Gorilla trekking safari may be your dream come true safari but for the local community it is a big hope for there children to go to school, pay hospital bills, uplift local community welfare. They work as porters who carry your baggage while in the forest and wages earned support there families. You can be that hero on an African safari.
Many have been wondering how to directly give back to the community around gorilla trekking area and this is one of the direct ways to support the locals. Because majority porters are now somehow familiar with the jungle, they are ready to give you the support you want at a small price of about $20 or more depending on how appreciative you feel.
The back pack containing your gorilla trekking gears may become quite heavy as you trek. Give a chance to the porters to lift this burden off you so that you have the full blast of the forest. It will be sad for you to feel bad after gorilla trekking safari in Africa because of an uncomfortable bag you carried on your back.
Participate in the mountain gorilla conservation campaign by giving the local porters a chance to carry your baggage. When they realise that they benefit from gorilla trekking, they in turn take part in protecting the lives of mountain gorillas. Sometimes the gorillas stray into the gardens of the local people and eat there food. Initially, the gorillas would be brutally driven out or even poach at but with the introduction of porters from the local community, they have learnt to protect the gorillas.
A porter you hire before gorilla trekking gives you a push when you are so tired. Hiking in the jungle is tiresome at times but anyone would be glad to be given a push or pull to get up.
Because of experience in regularly walking the forest that is Bwindi Impenetrable forest or Volcanoes forest, the porters know the wonderful spots in the forest that you can add to your photo collection. However do not abandon your gorilla trekking group. You need to keep in close proximity with the rest of the group so that you are not lost in the jungle.
Per year, 20% of the total profit earned from gorilla trekking is given to the local community so that they can work on there needs. This may not be enough to be given directly to each member but utilize it for community welfare like buying hospital equipment, medicines, improve on water supply, road maintenance and so much more.
Request for a porter from your guide driver who will co-ordinate this with the ranger guides at the station. Giving you an energetic porter with great knowledge of the jungle makes your journey more interesting. You can also request for a porter after briefing at the ranger station.
In case you have physical impairment, a porter is a very good ideal to request for before starting your gorilla trekking tour. When you communicate to our safari consultant about your body physical condition and request in writing for a porter or porters, advance arrangements are done. A group of porters to carry your sedan chair or stretcher can also be contacted.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development Board are the Boards that sell gorilla trekking permits. However securing a gorilla tracking permit is quite challenging because both these bodies take care of a lot of activities like park entry permits and so much more.
Since gorilla trekking permits are highly demanded for yet a limited number is issued per day per gorilla family buying them is like winning a lottery.
At Arch Safaris And Tours, we check for availability of gorilla permits on behalf of our clients and get back to you as soon as possible. Our turnaround time is 24 hours but this doesn’t guarantee that the gorilla permit is booked. A gorilla permit in Uganda or Rwanda can only be confirmed upon payment and are on first come first served basis.
No reservation staff at the authority is allowed to secure an unpaid for permits yet availability changes in a short time. Everyone all over the world who wants to be part of gorilla trekking on a particular date is free to buy a permit upon payment.
The price of a gorilla tracking permit in Uganda is $700 currently and in Rwanda the gorilla trekking permit costs $1500.
When Is The Best Time To Go For Gorilla Trekking In Africa
All year round gorilla trekking is open for any interested person but the high seasons that is June to September the demand is very high. The lower seasons February to May are friendlier in terms of gorilla permit availability and accommodation.
If you are planning your Africa holiday including gorilla trekking during high seasons it is best to secure in advance your permit that is to say 3 months prior to safari time. Sometimes people book gorilla trekking permits as early as a year in advance.
To avoid crowding the forest, only 8 tourists are allowed to visit the mountain gorillas per day. This is to reduce on trampling on the vegetation which is the main source of food for the mountain gorillas.
The gorillas are habituated to be in the presence of only 8 clients per day for just one precious hour. This is to give them ample time to search for there own meal and procreate too in peace.
For gorilla trekking to be successful you have to follow the instructions from the ranger guide and the Rules of Gorilla trekking.
Pack the correct gorilla trekking gears to assist you traverse the forest without getting stung by nettles in the forest.
Book late afternoon flights to depart from either Uganda or Rwanda because you are not sure of the time you are to arrive at the airport after gorilla trekking.
For the case of Uganda gorilla trekking safari, stay in accommodation closer or with in the gorilla trekking area booked. This is because of the long distance between one area and another. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is vast and accessibility of one area from another area is challenging.