Ben’s Rental & Adventure
Gorilla Trekking Safaris & Wildlife Group Tours

Famous for its exciting Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda is a unique country with a diverse concentration of wildlife, full of stunning natural landscapes beautiful mountain ranges, vast tropical forests, savannah national parks and unspoiled beauty. We invite you to discover this magnificent land with Ben’s Rental and Adventure.

We are a professional local safari tour agency in Uganda that specialises in gorilla tracking safaris, birding safari tours, wildlife safari game viewing, sight-seeing of the great savannah landscapes, mountain treks and mountaineering. Join us for a journey of a lifetime! Whether you want a city tour, an educational experience, to film a documentary, experience a luxury fly-in safari, or to take a real Ugandan adventure with unique cultural experiences, we tailor make the safari for you.

We are committed to providing you with a beautiful experience of our country, at an affordable price. If you have specific budget requirements, interests or requests, contact our friendly team which will promptly answer all your enquiries and help you with every step of the planning process.

Mountain Gorilla Safaris Bwindi Forest, Mgahinga, Volcanoes National Park

Travel to Uganda and Rwanda for the finest gorilla tracking on the planet, seeking these majestic animals in their natural habitats of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National Park.

Africa Safaris, Wildlife Safaris Group Tours, Uganda Safaris

Kenya Safari Holidays, Tanzania Safari Holidays and Uganda Safari Holidays. Stay in the finest lodges as you track the Big Five on a Luxury East Africa Safari with Must Go Uganda Safaris.

African Elephant - The “Big Five” Game Viewing

The “Big Five” Game Drive

In Africa, the big five game animals are the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. Our Wildlife Safaris adventures include catching a picture or glimpse of those magnificent African wild celebrities.

Beyond Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi, Uganda Primate Safaris Kibale

Gorillas & Primates Safaris

Beyond gorilla trekking Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Embark on an independent journey to see habituated chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, known for having the highest primate density of any other region on earth.

Shoebill, Uganda Biding Safaris,

Uganda Birding Safaris

Uganda is Africa’s most complete bird watching destination, with more than 1,000 species recorded within an area comparable to that of Great Britain. Specialist birding safaris through Western Uganda routinely notch up an incredible tally of 400 species within two weeks.

Uganda City Tours & Sightseeing - Boda Boda Kampala City Tours

City Tours & Sightseeing

Traverse the major historical monuments that have shaped the destiny of Kampala City and experience the unique behaviours of the Ugandan people.

Source of the Nile Tours, Jinja Bungee Jumping, White Water Rafting

The Source of The Nile River, Jinja

A visit to the source of the River Nile in Jinja as it starts its 6500 kilometers journey to the Mediterranean Sea is a moving and wondrous experience.  A couple of kilometers from the source of this mighty river are spectacular waterfalls and rapids.

Uganda Safaris Tours

Tour Uganda & Its Unique Beauty

Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. The verdant biodiversity gives Uganda the status of being the smallest of the four African countries whose bird checklist tops the 1,000 mark!

Uganda Cultural Tours, Uganda People

Uganda Culture Safaris & Community Tours

Uganda is a very strong cultural heritage. Vibrant lifestyles and rich cultures of the indigenous people are a thrill. Other historical attractions revered include the Martyrs Shrines, National Museum, the only Bahai Temple in Africa, Nyero Rock paintings and crafts centers.

Uganda Safari Lodges

Uganda Safari Lodges & Safari Cars

Bens’ Rental Adventure Ltd team has carefully visited all Uganda safari lodges and handpicked the best the market has to offer so you don’t have to give our time when planning your safari trip. We make safari planning easy so that you can concentrate on having a wonderful adventure.

Ben’s Rental and Adventure Ideas

Uganda, the sound of the safari roars, is home to a melting-pot of colourful and engaging cultures and is a land filled to the brim with landscapes that will imprint themselves on your memory with their beauty and astounding contrasts. This is the land of Big Five sightings and adventure-packed activities that will keep you coming back for more.

To complement the exceptional experiences we offer in Uganda, we have crossed the boarders to Rwanda and Kenya to offer you an equally comprehensive range of destinations prized for their cultural heritage, magnificent array of wildlife and experiences that touch the very base of your soul.

3 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

These 3 days Gorilla and Kigali City Tour to Rwanda will take you to Rwanda for gorilla tracking, the safari will begin and ends in Kigali which is Rwanda’s capital.Get a chance of driving through Kigali one of Africa’s cleanest cities.

5 Day Gorillas & Lake Bunyonyi Tour

A Safari to this spectacular hotspot takes you to the world of unspoiled discoveries, pure African wildlife destination and untapped trails to lush tropical rain forests. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers exciting experiences on Kazinga channel, Kyambura gorge and Ishasha plains – a view point for tree climbing lions, all overlooking the misty Rwenzori Mountains, fondly referred to as Mountains of the moon.

6 Day Uganda Gorillas & Chimpanzee Tour

Embark on an adventurous Uganda safari through Uganda’s spectacular views during a game drive, see habituated chimpanzees at Kibale National Park, glimpse at the tree-climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park and trekking the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

10 Day Gorilla, Game & Birding Safari

The Classic Uganda safari enables you to experience the best of what makes up “The Pearl of Africa” a special tourism destination. We take you to the top Uganda Safari destinations including the famous Murchison Falls National Park via Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking adventure, Lake Bunyonyi and a walk through Lake Mburo National Park.

10 Day Uganda Super Safari Package

This safari takes you to Lake Bunyonyi, a birding hotspot, through to Queen Elizabeth National Park with over 550 avian species, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with 350 species. You will conclude at Mabira natural forest with equally impressive bird varieties, before visiting one of Uganda’s unique thrills  – the Source of the Nile for more birding, Cultural experiences, Nature walks, Sightseeing and Boat cruises.

12 Rwenzori Mountain hiking & Queen Elizabeth

A Safari to this spectacular hotspot takes you to the world of unspoiled discoveries, pure African wildlife destination and untapped trails to lush tropical rain forests. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers exciting experiences on Kazinga channel, Kyambura gorge and Ishasha plains – a view point for tree climbing lions, all overlooking the misty Rwenzori Mountains, fondly referred to as Mountains of the moon.

15 Day Bird Watching Uganda Safari

This Uganda Safari adventure takes you to two of Uganda’s most visited National Parks through the beautiful Albertine Rift Valley with awesome scenery to the misty Bwindi Impenetrable forest to have an encounter with the elusive Mountain Gorillas then take you to the magnificent Queen Elizabeth National Park that boosts of lush savannah sceneries, picturesque crater lakes, the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha.

2 Day to Lake Mburo National Park Safari

Lake Mburo National Park is where you will embark on late afternoon game drive along the Zebra Track which may expose you to species like Zebras, Elands, Lions, Elephants, plus bird species like Black Bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover, etc. Look out also for evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species.

3 Day tour to Murchison Falls National Park

Journey up the Nile River to Murchison Falls through Uganda’s spectacular heritage – to the unique geographical gifting along the Albertine Rift Valley, with breathtaking scenic allure, and landscapes; trek through Kibale National Park in search of chimpanzees; track and closely observe.

4 Day Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safari

The 4 days Rwanda Gorilla Trekking safari is full of all-around educational and enriching experience of this beautiful country. Rwanda is not only a home to endangered mountain Gorillas but also inhabits rare, beautiful, unique and endangered species of animals and birds that cannot be found anywhere else in this world. The major tour activities will include Gorilla trekking, hike to Diana Fossey’s Grave yard, excellent birding and cultural walk.

5 Day Rwanda Gorilla & River Kagera

From Rwanda City we take a road trip to Akagera where we adventure a game drive through Akagera National Park wildlife viewing and later go mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park. Akagera National Park covers 1,200 km² in eastern Rwanda, along the Tanzanian border. The complex system of lakes and linking papyrus swamps makes up over 1/3 of the park and Akagera National Park is the largest protected wetland in central Africa.

8 Day Rwanda Gorilla Chimp culture Tour

A Safari to this spectacular hotspot takes you to the world of unspoiled discoveries, pure African wildlife destination and untapped trails to lush tropical rain forests. The safari will take you to Volcanoes park for Gorilla Trekking ,Nyungwe forest Chimpanzees national Park, forests, Lake Kivu and Ruhegeri. You will participate in tourism activities like Chimpanzee Tracking, Forest Walk and Gorilla Trekking adventure in the outstanding Rwandan Park.

Discounted Gorilla Tracking Safaris

Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all – half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. On a Must Go Uganda gorilla safari, travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and see these incredible, endangered creatures from closer than you ever thought possible.

Beyond Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi, Uganda Primate Safaris Kibale

Mountain Gorilla
The Critically Endangered Species

As their name implies, mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains, at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet. Few animals have sparked the imagination of man as much as the mountain gorilla. The mountain gorilla is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. The gorilla is massive, with a short, thick trunk and broad chest and shoulders. Its eyes and ears are dwarfed by its large head and hairless and a shiny black muzzle. Older males develop a crown of muscle and hair that makes the head look even longer. The arms are longer than the stubby legs the fully adult male mountain gorilla is twice as large as the female.

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are two populations. One is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. The other is found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Some primatologists consider the Bwindi population in Uganda may be a separate subspecies, though no description has been finalized. As of September 2016, the estimated number of mountain gorillas remaining is about 880. … Read More

Uganda or Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Uganda vs Rwanda
The Best Country for Gorilla Tracking

Most of the 880 gorillas live a wild existence, far from human reach. However, a handful of groups have been habituated and can be tracked and observed by small numbers of visitors under the watchful eyes of park scouts.

Both Bwindi Forest (Uganda) and the Virunga forest (which contains Mgahinga Gorilla NP in Uganda, Volcanoes NP in Uganda and Virunga NP in the DRC) have mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) which is a subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla, which includes the Eastern Lowland Gorilla as its other subspecies. There are none of these lowland Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda. Some people think that the Bwindi population might again be a separate subspecies again due to its isolation and slightly different behaviour, but researchers are yet to agree with this

We could say, the best place to see them is in Mgahinga National Park in Uganda as it is by far the most accessible location (being the most accessible from the nearest town, Kisoro. Musanze in Rwanda is very easy to get to but then the journey to the volcanoes park is expensive from here) and the terrain is fantastic, being actually in the mountains as opposed to Bwindi which is deep forest which makes some encounters a little obscured. …. Read More

Best Time to Visit Uganda

Visiting Uganda can be done all year-round but for Uganda Safari Tourists planning a trip, a little knowledge on the weather patterns is required.

Uganda’s raised topography means a cooler climate than its equatorial setting suggests but if you’re planning a gorilla trekking safari, it’s important to know when to go to Uganda for the easiest trekking conditions. Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.

Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Bird watching is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present. We’d recommend avoiding a Uganda safari entirely during the heavy rains of April and May.

Do I need to be fit to go gorilla trekking?

Gorillas live in montane forest, so gorilla trekking to see them is at an altitude and you pass through varied vegetation and terrain. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and a willingness to climb up muddy slopes and through thick jungle growth.

When is the best time of year to visit the gorillas?

You can visit the gorillas year-round, and because of the rainforest climate, you have to avoid visiting the gorillas during the heavy rains seasons and visit when the rains ease during the long dry (mid-May to September) and short dry (mid-December to mid-March)

Are you guaranteed to see gorillas when you set out?

It’s not possible to 100% guarantee sightings of the mountain gorillas. However, we have never heard of an instance where a tourist group did not get to see a gorilla group during their trek. To help ensure this, trackers set off at dawn to locate the gorilla groups and radio their GPS co-ordinates to the park headquarters, so when you set off on your trek with your guide, you know where you are headed. The trackers stay with the gorillas even if they are moving.

What sort of clothing should I wear?

When setting out you should expect to get muddy and rained on, so a waterproof jacket is essential. The exertion will keep you warm, so layers are best. We have also found it a good idea to wear long trousers to protect your legs against nettles, and a T-shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over the top.

A waterproofed daypack is essential for your camera, water bottle and snacks. For a small fee, porters can be hired to carry your daypack and help you up the steeper slopes.

Is there a minimum or maximum age to visit the gorillas?

Yes, you must be at least 16 years old and there’s no flexibility to this rule. This is the same for both Rwanda and Uganda and it’s enforced by the national parks. There is no upper age limit!

Will I need a permit?

Yes, permits must be obtained to visit the gorillas and, as only eight are granted per gorilla group each day, they are extremely limited.

We will secure permits for you as far in advance as possible and at least four months before you intend to travel.  The permits currently cost around US$500 per person, which entitles you to one hour with the mountain gorillas.

This money goes toward conservation of the habitat, anti-poaching efforts and education of the local communities.

Will this be covered by my travel insurance?

It’s definitely worth checking that your travel insurance does cover you for gorilla trekking as they may require an additional premium to be paid.

General Gorilla Tracking Rules

The Way to the Gorillas

  • A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group (family) of habituated Gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbances to the Gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.
  • Always wash your hands before you head out to the Gorillas.
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back with you.
  • You will be taken to where the guides left the Gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the Gorillas’ trail to find them. Look out for the Gorillas nesting sites along the way.
  • When you approach the Gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready.
  • Please always keep your voices low. This will ensure that you will be able to observe the beautiful birds and other wildlife in the forest.

When You Are With the Gorillas

  • Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters (21 feet) from the Gorillas. (This reduces the risk transmitting diseases between humans and Gorillas.
  • Keep your voices low at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  • Do not eat or drink while you are near the Gorillas.
  • Sometimes the Gorillas charge. Follow the guide’s example by crouching down slowly, and do not look at the Gorillas in the eyes. Wait for the gorilla to pass you by and do not attempt to run away (this will increase the risk of attack).
  • Flash photography is not permitted, when taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the Gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the Gorillas is one hour; however, if the Gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will end the visit early.
  • After the visit, keep your voices low until you are at least 200 meters away from the Gorillas.

General Gorilla Tracking Health Rules

Gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. The following guidelines are to ensure that you minimize the risk your visit might pose to them.

  • Respect the limit imposed on the time that visitors are allowed with the Gorillas each day. This minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or have a contagious disease when you are already at the park, please volunteer to stay behind. An alternative visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded (as per the gorilla reservation guidelines).
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the Gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or germs.
  • Always stay 7 meters (21 feet) away from the Gorillas. The further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • Do not leave any rubbish e.g. food wrappers in the park. Such items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole. Fill it when you have finished.

Rwanda, Uganda Travel Advice

There’s nothing like up-to-date, relevant travel information direct from the experts – get Must Go Uganda Safaris’ essential Uganda travel advice before you go.

Money & Spending

Uganda’s unit of currency is the Uganda Shilling (Ush/UGX) and you’d be advised to get some on arrival as it is far easier to buy drinks, curios and meals in the local currency when travelling between destinations.

Rwanda’s unit of currency is the Rwandan Franc but we’d recommend bringing US Dollars (post-2003 bills only) or Euros in cash (traveller’s cheques usually attract poor exchange rates). Do any necessary banking in Kigali as few opportunities exist outside the capital – bureaux de change establishments usually offer the best exchange rates.

US Dollars are widely accepted throughout the country though note that cash is best: traveller’s cheques and credit cards can be used at most lodges but attract transaction fees. To buy from local markets you are advised to have some local currency from the airport forex bureaus or ask your tour guide/driver for the nearest forex bureau.

Tipping

Tipping of around 10 – 15% is customary in Uganda for good service. Tips are usually given in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. If you are doing a gorilla trek, tipping is at your discretion – your porter (if you choose to take one) should usually receive the highest tip, with a second tip distributed between your guides, trackers and security personnel.

Tipping is not customary in most places in Rwanda, with the exception of some higher-end restaurants in town where 10% is standard. If you are doing a gorilla trek, tipping is not compulsory but it will be greatly appreciated – amounts vary depending on the size of your group and the level of assistance required. Your porter (if you choose to take one) should usually receive the highest tip, with a second tip distributed between your guides, trackers and security personnel.

For in-depth tipping guidelines, enquire with one of our Must Go Safari Experts – they’d be happy to share their knowledge with you.

Climate

Average year-round temperatures: 14°C to 27°C

Uganda Rainy seasons: March to May and September to December

Rwanda Rainy seasons: January to April and October to mid-December

Refer to “best time to visit Uganda” for climate charts and advice on the best times of year for gorilla trekking.

What to Pack

During the day, temperatures in Uganda/Rwanda are generally warm so pack plenty of lightweight clothing. If you are going gorilla trekking, pack long trousers and long-sleeved tops, long socks to wear over your trousers as protection against ants, a pair of light gloves to protect against nettles, a hat and a raincoat.

A pair of sturdy, comfortable hiking boots is most important – try to break these in before your trip rather than wearing them brand new as you’re likely to get blisters.

The mountains tend to be cold and damp so pack according to the altitude – a change of clothes and a warm fleece in your day pack, along with sunscreen and insect repellent are advised.

Flights & Getting Around

Browse through Expedia.com for cheaper flights to Uganda and Rwanda. 

Entebbe International Airport: located 35km from Kampala, Entebbe is Uganda’s international gateway. Visitors usually arrive via Nairobi.

Flying by private charter aircraft is very expensive in Uganda – most travellers use road transfers with mini buses or, preferably, 4X4 vehicles.

Gregoire Kayibanda International Airport: 10km from Kigali, Rwanda’s point of entry is served by a direct flight from Brussels otherwise you’ll be flying in from Entebbe, Nairobi or Johannesburg.

It’s only 80km from Kigali to the gorilla trekking destination of the Volcanoes National Park – about a 2.5hr drive. Transfers in Rwanda are usually conducted in 4X4 vehicles.

Despite Uganda’s small size, infrastructure has greatly improved and most roads are paved; though expect long hours in vehicles when driving between destinations, especially in the rainy season. Game drives in the national parks are generally conducted in open-sided 4X4s.

Visa & Passport Requirements

All visitors to Uganda require a visa and every visitor’s passport must be valid for at least six months from their departure date. Visas for Uganda can be obtained at all major borders as well as at the international airport at Entebbe or online. Single and double-entry visas are valid for up to three months at a cost of around US $50 and extensions are available at the immigration office in Kampala. 

A passport valid for at least six months is required by all visitors to Rwanda. Visas are required by everyone except citizens of the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Hong Kong, Kenya and South Africa.

Multiple-entry tourist visas can be purchased for US $60 from your nearest Rwandan embassy or consulate or applied for online. Visas are valid for three months and can usually be extended in Kigali on a month-by-month payment basis.

Amazing Africa Beyond Borders

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