Just in the Eastern part of Africa, you find Uganda, a destination endowed with abundant natural wonders. It receives plenty of travelers from different parts of the World who drop in to explore its endless charms.
In the Eastern part it is bordered by Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Rwanda in the South west, and Tanzania in the South and South Sudan in the north.
Uganda is popular and liked by travelers not only for its captivating factors like friendly local, good hospitality services and more but also it is among the three destinations that provide habitat to the peerless species of Gorillas in the all World.
To reveal it more interestingly, this destination hosts the biggest percentage of Gorillas remaining in the all World. Almost half of the Gorilla population reside in its two National Parks – Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Both parks are situated in the South western part of Uganda. They all offer Gorilla trekking excursions and below is a comparison of these two Parks when it comes to Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
This Park sounds more famous among travelers and this is because of its delighting draws. It is located in the South western Uganda along Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of its area is occupied by the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Below is the highlight about its Gorilla trekking.
Variety of Gorillas seen. This park is home to the highest numbers of Uganda’s remaining Gorillas. Therefore it grants tourists to see variety of these species or even trek different Gorilla families like for three times.
About eighteen Gorilla families are habituated in Bwindi and more open to be visited by travelers on daily basis – each Gorilla family once per day.
Four Sectors. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is offered in four sectors which are scattered in different regions of the Park. These sectors include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sector. Each sector is recorded with more than two Gorilla families.
Gorilla habituation experience is possible. While in Uganda, Bwindi is the only destination where you can do the Gorilla habituation experience.
This experience usually involves following the movements of Wild Gorillas in the Jungles with the main interest of making them get used to presence of human beings.
Some families are difficult to locate. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park consists of valleys and hills, therefore some Gorilla families are found in locations that are very hard to reach, though if you are more determined you can make it and it is more rewarding.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
This Park is also nestled in the South western part of Uganda just along the border that is shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. It is part of the Virunga Massif, a part that comprises of three Parks – all inhabited by the Gorilla species.
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga in DR Congo adds to Mgahinga and form this spectacular region. Below is the detailed information about Gorilla trekking in this Park.
Less Gorillas. Mgahinga is recorded with few Gorillas and they are believed to have migrated from Volcanoes and Virunga National Park. Currently only one Gorilla family is habituated and open to trekking. It is called Nyakagezi Gorilla family.
Habituation is not possible. The habituation experience is not possible in Mgahinga, therefore if you wish to do it, consider visiting Bwindi.
Optional things to do. After Gorilla trek in Mgahinga there are other beguiling activities you can enjoy. These include Golden Monkey tracking, Batwa Trail Experience and Volcano climbing.
For the Gorilla permit, it is a must for anyone who is interested to do the Gorilla trekking. It costs $700 USD per person but when booking you have to specify which park you are going to trek. For Bwindi, you have also to specify the Sector.