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Go on, give it a kudu!
Sep 16 2015 | Written by: Wanderlust
Uganda is one of only three countries where you can find the gorgeous mountain gorilla. It proudly houses half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, which is a paltry ~400 gorillas. The remaining 400 are split between Rwanda and DR Congo. Uganda is particularly fortunate, as it is possible to trek these lovely creatures in two areas in: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest.
Most visitors to Uganda simply book their safari and let their tour operator select which region they’ll get. If you want to have a say in which area your permit is valid for, here is a list of regions and gorilla families.
Buhoma area gorilla groups
The Buhoma Area is probably the most popular tourist destination. It is here that the first gorilla trekking tour took place, so there’s well-established gorilla families here, and the tourist infrastructure is better established than other regions. Its southern location in the park means less driving time to other destinations, like Queen Elizabeth National Park. It also has a bevy of lodging options for budget and high-end travels alike.
The Ruhija region sees less visitors than Buhoma, main due to its more remote location and the fact that only one group is found here. There are several lodging options here from budget to high-end.
The Rushaga region has a couple upscale lodging options: Gorilla Safari Lodge and Chameleon Hill.
The Nkuringo region has only a couple of lodging options, making it one of the more remote areas to visit.
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