Essentials to Pack for A Convenient Gorilla Trekking Experience

Gorilla tracking ranks amongst one of the most fascinating highlights of a trip to East Africa for most tourists, and the electrifying sense that you get being so close to one of human’s closest relatives is tough to explain.

So, you’ve already disbursed for your Uganda gorilla trip, permits, accommodation and transport. The next big thing is to ensure that you’ve packed the appropriate great for your Uganda gorilla safari tour. So, the next big thing in your hand is what stuff to carry for a comfortable gorilla trekking experience. Here I’ve listed down some essentials for gorilla trekking. Please check them out before you move on a safari.

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Hiking shoes:
Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park entails hiking/trekking in look for the rare mountain gorillas. Due to the characteristic of the woodland plus the height, you should carry lightweight hiking shoes with you for this activity.

Raincoats:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is known as a tropical rainforest; hence rain is received all through the year. You never know when it’s going to pour so you must carry a raincoat with you for this situation. A lot of travelers prefer touring in the drier months of July, August and starting of September and try to ignore the rainy months of March, April and May.

Garden gloves:
You’ll require gloves to safeguard your hands throughout Uganda gorilla safaris. As you travel around in the woodland, keep in mind that it might get very slippery and somehow you require to hold on some trees or plants. A good pair of garden gloves will therefore safeguard you from bacteria and other stuffs that may injure your hands.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Long-sleeved shirts or trousers:
You should put on long-sleeved shirts or trousers when on a gorilla trekking. And make sure that you tuck in your shirts in your trekking shoes to ignore pests, for example, safari ants getting into your shirt. Jeans & Kachi trousers can be a better option for this.

Binoculars:
Don’t forget that you’re on a safari and you wish to have apparent sights of the whole thing. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is home to more than 350 bird species, black & white colobus apes amongst other primates, chimpanzees, buffaloes and forest elephants so throughout your trek in look for the sparse mountain gorillas, you’ll have an opportunity to witness some of the above-mentioned wilds.


Camera & additional batteries:

Photography is a crucial segment of any Uganda gorilla tracking safaris and thus ensure that you’ve your digital camera ready, complete charge your batteries and if required, additional batteries as you have to shoot as many pictures in the limited time you’ll have with the mountain gorillas. Please ensure that deactivate your flash whilst taking pictures of gorillas.

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Porters:
This is an extra voluntary stuff and we will recommend all our clients to carry a porter for their mountain gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking can be tiring and therefore you’ll need somebody to give you a push or a pull on the way to the mountain gorillas. These porters will go for a charge but, it’s worth it. Keep in mind that these porters are actually school-going students either in their holiday or have been terminated from school because of delaying school fees. By compensating some cash to take a porter with you, you’ll contribute to the community development indirectly.

Keep all the above-mentioned stuffs and enjoy a safe and convenient gorilla trekking experience. Cheers!

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Things to Know about Uganda Gorilla Tracking Safari

It is now estimated that about 900 mountain gorillas are left in the world. Your desire for having a closer look at these wonderful primates can be successfully accomplished by making a visit to Uganda. Today numerous visitors from different corners of the world are coming to Uganda for witnessing the great apes in their natural habitat. This has made gorilla tracking as one of the leading tourism activity in Uganda. It is believed that Uganda acts as a home to over 400 gorillas. Before venturing out for gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, you need to be aware about some essential things, which is explained below:

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What will be the best time for experiencing Uganda gorilla safari?
Gorilla tracking in Uganda can be successfully conducted at any time of the year. If you are interested in enjoying more adventurous experience then can opt for June to September and December to January- these are considered to be the peak season. At this time traffic to various parks increases; this results in costly gorilla permits compared to low seasons.

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Where to enjoy a thrilling experience of gorilla tracking in Uganda?
One can enjoy Uganda gorilla safaris or Uganda gorilla safari tour at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It is found that most visitors prefer Bwindi National Park to enjoy an exhilarating gorilla tracking because its gorillas are consistent.

Most popular destination for Uganda gorilla tracking enthusiasts, Bwindi National Park has the largest population of mountain gorillas in the world. Visitors have the choice of witnessing four habituated mountain gorilla groups like:

    Mubare

    Habinyanja

    Rushegura

    Nikuringo

Bwindi National Park is located about 500km from Kampala, the distance between Kampala and Bwindi takes about 6 to 8 hours of driving by road. One can also fly to an airstrip at Kisoro from Kampala or Entebbe and then drive to reach the Bwindi National Park.

Bwindi National Park

Wear Smart for a Successful Gorilla Tracking in Uganda:

    Carry a good pair of walking shoes for enjoying hiking or walking in the dense with an ease.

    Have a pair of light clothes and make assure to avoid any bright color or shade of clothes.

    Ensure in having a sunscreen lotion and a hat to escape the sun.

    Keep some warm and waterproof clothes to deal efficiently with the wet and cold challenges while exploring the habitat of mountain gorillas.

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Do Not Forget to Obtain a Gorilla Permit:
Generally the gorilla tracking permits are issued by the Ugandan Wildlife Authority at their offices in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb. This may sound a bit tricky or complex process for tourists and visitors. In order to enjoy convenience of obtaining a gorilla permit, you can depend on a reliable African safari company- Paradise Africa Safaris. We will obtain the permits in time on behalf of you that will help in avoiding any kind of inconvenience.

Uganda gorilla tracking safaris by Paradise Africa Safaris will help you experience a memorable trip with family or friends while witnessing a gorilla family in a breathtaking natural habitat.

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Unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Adventure Awaits You In Uganda

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.

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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!

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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

Conclusion-
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.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

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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