Things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda; Gorilla trekking is an exciting and the most popular activity that attracts big numbers of visitors to travel to Uganda. Gorilla trekking involves visitors moving on foot into the tropical rainforests in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural environment. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in the southern region. Uganda has a wide range of tourist activities that you can engage after your gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park including,
Things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda
Batwa cultural tour
Batwa cultural tour is one of the activities that you can engage in after gorilla trekking in Uganda. During the Batwa cultural tour, you will be able to interact with Batwa or pygmies who used to live in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga forest before they were gazetted into national parks, learn about their culture, way of living, hunting skills, learn how beer is made out of bananas, visit their homesteads, listen to their ancient stories, enjoy their traditional entertainments among others.
Golden monkey trekking
Golden monkey trekking is another activity that you can engage in after your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda. Golden monkey trekking is an active activity that is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park and it starts very early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest following trails of leftover bamboo shoots. During golden monkey trekking which takes about 30 minutes to 3 hours, you will be able to view different birds, primates and once the golden monkeys are found, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to watch them feed, jump up in tree branches, take photos and record videos.
After gorilla trekking in Uganda, you can also engage in an interesting chimpanzee trekking activity which involves moving into the tropical forests in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different areas including Kibale forest national park, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park park, Toro-Semuliki wildlife reserve and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. Chimpanzee trekking starts early in the morning with a briefing at the park headquarters where after you will start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide. Chimpanzee trekking takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking, you will be able to view other primate species, view different bird species, plant and tree species among others. Once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, habits, lifestyle, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, breastfeeding, playing, hunting, take photos and record the breathtaking moments to show people back home after the safari.
Chimpanzee habituation experience
After gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park, you can engage in an adventurous chimpanzee habituation experience where the wild chimpanzees are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Chimpanzee habituation experience is carried out in Kibale forest national park and it starts very early in the morning with a briefing just like chimpanzee trekking. After the briefing you will start trekking in search of the wild chimpanzees with a team of researchers, park rangers and park guides. During trekking, you will be able to view different wildlife species and once the chimpanzees are found, you will be allowed to spend four hours with them in their environment where you will be able to learn and monitor their behaviors, watch them carry out their daily activities, engage in the naming process, take photos among others.
Nature walks/ hiking
Nature walk/ hiking is an adventurous activity where you will get an opportunity to explore the national parks on foot with the company of an experienced park guide and armed park ranger to protect you from dangerous animals. During the guided nature walk, you will be able to view different animals at a close range, listen to sweet sounds of bird species singing in trees, view colorful butterflies, take clear pictures among others.
After your gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, you will engage in interesting game drives where you will be able to explore the savannah national parks in comfortable 4 WD safari vehicles with professional driver guides. Game drives in Uganda are done in Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo national park. During the game drive, you will be able to view different animals including the big five mammals which include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, other animals like Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bushbucks, elands, oribi, topi, giraffes, zebras among others.
Uganda is a home of over 1,085 recorded bird species including 25 out of 26 Albertine rift endemics which make it one of the best birding destinations. Birding in Uganda can either be done early in the morning or in the evening in different birding areas including Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Kidepo valley national park, Mabamba swamp, Lake Mburo national park, Semuliki national park among others. During birding, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species such as the elusive shoebill stork, fox’s weaver, the great blue turaco, secretary bird, grey crowned crane, green breasted pitta, white winged warbler, white backed dove, papyrus canary among others.
There are other activities that you can engage in after your gorilla trekking safari such as boat cruise which is done on Kazinga channel, River Nile, lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi, mountain climbing where you will climb mount Rwenzori, mount Elgon, mount Gahinga, mount Muhavura, mount Sabyinyo, horseback riding in Lake Mburo national park, sport fishing among others. For more information about the things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda, do not hesitate to contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website to book an affordable or luxury gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.