Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is one of the few places where travelers have a chance to see the endangered mountain gorillas. These great apes are found in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. For two decades now, several travelers have gone gorilla trekking within these two forests to see the mountain gorillas.

Gorilla trekking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes.

Gorilla trekking can be a challenging activity, therefore for those looking to taking this adventure, they should ensure good physical fitness.

Eight people are permitted per group per day and a total of twenty four(24) people is taken in Bwindi, while eight (8) people are allowed for Mgahinga. So far, we have five groups for viewing. There are four groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, (Mubare,Habinyanja, Rushegura, and Nkuringo) and one (Nyakagezi) in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

How to Book a Gorilla Trekking Tour

There are various tour operators offering gorilla tours in Uganda. If you are looking for a packaged tour, you should consider contacting one of these operators atleast a month before the actual date you wish to start a trip.

For those looking to indepenedent travel, you can book gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters in Kampala or through a local tour operator or gorilla safari lodge. For permit fee information please check on the tariffs from UWA.

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Is Uganda a Safe Destination to Visit

Many holiday makers wonder whether Uganda is a safe destination to visit. Given its immense attractions including the mountain gorillas, many travelers would like to visit Uganda to track these great apes on gorilla tours. However there are several travel advisories that warn against traveling to some areas within Uganda.

Current Travel Advisories

There are a number of local and international media houses that are releasing stories to the effect that there are specific possible terrorist groups planning to carry out attacks in Uganda, targeting highly populated areas particularly in Kampala Capital City.

A few weeks ago, the US mission in Kampala received information from various sources, and issued an emergency warning indicating possible terrorist threats on specific locations where high class people, including US citizens, take time off to relax in Kampala, and that an attack may take place at any unexpected moment. In the same report, it was mentioned that a number of planned events that are expected to attract large crowds had been cancelled mainly at hotels in Kampala and stadiums. The US Embassy has however not yet released any further details regarding the issue.

The Ugandan people’s defense force spokesperson Paddy Ankunda said the warning was strongly believed to be linked to the Al-Qaeda-backed Islamist’s, who have carried out major attacks in Kampala in the past. He also added that the threat was “low level”, and may be due to the involvement of Uganda in Somalia, as it is known that Uganda is a key contributor to the African Union’s AMISOM force battling the Al-Shabaab inside Somalia.

Uganda and other neighboring countries in the region, and many others all over the world including the United States of America face the daily threat of terrorism from such groups as the Al Shabab and the Allied Democratic Forces, and have put in place effective counter terrorism measures, especially in Kampala city, Uganda’s Capital and at other vital installations such as Entebbe International Airport so as to ensure that the terrorist groups do not succeed in any of their attempts to carry out attacks on innocent people.

The Uganda Police, together with the different security agencies in the country, have continuously, and on a daily basis put a lot of emphasis and focus on the threat of terrorism and evaluate any kind of information relating to any possible attacks on the country.

The general public, especially the travelers to Uganda and in particular the tourists visiting Kampala Capital City, Entebbe, National parks, and other tourist attraction sites that there is no need to worry about anything with regards to security. Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is the most secure place to be in East Africa and your safety is the number one priority of the Government and all the agencies related to security. Our armed forces, police and intelligence are on full alert in all public places and tourist attractions to ensure that tourists continue enjoying every bit of their tour holiday in peace.

However, even with this safety reassurance in the country, it is everyone’s responsibility to be vigilant at any moment, and it is advisable to go ahead and report any suspicious items like bags, polythene paper, lying in any premises without any owner, any suspicious individuals and activities to the nearest police station, security officer, or Local Council official.


Self Driving in Uganda – Know Your Responsibilities

Do you like self driving on your Africa Safari? For all of you out there, always remember that when you are entering into a car rental agreement for a vehicle, you should patiently and also carefully read the entire contract top to bottom as many times as possible so that you understand your rights, obligations, terms and conditions. Always remember to shop around for the best deal for your own personal circumstances. This does not only apply to car hire only, but it also applies to minibus hire and all forms of other vehicle hire.

Make sure you check the contract you are signing to find out how and when you will have to pay for any damages that you do to the vehicle, and what avenues of appeal you have if you disagree with the damage assessment given by the rental company. Please note if you have extra fees such as early, late or airport drop-off or pick-up fees, taxes and mileage charges.

Check your rights and responsibilities in the event of a single vehicle accident and also check for clauses which would leave you fully liable for any damage. Check the size of the damage excess, and in what circumstances you will be required to pay it. Make sure your licence is current, and find out where you can and cannot drive the vehicle as some hire vehicles may be restricted to a fixed area or road type.

When you hire a car or locate a minibus for hire, make sure you read the policy careful, check for damage and pay any traffic offence fees you may incur during the hire term. By observing the rules and regulations set down in the contract, you will avoid complications if anything occurs that damages your car or others during the car hiring.