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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

We arrange gorilla safari packages that take you to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park to see the giant apes. You can combine your gorilla trip with wildlife sightseeing in the various national parks in Uganda. While we have arranged some packages for you, we can organize a trip based on your time, budget and preference. Please Fill this form with your request or head straight to the packages below.

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About Gorillas

Although increased human interaction and activities such as poaching
and pressure on land poses great threat to the survival of these
primates, there are several projects that aim at the conservation of
these primates. Funds collected on chimpanzee and gorilla safari
permits are used to raise community awareness, fund conservation efforts
and carry out improvements on roads, community schools, clinics and
tourist accommodation facilities run by the different communities among
other projects.

 

Past research and scientific studies on gorillas were centered on only one species of gorilla in Africa gorilla gorilla that was classified into the different sub-specie of the western lowland gorilla (gorilla gorilla gorilla), mountain gorilla (gorilla beringei) and the eastern gorilla (gorilla, gorilla graueri).
However, recent studies prove that the DNA of the western lowland
gorillas and eastern gorillas is clearly different thus the two have
been classified as fully separate species under gorilla gorilla and gorilla beringei respectively.

A population of the eastern gorillas lives in the high altitude
mountains of central and East Africa. One of the gorilla habitats is
located on the foot hills of Virunga Volcanic ranges on the border of
Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo while the other is found in
Bwindi Impenetrable forest park in Uganda.

 

Western Lowland Gorillas

The western lowland gorillas live in the dense rain forests of
central Africa in countries such as Cameroon, Angola, Gabon, Congo,
Equatorial Guinea and the Central African Republic. It is the main
species of gorilla found in zoos around the world. The distinct features
of this gorilla species is the size and the brown hair coloring on the
head and on some parts of the back.

Today, there are an estimated 150,000 western lowland gorillas in
Africa although they face several threats such as deforestation,
trafficking, poaching for game meats and infections such as Ebola. A few
families of the western lowland gorillas in the wild are habituated.
Many of these gorillas are shy and hide in the swamps and forests on
seeing humans. Some of the habituated lowland gorillas are found in the
forest clearing and swamps of Dzanga Trinational Park that is located on
the border of Central African Republic with Cameron and the Republic of
Congo. On the gorilla tracking trail in this park are animals like
African forest elephant, forest buffalo and the bonobo-a pygmy
chimpanzee species among others.

The populations of mountain gorillas in Africa are found in the
Virunga Volcanic ranges that are found on the border of Rwanda and the
Democratic Republic of Congo while the other habitat is found in Bwindi
Forest National Park in south western Uganda. The two groups are from
the Eastern Gorilla species –gorilla beringei beringei.

The mountain gorillas are the biggest primate species in the world.
The adult male is estimated to weigh about 180kg (400lbs) and overall
height of 5feet. Mountain gorillas have longer thick dark hair than
other species of gorillas, are more bulky, have longer faces and also
have broad chests when compared to the western lowland gorillas.
Mountain gorillas are carefully adapted the conditions in high altitude
mountains and thus can not survive in captivity like the western lowland
gorillas have done for more than 50 years in zoo across Europe and
America.

Tracking mountain gorillas in dense rain forests of Africa requires
determination, patience and enthusiasm. The trekking experience often
lasts up to 6 -8 hours on muddy and slippery forest trails but all the
tiredness wears out when you meet a family feeding in bushes. You’ll
find several quietly chewing on leaves and forages while the juveniles
play about in the forest canopy.

The habituated gorilla families are gentle and harmless unless
provoked. Often tourists invoke a silent stare from the giant brown eyes
that makes you contemplate on what these giant apes are thinking! When
provoked the adult males become aggressive-he beats his chest supped
hands, makes a few kicks and noises that instruct the other members to
take off from the site!

Eastern Lowland Gorillas

This species of gorilla is found in Kahuzi-Beiga National Park in the
Democratic republic of Congo. It the first national park where the
giant apes first became habituated throughout Africa.

Mountain Gorillas

Very early in the morning, we begin with our trek. But before that we
are given the rules and procedures to follow, after that we move to the
ranger’s location where the journey starts. It will be an exciting trek
with the guide of a ranger; you will go through the dense forests,
plantations until when you discover the gorilla family. The gorillas are
so familiar with the rangers and so they know the best spots to find
them. But we can’t take this for granted because they are roaming
animals that move from one place to another looking for food. Trekking is so exhausting and takes about 8 hours; this calls you to be
physically fit for the trek.

The time is a bit restricted because they don’t want the gorillas to
be in the presence of humans for so long. Since we almost have the same
genes, they are prone to catching our diseases. Usually the stated time
is one hour. Don’t look at this to be less time because you will watch
them play, feed and rest with the young ones, furthermore take as many
photos as you want as long as you take off the flash. As you admire
God’s creature, the ranger will be educating you on the behaviors of the
gorillas and how they relate with their environment. Once your time
elapse, you walk back to the meeting place with the best memories that
you could love to share with your friends. Visitors that hope to be part
of the tour must the demands as well as irregularities of the parks
visited. These factors may actually holdup our trek and viewing of the
gorillas
in their natural setting. The trek is as demanding as it
necessitates you to walk through the dense forest, mud and unexpected
rain. Take note that viewing is not a guarantee because of the nature of
the environment.

However the gorilla families that are wanted on our forest trek have
been familiarized, the gorillas are not controlled and their actions are
not evidently different from that of non-familiarized families. If you
are lucky and you see them, they may not take a lot of time looking at
you as well rather they will fade into the forest, if they need to. Your
health must be in good condition to allow you trek the gorillas, this
is because they are so sensitive to human sickness. Children below the
age of 16 are not allowed in the park.

Whenever African safaris ring to anyone’s mind, the first thing they
think about is the big five. It’s actually a topic of discussion to
which country to visit in Africa. Many of you may be wondering what the
big five is all about; it’s a list of major wild animals that you must
see on a safari. This apparently inclusive list includes of buffalo,
rhinos, elephants, leopards and lions that are exciting creatures to
encounter on a tour to Africa. After seeing all these animals, one may
ask where the great mountain gorillas?

Personally speaking, any inclusive list of the must-see animals on a
tour has to consist of the beautiful primates of East Africa. To catch a
glimpse of the pride lions trail and at a close range watching the baby
buffalo play is such a breathtaking view. Without doubt, you will feel
the adrenalin rushing through your heart. If you really want to
experience a true wilderness of Africa, gorilla trekking will be the best adventure in Uganda. As you trek, you will walk through the dense
forests, high mountains of Mgahinga and Bwindi and finally get to the
habituated great apes that are loved by every tourist. They are best
characterized as dominant, respectful, brilliant, vulnerable, gentle as
well as assertive. Catching a glance at these beautiful creatures is a
dream come true. With a few of them left in the world, if you are lucky
you will see many of them in their habitate.Reserve a camp right in the
middle of the forest and you will enjoy the sounds of the trees waving
very early in the morning.

Places like Queen Elizabeth National Park’ Kyambura Gorge, Budongo
and Kibale Forest are famous to be homes of chimpanzees and gorillas.
These primates are so curious and charming. Viewing an ape in the dense
forests of Uganda is beyond doubt a mysterious moment that will make
your safari memorable.

Besides the primates, Uganda is well known for hosting other
interesting animals as well as different bird species.Truthfully, Uganda
can boast as one of the richest wildlife population along with 400
species of birds.
As you prepare for your safari, endeavor to pack a
binocular and a camera that will give you the best picture of the
existing animal. Other game safaris are discovered as you get close to
the open plains and lowlands of the conservation areas. Visiting Queen
Elizabeth National Park
will give you a chance to various wild animals
like zebra, lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and many others.

Mixing the adventure of tracking the big five with a finding of the
gorilla family has to be the best blend. Uganda offers an exceptional
chance for every tourist to actually see the wonders that Africa has to
give to its guests. It’s advancing into a famous safari destination. As
you return home, you will only have good memories of the mountain
gorillas.

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