Gorilla Safaris - Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo
Gorilla trekking is definitely the main highlight for most of Safaris to this land of welcoming locals. It is very rare to find a suitably tailored Uganda or Rwanda Wildlife Safaris missing the face to face encounters with the shy and peerless apes. Gorillas are one of the most thought after attractions in the World and you can only find in a few destinations in Africa. These destinations include Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
These apes live in groups (Gorilla families) and each group is led by a dominant silver-back, they share 95% of their DNA with the humans which makes it a must see while on a Uganda, Rwanda or DR Congo Safari. Gorilla trekking experience awards tourists a period of one hour while in the presence of these apes, you can see them feeding, laughing, strolling around, playing along with taking some snaps or videos for memories or social media post.
Moreover, Gorilla trekking is strenuous since it involves trekking through the steep trails that are sometimes muddy and slippery, but meeting you naked eyes with that of the gorillas is an unmatched adventure to keep remembering for the rest of your life.While on this experience you are advised to ensure good behaviors and give respect to the environment, Eco-tourism is the main focus.
With all that ensured you will live praising Gorilla trekking for all the excitements it generates while on your once in a life time Safari vacation.Trekking Gorillas requires a permit which costs an affordable price, money collected support in conserving the lives and habitats of the Gorillas.Therefore your money paid is worth the experience and at the same time supportive to these Wildlife species.
Gorillas were listed endangered species in the past years and this was due to constant decrease in its numbers. Currently are marked not endangered due to the increasing numbers both in the Virunga massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Big thanks go to the late Dian Fossey, an American conservationist who started the conservation campaigns emphasizing the saving of Gorilla lives. Dian Fossey started making research about the Gorillas in DR Congo’s Virunga but later constant political instabilities scared her away and resorted to the one in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.
While in Volcanoes National Park she started a research center known as Karisoke Research center before she was shot dead by the rebels. This research center is now a landmark to witness her work done about conserving the Gorillas. Though Gorillas are related to humans, it’s again the greatest threat to the lives of these apes; this is witnessed by poachers who have continuously hunted them for their valuables. Large numbers of the Gorillas are killed mostly in Virunga National Park of DR Congo.
Safaris that include Gorilla trekking are rewarding since you get the opportunity to meet with these rare species. If you are hoping for this experience, you can only do it in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, or DR Congo in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park.
Out of the five National Parks in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo, four are home to the species of Mountain Gorillas and one is inhabited by the Eastern lowland Gorillas (Kahuzi Biega National Park). Gorilla trekking requires a permit which costs an affordable price to be disclosed. It depends on where you are to trek the Gorillas. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $600 USD per person, one for Rwanda costs $1500 USD per person and that of DR Congo costs $400 USD per person.