Uganda; the Pearl of Africa, though mostly known for gorilla trekking there is a lot more to explore in this beautiful land of freedom. But without sidelining gorilla trekking, we wish to share with you how best to spend your 10 days or 14 days trip in Uganda exploring beyond gorilla trekking. However before diving into the depth, here is a little you should know about gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
It is common knowledge; Uganda has two gorilla trekking destinations, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. However, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is by far the most popular gorilla trekking destination in Uganda.
There are a number of reasons why it is the most gorilla trekked destination in Uganda. Among these reasons include but not limited to diversity of accommodation, history, proximity to other parks among several other reasons.
When you consider visiting other Uganda national parks such as Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale forest national park, Rwenzori mountains national park, then Bwindi impenetrable forest national park becomes the best option for your gorilla trek in Uganda.
Gorilla Trekking In Mgahinga gorilla national park
Mgahinga gorilla national park is still wrestling with its past of offering gorilla treks with less than 75% chances of spotting mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. However much this already changed with over 95% chances of spotting mountain gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park on any given day, the misinformation of 75% chances is still out there.
Someone might ask, if now there are the same chances for spotting mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, how do I choose between the two?
There are a number of articles comparing the two national parks, however unless you have golden monkey tracking on your itinerary, there is no good reason you would choose Mgahinga over Bwindi when you are intending to go to several other national parks in the locality of Queen Elizabeth national park.
It should also be noted that; the Batwa cultural encounter or experience can also be carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park spicing up your gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.
What is Gorilla Trekking Like?
Gorilla trekking is merely a 2 to 8 hours forest trekking experience in quest of the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat with an opportunity of spending one hour with the mountain gorillas if you spot them.
In other words, gorilla trekking in Uganda is a walk through a given sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park with a sole goal of spotting mountain gorillas in their natural habitat
Important to note; all gorilla national parks in Uganda are located within a 9 hours drive from Entebbe international airport. Therefore anyone planning a gorilla trek in Uganda should also make an allowance for the time of transfer.
What Should I Consider in a 10days Gorilla Trekking Trip in Uganda?
To level the ground; you will not spend ten days trekking mountain gorillas, rather 10 days gorilla trekking simply means; the major highlight of your ten days will be mountain gorilla trekking either in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park .
The highlight of your trip can change depending on what you find more stunning during your 10 days adventure. A review of your trip in Uganda will obviously help the tour operator to revise the title for this 10 days itinerary in future.
Instead of drawing thin by visiting as many parks in Uganda as possible, you can maximize your experience by simply visiting two national parks; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Rwenzori Mountains for the ultimate Uganda trekking experience.
Consider two days for gorilla trekking, one day for relaxing and 7 days for hiking Rwenzori Mountains up to its summit of Margherita
Why Include Rwenzori Trek to your Gorilla trekking Itinerary
Rwenzori mountains national park is by far one of the most underrated East African mountaineering destinations. It is often over shadowed with Kilimanjaro Mountains in Tanzania and Mount Kenya. But Uganda is the only East African country that can offer you gorilla trekking experience coupled with a snow rewarding mountaineering experience without need of a transfer flight!
Anyone aware of the equator passing through Uganda would expect temperature ranges between 230c and 31oc. However Uganda is one of the few places where you can find snow near the equator.
Rwenzori Mountains national park is also known for its rare wildlife species which are never guaranteed for view on your long hike however the lucky ones always find it more rewarding when they spot these rare wildlife species during their mountaineering experience in Uganda.
We often recommend our visitors to start with the 7 day mountaineering experience in the Rwenzori Mountains, spend a day relaxing and then head for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
It is also important to note that; if you are too enthusiastic for a game drive, it can also be included with these ten days gorilla trekking and mountaineering experience in Uganda. You can also consider chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest national park in case you have 14 days at your disposal.
Packing all the above activities in 10 days will make it more of a problem to solve that an adventure to be enjoyed. It is for the same reason we advise our visitors to stick two national parks for the ultimate trekking experience in Uganda.
Visit African Jungle adventures for the best safari planning services and 4x4uganda in case you wish to attempt this trip on a self drive basis. They will also advise you on which itinerary is doable and which one isn’t idealistic.