Chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda and or Rwanda are very high up to 99% due to the fact that this exercise is very organized in both countries. It is on record that since the start of gorilla tourism in early 1990’s, there is no any traveler who has ever failed to see mountain gorillas.
Uganda has no discounts on gorilla permits, however Congo gives a discount of 50% when you visit during the low season (rainy season) and Rwanda gives 30% Discount (US$ 1,050) on gorilla permits if visiting other Rwanda national parks (Akagera national park, Nyungwe national park) for 3 days and more during the low season of November – May – 15% discount (US$ 1,275) on conference guests who stay pre & post MICE events to see gorillas
Yes, it is very possible to trek the Gorillas via Kigali. It is cheaper and less tiresome because driving from Kigali Airport, Rwanda via Cyanika is only a 3 hours’ drive and from Cyanika to Nkuringo is 5-6 hours’ drive. The majority of habituated gorillas are near the border of Uganda and Rwanda in Southern Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla park.
Engagi is a rukiga word meaning a gorilla. Rukiga is one of the local bantu language spoken in the western part of Uganda districts such as:- Kabale, Rukungiri, Kanungu, Ntungamo
Yes, foreign residents and non-foreign residents need a visa to Uganda and it is on arrival ranging from USD 50 to USD 200. East African residents only need a national identification card to travel to Uganda no need for a visa.
Uganda is safe for LGBT for as long as they are discreet and avoid public display of affection. Uganda’s constitution condemns LGBT actions and it is socially not allowed in the local communities.
Tipping is not a must, one should only tip if they are satisfied with the services and what to tip is according to the tourists.
Safari 4*4 wheel drive vehicles are recommended for those visiting National Parks because of the murram roads and the terrain.
Yes you can, the porters are usually hired by: old and weak trekkers, expectant women, the disabled and those that are not used to moving long distances. Porters carry you and the luggage during the trek. They charge for around $15-$20 depending on your level of fitness, which kind of trek you choose, and weight of luggage you bring with you.
The official language is English and Kiswahili. Luganda is the widely spoken language by natives and non-natives.
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