GORILLA TREKKING TOURS IN AFRICA
Gorilla trekking is one of the main reason to why most travelers visit Africa, Trekking gorillas is a unique and most adventurous wildlife encounters of a lifetime. Mountain gorillas a subspecies known as (Gorilla beringei beringei), are the most endangered wild animals on earth that is listed on IUCN red list estimated to a population of 1,063 individuals. about more than a half of the world’s Mountain gorillas live in the Virunga mountains, a range of extinct Volcanoes that borders the Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
In Uganda, mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park while in Rwanda gorillas can be visited in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park in DR Congo. Given that these are endangered Animals, several rules have been put in place for their protection against diseases from humans and behavioral disturbances.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda:
Uganda the “pearl of Africa” is a renowned best destination especially for those interested in doing gorilla trekking in Africa and wildlife Safari tours. The truth is that Bwindi Impenetrable forest is an ideal home base for trekking the vanishing endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Having a Safari in Uganda is like no any other. Take a gorilla tour that will combine well with your Africa Safari Vacation in Uganda game parks.
Top Gorilla Tours in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking adventures in Uganda then takes place at 5 places that’s Ntebeko in Mghahinga National Park and Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo in Bwindi forest. There are only 18 groups or families of habituated mountain gorillas in Uganda and 8 people are only allowed to track one gorilla family a day. Gorilla tracking/ trekking can be done all throughout the year but the best time is in the dry season that is June to September and December to February.
Trekking gorillas during the rainy season is also possible and with advantages that the group may not be congested by people, gorillas doesn’t move very far as they have plenty of food. You need to book a gorilla trekking permit in advance to avoid inconvenience on a gorilla trekking day.
Top Gorilla Trekking Tours in Rwanda
Our Gorilla tours are tailor-made to your style of travel and all inclusive as a package. A gorilla tour includes Accommodation, transfers, meals and activity. Gorilla Safari Experts team will help you process the gorilla permit, so you don’t have to go through the hustle of getting one.
Generally, we go through the hustle and bustle of arranging an all-inclusive Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari for you and all you have to do is bring yourself to the experience.
Rules for Gorilla Trek in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda & DR Congo)
These rules apply on your way to the gorillas, when you are with the gorillas and during the general experience.
- Respect the limit of 8 Visitors per group of habituated gorillas in a day in order to reduce exposure to human borne and minimize behavioral disturbances.
- Wash your hands before starting your trek to the gorillas.
- DO NOT leave rubbish in the park. Make sure to carry back everything you take to the forest.
- Follow the instructions of the guide: He will inform you when to bring out cameras once you approach the gorillas.
- Keep your voices low at all times.
- Be friendly. Respect each member in the group regardless of race, tribe and origin.
- Stay in tight group. When near the gorillas you must stay in company of your group members in other wards do not scatter.
- It’s okay to ask the guide questions but keep your voices low always.
- DO NOT smoke, eat or drink while you are near the gorillas, the droppings and left overs may increase the disease transmission.
- Occasionally gorillas charge, don’t panic just follow the guides example; Do not attempt to run, crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas in the eye and you must wait for them to pass.
- Do not touch or point at the gorillas, they are still wild animals though habituated.
- No flash photography allowed, just have use of the right camera settings.
- As you return from the visit keep you voices low until you are at least 200 meters away from the gorillas.
- 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.