It is very possible to organize gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa. Uganda remains the leading and key destination for gorilla trekking in East Africa and Africa at large. This small country located in East Africa has the highest number of mountain gorillas in the whole world and these mountain gorillas of Uganda live in two great national parks of Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Uganda remains the most affordable and safe country for gorilla trekking. With the increase in the price for Rwanda gorilla permits from USD750 to USD1500, Uganda remains the next best option with gorilla permits still at USD600 (2018-19) and subject to change should Uganda Wildlife Authority revise its tariffs.
South Africa is among the countries that supply Uganda with tourists every year. A number of tour operators in South Africa are working hand in hand with Uganda tour operators when it comes to booking gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa. Encounter Africa safaris organizes and handles gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa on behalf of direct clients as well as Tour operators who contact us.
Why Gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa
There are several reasons why you should consider Gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa. While gorilla trekking takes place in three countries of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda, Uganda remains the most affordable and safe country. It is very true that Democratic Republic of Congo is the cheapest when it comes to the price of gorilla permits but gorilla trekking has been suspended due to insecurity in this part of the great and big country. This leaves Uganda and Rwanda as the only options. With Rwanda permit price hiked from USD750 to USD1500, Uganda remains the only affordable country for gorilla trekking. With increased demand for gorilla trekking in Uganda, the number of gorilla families have been increased from 15 to 17 groups following a successful habituation of two gorilla families Katwe group in Buhoma and Christmas gorilla family in Nkuringo.
Gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa (Flights)
It is possible to fly from South Africa and do gorilla and Uganda safaris anytime of the month or year. Several airlines can be considered for those who want to do gorillas and Uganda safaris from South Africa. The most prominent Airlines that fly from South Africa to Uganda include South Africa airways and Rwanda Air. It’s about four hour flight and you will be in Uganda (Entebbe international Airport) or Kigali International Airport in Rwanda. For more information about the fares and discounts on tickets, please contact Encounter Africa safaris, South Africa Airways and Rwanda air for details.
If you land in Entebbe for your gorilla and Uganda safaris from South Africa, you may choose to book our flying safaris to Bwindi and other national parks. Fly in safaris are designed for those who would like to avoid long drives from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga. Encounter Africa safaris will handle all issues related to scheduled and charter flights in and out of Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We have sample fly in safaris that one can choose from. Our 3 Day flying to gorillas is designed for those interested in gorillas only why 5 day fly in to gorillas and game caters for those who want to combine mountain gorillas with wildlife viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Encounter Africa safaris can also combine gorillas in the Bwindi with other national Parks such as Murchison Falls National Park as well as Kidepo Valley National Park in North Eastern Uganda.
One may choose one of our road trips to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and other national Parks such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park and Murchison Falls National Park for game drives, boat cruises and chimpanzee trekking (Kibale). All our road trips are conducted in 4×4 Safari vehicles with well trained safari guides knowledgeable in Uganda’s culture, flora and fauna. Check out our 3 Day gorilla trek from Entebbe or 5 Day gorilla and game safari. You may also like our 5 Day gorilla and chimpanzee trekking or go for more than 5 Days.
If you book a flight that will have you land in Kigali, Encounter Africa safaris will organize your road transfer from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We will cross from Rwanda to Uganda through Chanika boarder or Katuna boarder onwards to the Eastern or Southern parts of Bwindi impenetrable National Park (Ruhija, Nkuringo or Rushaga respectively). For one to move easily from Uganda to Rwanda and then back, you may need to book an East Africa tourist visa at USD100 to allow you visit these two countries at ago. This East Africa tourist visa can be booked at Kigali International Airport on arrival or online.
When you book our gorilla and Uganda Uganda safaris from South Africa, we will make sure that all ground work is done for you. We will book your gorilla permits, accommodations, all transfers from the airport and to all national parks, pay your park fees where applicable as well as all activities requested. Encounter Africa safaris remains one of the most trusted tour operators for Rwanda and Uganda and you can check out our reviews on Trip Advisor and Safari bookings. We can organize Uganda safaris from 3 to 21 days or more to if requested. Kindly send us an email and one of our safari designer will be glad to answer all your asked questions.