Gorilla trekking is the main targeted activity in Bwindi where visitors spend one hour observing and photographing the endangered species. There are about 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world with Bwindi harboring above 400 of them therefore being the best gorilla trekking destination in the world.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is carried out in four major sectors and each sector harbors different gorilla family. There are 35 gorilla families in Bwindi where 13 are habituated and 22 are not habituated.
Gorilla can be trekked in the northern and southern section of Bwindi. The southern section harbors Nkuringo family, Nshongi family, Kahungye family, Mishaya family, Bweza family and Busingye gorilla family where as the northern section are Mubare family, Habinyanja family and Rushegura family as well as Oruzogo and Bitukura in the Buhoma region.
COST OF UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING PERMIT
A gorilla trekking permit costs $600 throughout the year and a maximum of 8 people are allowed to trek and spend an hour with a particular gorilla family under the guidance of a tour guide, armed men and porters.
Gorilla trekking needs physically fit individuals since finding the gorillas can take one to six hours depending on how long a particular ape family travels in a day.
WHERE ARE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN UGANDA
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (almost half of the World’s population) being the most popular park to track them from. Bwindi’s Buhoma section (North) of the park famous for tourists, while in the South is Ruhiji section, Nkuringo section & Rushaga section also do introduce you to other gorilla families. Mgahinga National Park (One Habituated Gorilla Family),