Encountering a wide Silver back gorilla and primates in their natural habitat is just amazing and humbling experience. With less than 1000 mountain gorillas left across the world, the ultimate privilege of that experience is truly awesome. Planning a gorilla trek in Uganda took a bit of legwork, but below are tips and information I found them most helpful to start for a Uganda gorilla safari tour.
Where Can You Go For a Gorilla Trekking?
The endangered mountain gorilla species can only be found in three countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda. We had already booked a flight to Uganda, so our choice was between two countries like Uganda and Rwanda. After an extensive research on customer reviews, we have decided to go for a mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda. We knew that the trekking, mountain gorillas are easier in Uganda and visitors getting awe-inspiring spectacles of the mountain gorillas, as the Bwindi National Park is more densely forested.
When Is The Best Time To See The Mountain Gorillas?
You can go for a gorilla trekking year round; but it tends to be more popular during the dry season. Usually, the dry season falls in between the month of December to February and June to September; but the temperature may not vary throughout the year.
Tours and Transportation For Gorilla Treks
Many tourists rely on a local tour company to make all necessary arrangements like permit, nearby accommodation and transportation to the park. Several tour operators are available for your once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking in Uganda. With a local tour company, your safari will cost you less. Ultimately, we chose Paradise Africa Safaris for our Uganda safari tour, because they provide opportunities to customize our trip so that we could spend some extra times in Uganda to know it better!
Degree Of Difficulty Level
There’s no specific standard experience. Each and every gorilla trek will vary, depending upon the day of your trek and the gorilla family you are assigned. Some groups need a shorter, easier trek and some groups need a longer, more difficult trekking expedition. Some groups will stay closer to the park boundaries and some will make you go further up the mountain. As groups are moving constantly, so the distance of a specific gorilla group varies easily. The gorilla hiking expedition can usually take around 1 to 5 hours.
Basic Rules For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda
There are specific guidelines that trekkers should follow to make sure the safety of both tourists and also the gorillas:
• Don’t trek, if you’ve a flue or cold.
• Stay about 7 meters away from gorillas (But gorillas can still come near to you)
• Say no to eat and drink anything near the gorillas
• Talk with a low voice and make your movements slow
• Avoid eye contact
At the end, the Uganda gorilla tracking safari has been just a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us. We hope you find these tips helpful in planning your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda.
Hence, it’s highly recommended to opt for Uganda gorilla safaris at Paradise Africa Safaris for your first-time ever adventures in the African continent. You will return back home with unforgettable lifetime memories for sure!
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