecotourism site is positioned at 37km about 1 – 1.5 hours’ drive south west of Kampala along Masaka Road. From Mpigi town, you drive 6km further before approaching Mpanga Eco tourism site sign post and from the signpost where you branch off from the main road, its 1km to arrive at Mpanga Eco tourism site on a dirt road. Mpanga Eco tourism site can still be accessed by public transport. You board a taxi from the Kampala Taxi Park normally 14 seater mini bus transferring to Buwama. You alert the conductor or the driver that you will be disembarking at Mpanga Eco tourism site junction. Mpambire is the closest taxi stage where you also have opportunities of seeing the local people crafting drums in a typical traditional style.

Accommodation:

Mpanga Eco tourism Campsite The Mpanga Eco tourism center features an accommodation establishment though with no hot water and electricity. Accommodation is provided in 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms, 8 bedded dormitory accommodation and provision for camping. Meals and camp fire available though one it is advisable to notice 3 days in advance for proper preparation.

Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve is located in the district of Bushenyi in the West of Uganda with a diverse flora and fauna. The forest features 414 tree species along with shrubs among which include; Parinari Ficus, Stroboia, and Prunus Africana among other tree species. The Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve shelters 378 bird species among which include; Sunbirds, Cuckoos, Black and White Caskets and Great Blue Turaco. A range of six (6) species of primates exist in Kalinzu including; Chimpanzees, Black and White colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and Blue Monkeys. The Primate Census conducted in 2001 in the forest put the total figure at 240 species of chimpanzees where two groups have been habituated for chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda. Kalinzu forest also shelters other wildlife including 262 species of butterfly and 97 species of moths. The views of the forest canopy, the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth and the towering Rwenzori Mountains not forgetting the Bunyaruguru crater field derive impressive memories. Kalinzu forest being close to Queen Elizabeth NP at times receives visiting savanna dwelling Species like leopards, duiker and wild pigs. Kalinzu Forest Reserve offers a range of tourist activities ranging chimpanzee trekking, forest / nature walks, bird watching, education and research.

Accessibility

Kalinzu is located in Bushenyi district to the south west of Uganda 375km from Kampala about 6 hours’ drive from Kampala. The reserve can be visited en route to or from Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Kalinzu Forest Reserve is conducted on self-camping arrangement at the forest campsite at Nkombe. Uganda tour undertakers are required to carry own camping equipment. There is also accommodation in Ishaka / Bushenyi towns or the safari lodges surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-Tourism Site

Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-Tourism Site

Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco-Tourism Site

Kaniyo-Pabidi Eco tourism site is positioned in the north east of Budongo Forest Reserve and is well known for its populations of habituated chimpanzees. The section also has other primate species namely blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, baboons and vervet monkey not forgetting Black and white colobus monkey. The section of Kaniyo Pabidi adjoins Murchison Falls National Park which is one of the famous wildlife Uganda tours safari destinations with great counts of wild game and here many tours in Uganda are done. Also Kaniyo Pabidi forest features open patches on some sections where lions, warthogs, waterbucks, bushbucks, bush bucks, red and blue duikers are occasionally sighted. Kaniyo Pabidi Forest site also features impressive birding opportunities with possibilities of encountering the chocolate backed Kingfisher, puvelis Illadopsis among others. The section of the forest features impressive tree species including the Celtic family Species and Mahogany. Other natural offerings like moths, Butterflies and tropical flowers are noted to be in abundance. Kaniyo Pabidi Eco tourism site enables the traveller on safari in Uganda to engage in a range of activities including; chimpanzee trekking and habituation, bird watching and forest walk / hiking.

Accessibility

Kaniyo-Pabidi Ecotourism site is located at 220km distance from Kampala and 29km from Masindi. The Kaniyo Pabidi is positioned along the murram road that connects from Masindi to Paraa and about 5km from the Kichumbayobo gate of Murchison Falls National Park.

Accommodation

Budongo Eco Lodge Budongo Eco Lodge features accommodation in eco cabins with private veranda, 4 spacious dormitory rooms along with a restaurant, free Wi Fi, craft shop and visitor center presenting a perfect base from where Budongo forest exploration can be conducted. The Eco cabins are set apart privately enclosed in the forest each with a private deck and well maintained connecting foot paths. The rooms are spacious and feature double and twin beds along with a siting area. They also have an en suite wash room, wash table and detached composite toilet. Dormitory rooms These are 4 in number and each room features a double decker bed. The beds have mosquito nets and there all have a common toilet and shower block with both cold and hot running water.

Kasyoha – Kitomi Central Forest Reserve

Kasyoha – Kitomi Central Forest Reserve

Kasyoha – Kitomi Central Forest Reserve

The Kasyoha – Kitomi Forest is positioned at 35km from the town of Bushenyi stretching over a geographical spread of 433km2. The reserve shelters counts of wildlife species including chimpanzees though not habituated, Red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, Baboons and vervet monkeys. The Kasyoha Kitomi also shelters impressive crater lakes including the twin lakes of Kyema and Kamweru and Kyema not forgetting Lake Kamunzuku which is a very transparent. The forest reserve is close to Queen Elizabeth National Park and as a result small mammals like antelopes, duikers, Uganda Kob and bush pigs exist. The eco-tourism initiative was developed by Ndekye Women’s Development Association. The activities offered to Uganda tours undertakers include; the sightseeing, bird watching, conservation education, canoeing and forest walk. There is a 3 hour trail stretching from Magambo Camp site up to Lake Kamunzuku. Regarding accommodation, there are camping facilities at Magambo parish headquarters with panoramic views of the twin lakes. Guests are required to come along with the camping gear. Four wheel drive (4WD) is recommended.

Lutoboka and Bujanzi Central Forest Reserves

Lutoboka and Bujanzi Central Forest Reserves

Lutoboka and Bujanzi Central Forest Reserves

These are positioned in Ssese Islands surrounded by the expanse waters of Victoria Lake and are given as medium altitude moist forests. They appear as a belt stretching along the lower ridges featuring a gentle slope from the Lake Shore to the center. The forests feature well developed forest trails and the famous one stretches from Lutoboka landing site up to where Henry Morton Stanley one of the great ancient explorers pitched his camp on his Uganda tour. It can be noted that there are thirty one (31) demarcated forest reserves that total to 7,324 ha under the management of National Forestry Authority. The eighty four (84) Islands of Ssese are impressive to encounter though some of them are not inhabited. The area is rich in bird species and butterflies not forgetting primates in particular monkeys. The combination of the lake environment presents ideal eco-tourism encounters you can ever have on tours in Uganda The visiting people can engage in Boating, sailing, Fishing and sun Bathing on the shores of Lake Victoria, forest walks / hiking, primate identification, bird watching and butterfly identification.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Lutoboka is greatly in the hands of private developers and thus there are more established beach resorts and hotel establishments ranging from Luxury to Midrange and Budget. Among them include; the Ssese Island Beach Hotel, Mirembe Resort Hotel, Brovad Sands Lodge, Pearl Gardens Beach, Panorama Campsite among others featuring great white sand beaches that are ideal or relaxation following a forest walk.
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Accessibility

One can access See Islands through Nakiwogo Landing site Entebbe where MV Kalangala operates daily. It can also be accessed through Masaka’s port of Bukatata and transfer by ferry still to Kalangala. Land transportation has to be arranged from the shore to the lodge.

Busingiro Eco-Tourism Site

Busingiro Eco-Tourism Site

Busingiro Eco-Tourism Site

The Busingiro Eco-Tourism Site is positioned at the south west of Budongo forest and like Kaniyo Pabidi, it contains a range of Primate Species including the common chimpanzees though those of Busingiro are not yet habituated. The site also features monkeys and baboons. In fact, Budongo features 290 species of butterflies, 130 species of Moths, 465 species of trees along with 24 species of mammals if which 9 are actually primates. The count of Stranglers, Fig trees, Mahogany, iron wood and a range of medicinal trees comprise a section of trees in this section of Budongo forest. There diversity of birds, butterflies, reptiles and small mammals combine to derive impressive memories for visiting this site while on Uganda tours. The remarkable Royal Mile is a must and makes the Busingiro eco-tourism site unique. The Royal Mile stretches for one mile and features a collective representation of all the tree species in Budongo forest. King Kabalega who is a re-known King of Bunyoro used to connect to the site along with his queen for relaxation. It is also a great birding destination in the whole of Budongo where you have possibilities of encountering the Budongo endemics like yellow-footed Flycatcher and Illadopsis puveli. There are a range of tourist activities in Busingiro Eco tourism site including the Bird watching education, and research, butterfly identification and forest walks / hiking.

Accessibility

Busingiro Eco tourism site is located to the west of Masindi town 47km from the main town passing through Nyabyeya and Kinyara. You follow the smooth tarmac to Masindi town and then a rough road to Busingiro.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Busingiro ecotourism is provided on camping basis though there are efforts to rehabilitate the guest bandas to house at least ten (10) guests per day.

Bugoma Ecotourism Site

Bugoma Ecotourism Site

Bugoma Ecotourism Site

Bugoma Central Forest Reserve is located in the district of Hoima and covers a geographical spread of between 41,142 ha to 65,000ha. The Bugoma Eco- Tourism head by the African Nature Conservation Expeditions which is an international private firm with extensive expertise in the development of tourism though the entire forest is under the custodianship of Uganda National Forestry Authority. Bugoma forest is noted to be among the extensive lowlands forests lying along the escarpment of the Albertine rift valley thought to have been adjoined with the Ituri forest at one time. The forest features 23 mammal species, 225 bird species and 260 tree species. The trees include among others; Alstonia congensis, Khaya anthotheca, Trichilia prieuriana, Cynometra alexandri and Celtis mildbraedii, Cynometra alexandri, Lasiodiscus mildbraedii, Parinari excels among others

Accessibility

Bugoma forest is accessed by following a dirt road 70km from Hoima town about 200km from Kampala. There is an Aircraft landing ground at Kisaru Tea Estates which is 12km from Bugoma Uganda tour site.

Accommodation:

The Bugoma Eco tourism center features ten (10) tourist bandas that can take a minimum occupancy of ten visitors per day.

Mountaineering Safaris in Uganda. Mountain Climbing, Hiking Uganda Safari

Uganda mountain climbing safari tours. Our Uganda mountain climbing safari and hiking safari & tour package includes 8 days adventure hike to the Elgon mountain and The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Trip in Uganda that can be conducted at period of the year though it is more ideal in the dry season which captures the months of June to August and from December to March. The mountain features impressive features that range from Caves to waterfalls, luxurious vegetation, and fauna not forgetting counts of birds. Read More mountain climbing, hiking Uganda Safari

Mountaineering Safari in Uganda Mt. ELgon

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4 Days mountaineering safari in Uganda

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8 Days Uganda primate wild game scenery Safari

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9 Days Rwenzori Mountains Climbing Safari

This Mountaineering & Sightseeing Uganda Safari takes you to the east of the country

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9 Days Uganda safari in Albertine Rift

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10 Days Mt. Rwenzori Climbing Adventure safari

Mt. Rwenzori Climbing Adventure safari to the legendary mountains of the moon as described by Ptolemy in the year 150AD

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The best time to undertake a Safari in Uganda

Uganda safaris are possible all year-round though the most popular ones are the dry months which appear from June to August and then from December to February. It can be noted that the primate walks such as gorilla trekking or chimpanzee trekking form a big part of any Uganda tour and the habitat of these species are mostly rain forests which by default are wet and one may not avoid the rain completely. However, it can be noted that after the rain, the skies normally open up to an impressive bright tropical sun shine. The classic wildlife safari in Uganda in the savannah parks of Uganda is best done to the end of the dry seasons since wildlife would be gathered around water points. This thus extends the experience to the months of March and the month of September and even early October. A Birding safari in Uganda can be fanatically conducted throughout the year but it normally at its peak season in the months between November and April when the migrant bird species are noted to be present.

Quick facts of when to do a safari in Uganda

Best time to do a safaris in Uganda :

It can be noted that the best time to embark on a Uganda tour is from June to August then from December to February suitable for all the Uganda safari destinations.

Uganda Safari High Season:
The Uganda safari high season inis between the months of June to September though it is not all that crowded. However, for gorilla trekking, one needs to secure the permits far in advance.

Uganda Safari Low Season:
The Uganda safari low season occurs in the months of March, April, May, October, and November. However, the notable ones are April, May and November and in these months the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offers discounted gorilla permits while the safari lodges also tend to offer discounted rates for the guests visiting in such months. In the high rain fall areas, the roads can be challenging and forest trails in poor shape.

Best time to visit Uganda safari Parks

It can be noted that all the Uganda safari parks can be best explored in the dry months of June to August and then December to February.

Dry Weather in Uganda:

The best weather can be June-July and January-February where there is little rainfall and plenty of sun and this makes the high Uganda`s safari season.

Wet Weather in Uganda:

The worst weather can be in the months of March, April and May which is the peak of the wet season/ low Uganda safari season.

The Uganda’s Dry Season – June to August and December to February

  • These dry months are most suitable for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda
  • There is less vegetation in the savannah reserves and wild game tend to converge near water points which makes it easier to spot them
  • The skies tend be clear and sunshine is in plenty
  • Though there is no such overcrowding, gorilla permits need to be booked far in advance

The Uganda’s Wet Season – March to May and September to November – Wet Season

  • The Savannah reserves scenery appears green and the period is also the low season thus there are possibilities of getting low rates
  • Despite the fact that wildlife is easier to spot in the dry season, the wet season still offers plenty viewing encounters and at times the new born ones.
  • During the wet season, the roads at times get bad and the vehicles get stuck. The forest trails also become challenging and slippery. Heavy vehicles with 4WD are recommended.
  • Kindly note that you cannot change the gorilla permit because there is heavy downpour in the morning of gorilla trekking. Also the departure time is scheduled.

Uganda Travel Information

How fit do I need to be to track Gorillas in Uganda?

It can be noted that there is no that kind of super fitness that is necessary for gorilla trekking encounter though a general fitness is required to avoid being inconvenienced by the challenging landscapes. The trek to the gorillas is conducted at a slow move with the speed of the slowest moving person in the group and breaks are made if required.

Depending on the respective gorilla family that you have been allocated to track and the timing of the year not forgetting the region, the situation surrounding the gorilla trekking could be varying. Some gorilla families thrive on the raised slopes which presents a challenging landscape requiring some degree of fitness such as Nkuringo. For timing, the rainy season makes the forest trails muddy and slippery with running water washing away some sections which in turn presents a challenging trek. However during the rainy season, the food is in plenty and thus gorillas tend not to range from a far. But this does not guarantee you easy trek, gorillas still move and you find yourself hiking some impressive steep slopes for counts of hours. Also to note that few hikes through challenging landscapes offers you a more exciting experience than just a gorilla walk of one hour and you are back.

What it’s like on a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda

Its morning of you long waited date and you wake up, have breakfast at your lodge and then set yourself ready with the items required for gorilla trekking. Make sure that the safari guide has gorilla permits and water supplies. You can carry packed lunch yourself. You drive to the respective Park headquarters which can be Nkuringo, Buhoma, Ruhija or Rushaga depending on where you have the permit in the Impenetrable Bwindi. For Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, you can gather at Ntebeko visitor Center or Muhabura side depending on where you have the permits.

At 8am, the allocation of gorilla families and then briefing in your respective gorilla groups follows. You are briefed by the Park ranger guide about the general conduct of gorilla trekking. Communication is in English and is very fluent.

You then embark on the trek to the forest in search of gorillas in the mist. At times, for some gorilla groups you are required to get back to your vehicles and transfer to the trial heads from where you start the trek in search of gorillas in the forests. In a group of eight (8), you follow clear foot paths made in the forests and where the dense undergrowth of Bwindi which have formed the background for its naming, the ranger uses a machete to make a path.

Though the trekking pace is not fast, the hiking on some parts can be tiring and challenging due to terrain. The trekking duration can last from 2 hours to the whole day. It is normal at times to feel a bit breathless at certain points.

The eventual encounter with the gorillas is memorable. The gigantic Silverback gives you a rather magical welcome though with its frightening nature covered with its typical shyness. In reality, it has the capacity to tear you up as it’s over 3 times more than the average man in terms of weight. You marvel on how they are spread all over foraging not overly concerned about your coming. They normally glance at you and embark on their routine. At times, the youngsters approach you so close that at times you have to take steps away.

Traveling around Uganda during Uganda safaris

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Travel in Uganda during Uganda safaris is comfortable when travelling with us in our 4×4 safari Land cruisers and Safari Vans. The major routes connecting to various parts of the country are tarmacked. Murram roads then connect from the nearby towns where the tarmac stops linking to the Uganda safari destinations. These roads can be rough at times. However, the efforts are being made to replace the old roads with the new ones. Because of the varying landscape and the nature of the connecting murram roads at times, it is not advisable to drive yourself for the first time. Prime Uganda Safaris has expert driver guides who offer the themed interpretation and take you through the challenging road sections carefully and safely as they have the expertise in this. Our Uganda safari vehicles all with 4WD feature the strength to negotiate the challenging landscapes including the Kigezi highlands and Karamoja landscapes. This is a lovely attempt that will offer you a safe and trusted leisure and educational life time experience on Uganda safaris exploring the Pearl of Africa in detail.

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve

Mpanga Central Forest Reserve is one of the forests in Uganda with established eco-tourism initiatives. The forest features impressive species among which include the Celtis Family Species containing large buttress, Ficus family Species along with Mahogany. The forest is also a habitat to … Read more

Uganda safari companies: which safari company to travel with

Considering the above attractions, undertaking a Uganda safari offers you an opportunity to explore all these attractions ranging from adventure to classic game viewing, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, sightseeing and cultural tours and you would definitely require an esteemed safari company to travel with.

Location of Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours Ltd.

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Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd has positioned itself to make your safari in Uganda a memorable adventure of a lifetime by organizing a wide range of packages ranging from short to medium and long wsafari company ith some featuring specialty attractions while others are intermixed and surprisingly at an affordable price in any category that you wish to travel in ranging from Luxury to Mid range and Budget that you can hardly find elsewhere and yet without compromising quality of the experience as seen from the reviews of the traveler that have opted to use its services in the past. You can check out our reviews on our Trip Advisor Page.
Explore the unknown, spend less, enjoy the best service right from the booking to the vehicle, lodges and the expert guides with Prime Safaris and Tours. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Health in Uganda – Is your health safe while on a tour in Uganda

Uganda has medical facilities are close to western standards in Kampala her capital city. The upcountry towns feature basic medical services and can ably treat average sickness. Uganda like other destinations have got health recommendations which travelers can give attention before they set off for a tour to Uganda. Uganda requires Yellow fever certificate on entering the country. Besides that, the travelers can consider the vaccines which are not mandatory but essential to keep him / her safe on the visit; these include; the Hepatitis A, Malaria, Typhoid, Yellow Fever, Hepatitis B, Meningitis (Meningococcal disease) and Rabies especially for those interested in plenty of outdoor activities and thus prone to animal bites. The dangerous diseases like Ebola and Marburg tent to breakup in remote areas on the country but Uganda has demonstrated highest degree of skill in containing such diseases. And respective guidelines are put forward once there is break out. Thus the grater part of the year, Uganda has no such alarming health issues that should prevent the travelers from visiting Uganda. The country features a range of travel insurance companies including the International Air Ambulance (IAA) which can settle your health insurance if you are interested.

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October 12th, 2015|Rwanda Safaris|