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Bike To Uganda Gorilla Parks
Gorilla trekking is the most popular yet the most expensive tourist activity in Uganda. If you consider doing it in Uganda; you have mainly two options; Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is the Ugandan extension of Virunga ranges in Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National park. It is also the smallest national park in Uganda and less visited compared Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. However, anyone that considers motorcycle adventures in Uganda is likely to enjoy driving around the steep hills of Kisoro. You will really enjoy the steep slopes while getting the best view of the valleys.
Best Time To Visit Gorilla Parks in Uganda
The best time to visit gorilla parks would be between the month of March and May. These are less busy times compared to January, February, July, August and December. If you can afford a November trip in Uganda, it would be the most recommended however much it known for unforeseen drizzles.
Distance From Kampala and Other Parks
Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are about 110 kilometres apart. However much the distance might sound short in terms of Kilometres, it might take you about 3 hours and 20 minutes to drive from one park to another.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located about 550 kilometres from Kampala, however, it can be less than 500km in case you consider the shorter routes. Mgahinga gorilla national park is about 500km from Kampala. Regardless of which park you planning to visit, if you are considering a nonstop drive, it will take you about 9 to 10 hours.
What you should know before Gorilla trekking in Uganda
- Do not visit the gorillas if you have a cold or other infectious illness. Gorilla can get infected with the same diseases affected by human beings. In view of conservation, you are always recommended not to visit mountain gorillas with any communicable disease.
- The minimum age for tracking is 15 years. Anyone below 15 years is not allowed to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. For the case of motorcycle adventures, no one below the age of 18 years is allowed to ride a motorbike.
- Human waste should be buried 30cm (12”) deep. Please note, there are no toilets in the forest, in case you need to ease yourself, you must dig a hole, ease yourself and cover it up.
- The maximum number of visitors is eight persons per gorilla Group. However, this is not usually the case in the low seasons such as November and April. During the low season, some groups might have less than 8 people
- You are required to maintain a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorilla during your gorilla trekking experience in either Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. However there instances where the mountain gorillas will violate the distance you have kept in between; they can even touch you, in this case, you are advised to simply keep still until they move away. Any unnecessary movements might put not only you but all trekking team in danger.
- Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted during gorilla trekking.
- If you must sneeze or cough cover your face and turn away from the gorillas, as they can catch coughs and colds from humans
- Visits are limited to one hour per gorilla group per day
- Do not use flash photography.