Gorilla tracking in Uganda is booked and done according to areas. Initially, gorilla tracking was booked according to gorilla tracking families available however when the families increased in number, gorilla tracking was changed to areas.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is done in Buhoma gorilla tracking area, Ruhija gorilla tracking area, Nkuringo gorilla tracking and Rushage gorilla tracking area.
Which is the best area to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda.
All areas have incredible families with differing family members to make your experience with the gorillas memorable.
Buhoma gorilla tracking area
This is composed of the biggest number of gorilla families that is to say Rushegura gorilla tracking family, Habinyanja gorilla family, Katwe gorilla family and Mubare gorilla family. Buhoma gorilla area is placed in the northern sector of Bwindi forest in Uganda.
Each of these great gorilla families displays unique and differing entertainment to the visitors. You can never hand pick out the best to trek unless you visit each of them. We all have different tastes and preferences.
This area also boosts of varying accommodation types that is to say luxury, mid-range and budget. You can choose your preferred budget. On the actual day of trekking gorillas, you are divided into groups of 8 trekkers to visit each family.
Ruhija gorilla tracking area
Ruhija gorilla tracking area is placed on the eastern side of Bwindi forest in Uganda. It hosts a number of gorilla families like Bitukura gorilla family, Kyaguliro gorilla family, Mukiza gorilla family and Oruzogo gorilla family.
This swampy area has dramatic scenery and a great tracking area for Birders.
A variety of accommodations are readily available for one to book according to their budget and preferences.
Rushaga gorilla tracking area
Placed in the Southern sector of the park is Rushaga gorilla area. It is composed of various gorilla families that is to say, Nshongi gorilla family, Bikingi gorilla family, Bisingye gorilla family, Rwigi gorilla family, Mishaya gorilla family, Bweza gorilla family, Kutu gorilla family.
Each of these individual family has a great story that led to its formation and family members are gorgeous to be with during the one hour.
Numerous accommodation is also closer to this area. It is up to you to request your preferred accommodation based on your budget.
Nkuringo Gorilla Tracking area
Nkuringo gorilla area is one of the oldest gorilla tracking areas that Bwindi forest hosts. It is made up of Bushaho gorilla family, Christmas gorilla family and Nkuringo gorilla family. It is places in the southern part of Bwindi Forest.
Nyakagezi Gorilla tracking family
Nyakagezi gorilla family is placed in Mgahinga forest park in the south western side of Uganda. It is the only habituated gorilla family in this park. It wonders through the hills of Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Muhavura and Mountain Gahinga ranges.
This family of gorillas at times may cross to Rwanda. This is the reason why its gorilla permits are booked according to the availability of the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking Dress code
Gorilla tracking is basically a jungle activity which requires you to have protective clothing. You need to cover up to protect your skin from biting nettles.
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Gorilla tracking is open all year round you just need to choose your most available time and get your booking done.
Although gorilla tracking can be done anytime, you need to have book your gorilla permit atleast 3 months to the day of gorilla tracking.
This is because of the high demand for the permits throughout the world. What you need to know is that a few permits are released each day for the world to book.
Why few gorilla permits are released for gorilla tracking
Mountain gorillas are entirely vegetarian and so they need to feed on the available vegetation to support there huge bodies. When a big population of visitors is allowed into the forest, they may trample on the foliage destroying the food for the mountain gorillas.
Gorillas are highly susceptible to human communicable infection and so a small population can reduce on the chances of transmitting these infections.
When habituating the gorillas, a small population is used and since they are wild animals, they are accustomed to a small group not the crowds.
Managing a small population while in the wilderness is quite easy and so making it hard to loose anyone. A big population may be quite hard to handle in a vast forest.
The trails that have been crafted out by regular visitors can only handle a small population.
When with the gorillas, you are required to stand at a distance of about 7 meters away from them. It is quite hard to handle when with a big population where everyone wants to get a closer look at what the gorillas are doing.
Dumping of waste in the forest would not be easy to control if the population is not limited.
The UNESCO highly protects the mountain gorillas and they are on the list of the endangered species so they need to be protected in there natural home.
Gorilla tracking in Uganda is packaged according to luxury gorilla tracking package, Mid-range gorilla tracking and budget gorilla tracking.
The universal cost of gorilla tracking in Uganda is the gorilla permit which is sold at $700. Everyone must pay this price before gorilla tracking no matter your package.
You may also opt to do gorilla habituation which allows you more time with the gorillas. The price for gorilla habituation in Uganda is $1500. You are allowed to be in the presence of the gorillas for 4 hours watching them do there daily activities.
In case you want to film the gorillas, you have to request for the right procedure to film the gorillas and pay the right filming fees.
At Arch Safaris And Tours, we are film fixers and arrange filming requirements on behalf of our clients.