Advantages of trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali
Advantages of trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali
17/05/2020
information about gorilla trekking permits
information about gorilla trekking permits
28/05/2020
Advantages of trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali
Advantages of trekking gorillas in Uganda from Kigali
17/05/2020
information about gorilla trekking permits
information about gorilla trekking permits
28/05/2020
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Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris

Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris

Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris: many of our clients keeps comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking tours, most of the tourists when planning gorilla safari in Africa, in this article we are going to give you a complete compulsion of Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris in both countries. 

For example, in Uganda mountain gorilla trekking is done in both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and in Mgahinga gorilla national park, for Rwanda trekking is done in Volcanoes national park also known as (Parc National des Volcans). The 2018 mountain gorilla census indicts that mountain gorillas has increased from 880 to 100,4 and 60% of these remaining endangered mountain gorillas lives in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park of Uganda and other 40% of gorillas are found in the Virunga mountain ranges which is shared between three countries for example on Rwanda side its Volcanoes national park, on DR-Congo side its Virunga National Park and on Uganda side its  Mgahinga gorilla National Park, as you are busy  Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris please take that mountain gorilla trekking experience in all above three countries is the same.

Let us take you through this discussion of Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris, we all the information and knowledge you need to know on each gorilla trekking destination so that you are in a better position in planning your gorilla trekking experience in Africa.

How to get to Bwindi forest for gorilla trekking in Uganda?

You can easily access  Bwindi impenetrable forest national park both by road or by air, for example from Entebbe International Airport or from Kampala it will take you about 9 to 10 hours’ drive, there is also option of using domestic daily scheduled flights which fly’s direct from Entebbe airport to Bwindi forest. in case you choose the option of flying to Bwindi the flight time is between one hour and 30 minutes, the flight lands at Kisoro airstrip or at Kihihi airstrip. If you book with us our guide/driver will be waiting at the airstrip to transfer you to the lodge.

How to access Volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking in Rwanda?

Volcanoes national park is the most easily accessed, for it only takes about 2 and half hours’ drive from Kigali international airport to get to Volcanoes national park headquarters in Kinigi which is the shortest distance drive if you compare to Uganda. Now this means that its possible for some who has little time to go for at list one day gorilla safari or 2 days gorilla trekking safari in Volcanoes national park which is not easy if your trekking in Bwindi forest of Uganda it will require you a minimum of 3 days to be on safe side because it takes almost full day driving from Entebbe airport to Bwindi forest where it take you almost a full day on the road.

However you can still fly to Kigali Rwanda and go for gorillas trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda, it’s is closer and one of the easier was of accessing Bwindi forest,  if you fly into Kigali international airport and trek gorillas in Uganda it will help you to save about 6 hours because form Kigali airport to Bwindi forest takes only 3 to 4 hours’ drive while from Entebbe airport take 9 to 10 hours’ drive which means flying into Kigali and cross to Uganda is closer.

Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris-permits prices?

When it comes to money it is the most important part in planning you gorilla safari in Africa as we show the details below. Current Rwanda gorilla trekking permit price is $1,500 per person for only one hour of viewing Rwanda mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park while in Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 per person in ether Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or in Mgahinga gorilla national park. Now if you are Comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris, this means that Rwanda gorilla trekking permit is double if compared to Uganda gorilla trekking permit price, now this means that if you trek gorillas in Uganda instead of Rwanda you will save $800 on each gorilla permit and this money can be used to extend your African safari to other places like chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest national park and game viewing in other parks, for more information you can always contact us.

Comparing Uganda habituated gorilla Families vs Rwanda habituated gorilla families?

In both countries gorilla permits are sold on first come first serve and take a NOTE that only 8 people are allowed to trek each gorilla family per day which means that there is a limit on the number of gorilla permits issued per day which means that you have to book in advance, Currently Rwanda has total of 10 habituated gorillas families in Volcanoes national park while Uganda has a total of 20 habituated gorillas families in both Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

This means that Rwanda has only 80 gorilla permits available daily while Uganda has 160 gorilla permits available daily, for those who are comparing Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safaris it’s important to know that without valid gorilla permit you will not be allowed to access the park, in simple calculation this means that Uganda has more gorilla permits available per day compared to Rwanda. We advise all our clients to book their gorilla permit in advance to avoid missing out on the dates of your choice.

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