Uganda is one of the top tourist destinations in Africa because of the year-round conducive climate, friendly people and unique tourist attractions including vast animal and bird species. Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda is one of the most popular Uganda tourist activities because Uganda has got more than half of all mountain gorillas on Earth. This is why tourists from around the world visit Uganda every year to take part in tracking these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
Most Uganda wildlife safaris include tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks which are the two of Uganda National Parks where mountain gorillas can be found. The Government of Uganda through the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), issues gorilla permits to tourists looking to track the gorillas and this money is directed towards conservation of the gorillas and to develop infrastructure in the trekking communities.
In Uganda, each gorilla permit goes for USD600 during high seasons. Tourists who track mountain gorillas in the low seasons benefit from discounted gorilla tracking permits. Tracking gorillas in Uganda can be done all year round but most tourists prefer visiting from June to September and from December to February. Tourist groups of up to 8 people in company of a ranger guide can track a gorilla family in a particular session.
In order to have great Uganda Safaris, it is advised to hire services of a legitimate Uganda tour company. African Pearl Safaris for example was the first tour company in Uganda to take tourists to Bwindi for gorilla trekking in 1993 and has got years of expertise in running great wildlife safaris and tours to Uganda.
State-of-the-art safari lodges have over the years been set up strategically near the gorilla trekking points and these include Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge among others. These lodges range from luxury high end to budget facilities to best suit tourists preferences and budget.
Tracking mountain gorillas in Uganda can be done throughout the year.
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