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Uganda

Uganda is also called the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and distinguishes itself with green and fertile land as well as thick, evergreen rainforests. In this country with its very sincere people you also find mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Other than participating in an unforgettable gorilla trekking, visiting breathtaking waterfalls or lakes are among the excursions that you could partake in.

Why Uganda - What to expect

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Both Uganda and Rwanda are the perfect destinations for gorilla trekking. Around 800 gorillas live in the midst of dense rain and bamboo forests and swampland in this cross border region. In Uganda, gorilla trekking takes place in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You go on exciting tours with your professional guides, who take you through the impenetrable rainforest and share their knowledge with you. It could take some time until you find the gorillas, but the time and effort is well worth it. The moments, when you face these impressive creatures are unforgettable.

Special information

A tour through Uganda enables you to get to know a very primal country. There is also the chance of having pleasant cultural encounters with the people, which are rarely possible in such a manner in other countries of the African continent.

Even though accommodation is rather basic compared to other countries in Southern and Eastern Africa, Uganda is still a fairly expensive country to travel. Based on our experience however, it is definitely worth it, as you gather unforgettable memories.

Did you know...,

about 90% of the population in Uganda earn their living from farming or cattle breeding? The food grown the most are bananas. There are more than 50 different kinds of bananas in East Africa alone. In Uganda, 50% of all the bananas planted are cooking bananas. Beer banana and desert bananas each comprise 25% of the total. Not only is the fruit used, but also the leaves, for example for weaving baskets or tiling roofs. Apart from bananas, coffee is also grown in abundance in Uganda and is their most important export good.

Insider’s Tip

If you plan on doing gorilla trekking, you should take into account that it takes place in an altitude of about 2.800 to 3.300 m. To make sure, you fully enjoy the encounter with these fascinating creatures, I recommend an additional acclimatisation day at Bwindi National Park, depending on your tour of course. I was truly impressed by the guided day trip from the north of Bwindi to its south. The hike leads through fascinating rainforest, so that you already get accustomed to the terrain. With the right guide you acquire a lot of additional information and with good planning even visit a fascinating market.

Tours

A stay in Uganda can absolutely be combined with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. Should you want to concentrate on gorilla trekking, we do recommend experiencing the highlights of this activity with a combination of Uganda and Rwanda.

Be inspired for your journey HERE. We would gladly contact you to discuss your individual expectations and are looking forward to being your professional partner for the organisation of your travel arrangement to Africa.

About Uganda

Official Name: Republic of Uganda
Currency: 1 Shilling (UGS) = 100 Cents
Capital: Kampala
Total land surface: 241.038 km² (World rank 77), thereof 28% forest, 28% farmland, 21% pasture land
Expansion: North-South: 600 km, West-East: 500 km
Population: 21,143 million
Offizielle Sprache: English
Largest Cities: Kampala (773.500), Jinja (61.000), Mbale (53.600), Masaka (49.100), Gulu (42.800), Entebbe (41.600)
Climate: Uganda can be visited throughout the year, but gorilla trekking can be more demanding during rainy season. In Uganda an ideal climate prevail, from warm temperatures in the lowlands and lakes to rather cool temperatures in the highlands. The temperatures vary between 21°C and 30°C. The rainy season is between March and May, as well as a short rainy season between October and November. Due to its altitude and the rainforest, the temperatures are much colder for the gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

 

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

www.wildplacesafrica.com/gorilla-lodge

As the name implies, you feel on top of the world from your first gaze across the landscape that simply takes your breath away. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is situated in Nkuringo, bordering the south western corner of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is situated at about 2.100 m altitude with a panorama view of the Virunga mountain range and the Great Rift Valley. Situated along the Great Rift Valley, Bwindi extends over a series of steep ridges, its massive rainforest almost impenetrable, it’s secretive interior providing the perfect habitat for the gorilla population. Terrain varies from swamp and bamboo forest to dense thicket from the ankle up which makes up 90% of the park, thus making gorilla trekking work hard!

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to a population of about 350 mountain gorillas, which is equivalent to roughly half of the worlds’ total population of gorillas! Bwindi is also the only area in Africa to have chimpanzees and mountain gorillas co-existing. The minimum age for gorilla trekking is 15 years.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge comprises of 8 bedrooms built out of stone with two of these being double roomed family units for people travelling together. Each room has their own twin basin en-suite bathroom with hot and cold water, as well as electric lights, plug points and a cosy fireplace. The main building with reception, dining, shop and bar area has six fireplaces to keep it a cosy area throughout the day. Views from the main balcony area stretch across to Rwanda and the Virungas as well as all the way across the border towards Goma in the Congo. The main lodge offers soft and plush finishes with turned wood and commissioned artwork from Ugandan artists adorn the walls throughout.

A Spa is located at the lodge where local woman have been trained in the art of massage the African way. Another optional activity would be a visit to a community project. This includes bird watching, walking to the community, viewing local projects, local beer brewing, iron smelting for a deeper insight of how the locals live. This activity would take about 3 hours. Further it is possible to take a walk to a Batwa pygmy village. These activities should ideally be pre-organised, as they require a local guide from the area.


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