As the world travel experiences have been put on hold by the Corona Virus pandemic you may take a family gorilla tracking adventure through pictures with the children. Gorilla tracking is one of the iconic holidays that bring to life children’s cartoons like the “ lion guard” or “mickey mouse adventures” where gorillas are portrayed as huge destructive apes. As a family you can together enjoy these real photographs of Mountain gorillas with children so that they can enjoy the reality and love conserving the mountain gorillas.
You need to shop the right gorilla tracking gear so that you do not regret while in the jungle. The terrain resistant boots are vital, long trousers, a camera, rain coat or poncho as this is a year round cold area with rain that falls ant time without warning. Check for more details about what to pack for gorilla tracking.
Some prior fitness practice while you get ready to see the gorillas will keep you fit for the adventure in the jungle. The topography of this area is volcanic and gorillas keep moving up on the slopes or down the valley depending on food availability at the moment.
What happens during the Gorilla tracking Day?
Gorilla tracking begins with briefing from the ranger guides early morning. They explain how you are expected to behave while searching for the gorillas. They are very sensitive apes to any intruders as they are shy. When you do anything agitating to the gorillas go into hiding. You need to keep up with the rest of the group so that you are not lost in the enormous wilderness.
You start the trek in groups of 8 trekkers with the ranger guide as the leader including the hired porters. The home for the mountain gorillas is very huge and dark forest with huge tree trunks so you need to follow the instructions of the guide. Carry a stick that will give you extra support in case you try to slide as the ground is slippery and boggy.
The forest is like an adventure movie scene similar to that of the film called the” Jungle Book ” Be keen to see the forest interesting features like the water falls, meandering rivers, animals like the troupes of black and white colubus monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, rare golden monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey to mention but a few.
When You see the Mountain Gorillas
As you draw closer to the mountain gorillas, you may hear them murmuring at each other as if to alert the family of your visit. When they come into view, first wait to take photos as the guide has to first establish the condition of the family at the moment. Sometimes they fight as a family and may be in a bad mood for viewing but this is rare as the silverback has full control over the entire family.
When you are finally allowed to be in full view of the gorillas, watch the family do its day today activities like the infants suckling while there mothers comb there fur or check out for anything that might be hiding in there hairs. The juveniles just like adolescents keep picking at each other and jump from one branch to another. They are also restless eaters as they keep picking anything addible in there vicinity.
The mighty silver back may pounce at one infant toss it up to show off its tactics. Enjoy the drama of the wilderness for one precious hour for which the gorillas are habituated to stay with humans. Afterwards return to your lodge and relax
What to Note about gorilla tracking
Day 1 Road trip to Bwindi Forest Park
Get up early in the morning and drive to Bwindi forest Park for gorilla tracking. On the way you may make a stopover at the equator to take photos while standing on both sides of the earth at the same time. The drive may take between 8 hours to 9 hours but very scenic. Arrive late in the evening and check into your room
Accommodation: Gorilla Forest Camp/ Engage Lodge/ Trekker’s Tarven
Early in the morning, you will go with your gorilla tracking gears to the briefing point. You will be taken through the does and donts of gorilla tracking. Later you will be grouped into groups of 8 people and led into the forest to search for the mountain gorillas.
On the way, you may get to see other primates, butterflies, birds and other interesting features. Finally when you get to see the gorillas take there photos for remembrance and return to the lodge.
Day 3 Road trip to Entebbe Airport
Having spent the past days in the jungle, return to the airport to catch up with your flight back home.