Uganda Gorilla Safari: Gorilla Trekking in Uganda-Gorilla Tours in Rwanda & Congo.
Undertake a Mountain Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, Rwanda & Congo and enjoy remarkable Uganda gorilla safaris, Rwanda Gorilla tours/Gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Congo Gorilla safaris/Gorilla trekking in Congo safaris to trek and see the rare Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park-Rwanda and Virunga National Park where they only duel in the whole world plus Kahuzi Biega National Park in Congo for Lowland Gorillas.
With over 456 of these Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi, and 480 in the Virunga massif comprised of Mgahinga in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in Congo, makes Uganda the country with the biggest number of mountain gorillas in the world according to the International Gorilla Conservation Program & her partners(IGCP) Mountain Gorilla census of 2010. Uganda dabbed the “Pearl of Africa,” shines with greatly stunning greenery, deep clean water lakes, high soaring mountains and highlands but also more than half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population – perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all making a Uganda gorilla safari will usher you into Bwindi the world heritage with the biggest number of the Mountain gorillas.
On a Rwanda Uganda gorilla tour, you will travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park of Uganda or the Volcanoes of Rwanda and trek these incredible peaceful endangered Mountain Gorillas from as close as a meter, closer than you have ever imagined possible.
We have organised Rwanda Gorilla Safari tours & Uganda as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the last 8 years and we are excited to create new unique customised Rwanda, Congo & Uganda Gorilla safari itineraries that include amazing Mountain Gorilla trekking in Rwanda safari tours Uganda & Congo, wildlife safaris in Uganda, African cultural tours, history and nature safaris that when all combined offer you the ultimate Africa safari memory.
Gorilla tours to Congo Uganda & Rwanda are done by our experienced professional safari guides who are always eagerly ready to take you in our 4×4 pop-up roof safari vehicles to the spectacular national parks, wildlife reserves and amazing jungle safari destinations Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. We are known for offering the best safari experiences due to our amazing wild game viewing trips, unmatched high standards of service but also private and group Africa adventure trips based on individual needs that provide lifetime memories.
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What do gorilla eat?
The question of what gorillas eat is dependent on the nature of their habitat and the season of the year. Primarily, Mountain gorillas feed on parts of green plants unlike their counter parts the lowland gorillas which prefer a lot of fruit. It should be noted that during the dry season, there are few juicy fruits in presence which prompts the gorillas to consume a lot of seeds and tree barks – something always seen while on gorilla safaris in Uganda or in Rwanda.
Considering the fact that fruits grow on trees, gorillas of all age ranges tend to climb up the trees in quest of these fruits. It should further be noted that although western gorillas prefer fruits to leaves pith, stems and shoots, they cannot surpass the percentage of fruit consumption exhibited among their colleagues – the Chimpanzees and Orangutans. The Chimpanzees and the Mountain gorillas can be seen on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda. READ MORE
How do gorillas sleep?
Gorillas like most of their primate colleagues, sleep in nests which they patch in the trees or on the ground in consideration of various variables like vegetation and the security conditions. It should be noted that every evening, gorillas construct new nests – something that is evidenced on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and this cannot be avoided even if it is very close to the nest that slept in the previous night. Another thing to note is that, Infants or call them baby gorillas are the only ones exonerated from the task of making nests as they spend over nights with their mothers.
Gorillas enter into their nests at least one hour before the dark however on rare cases they also build nests for midday rests. READ MORE
Do gorillas have enemies?
This is a question to contemplate deeply about especially when it relates to the critically endangered mountain gorillas which are mostly sought of on Uganda gorilla safaris. It should be noted that apart from humans, the gorillas do not certainly have enemies. Among the animals that have been registered to have an influence on the life gorillas are Leopards. This predator has been recorded in Virunga Volcanoes to have an effect on the lives of gorillas. For example Walter Baumgärtel came across the remains of a range of gorillas that had lost their dear lives at the hands of dangerous leopards in the area. A similar case was recorded in Gabon where a leopard killed a sick young gorilla. READ MORE
Are gorillas afraid of water?
Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which prompts them to desist from expanse water masses like Lakes and Rivers. It has been recorded however that both adult and young gorillas like to play around with water. While in quest of their food, gorillas tend to walk through swamps on their two legs keeping water levels up to their waists. READ MORE
Do gorillas often climb trees?
Primarily, gorillas dwell on ground and can only spend 5 – 20% of their daytime in trees in contrast to their primate counterparts – Chimpanzees which spend 47 – 67% of their time in trees and Orangutans spending close to 100%. Yes, Gorillas tend to climb to take advantage of fruits or play around in the tree branches. Gorillas tend to climb quad-rupedally and they rarely jump from branch to branch or brachiating. READ MORE
What do gorillas do all the day?
Gorillas are always active from 6am to 6pm. Gorillas tend to have daily routine and events seem too follow each other chronologically. Even on your gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda, you have a chance be part of this routine. Gorillas move out of their nests early in the morning to commence their foraging consuming as much vegetation as they can before resting in the late morning and midday. Gorillas forage again in the in the afternoon until they rest at night. Unless it is cold and overcast which prompts gorillas to stay longer in their nests, they tend to depart their nests at dawn 6am. READ MORE
What illnesses do gorillas suffer from?
It has been noted that gorillas can acquire many human diseases and it is upon this background that those on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda have to keep a minimum distance to reduce on this risk. Mountain gorillas tend to inhabit the areas with wet and cold climate which in turn tend to cause respiratory tract diseases especially Pneumonia thus claiming some of the Mountain gorilla lives. READ MORE
Where do gorillas live?
Gorillas like most of their primate colleagues, sleep in nests which they patch in the trees or on the ground in consideration of various variables like vegetation and the security conditions. It should be noted that every evening, gorillas construct new nests – something that is evidenced on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and this cannot be avoided even if it is very close to the nest that slept in the previous night. Another thing to note is that, Infants or call them baby gorillas are the only ones exonerated from the task of making nests as they spend over nights with their mothers. READ MORE
How much space does a gorilla group need?
Gorilla groups do not necessarily require distinct territories and neither do they defend such areas against conspecifics. Gorillas roam in what is called the home ranges whose size is dependent on the food availability. The home ranges are always larger where the food sources are widely dispersed. In case of abundance of nutritious and high quality food plants, the distance in between the feeding sites reduces. However, the more members the gorilla family possesses, the further will it roam and the extensive is the home range which at times causes variation in gorilla trekking times among different gorilla groups. READ MORE
Gorilla Trekking Families In Rwanda
Susa Group/ Family; Susa family comprises of 41 members. This is the largest gorilla family with 3 silver-backs, females, youths and several black backs. The Family is blessed with 5 year old twins called Bysishimo and Impano and therefore every visitors dream to track is gorilla family. The group travels the slopes of Karisimbi Volcano
Sabyinyo Family; Sabyinyo family comprises group of 8 members with the most gigantic silverback has their leader and is the most accessible of all the members.
Amahoro Gorilla Family; Amahoro Gorilla family comprises of 17 members under the control of the peaceful Ubumwe. This group is more active to access compared to Sabyinyo and Group 13. FIND MORE ABOUT GORILLA TREKKING FAMILIES IN RWANDA
Gorilla Trekking Families in Uganda
Gorillas can be tracked in only four regions of interest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Each sector or region has its gorilla group as explained below
Buhoma sector; Buhoma found at the northwestern part of the Park facing the dark- hilly forests of the Park. This region contains three Gorilla groups.
Mubare Gorilla Family; Gorilla tracking at Buhoma region enables you to meet the first and oldest group of Gorillas to be habituated in 1998. There were 12 family members in the group with a dominant silverback called Ruhondeza and later added up to 18 members but due to different circumstances like death, moving into new groups, the group lost many of its family members thus remaining with only 5 members however other 4 members joint them and making it adorable to track is gorillas. The sector is now a priority to many tourists and tour operators.
Gorilla Permit Booking Info
If interested in gorilla trekking/tracking, we can help you secure the gorilla permits from the respective government selling bodies. It is advisable that booking gorilla tracking permit should be done four months in advance particularly if the gorilla safari is to be undertaken during the high season. Once the permit is booked, the gorilla tracking/trekking activity is guaranteed. FIND MORE ABOUT GORILLA PERMIT BOOKING INFO
Price for a Gorilla permit, Discounted Gorilla permits in Uganda
Gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park costs USD 600 per person per trek and USD350 for discounted rates as announced by Uganda Wildlife Authority for the months of April and May 2013. Uganda Wildlife Association always reviews its prices and tariffs in June every year so we are still waiting to see if gorilla permit price will be increased come June 2014 but its not likely after the recent increment. FIND MORE ABOUT GORILLA PERMITS IN UGANDA
Refunds / Cancellation Guidelines for Gorilla permits in Uganda Rwanda
Refunds/Cancellation Guidelines; 50% tracking fee shall be refunded by UWA, if the visitor fails to track due to illness, this will be at recommendation of the Warden in Charge and this clause only applies to visitors who have already tracked BINP or MGNP.
Visitors who fail to track the gorillas (MGNP) as a result of their movement to the neighbouring country shall receive a full refund on their permits. However, those who would have tracked the whole day and failed to view the gorillas for one reason or another will be refunded 75% of the tracking fee. All refunds shall be affected through the Reservation Office at UWA Headquarters in Kampala.FIND MORE ABOUT GORILLA PERMITS REFUNDS/CANCELLATION IN UGANDA & RWANDA
Getting a Gorilla Permit
Gorilla permits for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park costs USD500.00 per person per trek and USD350.00 for discounted rates as announced by Uganda Wildlife Authority for the months of April and May 2013. There are chances that Uganda Wildlife Authority will announce discounted rates for gorilla permits in November 2013 so please do contact us for updates about this. UWA always reviews its prices and tariffs in June every year so we are still waiting to see if gorilla permit price will be increased come June 2013. This could be due to the fact that Rwanda increased their gorilla permit price last year from $500 to $750 and Uganda might want to follow suit. Our offices are always open to advise you on the price of gorilla permits.FIND MORE ABOUT GETTING A GORILLA PERMIT
What to Park for Gorilla Trekking?
- Put on easy hiking shoes to neutralize steep muddy slopes.
- For those who don’t go well with jungle sounds, put on ear plugs.
- Go with Lunch box and sufficient drinking water.
- Bring with you sunscreen lotion, arain gear, hat (as weather might change anytime) and an insect repellant.
- Bring a zoom lens camera for those interested in Photography. Flash is totally prohibited.
Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations
In Uganda a maximum of 8 tourists may visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day. This is done to ensure minimal behavioural disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases. FIND MORE ABOUT GORILLA TREKKING RULES & REGULATIONS
Uganda Travel Information
Passport; Any foreign national that is not a citizen in any of the countries that comprise the East African Community must be in possession of a valid passport issued by his originating country. The Republic of Uganda requires that the mentioned passport should have at least six month validity and at least one blank space where the Visa stamp can be put.
For the citizens of the partner states in the East African Community, it can be noted that they do not require the passports to have an entry into Uganda. They are issued admissible temporary document on arrival after presenting their national identity cards and they have a free entry into Uganda. FIND MORE ABOUT TRAVEL INFORMATION