Uganda: Exotic Trekking in the Heart of Africa
See also Gorillas in Rwanda.
Murchison Falls: The entire Victoria Nile thunders through a 20ft wide gorge crashing 150ft down in one of the most spectacular displays of water power in Africa. A highlight of this area is the 7 mile launch journey up close to the base of the falls. You can then hike up to the top of the Falls. The bird-life, in addition to the hippos, is spectacular, and here one of Africa’s highest concentrations of Nile crocodile feast on the fish dazed by their white water ride! The surrounding 1500 sq mile national park features excellent viewing of elephant, buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe and Uganda kob.
Mating lions in Queen Elizabeth Park: Lions mate every 20 minutes for up to 24 hours – not surprising this lioness is looking somewhat fed up! Lions have made a great comeback in this area, along with their prey species. This varied 770 sq mile park borders lakes Edward and George and is teeming with game. A trip along the Kazinga channel, which links the two lakes is well worthwhile, and on the floor of the nearby spectacular Chambura Gorge, good sightings of chimpanzees are often to be had. At the southern end of the park lies the Ishasha region, which is world-famous for its tree climbing lions – well worth a night or two in the local camps.
Mountain Gorilla trekking: Surviving numbers all live in the same small geographic area, the Virunga volcano forests which straddle Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo. People always ask which is the best place to view them, and frankly viewing and photo opportunities can be excellent in any of these three countries in my opinion.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda: There are few wildlife experiences that can rival the excitement of sitting and exchanging stares just a few feet away from 98% of your own DNA!! Permits are $ 600 per person per day**, and you are allowed a maximum of one hour in close proximity to them. This is to prevent any transmission of communicable diseases.
The cost for this is $1,500 per person for the day, and must be booked well in advance as there are only a few permits available for this unique experience.
Presently you can track one of 11 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, translating into a maximum of 88 permits per day – meaning that 88 visitors a day can track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and one gorilla family ( Nyakagezia a transitory gorilla family often on the move) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with 8 permits, for a total of 96 daily permits being available. (** Occasionally the parks will offer permits for $ 450 pp per day during the rainy months of April, May and November). Which family group you visit is allocated by the parks, and frankly it does not really matter which you get .. if you have 2 day permits, you will get a different group the next day.
“Habituated Gorilla Groups” indicates that they are used to human beings, a process that takes about two years, during which time the gorillas gradually become used to Human Presence and simply go about their daily business while you are near them.
Hiking to get to gorillas varies, it can be very tough, as one sometimes has to hike straight across country through the forest … and up to an 8 hour trekking day, or if you are lucky, they will be close to camp, you just never know. So, come prepared!
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