Any Africa Safari itinerary without gorilla trekking denies you the chance to be with Africa’s golden Adventure. Anyone who plans a holiday would like to make everlasting memories and indeed gorilla trekking is one activity that offers you in-depth feeling causing some traveler to shed tears.
While you search for the mountain gorillas in the wild, you have a chance to see other primates like blue monkeys, black and white colobus, grey checked mangabey, red tailed monkeys and so much more.
As you draw closer to the mountain gorillas, you may hear them giggling as if having a hilarious family time. Most of the day is spent by the mountain gorillas feeding but there moments of rest and grooming.
When you finally come into view, you may feel a chilling pulse go through you on first sight of the mountain gorillas. You may have read about other travelers’ gorilla trekking reviews but trust me nothing prepares you for your first face to face meeting with the giant mountain gorillas.
Much as you might have seen some in the zoo, mountain gorillas in the wild are different and special. This is why anyone with an African safari as part of his or her bucket list but ignores gorilla trekking may not feel the best of Africa.
Throughout the world, mountain gorillas naturally live in only three countries that is to say Uganda with almost half of the total number of mountain gorillas, Rwanda and DR. Congo.
Other wild animals can easily be found elsewhere in the world but mountain gorillas can only survive in this area. This is why they are jealously guarded yet the number of travelers is limited to only 8 travelers per day per trek.
The demand for gorilla trekking permits is over whelming high but for conservation reasons just a limited number is allowed.
While with the gorillas, enjoy there entertaining acrobatics especially the restless juveniles. In most cases the huge silverback watches on the family from the vines and intervenes in case of any family feud. The mothers with infants feed or comb the hairs of the infants especially during the resting time.
Its so unfortunate that only one hours is allowed in the presence of the mountain gorillas. They have been habituated to be with humans for just that hour and then continue searching for the day’s meal.
Local Community Tour
Interacting with the local community gives them a sense of belonging and loving the conservation plan for the mountain gorillas. Initially, the mountain gorillas shared the Bwindi forest in Uganda with the Batwa pygmies.
For the sake of monitoring and conservation plan, the Batwas were evicted from the forest which was their sole provider. They were not happy with the plan as they had lost their ancestral heritage.
When you pay them a visit which is at a small fee, they understand more the purpose of conserving these apes. They use this money to acquire some basic need and also pay school fees for their children.
Birding In Bwindi Forest after gorilla trekking
Bwindi forest is the birding haven for Africa as it hosts about 23species of the 24 species of Albertine endemics. Keen birders have the chance to spot some of the birds even at a closer range as they always flock the compounds of most lodges.
Game safaris After Gorilla Trekking
Bwindi forest National park the home for gorilla trekking is placed close to major game parks in Uganda. After gorilla trekking and you still have time on your holiday you may take an extension to some of the famous game parks in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National park is the closest game park to Bwindi forest. On a road trip, you may take about 5 to 6 hours to arrive in the park.
Queen Elizabeth Park hosts plenty of wild animals like tree climbing lions yet lions are known not to be climbers, herds of elephants, herds of buffaloes, water bucks, bush bucks, mongoose, Uganda Kobs, warthogs to mention but a few.
This park has one of the most spectacular mountain view of Rwenzori ranges. The peak of Rwenzori mountains called Margheritah is snowcapped and it comes into clearer view on a clear day.
A boat trip on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth Park in Uganda provides you with incredible views of nature. Lots of animals flood the shore to quench thirst especially during the dry spell.
The shores of Kazinga channel are all year round flocked by different bird species including local and foreign migrants.
Murchison Falls National park game drive after gorilla trekking
This park which is at times called the Kew garden of Eden is bisected by River Nile. From Bwindi forest, the drive may be about 9 to 10 hours but daily flights are available from Entebbe Airport. The domestic flights take about 1 and half hours before arriving Pakuba or Bugungu air strip.
An early morning game drive in Murchison Falls parks may give you the chance to see animals like lions, water bucks, giraffes, Oribi, herds of buffaloes, herds of elephants, leopards to mention but a few.
The soothing boat cruise to the Murchison Falls, may make you feel like having a cuddle from nature. The environment surrounding the cliffs along the Nile banks is breathtaking, a lot of animals you might have missed during the game drive may come into view. The boat also sails through schools of hippos and the huge Nile crocodiles.
The cherry on top of icing is getting close to Murchison falls. These magical falls emerge after river Nile Squeezing through a 7 meters wide gorge to burst out and cascade down about 44 meters high cliff.
Every time water touches the bottom of the falls, you feel the boat rocking and a foamy appearance is made on the surface of the river. The thundering sound of vigorously wrestling water and cloudy appearance coupled with a rainbow on a sunny day is phenomenal.
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