When we talk about gorilla trekking, it’s a life time experience .Many people visit Uganda particularly to see the gorillas that found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Due to the fact that they contribute largely to the country’s economy, they are protected and conserved to enable them increase in number. Never be lied that gorillas can be discovered in zoo, these are only found in Africa and in three countries: Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. However Uganda is well known to be a home to half of the mountain gorillas.
Besides the game drive where many people are allowed to see lots of wildlife, gorillas are restricted to a certain number of visitors. Only 8 people are allowed per group. There are over 10 habituated gorilla groups and these include Rushegura, Kyaguriro, Oruzogo, Nshongi, Habinyanja, Kahungye, Nkuringo, Mubare and Bitukura of which 9 are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and 0ne in Mgahinga Gorilla Park. These gorillas are used to human beings and you are strictly given one hour of being in their presence. Before you start your trek, you assemble at the park‘s headquarters and you are split into groups depending on the one assigned to you. Areas that are tracked include Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushage and Ruhija.
There are certain items you must have for your trek, these include drinking water, rain jacket, charged batteries, backpack, walking boots, tough pants, packed lunch and a walking stick that will be provided by the ranger. The rangers that are assigned to different gorilla groups are well conversant with the movements of the gorillas, they can easily tell where they were the previous day. Therefore with their assistance, you can’t fail to see the gorillas.
The tracking the gorillas takes about 2 to 8 hours, it’s a strenuous hike before you see the gorillas. Interestingly you come across other primates, butterflies and bird species that make the hike worth. However setting eyes on the gorillas is awesome and amazing. You surely forget the long hike and concentrate on taking as many pictures as you can. Surprisingly some people track twice because they can’t get enough of the gorillas. Such people are assigned a different group from that they tracked the previous day. Even if it takes the whole day, you will finally see the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable forest.
There are rules that govern gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If you have diseases such as diarrhea, flue or cough, you are not allowed to track gorillas. You must be physically fit and children below the age of 15 years are not allowed to track gorillas. A permit costs usd 500 compared to that of Rwanda that costs 750 Usd. Lodging is available and these range from budget, moderate and luxury. They are strategically built overlooking the Impenetrable forest. These lodges are sometimes fully booked and so to avoid any inconveniences, it’s better to book with a tour company “Wild Whispers Africa” who can arrange for you an adventurous safari to see gorillas and still get the best accommodation.
In the past, people used not to tack gorillas. Its recent under the influence of Max Walter Baumgartel that gorillas have been tracked. His major reason was to promote the tourism sector and conserve the powerful gorilla. Out of love, he bought Travellers Rest Hotel that accommodates both people tracking in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. It’s because of him that gorillas are surviving with no poachers to threaten them. They are still increasing in number and that is awarded to Baumgartel.Today, we receive thousands of visitors that come to Uganda to see the mountain gorillas. Some visitors opt to stay in the Travellers Rest Hotel to learn more on how he saved the gorillas. As you travel the whole of Africa, Uganda must be included on your budget to see the powerful mountain gorillas that look like human beings. Believe me you will be mesmerized.