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Guide on Gorilla Trekking adventure in Uganda, Rwanda and the DR. Congo
Gorilla trekking has become a highlight to all activity in east Africa especially in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Many tourists who visit Uganda, prefer going to the deep tropical rainforests of Bwindi impenetrable forest searching for these endangered species and some even end up doing double trekking after a thrilling experience. In these three countries, gorilla trekking is now one of the leading tourist attractions bringing in visitors from different countries.
Uganda Gorilla trekking adventure
Uganda is known for its unsurpassed biodiversity and gorilla trekking adventure safaris have become the most popular and are the prime reason many tourists visit Uganda. Mountain gorillas in Uganda occupy the thick Tropical rainforests of Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks both national parks are known for harboring a number of gorillas. Bwindi has the largest number of the mountain gorillas of over 1000 mountain gorillas making half of the worlds remaining endangered species and few crossed to Mgahinga national park, these two national parks are situated in the south-western corner of Kampala the capital city of Uganda.
With more than half the World’s population of surviving mountain gorillas living in the dense tropical forest of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Uganda is definitely known to be best gorilla trekking destination. The jungle forest, is a home to over 21 habituated gorilla families occupying the whole of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. Bwindi Impenetrable offers shelter to 20 habituated gorilla families found within the four sectors of Bwindi that’s Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Buhoma sectors all harboring different habituated gorilla families. while in Mgahinga harbors only one habituated gorilla family known as Nyakagyezi. A total maximum of 8 travelers are allowed to visit a particular gorilla family each day, thus 160 permits are available for gorilla trekking per day in all the four sectors and in Mgahinga national park. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a one-of-a kind activity that leads enthusiastic primate lovers to the dense jungles to meet the gentle giants.
The habituated groups in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park available for gorilla trekking safaris include; Habinyanja, Mubare, Rushegura, Katwe, Nkuringo, Christmas, Bushaho, Bikingi, Mucunguzi, Kutu, Rwigi, Busingye, Bweza, Kahungye, Nshongi, Mishaya, Bitukura, Oruzogo, Kyaguliro and Mukiza. All travelers taking part in this adventurous activity are recommended to have a valid gorilla permit costing only $600, you will be allowed to meet the gorillas in their natural habitat and you will be allowed to spend one hour with them. For those who would wish to spend more time with the gorillas, can opt for gorilla habituation experience this is the newly introduced activity in Bwindi national park, permit goes for $ 1500 per person for a period of four hours with gorillas. Not only that, you will also be able to track two different gorilla families with all different experience. During this activity, traveler is participant in the habituation process.
Cost of gorilla trekking adventure safari in Uganda
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda is relatively cheaper than in Rwanda and the cost depends on a number of factors that include cost of transport, accommodation facility (whether its budget, mid range or luxury) and the time of the year (wet months are generally low seasons where most safari lodges/hotels offer discounts) and the dry season are known to be peak seasons in Uganda when there is high population of travelers. However, some costs especially for gorilla permits remain constant at $600 for foreign non-residents, $500 for foreign residents and Shs. 250,000 for East African Community Residents and for Rwanda is $1500 per permit making it a luxury adventure than in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking adventure safari packing list
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are incomplete without a number of essential things that include a gorilla permit which is the first priority you need to secure your permit early in advance, hiking boots gardening gloves that will protect your hands from getting hurt as you hold on tree branches, rain jacket, toiletries, cameras with extra batteries and enough memory, long sleeved shirt/blouse, insect repellant, rainproof backpack, energy giving snacks, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses, pair of binoculars to enable you view distant objects, long trousers, long cotton socks and finally you will need to hire a porter on the day of trekking to give you a push or pull in case the hike gets stiff, also help in carrying and protection of your luggage while your with the gorillas.
Best Time for gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda
Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are done all year round but gorilla permits are usually on high demand during the dry months (peak seasons in Uganda) of January, February, June, July, August, September and December because most tourists prefer trekking during the dry season when the trails are drier and less muddy or slippery.
This however doesn’t mean that the Gorilla trekking destinations are avoided during the wet season but surprisingly, the months of March, April, May, October and November offer easier and faster trekking conditions given the fact that food for the mountain gorillas is in plenty and these primates don’t move to far places. also its of advantage to travellers since there will discounts are offered on lodges so you can acquire the lodge of your choice.
Note that, Bwindi is a tropical rain forest so there is no guarantee that there will be no rainfall, therefore, expect rainfall at any time of the day. All you need is proper equipment for this adventure activity.