Uganda mountain gorilla trekking in April
Visiting Mountain gorillas of Uganda can be done at any time of the year, however, the best time of the year is during the dry season when the roads are more accessible and the terrain less wet. April is one of the months with heavy rainfall in Uganda and it is known as a low season month for visiting mountain gorillas in all-natural habitats of Uganda.
Why trek mountain gorillas in April?
April is an off peak month for not only trekking mountain gorillas but also other tourist activities in Uganda, but it is also one of the best months to travel for the solitary and tourists who would like to visit Uganda and see mountain gorillas without much congestion. You may be wondering why most travelers visit Uganda in the month of April but the truth is visiting the mountain gorillas of Uganda during this month, offers an unforgettable experience as some gorilla groups have no body to visit them, so you are at choice of the best reviewed group you would like to observe as you make your visit.
Being one of the off peak month, April has advantages of being with rates for accommodation facilities like hotels and lodges with some tourist activities reduced since there is less occupancy and participation but this steadily changes when the dry season returns which is usually from the months of June-October and December-February. It is also the month lodges offer discounted rates mostly to group travelers who have common interests and would not like the tension of other groups not know to them.
Another advantage is that in the wet season the forest and savannahs are very green with blossoms and a few species fruiting which provide enough food for the primates and plenty of nectar to the birds which provides a buffet of nature viewing since activities become plenty in the forest filled with different melodies from small mammals to insects not leaving out the variety of bird species while trekking these unique primates in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
How to book a gorilla permit during the low season?
You can directly contact Journeys Uganda so as to book your low season gorilla permit and we will immediately check out for your ideal date before arranging any other Gorilla Safari activity. What is required from you is detailed information about the year, month, and the exact date you plan to do your gorilla trek in the so called low season months.
You will also have to send us your full names as they appear on your passport and nationality since they are requirements to get you a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. We are always in touch with the Uganda wildlife Authority for the availability of your gorilla permit. After all these requirements have been met we shall send you an invoice indicating your full payment of the Gorilla permits and we shall immediately acquire your low season gorilla permit.
What to carry on my packing list for gorilla trekking in Uganda during the month of April.
Although it is possible to trek mountain gorillas in April since it is also called a rainy season. Journeys Uganda advises you to come well prepared for the trip with a good rain gear to help you when it rains, good and comfortable hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts/trousers, hat, sunglasses, energy-giving snacks, insect repellents, first aid kit, a camera with extra batteries, and a pair of binocular to enhance your views while in the forest.
Other activities to do in Uganda.
Uganda is sacred with many tourist attractions that one can do from wildlife safaris, birding, adrenaline taking activities, mountain hikes, and cultural tourism to chimpanzee tracking among others. Chimpanzee tracking is the key attraction in Kibale forest national park and perhaps the second popular activity that Uganda has to offer. The park harbors over 13 different primate species within its unique forest.
In Uganda, chimpanzees can also be sighted in other destinations like Budongo forest south of Murchison Falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Lizabeth national park, and Kalinzu Eco tourism forest reserve.
For wildlife viewing in Uganda, there are savannah national parks where one can go for walking safaris, game viewing, and boat safaris and these national parks are Kidepo valley, Lake Mburo, Murchison falls and Queen Elizabeth national park respectively.
With all the above bird watching is another key activity for eco tourists to Uganda as very small country to the size of Great Britain of State of Oregon having over 1,000 bird species of which about 800 are residents and breeding here with a few Intra African and numerous Palearctic migrants that embrace the open savannahs, tropical rain forests and the mashes that make Uganda the ‘Eden of Birding’.
Where to stay while visiting mountain gorillas of Uganda in April.
Mountain gorillas in Uganda are sighted in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and they are both found in the southwestern region of Uganda, with various safari lodges where one can stay to make his /her trip fantastic. Some of these lodges are very recommended;
Broadbill forest camp is for mid-range to budget tourists. The broadbill offers 4 tents which are self-contained with single, double and twin. It has a restaurant and a bar with all types of drinks. Besides gorilla trekking, other activities to do while staying at Broadbill forest camp are bird watching, mountain riding, guided nature walks, community walks and interactions and so on.
Bakiga lodge is for luxurious and mid-range tourists who are interested in visiting Bwindi gorillas. It has 8 family cabins and two twin tents and they are all self-contained with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets, showers, solar, and others. Other tourist activities to do while staying at Bakiga lodge are bird watching, guided nature walks, forest walks, participating in craft-making, dancing, siining with The Batwa people all those in the Ruhija sector and others like Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Gift of Nature, Cuckooland and a good camping site at the lower Ruhija community.
Nkuingo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, offers high-quality services to their visitors with very friendly staff, it was constructed with 1 family villa, 2 superior cottages, 3 villas, and 8 garden cottages while using local materials and all of them have en-suite bathrooms, a sitting area, and a private veranda which is good for relaxing. It offers free Wi-Fi, good security, a craft shop, restaurant with a bar that is well stocked with various drinks. Other activities to do apart from gorilla trekking are bird watching, guided nature walks, visiting the Batwa people, and others.
Rushaga gorilla camp is a mid-range lodge and offers all accommodation facilities in order to make your holiday excellent. It also provides self-contained Bandas, family Bandas, secure parking, self-contained luxury tents which are good for mid-range tourists. Activities one can do while staying here are Bird watching, forest walks in Bwindi forest, visiting Lake Bunyonyi for dug-out canoeing, you can go to Mgahinga National Gorilla Park for golden monkey tracking among the many activities.
There are other lodges like the very high end Clouds Lodge, also the Wagtail Safari Camp which is mid-range, this sector is also very accessible from Kisoro with a variety of hotels like the Travelers Rest Hotel, the newly constructed Ikoro hotel and other budget lodges in town, all these are linked to the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi.
The main Buhoma area where gorilla tracking tourism started in Uganda has numerous choices with a great mix of both Luxury and midrange lodges like the Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi View Bandas and the Buhoma Community Bandas all with in the park and on the out skirts we have the Volcanoes Bwindli Lodge, Ngagi Lodge, Silver Springs, Ride for a Woman, The Haven Lodge, Silverback among others.