myself and a friend would love to go to uganda - especially to see the gorillas! i have travelled in tanzania before so am not totally new to africa but any advice would be most welcome. we were thinking of 3 wks in september but are flexible. how safe is it there at the moment?
I can't speak from pesonal experience but my friend has just come back from seeing the gorillas there and said she felt safe and had no problems. I believe her tour group had an armed guard with them though, due to the problems along the border areas with Congo.
3 weeks is stacks of time to see the Gorillas and half of East Africa! Are you wanting to travel by yourselves or join a organised tour group? There are dozens of options to choose from. I have been to Uganda many, many times running tours for 3 different Overland companies so I can recommend that as a great way to travel. There are also local operators who run short trips from Kampala specifically to the Gorilla's in Magahinga or Bwindi NP and prices are much of a muchness. The Gorilla permits are the catch - they need to be got well in advance and range in price from USD350 to USD500 depending on which country the Gorilla's are currently roaming in - they hang out on the border of 3 different countries you see.
Have you considered a tour that covers Tanzania and Kenya as well? - you have plenty of time in 3 weeks to cover the lot.
As far as safety goes... I would STRONGLY recommend you do a organised tour with a reputable tour operator as opposed to hiring a vehicle and doing it yourself. Strength in numbers as well as having the backing of local knowledge, experience and logistical support. I have never heard reports of any safety problems from anyone travelling in this way.
Whatever you choose, they are some of the most magical creatures on this planet and I challenge you to stay dry eyed while watching them go about their business. Unforgettable!
Happy travels. Tania