Plan a memorable Gorilla Trekking Safari in Africa
There is always something unique about trekking to see Mountain Gorillas in the remote rain forests of Uganda Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. That one of a kind feeling and acknowledgment that they are much the same as us, living in closely attached family groups, obviously headed by a “parent”, the dominant silverback there to serve as their defender and protector.
In spite of the fact that these apes are still considered as a critically endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Mountain Gorilla numbers have continuously been growing with each year, as their remarkable numbers of new borns and less deaths on account of strict conservation effort and protection of their habitat.
There estimated to be more than 1000 gorilla species, residing in Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda and in the Virunga conservation area, here there also volcanic mountains with bamboo forest shared by Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, Mgahinga National Park Uganda and Virunga national Park in Congo.
Practical guide to gorilla trekking
Book your gorilla Permit, before you confirm your flights to Africa. You must know there is so much competition for Gorilla permits especially during the peak seasons of June – September. Rwanda offers a total number of 80 gorilla permits for each day, Uganda offers a maximum of 104 Gorilla permits per day, and 8 available for Gorilla habituation experience while Congo offers a total of 48 permits.
The numbers of tourist travelling to see mountain Gorillas in the wild is increasing by each year, there is great need to book your Gorilla Safari tour ahead of time. Accordingly, the government of Rwanda has doubled the cost of Gorilla permits from $750 to $1500 Per Person for 1 hour with the Gorillas to limit the number of visitors. A gorilla permit in Uganda still goes for $600 Per Person, while Congo Gorilla Safari permits go for $450.
Is gorilla trekking worth the hustle?
There is no single traveller who has had the chance to track gorillas that hasn’t cherished it. You can also look at ratings and reviews on trusted travel forums like TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet and Fodors. Trekking to see gorillas is a standout amongst the most fulfilling and fascinating adventures, not to only save the critically endangered species, as well as to help the poor communities around the national parks.
Is it safe?
Uganda and Rwanda are very safe nations to visit, with no security issues. While trekking gorillas in the wilderness, visitors are guided by well-trained rangers, escorted by military armed guards. Visitors’ safety is a priority since tourism is a major revenue earner for these countries’ budgets.
What to pack for gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking Safari takes you climbing through the wilderness in search for mountain gorillas, it is essential that you pack the right clothing and footwear to protect you from nettles, slippery grounds, branches and many more.
And for that matter, don’t forget the following…
- A pair of waterproof hiking boots, as the trails get slippery when it rains.
- Dress in long trousers to protect your skin against nettles, thorns, long sleeved shirts and a light rain jacket in case of rain.
- A pair of sturdy garden gloves to protect your hands, in case you touch nettles, thorns, vines, etc.
- Insect repellent is a must.
- Essentials for your trek
- Keep on time for your briefing! If you skip the briefing, you cannot trek to see gorillas.
- Hire a porter to carry your day pack.
- A hiking stick comes in handy.
- Work on your physical fitness.
- Note that gorilla trekking is possible even for the very old and the disabled.
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