Bwindi gorilla trekking and Kilimanjaro hiking is very easy and possible to plan. African safaris are always more than a reserved package. The endless Savannah landscapes of Maasai Mara or Serengeti national park, the impenetrable forests inhabiting the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park are all known but a trip to Africa still never fails to surprise you.
You might have a had a trip to the Rwenzori mountains of the moon in Uganda, or maybe to Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree climbing lions, or to Rwanda’s Nyungwe forest national park for the only canopy walk experience in East Africa. But now you want to simply “hit two birds with one stone”, hike up the Kilimanjaro Mountain and then go for gorilla safaris in Uganda. Such a safari is very possible, engaging in two of the best attractive activities in East Africa.
Tourists to East Africa, ten to one, be on a hunt for the lifetime encounters with the endangered apes in their natural habitats or breaking one of the world records; hiking to the top of Mountain Kilimanjaro, East Africa’s highest mountain. With the first rate growing tourism industry especially on the African continent, long gone are the problems of limited accessibility. New and improved roads have been constructed as well as air transport is no longer a hustle in Africa.
When it gets to gorilla trekking in Uganda and Kilimanjaro safari, it is best when it starts from Tanzania and gets complete in Uganda. Mountain Kilimanjaro stands at a height of 5,895 meters making it the highest peak in Africa and the world’s tallest free standing mountain.
Unlike other tall mountains, hiking to the top of Kilimanjaro is not very hectic. The hike takes you through five different climate zones, from the rain forest to alpine desert and finally glacial arctic. After all the hustle, the rugged trails and the cursing, the view at the top is extremely amazing.
Apparently, about 30,000 people climb Mount Kilimanjaro each year. Unfortunately approximately 50% of climbers do not make it to the top, mostly due to altitude illnesses. Many climbers fail through Marangu route, which is a shortest trek that takes five days to hike (round trip).
Having trekked down the mountain and a fine relaxation at the lodge. Tourists can board a direct flight from either Kilimanjaro airport or Arusha airport to Kigali in Rwanda and drive to Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park – all renowned destinations for gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Bwindi is one of the only four national parks in the world that inhabit the endangered mountain gorillas. Over 600 mighty apes which is about half of the total population of the mountain gorillas dwell here, making the park the best gorilla trekking destination in the world. It is pre-dominantly made up of 4 gorilla sectors that inhabit in total 18 gorilla families. These include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo gorilla sectors.
Another amazing gorilla destination in Uganda is the mesmerizing Mgahinga gorilla national park. A soft-spoken national park located close to the Bwindi national park. It is one of the 3 national parks that make up the Virunga conservation area; others include Virunga National Park and Volcanoes national park in D.R. Congo and Rwanda respectively.
Mgahinga boasts of the only Nyakagezi family which is home to only 10 gorillas; though it is estimated that a total of over 80 mountain gorillas inhabit Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Trekking the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park takes trekkers to the thick forest, hiking through the slippery trails without support except from the tree branches and a hand stick, having to avoid the thorny trees, all just sums into an amazing experience dubbed gorilla trekking.
On meeting the great giants of the forest, tourists spend one magical hour watching them carry on their normal lives, juveniles and black backs jumping from one tree branch to the other and Silverbacks aggressively watching over their troops. Trekkers that are not in a good health condition are not allowed to trek the gorillas since these apes are very susceptible to human contagious diseases like flu and cough.
The best gorilla trekking add on-s in Uganda are the Batwa cultural encounter, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and Lake Mulehe experiences.
If it’s an African safari, let it be the one that combines a hiking tour to the top of the great African Hill Kilimanjaro and the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda. This is very possible and in the shortest time possible.