Mountain Gorilla Trekking is one of the most popular wildlife adventures in Africa but also one of the most expensive safaris in Africa as a single gorilla permit costs US$ 600 per person if you are doing gorilla trekking in Uganda and US$ 1500 for Rwanda gorilla permit which makes it hard for low budget travelers but even if it’s like that still visitors yearn for a chance of meeting the rare mountain gorilla in the wild. Good news is that you can enjoy a more affordable primate tracking in Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth park and Murchison falls park and ditch the expensive Bwindi gorilla safari package.
You can visit Kibale forest Budongo forest, Kaniyo pabidi forest o or Kyambura and get chance to encounter up to 12 primates including the infamous chimpanzees, vervet monkeys, baboons, Black & White colobus monkey, L’hoest monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Grey cheeked mangabey to mention but a few.
Here are four reasons why you can ditch the gorilla safari in Bwindi for a trip to other primate destinations
Cheaper permit – Unlike the high cost gorilla permit that costs US$ 600 per person, it will just cost you US$ 150 per person for a primate walk in Kibale forest and only US$ 90 per person for treks through Bundongo forest , Kaniyo Pabidi forest and the Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth.
Shorter distance – Bwindi forest and Mgahinga park are both situated in the south western corner of Uganda with road trips lasts up to 8 hours if you are travelling from Kampala city while trips to Murchison falls park and Queen Elizabeth park are way shorter so you won’t have to worry about the long distances boring trips.
Wildlife driversity – A safari to Bwindi forest and Mgahinga ranges will only limit you to seeing the gorillas and a few other primates which is not the case if you do primate tracking in Murchison falls park & Queen Elizabeth park , you will get chance to encounter other species including herds of buffalo, elephant, giraffes, warthogs, lions, leopards, antelope species and a variety of brid species.
Other activities – You don’t have to be limited to only gorilla trekking & nature walks when you make a tour to Murchison falls park and Queen Elizabeth national park , from exciting morning and evening game drives to relaxing launch trips along the Nile , hot air balloon safaris and bird watching , the list of things to do not only caters for nature and primate lovers but also adventure seekers and ardent birders.
So if you can’t afford gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, then you should consider tracking other primates in the above mentioned destinations to cut your trip expenditure and also get chance to encounter other wildlife species. To book or inquire about a safari to Bwindi forest, Murchison falls park, Queen Elizabeth national park or any other destination, simply send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +256-777887173