What to pack for gorilla or chimp trekking, both gorilla and chimp trekking requires one to have hiking boots, garden gloves, long-sleeved trousers and shirts, rain jackets, sunglasses, huts, a hiking stick, and some energy giving foods to give you that extra strength when needed. You might not need a porter for chimp trekking in Kibale but we highly recommend one for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your gorilla trek.
Gorilla and Chimp permit Costs?
In Uganda, you require a permit to either trek gorillas or chimpanzees. Gorilla tracking permit for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park costs USD600.00 Uganda Wildlife Authority is offering low season discounted gorilla permits in the months of April, May, and November 2016 at USD450.00 enabling you to save USD150.00. The above includes trekking gorillas, a guide for the trek, and park entrance fees. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Uganda vary according to where you will be trekking them. In Kibale Forest National Park a chimpanzee trekking permit is USD150 while in Kyambura is at USD50.00 per person per trek and includes a guide, park entrance, and viewing chimps.
Gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and they are approximately 9 hours from Kampala or Entebbe international airport while driving and it also depends on which side of Bwindi you are going to because Bwindi Forest has 4 trekking sector namely Rushaga sector, Nkuringo sector, Ruhija sector, and Buhoma sector. If you are flying, then it might take you around about one and a half hours to Bwindi or Kisoro. Kibale National Park is about 5 hours from Kampala, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elisabeth National Park is approximately 7 hours drive from Kampala while Budongo Forest found in Murchison Falls National Park is also approximately 5-6 hours drive to northern Uganda.
What to pack for gorilla or chimp trekking