Gorilla Tracking Tops the List of Things to Do in Uganda

Uganda is a proud member of Africa and has a landscape that can truly rejuvenate the spirits of anyone who visit here. It’s beautiful flora and fauna with beautiful scenery of river channels like Katonga and the longest river Nile in Uganda as well as the third largest in world. Both savanna and equatorial rain forests that provide habitat to wide variety of animals and bird species.

Silver back Gorilla in African Jungles

One of the key features of Uganda holiday is the chance to meet the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural setting. The hike to search for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park actually an exciting trek in Uganda. However much Bwindi is so impenetrable, there are some motorable tucks, footpath, and even both murram and turmac roads that go through the forests.

Bwindi National Park today has about 14 habituated gorilla groups, available for tourism purposes. We also have one habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga National Park called Nyakagezi, one of the best and easiest groups to track. Gorilla tops the list of Uganda attractions, and most of the visitors to Uganda come for gorilla tracking experience in the two parks mentioned above. Further more, gorilla tracking in Uganda is sometimes combined with Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest or Kyambura Gorge or Kanio Pabidi Forest reserved, and a 7 day chimps and gorilla tour conveniently takes you for both Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the Jungle. Along the trek, expect an encounter with other primates suchas Colobus Monkeys, golden monkeys, Olive Baboons, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Blue Monkeys, Red Tailed and L’Hoest Monkeys among others.

Whenever you think of the term Safari or get an idea of traveling and touring areas of your interest, the very first visuals that come to your mind is Africa and its exotic wild life. The magnanimous landscapes and geological features.
This can be actually enjoyable especially when you are with a family or friends. There are a multiple of tourism ventures both flora type and fauna as well. If you are free spirited and daring enough to venture out with them, you can truly marvel at the abilities of these amazing creatures that are similar to humans in some levels.

Along with Uganda, you can visit Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania too. As these parts of the world are pretty inexpensive, any one with even a tight budget can enjoy these sights and have a great time. There is a critical assurance that ounce you step in Uganda, it will provide you with the best experience ounce you attempt to tour areas of the south western part of the country. This would be something you are going to truly cherish all throughout your life.

Beautiful life is all about discoveries and once attempt to discover and tour in Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable forest is a comfortable and the best tourist potential place to go to. Mountain Gorillas are some of the rare species in Africa and place that have such animals are actually kept in a cage in a zoo.
This actually makes it so boring when having a view because there is no movement. But this is totally different in Uganda. This safari is enjoyable and fun as well. This is mainly because these gorillas are actually in a mountain that is actually covered with thick rainforest of Kisoro, Kabale and and Kanungu. Definitely one can enjoy drives through those forests and even trek and track them. This is so fun and enjoyable under a guidance of experienced tour guide.

Gorillas in Uganda: Amazing African Apes

In Dec 2016, I boarded a plane to Uganda with the aim of encountering Mountain Gorillas. I had already booked my Gorilla permit in advance with a local tour Company based in Kampala. I had booked a three days trip to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and on 20th December 2016, I landed at Entebbe International Airport at 11:15am on Ethiopian Airline.

Reaching there, I was welcomed by Kelly, the safari guide/ driver from the company I booked with. He briefed me and thereafter, transferred me to Kampala Serena Hotel for lunch. Being Japanese, I was given Asian meal which I liked so much – feeling at home. After a delicious meal, I asked my guide to drive me to the home of the Ndere troupe to have a relaxed evening with cultural music, dance and drama.
I enjoyed cultural music, dance and drama accompanied by the sounds from local music instruments. Later, we return to my Hotel for dinner and overnight.
At around 8:30am the next day, we started our journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda).

It was a long journey to the park – approximately 8hours drive. On the way we had a stopover at Agip Motel in Mbarara for lunch and then proceed to Chameleon Hill Lodge in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We reached the lodge at 5pm for relaxation as we wait for dinner and overnight.


The next day morning after breakfast, I went to the park headquarter for briefing about the dos and don’ts while with Gorillas. During briefing, we were told that a maximum of eight people visit each gorilla group and only one gorilla group (Nkuringo) is trekked in Nkuringo section.
During briefing, the rangers told us not to be so close to Gorillas for health reasons, No making noise amidst gorillas, No dumping rubbish in the park, a void flashing cameras, Clothes with shouting colors among others.
At around 8:30am, we were escorted by the rangers through the impenetrable forest while searching for the gentle giants. Oh! I was filled with happiness at my first sight to the gorillas. We wound them feeding, Gorilla mothers breast feeding. Young ones being carried by their mother and so on.
We were given only one hour to view Gorillas and take photos but one hour was worth the amount I paid! And I didn’t find much hardship since we found the group after 90 minutes walk.

View of Bwindi National Park – Home of Gorilas

After Gorilla trekking, I returned to my lodge for lunch and then we cross to Rwanda through Gatuna boarder- proceed to Kigali Airport for my flight back home and this marked the end of my gorilla safari, my next destination was Masai mara National Park in kenya and Northern Tanzania section (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Olduvai Gorge).