A Uganda Gorilla Trekking experience is about penetrating through the thick forests of Uganda for example Bwindi Impenetrable forest while searching for the famous mountain gorillas. This gorilla trekking experience allows you to explore and discover the different gorilla sites in Uganda as you appreciate the beauty of the Pearl of Africa through trekking the mountain gorillas. Uganda is reported to be hosting almost half of the 1000 world’s most endangered apes and other families can also be found in neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking is a common thing to do in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These Ugandan National Parks will give you the ultimate feel of a gorilla trekking experience.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
This especial experience can only be offered to the primate lovers that visit Uganda. The traveler is given chance to habituate the Mountain Gorillas alongside the researchers as they teach these animals to get accustomed to being free in the presence of the human beings. This activity takes place in the Rushaga sector and it usually goes for a period of 4 hours with a maximum of 4 tourists allowed in the company of the gorillas. At cost of USD 1500, only 4 tourists are allowed to habituate a gorilla family.
Gorilla Families in Uganda.
In Uganda, Gorillas can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda is home to 13 Habituated Mountain Gorilla Families with 12 gorilla families in Bwindi and 1 gorilla family in Mgahinga. Gorillas families move to new places every day and never stay in one place twice. Therefore as you trek along the forest trails your guide’s job is to pick up from where they were the day before and try to find them again.
Rules and Regulations of Gorilla Trekking.
The following are the rules and regulations a tourist must follow while in the company of the gorillas and before encountering the gorillas to ensure proper conservation of the endangered species.
- A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a family of habituated gorillas in a day and 4 visitors for the Gorilla Habituation experience.
- Always wash your hands before you head out to see the gorillas.
- Do not leave rubbish in the park.
- Always keep your voices low.
- While with the gorillas keep a minimum distance of 7 meters from the gorillas.
- 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
- Flash photography is not permitted
- Do not touch the gorillas, they are still wild animals.
- The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the gorillas is one hour.
- Each group of participants is accompanied by a ranger guide and a military guide for protection.
Best time to go for a Uganda Gorilla Trek
Gorilla Trekking can be done through out the whole year. It can be even done in the rainy season although the tracks in the rain forest might be a bit muddier and your tracking might be a bit longer/ tougher rendering the dry season the best time to track gorillas.
Uganda is the best place to conduct a Gorilla Trekking Safari as it offers more breathtaking experiences with a lot of wildlife as compared to any other East African country. Uganda offers many other attractions besides mountain gorillas including Murchison Falls, other primates in Kibale Forest National Park and may more options according to your travel time and budget for your intended tour.