Independent gorilla trek Uganda - Sept 2013
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2013 12:28 PM Last Post By: mandibee
Feb 25, 2013 5:37 AM
Independent gorilla trek Uganda - Sept 2013Independent gorilla trek Uganda - Sept 2013
I will be in Africa in August - October and am determined to see gorillas while I am there!
As the costs can be quite high while doing an organised tour I'm interested in trying to arrange it independently and as such would be interested to hear from other people that have organised their own gorilla treks in Uganda, where they stayed, how easy it was to get permits, organise travel etc.
I'd also be interested in hearing from people who might like to buddy up for this portion - I'm looking at doing the trek between 1-9 Sept 2013.
Thanks in advance for your help and advice.
Feb 25, 2013 7:42 AM
get a permit for south bwindi (kahunge, nkuringo, nshongi, mishiya groups). get the bus to kisoro and stay at the golden monkey. when you arrive, ask them to book a taxi for the morning of your trek. Taxi will pick you up at 5am and take you the 2 hours to the gorillas and wait while you trek and then bring you back (cost is about $100)
this is the easiest way to get to the gorillas in Uganda, i've been working with them for over 2 years now.*
*the easiest way is actually to see the gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National park which is just 30 minutes from Kisoro, but these gorillas cannot be booked in advance as they move between rwanda and uganda, so its risky to turn up without a permit hoping for this group as they might not be here...
Feb 25, 2013 9:46 AM
2Yes gorillas in the southern bwindi in Kisoro are the best option for you followed by Ruhija side.
About the lodges.
In the southern Bwindi
Budget/Baic Accommodation ( Nkuringo campsite for nkuringo gorilla group, Wagtail campsite and Nshongi campsite- for Nshongi/Mishaya/Kahungye gorilla families)
Budget/Basic Accommodation (Gorilla friends campsite/Ruhija community rest camp- for Bitukura and Oruzongo gorilla families) You can also overnight in Kabale at Bunyonyi overland or at Byoona Amagara dorms or Kabale Back packers
Feb 28, 2013 4:09 AM
3If you are bit flexible you can just turn up in Kisoro or Kabale and there is a good chance you can get a good deal. If the Gorillas are in Mgahinga then its a no brainier which they are right now, you can get a permit in Kisoro and go by motorcycle taxit to the tracking point 9 or 14 km away depending on where the Gorillas are, for about $3 to $4. So total cost $504. I was planing on doing this but when I was in Kabale the agency at the guesthouse I was at said he could get a discounted permit of the next day so it was $500 including 2 hours of transportation by SUV each way to the park. There was also only 3 people in our group which theoretically was booked out and should have 8 people. If you are inflexible and need an exact date then book your permit. And arrange transportation yourself when you get there as mentioned above, will be cheaper to stay in Kisoro and arrange a day of transportation than to stay near Bwindi and have to get there and back on two different days.
Feb 28, 2013 6:58 AM
4Ruhija is do-able as a day trip as suggested, but it's quite a bit easier on you if you arrive the night before. House of Edirisa hostel in Kabale has a rate sheet for special hire and for boda-boda motorcycle taxi to/from Kabale to Buhoma/Ruhija/Rushaga and Nyukuringo, and I found them to be the most helpful as an independent traveler. The road from Kabale to Ruhija is quite rough, and I get why the rates are quite high Kabale to Ruhija = 150,000 Ush one way in a sedan.
Best way to do the transportation bit on a budget is to find 2-4 people to share the car with. Barring that, you can also try to "time" the day of your permit to be the day after there is a pickup truck that goes to your site - i think this works for Ruhija and Buhoma. the pick-up is in high demand, though, and you may not be able to get the coveted front seat, and be stuck in the back. But it's only 20,000 Ush. Next best thing: share the ride with a few others heading out that way. You may get lucky and be able to hitch a ride back with others.
If you do this on a day trip, make sure you have the understanding with your driver that if you do add someone on the way back, i.e. find an independent traveler up there who needs a ride back, that the cost for the taxi remains the same. We did add someone to our group, but he had to pay additional because we hadn't cleared that up with the driver.
I'd also heard that the price for permits in Uganda is going to go up to 750$ at some point but haven't been able to confirm that.
Mar 5, 2013 5:47 AM
5Gorilla permits for Uganda cost 500usd valid until June.
In case I get any information regarding Gorilla permit increment, I will update you.
Mar 19, 2013 3:46 AM
Apr 4, 2013 12:28 PM
7hey saw your post for trekking the gorillas we are able to do it on the 10th, 11th or 12th Sept
We are booking it through the place below they are in the lonely planet
Cost are cheaper if there are more of us see the details below
2 people - $735pp
3 people - $675pp
4 people - $635pp
5 people - $615pp
These prices include the gorilla permits, all transport between Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi and Bwindi NP, as well as up to 4 nights accommodation (depending on how much time you wish to spend at Bunyonyi), in private self-contained accommodations (Deluxe Geodome at Byoona Amagara). Breakfast and lunch are also inclusive on the day of tracking.
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