It’s currently a very common question received in various booking forms, emails or phone calls by tourists inquiring to know which destination is easy for tracking mountain gorillas between Uganda and Rwanda?
Proper research is essential for every tranquil safari experience, Yes as tourists do this we came to realize the dominance of such comparison statements when it comes to Mountain gorilla tours. To put forward this is due to tourists being misinformed in a way I can call “BLACK MARKETING” by media firms out there.
As someone who grew up in the mountain gorilla lands and currently advocating for responsible tourism through Instinct safaris platform, I know there are a lot of factors that can influence a single mountain gorilla trek different from the previous experience. We need to first of all appreciate the fact that this tourist activity is the platinum of all the safari goers into the African wilderness, there are quite promising points why its mountain gorilla tracking not mountain gorilla viewing.
This tracking gains sense by following a natural trail to finally allocate a mountain gorilla family to be tracked inside the forest. Mountain gorillas are known to be freely mobile in their home range meaning a tracking point cannot be taken into account for the following day.
The answer to this question depends on you as a tourist, your likes and preferences and what you are expected to see in the general itinerary can lead you to track mountain gorillas in either Uganda or Rwanda.
As Rwanda has increased a single permit to 1,500$, price wise and affordability can influence someone to preffer Uganda where a permit still costs 600$ for a single day tracking. Another point to consider is that Rwanda has done a terrific job to put her tourism industry on the global scale including mountain gorillas through journalism, Uganda with more to offer to an increasing number of tourists than Rwanda and D.R.congo which are her rival competitors has not done enough so far.
A professional statement for mountain gorilla tracking in Rwanda can be summarized with advantages like short driving distance from Kigali the capital city, golden monkey tracking as an additional activity in the same park, volcanoes climbing, Rwanda has more affordable lodging in the sophisticated luxury choices in Kinigi and throughout the country, canopy walking at Nyungwe forest, there is time to chill outand relax for post safari on lake kivu sandy beaches, better road conditions atleats cleaner and More visitors’ availability.
On the Cons side of Rwanda, tourists need to understand that asingle permit in Rwanda is 1,500$ compared to 600$ in Uganda, Higher lodging costs, More lodging in towns than in the wilderness areas, Limited add-Ons not fully classified with all Big five game, limited chimpanzee population, less tracking permits of 8 on 10 group totaling to 80 daily, no gorilla habituation experience which is anew addition to Uganda.
Uganda however is known to shelter more mountain gorilla populations on the planet more than a half 480 out of 880,there is gorilla tracking on both two national p[arks of Bwindi and Mgahinga, more habituated mountain gorillas in Uganda 12 than Rwanda, easier acquisition of gorilla permits, golden monkey can be tracked and habituated in Uganda’s Mgahinga forest,Fly into Rwanda and track in Uganda.
Lower priced permits in Uganda at 600$, Discounted low season offer on permit sales of April-May and November-December ending in 2017, Lower priced lodging including on some upmarket accommodations in wilderness areas.
Ample opportunities for a total African safari experience in Uganda, best chimpanzee tracking on 4500 individulas inside the rain forest with a provision of whole day habituation experiences,Mountain gorilla tracking and mountaineering on the volcanoes and Rwenzori snow caped highest peaks of the region, relax and chill out on lake Bunyonyi or Mutanda feeling the glide of adugout canoe trekking experiences, Quite fluent English is used in Uganda than in Rwanda.
However the Cons of Uganda‘s side are long driving distances from Entebbe to Bwindi and some other uncoordinated tourist attractions, road conditions in remote tourist centers and bumpy, has no gorilla naming ceremony, don’t serve coffee at the orientation of the trek.
At the end of the day, the choice is yours as Instinct safaris we are always looking forward to furnish you with accurate and timely information and will tailor down your safari expectation into an uplifting safari experiences. KARIBU!