Gorilla Tracking in Uganda is worth adding to your travel bucketlist as gorillas are adorable primates to have a holiday moment with. You are some of the lucky tourists to get closer to some of the remaining mountain gorillas that only reside in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R. Congo.
Gorilla trekking is the act of searching for the gorillas in the wild and staying with them for an hour.( not dictionary definition). Lots of other interesting primates linger the forest throughout the day like black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys to mention but a few.
What makes Gorilla Tracking Interesting To Do?
Gorilla trekking starts with briefing at the ranger guide station. Listen to the does and don’ts of gorilla trekking like stay with the gorillas for one hour, do not liter the forest and so much more.
Move past the volcanic highlands that make up the topography of Bwindi Forest. Enjoy the water falls that you pass by and have a moment to take photos. Cross the locally made walking boards to get to the other side of the river network.
As if that not enough, enchanting monkeys like olive baboons show off there naked behinds, black and white colobus, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys and so much more.
Lots of birds compose there hymns and make concerts in the forest as you make your way. You may identify over 100 bird species in case you are a keen birder. The forest never runs short of what to show its visitors.
Lots of huge tree stems and huge buttress roots make you wonder how long these thick tress have lived.
Although the ground is muddy and soggy, you may worry less about how dirty your shoes have become as you move in the forest. There is always that extra ordinary feeling of anxiety and excitement as you look forward to the first sight of the gorillas.
The golden moment soon comes your way as you face the huge dark fur covered giants whose life entirely depends on foliage. First sight for sure may stimulate some adrenaline however when you look deep into the brown eyes of the gorillas you realise there gentle creatures.
Take photos as you wish to keep memories of your gorilla trekking safari in Africa. It is one in a life time encounter that gets you close to human look a likes in animal kingdom.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is mainly done in 3 gorilla trekking areas of Bwindi Forest that is to say Buhoma gorilla trekking area, Ruhija gorilla trekking area and Rushaga gorilla trekking area.
Each area is unique and has different gorilla families that are trekked by tourists each day. Depending on what you wish to enjoy when you travel to see the mountain gorillas.
You may wish to see lots of birds as you trek, enjoy a mountain hike after gorilla trekking, enjoy lake view as an addition, gorilla families with many members or several infants and so much more.
These additionals make a difference in which area is best for trekking gorillas depending on what is included on your to see wish list.
Other Uganda Safari Activities To Do After Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda offers you a number of other optional safari activities to do in addition.
Lots of wild game lives freely in national parks in Uganda so of which are very close to Bwindi forest National Park the home of mountain gorillas. Some of the game parks include
Queen Elizabeth National park which is famously known to host the tree climbing lions in Ishasha Sector lies on the western floor of the rift valley. When you decide to take a road trip, you may take about 5 hours to 6 hours before arriving Queen Elizabeth National Park from Bwindi Forest.
During the game drive, you have high chances of spotting leopards, herds of elephants, cape buffaloes, water bucks, bush bucks, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, mongoose, lots of vipers to mention but a few.
The showers of Kazinga channel within the park display rich flocks of birds that spend the biggest time of the day playing in the water, drinking and searching for a meal. The channel is home to hippos and huge Nile crocodiles too.
Murchison Falls National park is bisected by the famous River Nile and its northern sector is the most populated game area.
During an early morning or late afternoon game drive, you have chances of seeing prides of ions, herds of cape Buffaloes, leopards, Rothschild giraffes, elands, wildebeests the list is endless.
The highlight of Murchison Falls National park is a boat ride to Murchison Falls the strongest falls in the world. At this point River Nile vigorously squeezes through a 7 meters wide gorge and plunge down a cliff of about 44 meters high to join the rest of the course.
When the River Nile water bursts out, a cloudy appearance is formed and on a clear sunny day, a rain bow may form right before your eyes. To feel the power of River Nile a trek to the top of the falls gets you closer to the actual drama before the water cascades down the cliff.
Kidepo valley National Park lies in the North Eastern corner of Uganda but it is the wild game haven. It harbors some of the rare predators like cheetahs, aardwolf, stripped hyenas, lions, leopards, side-striped jackals, spotted hyenas and so much more.
Angulates like greater and lesser kudu, chandlers, elephants, burchell’s zebras, bush pigs, Defessa water bucks, bohor reedbucks, oribi the list is endless.
Although this park is far, daily domestic flights are operated from Entebbe or Kajjansi air strip to Kidepo Valley. You book your seats to extend more joys after gorilla tracking in Uganda.
Kibale National Park is about 6 hours to 7 hours’ drive from Bwindi Forest. It is home to the biggest number of habituated chimpanzees in Africa. If you have any doubts about the difference between mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, this is a great addition to include.
Troupes of other enchanting monkeys grace the forest each day searching for a meal. You never run short of what to see while in Kibale forest.Lake Mburo National Park can also be a breaking point for your journey to or from Bwindi forest after gorilla trekking. This park is home to Zebras, giraffes, elands, impalas, Uganda Kobs, Deffassa waterbucks, statungas the list is endless