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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A Good Time To Track Gorillas and Chimps in Uganda

Fed a steady diet of bleak wildlife conservation news out of Africa, especially with regard to the increase in poaching elephants in Kenya and Tanzania, I was delighted to hear the latest news out of Uganda. The last census reports a 12% increase in the gorilla population. The survey found that there are now 880 gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, up from 786 in 2010. The best way to celebrate that news is to get yourself over to Uganda and see the gorillas firsthand, an unparalleled travel experience. If you visit Bwindi in April and May, the $500 per day permit will be reduced to $350. To make the most of your time, consider Africa Adventure Consultants new 10-day Uganda Flying Safari. Eliminating many of the longer drives, the trip starts in the Kibale forest, where you spend two days viewing the chimps. Then it’s on to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you can see over 95 recorded mammal species and enjoy a boat excursion that takes you for a close-up look at the largest concentration of hippos in the world (reported to be about 30,000). Finish your safari with 2 days of gorilla trekking at Bwindi. Now that’s a memorable trip! 

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 03/05/13 at 12:58 PM
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It's always good to see that the gorilla population in Bwindi and Mgahinga are rising. And what is even better, is that the promotional gorilla permit prices don't only apply to foreigners, but also to Ugandans and other East Africans. In the period advertised by UWA, they only have to pay 150'000 UGX per person! This is about US $58! Cheers

Picture of Niels Sievertsen Comment by Niels Sievertsen
on 05/12/13 at 09:25 PM

Good to hear, Niels. Thanks for sharing! Steve

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 05/13/13 at 02:57 PM

The price for gorilla trekking has increased from $ 500 to $ 600, from next year 2014.

Picture of Sandra Nans Comment by Sandra Nans
on 12/05/13 at 11:46 PM

That's good to know, Sandra. Thanks for sharing!

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 12/06/13 at 01:37 PM

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