Gorilla Trekking Safari in Africa – Turaco Uganda Safaris

Gorilla trekking safari in Africa is one of the most famous safari activities in the world. It has been critically observed that the population of mountain gorillas in Africa has increased. Thanks to the conservation efforts of various non-governmental and government support.

Gorilla trekking safari destinations are safe for tourists to go for adventuring. There are minimal or no-poaching incidents reported because of alternative sources of income available to communities in these areas due to increased revenues earned from gorilla tourism.

Mountain gorillas are usually found in the vegetation feeding, while others are resting and or groom each other. The leader of each gorilla family or group is called a silver-back gorilla which is very protective of the family. If frustrated it will grunt and beat its chest before moving off with the females, offspring, and mature males.

To enjoy the best gorilla trekking safari experience in Africa, you need to prepare sufficiently enough starting with the choice of tour operator to plan the entire safari, lodges for where you will spent nights, and purchase of gorilla trekking permits. The minimum age for trekking mountain gorillas in Africa is 15 years. You require to purchase your gorilla permit much earlier especially if you want a specific date because only 8 people can track a gorilla group per day.

Mountain Gorilla trekking happens in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. It also happens in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga National park of Congo. Uganda currently has 18 gorilla families available for trekking. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park is slightly different from Mgahinga gorilla national park because of the nature of the landscape.

Uganda Gorilla Safari

Uganda Gorilla Safari

Bwindi impenetrable park is a rainforest with thick vegetation and varying landscape, you will have experiences of both uphill and downhill on your hike. Bwindi Impenetrable forest park is divided into different sectors each with a certain number of mountain gorilla families.

Before you book your lodge it is important to know which sector you will track because the location is quite far apart. Mountain gorilla trekking sectors in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include the Buhoma sector, Ruhija sector, Nkuringosector, and Rushaga sector.

In Mgahinga gorilla national park, the gorillas are mainly found in the mid vegetation on the Virunga volcanoes of Mountain Muhabura especially in the open areas of the bamboo zone.

Gorilla trekking safari preparation tips

  • Uganda is a tropical country with unpredictable climate, rain gear is a must-have
  • Insect repellent
  • Recommended mode of clothing when going for mountain gorilla trekking is long trousers and long-sleeved sweaters or shirts while in the jungle to avoid insect and plant stings.
  • Sturdy hiking boots are essential, especially ones you have used before.
  • Drinking-Water, however eating, drinking and smoking near the gorillas is strictly forbidden – your guide will communicate designated time and place.
  • Photography is permitted, although you must not use flash
  • Porters are available to help you carry your day-pack for a small charge.
  • You will not be allowed to trek gorillas if you have a communicable disease like flu or cough

Mountain gorillas live at high altitude and this may cause difficulties in hiking up for some visitors. You should pace yourself, walk slowly, drink plenty of water and prepare adequately for this experience. Turaco Uganda safaris will purchase your gorilla trekking permits for you in advance for proper planning.

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