Uganda Wildlife Authority has dropped the price of permits in the low season. That means during the months of March, April, May, October and November the price will be just US$350 per permit. Uganda currently has 7 gorilla families that can be visited in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Parks.
Uganda Wildlife Authority has dropped the price of permits in the low season.
That means during the months of March, April, May, October and November the price will be just US$350 per permit. Uganda currently has 7 gorilla families that can be visited in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Parks.
Why not combine the gorillas of Bwindi Forest with the Chimpanzee Sanctuary – Ngamba Island?
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south-western Uganda is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa and contains both montane and lowland forest. It supports a large number of plants and animals endemic to the region, but most notably half of the world’s population of Mountain gorillas.
The Mountain gorillas, divided into a dozen groups, make up the largest surviving population. The other half is split between Zaire and Rwanda, where they used to roam freely until they were separated by encroachment and farming. The rugged terrain makes hiking in search of the gorillas strenuous work. Tracking begins with a walk through the forest up steep and slippery slopes, to where the gorillas were found on the previous day. Visitors follow through the dense undergrowth until they reach where the gorillas spent the night. Mountain gorillas cover long distances each day and tours can last anywhere between three to eight hours. There are very strict rules to follow when around the gorillas, to prevent behavioural disturbances and transmission of disease from human beings to gorillas. Even if you don’t go see the gorillas, there is plenty to do in the impenetrable forest. You can join guided walks and choose between a two-hour stroll to some beautiful waterfalls and various hikes, lasting up to seven-hour and leading to a number of peaks. The area around Buhoma is an excellent place for watching primates and birds and you may catch a glimpse of the noisy but evasive chimpanzees or the beautiful hornbills and turacos. The forest is home to 120 species of mammals, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, and 163 species of trees.
In Africa, approximately 5,000 chimpanzees are killed by poachers for the bushmeat trade every year. As a by-product of this illegal practice, dozens of infant chimpanzees are taken alive from forests, bound for the pet trade throughout Africa and the rest of the world. As a measure to compliment the legal enforcement efforts of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority against this undesirable trade, establishing a refuge with a specific mission for these orphaned chimpanzees was inevitable.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary was established in October 1998 to care for these individuals confiscated/rescued within Uganda. In addition to providing a safe home and ensuring the welfare of our wild cousins, the establishment’s other goals is to care for the environment on Ngamba Island, to provide a high quality educational experience for visitors as well as benefiting the island local communities. Ngamba Island is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest situated 23kms from Entebbe, near the equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife (over 120 species of bird, hippos, crocodile, monitor lizards) and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees. The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy (for electricity and hot water). The Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation which is co-ordinated and managed by the Chimpanzee Sanctuary & Wildlife Conservation Trust. CSWCT is a partnership with seven organizations committed to the welfare and conservation of wildlife.