Gorilla trekking in Africa is one of the super class holiday experiences. Most of the travel destinations in the world may have a similarity in terms of what to see, where to stay and so much more. Gorilla trekking is only exclusive to 3 African countries in the entire world that is to say Uganda, Rwanda and D.R. Congo.
Not only is it limited to these three countries but the principles that guide gorilla trekking across these countries are the same for conservation reasons. The number of tourists allowed to see the mountain gorillas per day is strictly limited to 8 persons per day per trek.
To support the conservation program, each tourists has to pay for a permit $ 700 in Uganda, $1500 in Rwanda and about $ 500 in D.R.Congo. Mountain gorillas are one of the highly endangered primates in the world recognized by UNESCO too.
Initially mountain gorillas are wild but after habituating them for a certain period may be one year, two or more depending circumstance under which they formed there family. If it’s a break away gorilla family habituation time may not be long but a very wild gorilla trekking family may take some long habituation time.
Much as gorilla trekking permit prices cut across all safari packages that is to say Luxury, Midrange and Budget packages, other additional amenities create the difference in packaging.
Gorilla trekking involves trekking with others but some tourists want a private luxury gorilla trekking experience. This can be arranged in case there is a family that has not been booked by the time of a tourists’ confirmation and payment. This gorilla tracking experience is special and memorable.
One who wishes to book off a gorilla trekking family for a private experience has to make payments for all the 8 gorilla permits for that particular family for the day.
The commonest luxury gorilla trekking experience normally involves trekking with others in the wilderness. It’s a fun time sharing those special moments with other people who may not be familiar to you.
All gorilla tracking expeditions start with briefing early in the morning at the ranger station. Carrying your gorilla tracking gears in addition to a spare face mask, hand sanitizer and follow all the SOPs. Even if strict restrictions are followed to prevent human to gorilla infectious disease spread, no room is given to anyone who displays signs to go and meet the gorillas. Even when the symptoms are noticed on the way to meet the gorillas.
Gorillas are highly susceptible to human infections including covid 19 which has swept the world of recent.
A Sleep over at the destination during gorilla trekking safari in Africa is inevitable as the time of starting each trek is quite early. No one is allowed to meet the mountain gorillas without briefing because of the different circumstances in the forest.
You need to spend at least a night or more within or close to the park. For the case of trekking gorillas in Uganda, you must be aware of where your gorilla permit was booked. This is because Bwindi forest National Park is a vast park with the northern and southern sector. Overnighting in one area yet you are trekking in another area may be is challenging in terms of mobility and accessibility
Rwanda’s volcanoes National park however has accommodation advantages as you may overnight in the Kigali city and still trek the gorillas. The distance is not so far to drive to the briefing point. Closer to Volcanoes National Park are a variety of accommodation luxury, Mid-range or Budget. The choice of where to stay depends on your pocket worth.
What Other Safari Packs To See after or Before Gorilla trekking In Africa
In case you are gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, you have a chance to see the chimpanzees in Nyungwe National park, lots of wild game and water activities in Akagera National park.
Kigali City of Rwanda is one of the spectacular cities in Africa and if not the cleanest its among the well organised and spectacular Cities with great views. A tour to the genocide memorial gives you chance to walk the 100 days of terror that Rwanda went through in 1994. Remains of the victims of this genocide have been preserved and a Tom Tom can be hired for extra explanation.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda the Pearl of Africa offers you a chance to soak in a variety of Africa’s wild game. Game parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park harbor big families of elephants, lions, herds of buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Elands, water bucks, bush bucks and so much more. The surrounding topography especially the Rwenzori ranges form an unbelievable natural back drop.
Uganda has magnificent Murchison falls national Park dissected by the longest River in Africa Called River Nile. This chew Garden of Eden is rich with wild game like giraffes, Oribi, lions, elephants, water bucks, chimpanzees and so much more.
The magic surrounding Murchison falls and the secrets embedded at the actual point where River Nile squeezes through a 7 meters wide gorge and burst out violently to form a cloudy appearance.
When you hike the top of the falls, you get a clearer view of the beauty of nature and appreciate the layout displayed by River Nile. During the launch cruises as you draw closer to the point where river Nile cascades a cliff of about 44 meters to catch up with the rest of the course, there is a change in turbulence.
A lot of refreshing moments and memories are created while on an African safari in Murchison Falls National Park.
Kibale Forest National park in Uganda is home to the largest group of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. While you plan a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, you may combine with a chimpanzee trekking experience too.
The drive from Bwindi Forest National park to Kibale forest National Park may last about 6 hours but you may not realise how time flies as you move along amazing natural scenery. Dense network of rivers, meandering green valleys, colorful rocks, native gardens and so much more.
Lots of other primates are residents of Kibale National Park like Black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys, bush babies to mention but a few. This forest also has a rich bird like including the rare shoe bill stock that may be spotted in Bigodi Swamp.
When trekking gorillas in Africa, its very desirable to plan additional days to other parks so that you have a lot more memories of your safari experience. Wild animals may be preserved in many zoos in the world but viewing them take a natural stage is exceptional.