Gorilla tracking permit cost is the key component of a gorilla tracking safari however is the price worth the gorilla tracking safari in Africa?
In Uganda the gorilla tracking permit is sold for $700 while in Rwanda the gorilla permit costs $1500. This price is one of the contributions to the conservation of the mountain gorillas. In the entire world, they only live in 3 countries Uganda, Rwanda and D.R. Congo.
UNESCO has pinned mountain gorillas as one of the endangered primates in the world and by the time of recognition only about 400 mountain gorillas lived in the world.
Currently over 1060 mountain gorillas are living in the wild and this is attributed to the constant funding from the regular visitors and community involvement in conservation of the mountain gorillas. About 20% of the proceeds collected from the gorilla permits is given back to the community for development.
In many films like “Baby’s Day out”, “Gorillas in the Mist”, gorillas seem to be huge scaring creatures but when you are with them you get another feeling. Mountain gorillas are serene primates, shy and cause no harm unless provoked.
At first sight some adrenaline may be stimulated but later you get to realize how lovely these huge beings are.
Mountain gorillas are habituated to be in the presence of humans for just one hour but it’s a golden hours. These naturally existing apes know how to take care of themselves in the wild and know how to time themselves for any wild activities like feeding, napping, playing, preparing for where to spend the night and so much more.
In case you visit a gorilla family with infants, you will be surprised at how similar gorilla motherly instincts are to those of humans. The breast feeding, grooming, family caretaking of infants, special family protection accorded to the infants and so much more is all unbelievable.
Gorillas have about 96% genes of humans beings and this is what makes then special and lovely to watch. They do things similar to what humans do although they may not speak a language understood by humans.
If a gorilla tracking family loses a member, they all grieve and show signs of sadness for some time. In case of any victory worn by the family, the entire family celebrates and excitement is everywhere.
What is the difference between Mountain gorillas in the zoo and mountain gorillas in the wild?
Mountain gorillas in the wild look for food by themselves while those in the zoos are normally tamed and fed by caretakers.Tamed mountain gorilas do not fully display there capability ofsearching new feeding grounds because of limited space
Finding mountain gorillas in the wild is like treasure hunting as they keep meandering in the forest while mountain gorillas in the zoos have a specific location where you can spot them. With wild mountain gorillas, you follow the tail where the gorillas were last seen the previous night but it’s not a guarantee that you will find them there.
Tamed gorillas in the zoos may have controlled birth rate while those in the wild have natural births with no limitations and natural mid-wifely services
Gorilla tracking experience in the wild tests your fitness and ability to endure the jungle well as seeing the gorillas in the zoo has clear demarcated paths.
During gorilla tracking in the wild you need to wear gorilla tracking gears while gorilla viewing in the zoo has no particular dress code.
After gorilla tracking in the wild, you are a coded a certificated as a souvenir for having found the African primate treasure in the jungle well as visiting the gorillas in the zoo no certificate is given.
What Is the best Country To Do Gorilla Tracking In Africa
The best country for gorillas tracking in Africa depends on the final experience you wish to gain from your African holiday. You may track gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda or D. R. Congo but what results do you want to achieve at the end of your Africa safari.
Uganda has the biggest number of mountain gorillas almost half the total number of the gorillas live in Uganda, Rwanda has the shortest gorillas tracking days you can use in case you have a tight program in Africa and D. R. Congo has the cheapest gorilla tracking permit cost so the choice is yours to make.
No matter when you plan to see the mountain gorillas, all year round gorilla tracking is open. There aretwo key seasons for gorilla tracking that is the high season which is June-September and December to January.
The low seasons February to May and October to November usually have minimum demand and may sometimes call for discounted gorilla permits
Do Mountain gorillas Have Covid-19 Virus?
Gorillas are highly susceptible to human infections however this doesn’t guarantee that they have the Corona Virus. All visitors who wish to see the gorillas are highly advised to keep the masks on throughout the trek, test for Covid-19 at least 72 hours pier to starting the gorilla tracking safari,
In case you feel any illness, you are kindly advised to volunteer to stay behind so that you do not transmit any infection to the gorillas. Refund policy according to Uganda Wildlife Authority is invoked in case you volunteer.
When with the gorillas, every trekker is advised to stand at least 8 meters away from the gorillas to prevent spreading any infection to them.
The gorillas have a team of research Doctors that regularly randomly check them and results are given to the authority but so far no infected gorillas has been identify
What To Pack For Gorilla Tracking Safari In Africa
Insect repellants is a must item to pack to protect yourself from biting nettle in the wild
A pair of tracking boots to help you move in the forest as you overcome.
Garden gloves will give you a secure grip when you fall or slide while you trek.