Mutukula is a border town shared by Uganda and Tanzania. It sits adjacent to Mutukula, Tanzania, directly across the international border between Uganda and Tanzania. It is located in Kyotera district approximately 81kms by road southwest of Masaka, the largest city in the region. Mutukula border is also located approximately 211kms by road southwest of Kampala, The capital and largest city of Uganda. It is also 698kms from Kilimanjaro Tanzania.
Safari Vacations and travel services Ltd do organize pickups and drop-offs to and from Mutukula border for Tourists who will have finished their safaris in Tanzania and would like to do gorilla tracking in Uganda in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. When you finish you finish your booking with us our driver guide will be able to pick you up from Mutukula border and drive to either Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda at the edge of the rift valley.
One of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants, blankets the mist-covered hillsides of this park. More famously this forest protects an estimated more than 450 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population. This forest is also home to 120 mammals including several primates such as baboons and chimpanzees well as elephants and antelopes. There are 360 species of birds in the forest of which 23 are Albertine rift endemics
Gorilla tracking stands as the pinnacle among the activities offered in this park. Established in 1991 and designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994, it has become a revered destination. The tracking experience commenced in 1993, centered in the Buhoma sector in the park’s northern region. Presently, the park boasts an impressive array of over 18 habituated gorilla families available for tracking on a daily basis. These magnificent creatures are dispersed across various sectors: Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east, and Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south. Each day, a maximum of eight visitors has the privilege of visiting a gorilla family.
The park has six main nature trails in the Buhoma sector for those interested in exploring the impenetrable forest, including waterfall walks, forest walks, and primate encounters. some of the trails include;
Rushura Hill walks: This walk passes through the one forest shared by two countries that is DRC and Uganda. On a clear day, you can view lakes Edward and George as well as the Rwenzori mountains.
The Ivi River Walk: This is a 14km walk and takes around seven hours. The trail passes a place called Mukempunu meaning place of pigs where wild pigs can always be found.
Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail: This trail takes three-four hours and crosses right through the park, connecting the two villages and offering impressive views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo. You can leave the luggage with the driver will meet you on the other side.
Muzubijiro loop: This is a 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy the view of the Virunga mountains.
Mgahinga National Park lies at the end of southwestern Uganda on the border with Rwanda and Congo. It is part of the Virunga massif. This park, with a size of 33.7 square kilometers, earns its name “Gahinga” from the local word for the piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmland at the foot of the volcanoes, making it the smallest national park in Uganda. The park wasted in established 1991, it is home to one gorilla family and also home to the endangered golden monkeys, birds, and mammals such as buffalos and elephants.
Well, Uganda and Rwanda both have mountain gorillas but the price of a gorilla permit determines where one can track mountain gorillas. The price of a mountain gorilla in Uganda is $700 per person per trek, in Rwanda the price of a gorilla permit is $1500 per person per trek, this makes the price of s a gorilla permit in Uganda more affordable because you save $800 on every permit bought in Uganda compared to Rwanda. More to that Uganda has more than 20 habituated gorilla families compared to Rwanda which has 10 habituated gorilla families, this gives Uganda an opportunity of many gorilla tracking permits every day.
If you are in northwestern Tanzania, it is a bit closer to cross through the Mutukula border compared to Entebbe international airport. This is because Mutukula is in the same direction as you are going to southwestern Uganda and you will save about 4 hours of driving from Entebbe to Masaka which is the largest town that connects Mutukula border from Kampala. You will even dodge the traffic jam in Kampala city and Entebbe town.
The best time to track mountain gorillas is during the dry season in the months of June-September and December-February, however gorilla tracking takes place every day throughout the year only that during the wet season in the months of March-May, and October- November the roads and trails in the forest become slippery and even the vegetation grows taller which makes mountain gorilla viewing difficult.
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