Gorilla Trekking Expeditions in Uganda
Uganda is a destination not to miss while in Africa for a remarkable Wildlife Safari Vacation. It sits in the Eastern part of Africa, share borders with Kenya in the East, South Sudan in the north, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Rwanda in the south west and Tanzania in the South.
You can get there by plane from your home country; you will land at Entebbe airport, the only international airport in the country. Among reasons why a plethora of travelers visit Uganda from different parts of the World, Gorilla trekking stands first.
While on Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda expect to meet face to face with the Gorillas in the Jungles. This is a lifetime experience – it is hard to forget.
The activity is often offered in a group and includes trekking in the Jungle following the permanent trails in search for these apes.
You will walk via trails that traverse the forest until you discover the presence of the Gorilla family you are searching for. After locating them, only one hour is allowed to be in their presence.
See them feeding, playing, wandering around and later vacate the place back to the park headquarters or starting point where you will meet your safari guide for a drive back to your lodge.
To those who have not yet participated in Uganda Gorilla Trek, this is really a rewarding encounter to remember.
Besides that, these points listed below are worth to know, if you plan for an incredible Gorilla Trek in Uganda.
Where to go for Gorillas. Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” is recorded with the biggest percentage of the World’s remaining Gorilla population. Almost half of it embrace Uganda’s lush habitats.
Uganda is home to only species of the Mountain Gorillas that live in two top National Parks in the Western part of Uganda. These Parks are Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park provides shelter to the biggest part of Uganda’s remaining Gorillas. This park consists of the thick impenetrable forest, bamboo forests, Savannah and shrubs.
Bwindi is now recorded with over eighteen habituated Gorilla families that are open to trekking excursions. Trekking in Bwindi is operated in its four sectors that are located in different regions of the Park.
These sectors are Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo sector. Each sector shelters more than two families but more families are found in Rushaga.
Mgahinga is another park to go for Gorillas in Uganda though it is recorded with less Gorillas for trekking. It is recorded with one habituated Gorilla family that is usually visited by a group of eight travelers per day.
With Mgahinga, Gorillas are few in numbers but the ones available for trekking are easily seen. Apart from Gorillas, Mgahinga is home to the species of Golden monkeys. Therefore visitors to the park usually combine Gorilla trek with Golden monkey tracking expeditions.
What to Pack. It is usually paramount to know what you are supposed to pack before you board for any Safari or holiday vacation.
With Gorilla trekking in Uganda, you have plenty to pack starting first with the travel documents (including a valid passport, Visa and Yellow fever vaccination card).
More than that, your packing list should not miss the protective wearing gears including strong hiking shoes, gloves, long sleeved shirts and trouser, nose capes, huts and sunglasses, stockings, water proof bags and jackets along with head shocks.
Other things to include are insect repellents, Vaseline, back up medicine, good quality cameras, extra storage and charging devices, snacks, enough pocket money, wearing clothes like vests, shorts and more.
Cost for the Permit. As usual, the permit is a must buy. In Uganda, this permit for Gorilla trek costs $700 USD per person and it is valid for use by one person in the respective travel dates.
It is usually advised to book in advance since Gorilla trek permits in Uganda are on high demand.