Top Safari Destinations in Africa
Coming face to face with mountain
Gorillas in Uganda
Deciding which country to go to in Africa for your so-long dreamed safari adventure can easily become a dilemma. And truth is, Africa is a limitless continent with incredible national parks and game reserves that would be the perfect scenario for a brilliant safari experience but, which national park should you visit?
Below is a list of my favorite national parks across Africa in which, except for Etosha National Park in Namibia, all of them home Africa’s Big 5 (read Safari Vocabulary at the end of this page). Please note that there’s no guarantee to see the members of the Big Five in any of the national parks in this list. It’s well-known that the population of rhinos are drastically dwindling across Africa; however, some Big Five are notably common in specific locations at certain times of the year. Also note that most national parks home a high number of giraffes, zebras, wildebeests, hippos and a grand variety of antelope and birds.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Serengeti is by far is my favorite National Park in whole Africa. Its endless fields are home to our world’s most incredible wildlife. And when visiting Serengeti during the Great Migration season, be ready to experience one of nature’s most incredible events as wildebeest migrate to neighboring Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.
A maximum of 8 trekkers are allowed per gorilla family!
How can you do a gorilla trekking
Unlike any other African safari, gorilla trekking requires a specific permit from the UWA (Uganda Wildlife Authority). Permits should be booked in advance as only roughly 32 permits are being issued every day. Permits cost around 600 USD and should be paid in cash with bills series 2009 and above. Damaged bills or series below 2009 will most likely be turned down. Make sure you keep that in mind when coming to Uganda. If you book your trekking with a safari company, I highly recommend Shaka Tours runned by Joshua, they will take care of that for you. However, if you are self-driving to Bwindi, you must head to the UWA office in Kampala and book for the next available date.
How to book a gorilla permit
The best way to experience this fascinating activity is by booking a gorilla trek with official safari companies specialized in such activity. The downside of it? It is a pricey experience that many will probably turn it down. But trust me, it is worth every single cent. I have aligned with my trustworthy gorilla company to offer you the chance to go on the same gorilla tour as I did. For the ultimate adventurers, you may book a gorilla permit yourself (read below) and self-drive to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Entebbe or Kampala with your rented car.
A gorilla trekking permit comes at a pricey cost of 600 USD!
Best time to visit Uganda’s mountain gorillas
Visiting Uganda’s mountain gorillas is a year-round activity, however, it is always recommended to visit Bwindi in the dry season as the road to Bwindi tend to become a challenge in the rainy season, especially if you are self-driving and are unfamiliar to rough terrains. The following calendar shows the dry season in Bwindi only. Gorilla trekking can be done all year-round.
Written & Photographed by
Lipe Planells (The World Hopper)
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