Comparing Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking activities in Uganda and Rwanda are carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Park respectively. Only 8 people can visit a given gorilla group for every day. In Uganda, so far 19 gorilla groups have been habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and so can have 152 persons tracking mountain gorillas on any day.
Rwanda can likewise take 80 persons for every day. All else being equivalent, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park has a slight edge over the rest since its gorillas are the most wholly habituated, and they are regularly found in bamboo than the thick forest which makes photographing easier.
The main challenge with gorilla trekking in Rwanda is positively the cost of the gorilla tracking permits at US$1500 contrasted with Uganda’s US$700 for every gorilla permit. In any case, Rwanda’s pride is in the ability for one to do the gorilla trek even in one day and fly back home which is difficult for Uganda.
Volcanoes National Park is found 116km from Kigali and can be driven in only 2 hours. Then again, Bwindi Forest National Park is located 500km from Kampala / Entebbe International Airport and a drive can take over 8-10hours. In that sense, you will spend no less than 3 days for your gorilla trek in Uganda; Day 1 for travelling to Bwindi, day 2 for gorilla trek and Day 3 for driving back to Kampala or Entebbe Airport. In the event that a tour operator is making you a safari package, they ought most likely need to consider this expense and incorporate it in your tour cost.
Nonetheless, the long drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is very charming with extraordinary views all through like the Equator, Lake Mburo National Park (for some Queen Elizabeth National Park with plenteous wildlife), terraced mountains with streaming rivers, and a lot if rural Africa. This is not so really the case for the drive from Kigali to Volcanoes National Park.
Some voyagers have likewise decided on flying over from Entebbe airport to Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips on the edges of Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla parks. It is only 45 to 60 minutes of flight. A round trip ticket costs about US$250 with Aero Link Uganda. In that case, you will need to organize your transfer from the airstrip to your booked accommodation in Bwindi Forest National Park, and back also. (Talk with our preferred agents for support to arrange this please).
You will absolutely need to spend more on transport and time to track the mountain gorillas in Uganda than it’s for Rwanda despite the fact that this cost is compensated for by a cheaper gorilla trekking permit.
Besides, some areas of the roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are not so comfortable to drive on yet in the case of Rwanda, you drive on smooth tarmac at least up to the Volcanoes National Park head office. Also, however, the road heading from Volcanoes National Park office to the gorilla trekking start points must be accessed with a raised 4×4 vehicle, preferably Land Cruiser, Land Rover, Nissan Safari or Patrol and Rav4.