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Uganda gorilla and chimp trekking safaris from mbarara are now possible with Encounter Africa safaris. At Encounter Africa, we have identified Mbarara town as an important and middle center for most popular national parks in Uganda. From Mbarara, one can easily visit Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park for trekking mountain gorillas. For those interested in boat cruises and game viewing, one can visit Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park starting and ending their tours in Mbarara. Encounter Africa safaris operates a fleet of vehicles stationed in Mbarara to take care of all your travel requirements as far as Bwindi gorilla and chimp trekking holidays are concerned.

Booking Gorilla and chimp trekking safaris from Mbarara town

Bearing in mind that all gorilla and chimpanzee permits are booked at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala, it becomes a bit tricky for those staying in Mbarara to sometimes travel to Kampala to do it themselves. When you contact Encounter Africa safaris, booking gorilla and chimp permits for your gorilla and chimp trekking safaris starting from Mbarara becomes simple. We will check availability of permits for your specified dates, reserve and book them on your behalf. You do not need to come to kampala to correct them since our driver guide will be with them on the day you set off for your safari. For your records, we normally send scanned copies once your permits are secured.

We do not stop at organizing gorilla permits only but also accommodation and transport to and from Mbarara to Bwindi and Kibale National Park for gorilla and chimp trekking excursions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale Forest National Park have different categories of Lodges and we will ensure that we guide you on making the right choice depending on your budget and interest. You may decide to choose Budget, Mid range or Luxury Lodges and we will check availability, reserve and book them for you.

Transport to and from Bwindi and Kibale National Park is also organized to make sure that your travel in style and comfort. Our transport for gorilla and chimp trekking safaris from Mbarara is by 4×4 Safari Vans or 4×4 Safari Jeeps which can be organized for your depending on your budget. All in all, our vehicles are driven by expert drivers and professional guides, they come with drinking water and are comfortable for your travel.

Where to trek Gorillas and chimps from Mbarara town

Uganda has two National Parks where one can visit and see habituated mountain gorillas. These are Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. While there is only one habituated mountain gorilla family in Mgahinga, Bwindi National Park has over 19 habituated mountain gorilla families located in the different sectors of Bwindi impenetrable National Park in Ruhija in the esat, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south and Buhoma in the north. For more details on the different gorilla families, gorilla permits, allocation and so much more, feel free to contact Encounter Africa safaris and we will advise accordingly.

Uganda is blessed with many places where one can trek chimpanzees from Mbarara. One of the best place to see habituated Chimpanzees in the wild is Kibale National Park. It is about 2-3 hours drive from Mbarara to Kibale National Park via Ibanda and Kamwenje. While in Kibale, you have options of trekking chimps in the morning, mid-morning and or afternoon. Kibale National Park has been ranked as the best place to visit habituated chimps and other 12 primates found in this forest. Kibale National Park is also popular for bird watching and forest walks. Other places to visit Chimps include Karinzu as well as Kyambura where habituated communities of Chimpanzees exist.

When to book Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris from Mbarara

Gorilla and chimpanzee safaris from Mbarara can be booked anytime of the year. High seasons of June, July, August, December, January and February tend to attract many people leading to high competition for gorilla and chimpanzee permits. Low seasons of April, May and November have less turn up thus less competition on gorilla and chimpanzee permits. The fact that gorilla and chimpanzee tours involve booking gorilla permits, it is always recommended to book your permits 3-4 months in advance most especially in high season to ensure that you do not lose out. Once gorilla and chimpanzee permits are secured, Encounter Africa safaris will base on that to reserve your accommodation as well as transport to take you to Bwindi impenetrable National Park from Mbarara town.

Included in Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking tour from Mbarara town

Over the years, Encounter Africa safaris ensure that all our tours are all inclusive. When you book a gorilla and chimp tours, we will make sure that your gorilla and chimpanzee permit is included, park entry fees, all meals, accommodation in Budget/Mid range/ or High end lodges, Transport in a 4×4 Safari Vehicle, services of an English speaking local guide and fuel for the whole trip.

Excluded from the cost of your gorilla and chimp tour from Mbarara town

There items that we don’t include in the cost of your gorilla and chimpanzee safari from Mbarara. Among these are lunches on the first day, tips to guides and waiters plus all expenses of personal nature such as Alcoholic drinks. While the above is excluded, we offer you guidelines and any necessary advice to make sure that all is in order for your safari.

Why book your Gorilla and chimp trek from Mbarara with Encounter Africa safaris

Encounter Africa safaris is one of the premier and leading tour operator for Uganda and Rwanda. We have been in this business close to a decade and during this time we have acquired vast knowledge and experience to run successful gorilla and chimpanzee tours from anywhere. Encounter Africa safaris is 100% owned and run by Ugandans who are passionate about what they do. We have a team of both mature and young office and field staff who will work with you to make sure that your dream of trekking gorilla and chimps are achieved with the highest degree of success. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly reviewed and recommended on Trip advisor and Safari bookings by our former clients.

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