Gorilla Trekking on a Honeymoon Holiday

Gorilla Trekking is one of the memorable adventures in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R.Congo. Majority of honeymooners worldwide travel normally to tourism destinations with less active vacations mainly to the beaches like Mombasa, Seychelles for holiday but the fact that beaches are usually crowded makes them uncomfortable during the honeymoon moments. It is therefore possible to try out something different as you chill and rest after hassling with the wedding preparations.

You can go on a gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you celebrate your honeymoon adventure! Gorilla Trekking takes you to the serene environment which is cool, cloudy and misty looking for the rare and endangered mountain gorillas within the impenetrable jungles of the tropical rain forest. Just the two of you can explain this romantic feeling of sitting for full hour with the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National park, Mgahinga National park or Volcanoes National park. It is just an adorable moment.

On the day of gorilla trekking, you rise up for briefing before heading to the forest to begin searching for the gorillas which are quite mobile as they look for food. On the way, the birds keep singing romantic hymns of the jungle as if they know you are on honeymoon. Look at them as they search for what to eat, the other primates like the baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys also keep entertaining you . The time moment you get to see the gorillas, you get excited to the extent of forgetting your past fatigue. Take just there photographs and get back to the lodge carrying only memories of this adventure.

The gorilla trek normally takes a few hours though some times if you are unlucky you can take a whole day looking for the giant mountain gorillas. There are also several possible options that you can take after the trek.

Your guide can take you to the Batwa land and experience their culture. The Batwa were the forest dwellers who were living with the mountain gorillas within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Families of the Batwa pygmies live close to Bwindi and therefore in case you still energy, you can take a walk to the Batwa land to enjoy the typical Africa moment with the local families. You will dance with the Batwa, learn about their norms and traditions, as well as have interesting performances that cover their authentic culture.

After the Batwa Experience, get back to your lodge for your overnight. It is quite a short moment but very memorable to couples. Make it a point to carry some souvenirs with you because there are interesting wall hangings that will remind you of your moments in Africa.  Don’t miss this memorable moment.

How to Trek Gorilla on Budget

Mountain gorillas are on top list of the most attractions in Uganda and gorilla trekking in the pearl of Africa is a bucket list trip of which every traveler yearns to experience, though many don’t go for it thinking it is an expensive experience. However it is possible to have an affordable gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda, which typically fits your budget as well as interests.

Travelers can experience a budget gorilla trekking safari when they visit Uganda or book during the low season. Normally low season months in Uganda and Rwanda, include April, May and November and during this low season it becomes easy to reserve gorilla permits than in the high season hence saving precious time for travelers while booking.

One of the rules of gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is that only eight people are allowed to trek the each gorilla family on a given a day, however during low season chances are high that your trekking group will comprise of few members which means more personal interaction with the gorillas.

Besides having a smaller group when trekking the gorillas, during the low season the cost of services in lodges and hotels are reduced due to the low occupancy rates and guests receive high quality services at a reduced price, which is not always the case during the peak season. And even the air tickets during this season are always offered at a low rate.

Low season is greatly characterized by rain, during months of February through to May and November, however rain does not affect trekking and on another hand mountain gorillas live in tropical rain forests where rain can occur any time despite the season. Still during rainy season, forest vegetation becomes very green and lush during this time making it a perfect setting for some great photographs.

Another great way to have an affordable gorilla trekking tour is by booking as a group. Large groups of travelers often get discounts from tour operators, lodges and other services. Additionally, since most costs are shared, this makes costs per person cheaper and affordable.

Reserving gorilla permits through an accredited tour agency is also another fantastic way to enjoy a budget gorilla tour. Tour operators occasionally extend seasonal offers to their clients and this reduces total costs that ought to be spent on a given gorilla safari.

Uganda has two destinations where mountain gorillas can be trekked in the jungle; Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park has four sectors where 12 habituated families are habituated. The gorilla sectors include, Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo.

The famed Bwindi Forest protects half of the world’s gorilla population and it is the only park where gorilla habituation can be experienced in Africa. Mgahinga gorilla national park is the other destination in Uganda where gorillas can be trekked. It only has one gorilla family with five adult silverbacks, making this park home to the highest concentration of silverbacks in any gorilla family in the entire world.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda can last between 30 minutes to 6 hours and once travelers spot the gorillas, they are given up to one hour to observe them and take pictures. Sometimes the young juveniles will get pretty close to visitors as they are curious and playful. And after the one hour elapsing, travelers trek back to the park headquarters.

Considering all these factors, gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda can definitely be done on a budget. Therefore visitors should take the advantage of this and book gorilla trekking safari during the low season, in addition to all other alternatives, in order to enjoy this unforgettable experience.

How to Go Gorilla Trekking on a budget: 5 Tips

Be one of the lucky few to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking and experience the unique beauty of the secret rain forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. The time is now to make your dream come true and throw away the old saying that gorilla safaris are costly.If you want to go gorilla trekking, here is our budget safari guide that will make your trip wonderful, memorable and amazing without straining your wallet.

Budget Campsites and Hostels

This may sound usual but it’s a major cost factor for any gorilla safari in Uganda. Cut costs by staying in a budget campsite or hostel which is moderately priced making your total tour cost low. Uganda has various budget gorilla safari lodges that are less costly and comfortable in all gorilla parks and sectors –Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija. Famous budget gorilla lodges and campsites range from $25-$80 per person per night on full board.We very much recommend Buhoma community rest camp ,Bwindi view bandas, Gorilla friendly campsite,Gift of nature lodge, Ruhija gorilla resort, Nshongi gorilla campsite, wagtail eco loge among others.

Save on Transportation

Traveling around Uganda is easier by bus unlike any other gorilla trekking destination in Africa and it’s very enjoyed in a group or sole in company of a local Ugandan guide. If you want to use cheap transport make your trip consultant know and they make arrangements for the budget vehicle. It’s very safe and cheap to make transport arrangements with a local tour operator since prices are always hiked if approach a service provider. Even though you want to drive yourself, tour companies have cheap safari vehicles for hire at cost friendly prices.

Travel as a Group

When you travel in groups of six and eight with people of the same interest this makes your trip cost low and affordable as you share most of the costs with friends. Usually gorilla safari prices are charged per person which sounds worth and a great deal of the time to fulfill your travel life dream. Travelling as a family might be fun though the cost remains high since its always one person to meet the entire trip expense. In all group gorilla safaris in Uganda all tour essential costs are shared except park entrance and gorilla permit prices. Make sure you talk to friends about your travel plans in advance and travel together.

Best Currency to Use in Uganda

When planning a Uganda gorilla trekking tour, there are many things that you need and all have to be cleared with cash. We recommend you to carry US dollars which have favorable exchange rates even when you exchange to buy some souvenirs using local currency. Remember all tour costs are charged in US dollars so make it a point to carry the right currency to avoid over spending. If you want to exchange foreign currency get better rates in a forex bureau.

Avoid Extra safari charges

Always find a way of avoiding extra costs on safari essential items like Tourist visa. We advise every traveler to secure a tourist visa to Uganda upon arrival at Entebbe international airport and avoid extra costs that come due mailing charges. Other is the unplanned tour activities like night life. Uganda has very fantastic night life and it’s another way of spending more than expected.