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1. Posted by Cat253 (Inactive 13 posts) 8y

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hi,
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?
many thanks,
Catriona

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 8y

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. Posted by Cat253 (Inactive 13 posts) 8y

thanks, Bex

4. Posted by Overlandin (Budding Member 82 posts) 8y

Hey Cat,

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