6 New Baby Gorillas Born in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks
Uganda Wildlife Authority is celebrating a gorilla baby boom in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks amidst covid19. Within 6 months of lockdown, Uganda has received 6 baby gorillas 5 of which were born in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park while 1 baby gorilla was born to Nyakagyezi gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The baby boom is attributed to excess freedom and comfort of gorillas with no visitors around them. According to Joseph Arinaitwe the warden at Uganda Wildlife Authority in Bwindi Forest, mountain gorillas indeed needed alone time for sexual intercourse and no pressure from the clients. Great thanks to conservation bodies, gorilla doctors, patrol teams, rangers and all UEWA staff in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga who have worked hand in hand to promote gorilla conservation in the country. Apparently, Uganda is home to the world’s highest number of mountain gorillas sheltering half of the world’s total gorilla population.
5 Babies Born in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Since March 2020, 5 baby gorillas have been born in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. 2 baby gorillas were born in Rushaga southern sector of Bwindi in Nshongi and Muyambi gorilla families Forest while 3 were born in Buhoma sector north of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Rushaga and Buhoma are the most visited gorilla regions in Bwindi Forest. Buhoma sector is easily accessed via Kabale while Rushaga is suitable for Rwanda to Uganda gorilla safari. Most of the travelers flying into Kigali Rwanda and visit the gorillas in Uganda find Rushaga sector the easy to reach sector.
Baby gorilla born in Mgahinga Gorilla Park
The latest bay gorilla in Uganda was born in Nyakagyezi gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The new baby was born on 2nd September 2020 to Nshuti an adult female gorilla in this family.
Gorilla Safaris in Uganda
Gorilla safaris are Uganda’s top tourist activity which brings in the highest number of travellers from all over the world. YES, over 60% of all travellers to Uganda opt to trek gorillas in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The availability of gorilla permits in Uganda compared to the neighbouring Rwanda and Congo make Uganda a premier travel destination. The availability of gorilla passes in Uganda is attributed to the many gorilla families which have been habituated for trekking. Altogether, Uganda currently has 18 gorilla families, 17 in Bwindi and 1 in Mgahinga National Park. These include
- Mubare family
- Habinyanja family
- Rushegura gorilla group
- Katwe family
- Christmas gorilla family
- Bitukura gorilla group
- Nshongi gorilla family
- Oruzogo gorilla family
- Mishaya gorilla family
- Bweza gorilla family
- Kahungye gorilla group
- Kyaguriro gorilla group
- Nkuringo gorilla family
- Busingye gorilla group
- Nyakagyezi Family in Mghinga
- Bushaho gorilla family (undergoing habituation)
- Bikyingi gorilla family (undergoing habituation)
Each day, 136 gorilla permits are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority for first comers. 8 travellers everyday visit each gorilla family for an hour.
Cost of Uganda gorilla safaris
Uganda offers the most affordable gorilla safari packages in East Africa. Each Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for Ugandans and East African citizens. This is far cheaper compared to US$1500 in Rwanda. More so, a gorilla habituation permit in Uganda which allow travellers to spend four hours with gorillas cost US$1500 but the experience is worth the penny. The gorilla-permit price includes park entrance fee, guiding fees, conservation fee and government taxes. This means that a traveller who has a gorilla permit will not be asked to pay park-entrance fee on the day of trekking.
Post covid-19 Uganda gorilla safaris
Uganda has reopened for post-covid-19 gorilla safaris to Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks. The two gorilla parks had been closed since March 2020 in a bid to contain the spread of the deadly covi19 to the endangered gorillas. Booking a post covid19 Uganda gorilla safari gives you a chance to meet the new babies born in the lockdown. African Jungle Adventures is at your service to book and tailor-make for sure a suitable pocket-friendly potscovid19 Uganda safari package. Booking is required as early as 3 months prior to ensure timely planning. More so, travellers are reminded to observe the post covid19 standard operating procedures for gorilla trekking, which include:
- A negative test for coivid19 within 72 hours before arriving
- Mandatory wearing of the mask covering your mouth and the nose
- Keep a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas
- Do not trek gorillas when having any signs of sickness
- Mandatory temperature screening at the park entrance
- Wash hands thoroughly with clean running water ad soap
- Separate pre gorilla trekking briefing in your groups of eight.
We continue to celebrate the birth of new baby gorillas in Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Congratulations to Uganda Wildlife Authority and the whole Uganda tourism fraternity for the conservation success achieved over time.