Mountain Gorilla Tracking Adventure in Africa – Uganda Safari News
It’s anticipated that 880 gorillas still survive in the wild. These are distributed in three neighboring countries of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda.
Half of the total gorilla population lives in Uganda’s Bwindi national park and the other half is shared by the three national parks of Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
If you have your plan set on encountering the endangered mountain gorillas in Africa, you are looking at a Gorilla safari tour to Uganda or Rwanda and the Congo to track these picturesque creatures.
Encountering the gorillas on your gorilla safaris to Uganda or Rwanda in Africa is a special feeling and nothing can ever make you ready for that life changing experience.
The hike up the terrain when searching for the charming apes is at a high altitude –Volcanoes is over 25500 meters while Bwindi national park is about 1500 meters – 2000metres which will leave you gasping for breath, but the aspiration of finally encountering the gorillas will keep you strong to climb all the hills and slop most of the valleys.
Your guide who will lead you in the trekking trails will keep reminding you “Slowly Slowly”. There is no rush.
Your experienced ranger guide is in direct touch with your gorilla group’s set of trackers so you’ll get to them eventually.
You should immerse up every minute of this life changing adventure experience.
After your early morning briefing from park officials at the park headquarters, remember to hire a porter – a local Ugandan/Rwandan to help you carry your bags and pull you up/down the slippery terrain as you hike in Uganda Safari destination of Bwindi or Rwanda Gorilla Safari destination of Volcanoes or Congo Safari destination of Virunga.
The price of hiring a porter is between 15-20 US dollars and you will definitely appreciate the idea of hiring one as you keep hiking.
A moment you infiltrate the gorilla forest, you will meet thick bamboo vegetation; the best diet of the mountain gorilla.
The blend of thick bush as you follow your guide in the trekking trails through a track with their pagans soon invokes the understanding that this gorilla safari will be everything you could have always sought for from real African jungle adventure.
After some good time of trekking depending on the movement of the apes, kindly note that the time spent searching for the mountain gorillas will be mainly determined by the movement of the gorilla family.
The hike can last from 2 to 8 hours, so ensure that you enter the forest trails with a packed snack and drinking water, dressed appropriately; long sleeves and long trousers are advised to help protect your body from the small forest inhabitants like insects and thorns.
Once your group comes up-close to the mountain gorillas, you will be allowed one to spend with them, with an opportunity to take memorable photos and capture video clips.
This life time experience is honestly moving and a must for each and every traveler planning wildlife safari tour to Uganda –the pearl of Africa.
The most important tip for your gorilla safari tour in Uganda or Rwanda is; if a mountain gorilla decides to back at you, stay calm and steady, don’t run away or shake.
Gorilla tracking safaris in Africa is an experience which doesn’t come at no cost, in Uganda a Permit goes for only $600 and in low season &350, in Rwanda a permit goes for $750 year round.
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