First of all Gorilla Trekking is an exciting adventure every tourist or traveler from different countries of the World would wish to be part for one time in a life time.
This is because of its excitement, real experience and everlasting memories brought about in the course of the activity.
Highlighting more about Gorilla trekking, this is an adventure activity which involves moving in a group of eight people plus park ranger guides and armed officers following the well-established routes.
Head to the Jungle in search of shy endangered ground dwelling herbivores species of Gorillas for interaction, behaviour experience and more.
After discovering these shy endangered ground dwelling herbivores species of Mountain Gorillas in the Jungles, you are only allowed to be in their presence for only one hour while beholding them playing, feeding, laughing along with taking photos and videos of them.
After the one hour session, next step is vacating the place back to the Park offices for Gorilla trekking certificate award.
This also creates room for these apes to continue with their day to day activities like feeding, uniting as a family, construction of temporary grass thatched huts, resting and more.
What’s required for Gorilla trek.
To be allowed for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda you must buy a Gorilla permit from the responsible authorities.
This permit costs $600 USD per person and usually booked in advance before your trekking dates. A Gorilla permit is valid for use by only one person in the respective booked dates.
Protective gears are also essential for the Gorilla trek and these include strong hiking shoes, insect repellents, nose capes, head shocks, huts and sunglasses, gloves, long sleeved shirts and trouser plus water proof jackets and bags.
Protect yourself from mud, thorns and hooks, biting insects like mosquitoes, bees and more, heavy dust and sunshine, skin scratches and rainfall water respectively.
Furthermore, it’s advised that when heading for the exciting Gorilla trek you come with your packed food from your hotel of residence for eating while in the Jungle.
Usually lunch time reaches when the trekkers are still in the Jungle being unable to come back for lunch.
Where to go for Gorillas in Uganda.
Uganda is listed among the top three countries in Africa which provide habitat to the shy endangered ground dwelling herbivores species of Gorillas.
Exceptionally, Uganda the Pearl of Africa is ranked to be hosting the most percentage of the World’s remaining Gorilla population with almost half of it being habited in its two major National Parks.
These include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are both located in the South western part of Uganda popularly known for habiting variety of Mountain Gorilla Species.
Of these two Gorilla hosting destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park dominates with highest percentage of Uganda’s remaining Gorillas, with over nineteen habituated Gorilla families for trekking and research.
Bwindi Gorillas are inhabited in its four major sectors embodying Nkuringo sector, Rushaga sector, Ruhija sector and Buhoma sector.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the second after Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s recorded with only one Gorilla family for trekking popularly known as Nyakagezi family.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is among the three National Parks which make up the Virunga Massif with Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo.
Besides Mountain Gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also popularly known to be the only destination in Uganda which provides habitat to the species of the Old World Monkey family known as Golden monkey primates.
These Primates are mostly found in the mountainous Bamboo forested areas of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park