Organizing a luxury gorilla safari to Nkuringo during high season
Are you planning and interested in doing your gorilla trek in Nkuringo during the high season, yes it is possible with Encounter Africa Safaris. We are highly experienced in making sure you secure the gorilla permits even if it tends to be hard especially during the high season during the months of June to September every year. During this time there are always many travelers interested in gorilla trekking in Bwindi and this makes the services and gorilla permits sell out making it hard for travelers to do trek in Nkuringo forcing them to opt for other sectors in the park.
About Nkuringo sector
Nkuringo sector is located in the southern part of Bwindi, Nkuringo is a home to the Nkuringo family, Bushaho family and Christmas family available for trekking. Nkuringo is located on higher altitudes, which make trekking in this region very strenuous and hard. The sector is recommended for the young, adventurers and energetic travelers and those interested in something beyond just seeing gorillas but also hiking. While in this area it’s clear and straightforward to see the Virunga Volcanoes in Uganda and Rwanda and may give you ideas to visit the region.
Important things to consider when organizing a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Nkuringo during high season.
Booking your gorilla permits in advance
When organizing a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Nkuringo we recommend you book your gorilla permits atleast 3 to 4 month prior your gorilla safari date. This is because during high season permits sell out in advance on first come first serve basis. You need a gorilla permit to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Nkuringo, this costs USD700 for Foreign non residents, USD600 for Foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda Shillings for East Africa Citizens and this gives you an opportunity to spend one-hour encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi. Contact us for more details on how to book gorilla permits for tracking in Nkuringo in advance.
Staying in Luxury accommodation
This is very important to consider when organizing a luxury gorilla safari holiday to Nkuringo during high season, for you to have a great experience and comfort during your safari it is great to stay in luxury accommodations. Nkuringo has many luxury lodge options from which you can choose from and options include Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge and Lake Mutanda Lodge. You can as well stay at Lodges in Rushaga and from here you will be able to trek gorillas in Nkuringo
Luxury and comfortable travel to Nkuringo
You should consider travelling in 4×4 Land cruisers this will give you comfort on the road to Nkuringo. There is also an option of flying to Kisoro Airstrip which is close to Nkuringo; this will help cut the long drive from Entebbe/Kampala which is normally 8-9 hours drives to only 2 hour drive that you spend from Kisoro Airstrip to your lodge in Nkuringo.
What to wear during Gorilla Trekking in Nkuringo
You might be probably wondering what to wear for your trek, below is a compiled list on what to wear;
- A long armed sweater since the park gets cold
- 2 pairs of long trousers
- Water proof hiking boots
- A hat and sun glasses depending on the weather though this is optional
- Cameras and long lasting batteries since photography is very important to keep your memories alive. Always remember to keep our flash off.
- A pair of Binoculars. This will help you to see the vast birds Bwindi impenetrable forest has among other primates
- Gardening Gloves; these will help you when you are holding onto trees and branches through the trek.
- A rain coat; Since Bwindi impenetrable forest is rainforest, the rain is unpredictable so to be on a safer side, you will be required to carry along a coat.
- A mosquito Repellent; since it is a forest, it has different dangerous insects so it’s advisable to carry it along or wear it
- sun screen; Well this is optional but depending on the season, it might get too hot and you end up getting sun burns on your skin so to avoid that, you will need a sun screen.
- You should not wear very bright colors since this will charge or scare away the gorillas.
- Black and Blue colors are also not recommended since they attract Tsetse Flies So I would recommend neutral colors.
How to get Nkuringo Sector for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
By Air: You can get to Nkuringo by air which is faster and less tiresome. Aero link is a domestic airline offering both schedule and charter flights to Kisoro Airstrip from where you connect to Nkuringo. There is no direct flight to Nkuringo but you can be dropped off to Kisoro Airstrip where you will be picked up by our professional guide and dropped at your lodge. The drive time from Kisoro to a nearby lodge is approximately 1 hour.
By Road: Nkuringo can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Nkuringo. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
Best time to organize a luxury gorilla safari to Nkuringo
Nkuringo is located in Bwindi impenetrable forest and the park is open for trekking all year round but it is also important to note that the forest is a tropical rain forest and can receive rain at any time. The best months to track gorillas include; June to August and December to February since they receive the lowest rainfall and the forest is less slippery. On the other hand, when you happen to travel during March to May and November there are chances of higher rainfall, you will be able to get discounts from some lodges for your accommodation.
Why book you luxury gorilla safari Holiday to Nkuringo during high season with us
Founded in 2003, Encounter Africa safaris takes pride in customizing tailor-made safaris. It has a very diligent and trustworthy team. Your queries are answered within 20minutes by our team of professional tour consultants. These consultants will make a travel plan for you, answer to all your questions and make sure all your services are booked in advance for you to avoid inconveniences. We also have very knowledgeable safari guides depending on your language preferences. Some Luxury Gorilla safaris include; the 2-day Gorilla Fly-in safari, the 3-day Gorilla Fly-in safari, 4 Day Gorilla fly-in safari, it all depends on your preference. Feel free to contact us.