I just have two words: SIMPLY SPECTACULAR. Seeing this amazing country through Churchill Tailored Safaris was one of the best decisions that our group got to make. You guys are the best.
We had a memorable time in the pearl of Africa. I told other colleagues. They are now looking through your website, for the perfect fit. Told them that the tailor-made option is simply on point!1 Thank you for the fast responses too!
I really had an experience like no other. Churchill Tailored Safaris, you guys, you’re definitely doing a great job. Thank You!!!
I literally gave Churchill Safaris less than 48 hours to arrange an 8 day itinerary for me including gorilla tracking in Uganda. Brenda’s customer service was superb, and they surely delivered! Brighton was my guide and was there waiting for me at the airport. We had a fabulous time together. Brighton made sure I was always happy with each accommodation, and ensured we were moving at a nice leisurely pace with plenty of time for stopping and taking pictures. I can’t say enough about Brighton, and what a kind, knowledgeable person he is, and a very safe driver. I was having such as great time, that I asked if I could extend my trip for 3 more days. I entrusted Brighton to come up with an itinerary that he knew I’d enjoy, and Brenda worked her magic, again choosing beautiful accommodations for me. In the end, I tracked chimpanzees, gorillas, and golden monkeys. I stayed at beautiful Lake Bunyonyi, saw the Nile source, saw lions, hippos, and elephant families at Queen Elizabeth National Park, and countless other adventures. The Ugandan people are the loveliest people I have met in Africa, and since it was low season, I practically had all the lodges to myself. It was supposed to be rainy season, but the weather was great. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Churchill Safaris!
Wow, what an amazing adventure we had in Uganda! We have travelled to other parts of Africa on many occasions, but we have never been looked after so well as on our trip to Uganda organised by Churchill Safaris. Every day was absolutely amazing, made much more special by our wonderful driver and guide, Joseph. Joseph met us at Entebbe Airport with a warm and welcoming smile. Our first night was spent in the beautiful Protea Marriot Hotel on the shore of Lake Victoria. Joseph arranged to collect us the next morning to take us to Mabamba Swamp in the hope of spotting the elusive shoebill. We were not disappointed. Wow, we couldn’t believe we were so close to a real, wild, and very rare shoebill, watching it hunt in the swamp. Our first day was one we will never forget, as was every day of our trip. The drives between our lodges were between 4-6 hours, and the beautiful scenery was so interesting to see, as were the villages. Joseph looked after us so well, and made sure we had plenty to eat and drink on our road journeys. Next stop was the Crater Lakes Region where we trekked with the chimpanzees in Kibale Rainforest. It was amazing, and again we got so close to the chimps! Joseph was the perfect guide with a wealth of information. We learned so much about Ugandan politics, the people, the history and so much more. Thank you to Churchill Safaris, and especially Joseph, for the most amazing Ugandan adventure!
Trekking: Refers to going on a long arduous journey, typically on foot in search for anything that will eventually satisfy your soul. The connection between gorilla and trekking is typically visible since one sets off from their places of comfort onto an expedition into the wild and tropics in search for gorillas and interact with nature through the walk in the jungle.
Gorilla trekking is an activity where tourists / people go searching for gorillas in the wild(not actual dictionary definition). Gorilla trekking is currently available in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. The process of gorilla trekking involves hiking or trekking in search for the rare mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking into Uganda’s biodiverse and mountainous Bwindi impenetrable forest is such a memorable and breathtaking adventure you ought to partake. The setting of the forest is arguably mystical. Unlike any other experience in Africa, the atmosphere of the trek through the jungle is mist and unreal. With each step your anticipation builds and the reward of seeing the last remaining mountain gorilla is spectacular.
A gorilla habituation experience is the process where wild mountain gorillas get used to the presence of humans. In Uganda, gorilla habituation is only done in the southern area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in the Rushaga region.
The four hour mountain gorilla experience is the newly introduced product by Uganda wildlife authority, a body in charge of Uganda’s 10 world class national and 12 wild life reserves on top of more sanctuaries. This was due to requests from more tourists who feel want to have more time with the wild animals like Mountain gorillas of bwindi national park, golden monkeys in Mgahinga gorilla national park, chimpanzees in kibale national park ,Lions, elephants and Hippos in Queen Elizabeth national park. This is part of experiential tourism where one spends more time with a family of mountain gorillas amidst rangers and trackers, this four hour allows you to capture more different memories in terms of gorilla behaviors,interactions,bonding,grooming,playing,feeding,matinmg,breast feeding and resting which they hardly exercise on a daily one hour visit.
Gorilla permits tend to sell out quickly so its always advised to book your gorilla permit in advance. At Churchill Safaris we advise that you book your safaris on time 3-4 months in advance to avoid short notice disappointments. Gorilla permits tend to run out during high seasons of June, July , August, September, December, January and February each year. Please contact us about the availability of gorilla permits on firstname.lastname@example.org
When looking at the price of a gorilla tour in Uganda and Rwanda. You need to consider three main components, that is gorilla permit , accommodation and transport to and from the park.
A budget of gorilla trekking normally ranges from USD 490 to USD 520 per person sharing excluding permits. A gorilla permit price in Uganda currently costs USD 600, in Rwanda it is USD 1500 and then gorilla habituation experience permits cost USD 1500. A budget for accommodation ranges from USD 50 to USD 500 and more for luxury lodges per person sharing.
Only a minimum of 8 people are allowed to trek or visit a given gorilla family in Bwindi, Mgahinga and Volcanoes National Park.
Bwindi has about 14 habituated gorilla families allowing only 8 people per day per hour.
Gorilla types: the mountain gorilla, one of the world’s most endangered species with estimations indicating that there are about 300 mature individuals left in the world. Eastern lowland gorillas, this is the biggest of all primates mostly inhabiting mountain and lowland tropical forests. Western lowland gorillas, the smallest subspecies but the body of both genders is robust and powerful. Cross river gorilla, the most threatened of all subspecies by habitat loss. Western gorilla, smaller than eastern gorillas but with same physical appearance. Eastern gorilla, largest primate in the world. One of the most amazing creatures in sub Saharan Africa are the mountain gorillas, found mostly in the high altitude areas of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, in reference to a gorilla census carried out in 2011, there are believed to be over 880 mountain gorillas in existence primarily located in Bwindi impenetrable forest throughout the Virunga volcanoes bordering Uganda, Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo.
Every client wants to get the best out of the fee paid for gorilla safaris in either Rwanda or Uganda and the first question that arises is when is the best time for gorilla trekking
While mountain gorilla in Uganda and Rwanda can be trekked throughout the whole year, drier months of June, July, August and early September then December up to February are the most preferred.
Bwindi is located in south western Uganda and is divided into four regions. Buhoma region in the North, Ruhija region in the East, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the South, each region has habituated gorilla families for gorilla tracking. The Impenetrable Forest Reserve was gazetted in 1942, upgraded to the BwindiI Impenetrable National Park in 1992 and recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994.in the local Rukiga language, Bwindi actually means ‘Impenetrable.’ This double warning is apt, for Bwindi is all but impenetrable; 327km2 of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys and high, draughty ridges. But if the terrain is far from easy to negotiate, it is well worth the effort. Atrek through this, one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered Mountain Gorillas, ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters Bwindi can be cold especially in the morning and at night, the annual average temperature range is 70C-200C with the coldest period being June and July. Warm clothing is required plus wet weather gear since Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain/year. This is concentrated during two wet seasons, short rains in March-May and heavy rains in September-November. Instead of short tropical deluges, rain in Bwindi often falls as long hours of soft drizzle.
A gorilla permit allows you one hour with mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga or Volcanoes National Park. Included in the cost are park entry fees for the respective parks, services of National Park guides/ranges who will escort you to the forest.
The age limit for gorilla tracking (Uganda and Rwanda) and golden monkey trekking (Uganda) is 15years. The authorities are very strict on this, so kindly make sure all clients and children are 15 or older in order to avoid any sad incidents like guest(s) kids being refused to track!…
The age limit for trekking chimpanzees in Uganda is 12yrs old and children 10yrs and older are allowed to trek golden monkeys in Rwanda as long as they are accompanied by an adult.