Gorilla trekking tour is one of Africa’s pride safaris that holiday maker worldwide seek chance to be part of but because of the limit in numbers of gorilla permits majority miss out. Getting a chance to have that one hour in front of the gorillas is like hitting a jack pot holiday.
Why Go Gorilla Trekking In Africa (Uganda Or Rwanda)
Mountain gorillas are some of the few remaining primates that are thought to have existed in the era of the dinosaurs. During the dry conditions of the last ice age about 12-18000 years ago the mountain gorillas are some of the few survivors.
Taking a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda is once in a life time opportunity to witness the ancient wildlife that majority have less chance to be part of.
Conserving the mountain gorillas requires support so when you book and buy a gorilla permit, you contribute to the conservation campaign coupled with fun. Meeting the gorillas is a life changing adventure and a lifetime dream come true experience.
The entire forest is a jungle fiesta throughout the day as over 10 primate species like blue monkeys, l’hoest, red tailed, blue monkeys, golden monkeys, chimpanzee, black and white colobus, olive baboons are shareholders. More than 301 bird species live in the forest including the Albertine endemics.
Over 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 months are residents too and so much more is still being researched about. This vast forest always presents something new that is being documented periodically.
First inquire about the availability of gorilla trekking permits for the dates of your preference. A Safari consultant from Arch Safaris And Tours will get back to you about availability. Sometimes response may delay because of the busy lines of Uganda Wildlife Authority or Rwanda Development Board.
Our turnaround time is 24 hours but this does not mean that this will remain static because of availability changes by time. No reserving any permit without payment as first come first serve basis is used
Upon securing the gorilla tracking permit, some personal details are required to be added to your booking. The full names on the passport, nationality, date of birth, the passport expiry date and so much more.
Its best to proceed and secure accommodation to stay at while on gorilla trekking tour. Each gorilla permit is booked according to area so this must be considered when choosing where to overnight.
The difference in location make it’s a challenge to overnight in one area and trek gorillas in another. The connecting roads are marram and during severe rains, it gets wet and slippery. At times tree trunks block the road disturbing transport.
Remember early morning briefing is required before gorilla trekking and missing out means no trekking gorillas. So to avoid such inconvenience, spend the night in a location where your gorilla trekking permit was booked.
The Virunga area composing of Bwindi Forest, Virunga Forest and Volcanoes National Park have similar temperature which favors the existence of the mountain gorillas. The annual average temperature range is 7 degrees to 2 degrees centigrade.
This area receives about 2390 mm of rain per year so pack some warm gorilla tracking gears as you prepare.
A pair of binoculars to have a clear picture of what the forest contains
Tracking boots assist you walk through the natural forest filled with some jungle challenges.
Long sleeved shirt to protect your skin from any biting nettles and sharp surfaces that you pass by in the jungle.
A mask and hand sanitizer that is comfortable on your skin. Carry more than one mask so that you can change into a fresh one as you approach the gorillas.
Energy bites to give you some boost when tired must be part of your baggage. Do not dump any wraps in the forest because they alter the natural setting of the jungle.
A pair of garden gloves to assist you hold a secure grip when you slide in the forest.
Long camouflage trousers that cover your ankles but you need to tack them in the boots so that no chance is given to insects to find there way in.
Game drives are a good combo with gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. You have the chance to see animals like lions, elephants, herds of cape buffaloes, water bucks, bush bucks, warthogs and so much more. In Uganda Queen Elizabeth National park is the closet game park to Bwindi forest. In Rwanda, Akagera National park is an awesome park for game drives.
Chimpanzee trekking is another exciting additional activity after or before gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda. Uganda has numerous chimpanzees in both Kibale forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National park. Rwanda hosts her chimpanzees in Nyungwe National park.
Short hikes on the surrounding mountains like Mountain Visoke in Rwanda, Mountain Muhabura giving you an incredible sight into the lash vegetation cover of the area. In Uganda, when you take a hike, you have the opportunity to view Lake Bunyonyi which is the deepest in Uganda.
Birding in Uganda or Rwanda is an opportunity to discover some of the Albertine endemics which are on the IUCN red list. Keen birder have a chance to identify over 100 bird species in a day.
Volunteer to stay behind in case you catch any communicable infection before gorilla trekking. This is to protect the gorillas from catching it. Which is dangerous to the gorilla conservation campaign.
Do not feed the mountain gorillas as they are wild animals that should search there own meal.
Dumping garbage in the forest is forbidden because it alters that natural setting.
Seek permission from the range in case you wish to ease yourself while in the forest. He will dig a hole for you and kindly cover up beyond recognition.
Fully immunize and carry a covid-19 immunisation certificate so that you are allowed to go see the gorillas.
When with the gorillas stand at a distance of about 8 meters apart from them so that you reduce on the chances of spreading any communicable infections.