Gorilla Trekking

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Gorilla Trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking / gorilla trekking / gorilla trekking tours/ gorilla safaris / Rwanda gorilla trekking / Congo gorilla trekking safari is the physical act of walking in the rainforest following in the footpaths of gorillas to have a brief interaction with them.  Each gorilla trekking team is composed of maximum of 8 visitors and ranger escorts. Interaction with the gorillas upon locating their feeding area is limited to maximum 1 hour.

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WHERE CAN WE DO MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS?

The Mountain gorilla habitats are in 3 East African countries spread into 4 national parks. Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National parks are in Uganda, Volcanoes National park is in Rwanda and Virunga national park in DR Congo. Note; Mountain gorillas cannot survive any other ouside their natural habitat.  Apart from the above places, nowhere else will you find Mountain gorillas.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO TREK GORILLAS?

Mountain gorilla trekking safaris /  gorilla trekking tours / gorilla trekking trips : virunga-national-park on all through the year. Travelers can best plan their gorilla trekking safaris with some knowledge about climatic and weather conditions in the gorilla habitats. Dry season ranges in months; June-September and December- February. Rain seasons start March – June and October – November and the temperatures averagely range 210C-300C. It may rain several times a day each one lasting a few hours. These mild rains cannot stop gorilla trekking though bad weather may offer additional challenges. Remember the gorilla habitats are in the tropics and very soon the tropical sun can surprise travelers with burning heat.

WHAT ITEMS DO I NEED FOR GORILLA TREKKING EXPEDITION?

The appropriate dressing for trekking gorillas is composed of light warm long sleeved shirts / blouse, long pants which should be tucked in stockings in hiking boots. There are chances of walking into irritating insects like safari ants which have a habit of crawling onto human bodies. It is necessary to carry a rain jacket. Gorillas inhabit rainforests and showers can surprise travelers anytime. Pack a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Average temperatures from the gorilla trekking countries range 210C-300C and sometimes the heat from tropical sun can be burning hot. There are many types of insects in the rainforests and having insect repellents in your gorilla trekking kits is highly recommended. Carry a pack for your belongings, a camera and most preferably pair of reserve rechargeable batteries. You may park gardening hand gloves and a walking stick along or use the local walking sticks improvised and used by other trekkers before you. Your safari guide will carry lunch pack and bottled water provided at your safari camp.

HOW LONG DOES TREKKING GORILLAS TAKE?

Mountain gorillas live in families and each family is clearly marked and well monitored in its home range. The gorillas leave their sleeping nests every morning and traverse the rainforests in search of leaves, fruits, flowers and others to satisfy their dietary needs. It’s therefore not very easy to ascertain the exact time it takes to trek gorillas from the moment you descend into the forests. On record some gorilla trekking teams have encountered gorillas less than 30 minutes into their trekking safari, others 6 hours, yet others have missed them altogether when the gorillas move out of their home range. The probability of seeing the gorillas on gorilla trekking safari is above 90% since the rangers closely monitor their every activity.  

 HOW CAN DISABLED TOURISTS TREK GORILLAS?

Gorilla trekking is an exciting Uganda safari activity and measures are in place to provide basic services to all travelers to trek gorillas. A team of porters is always on standy (hired labour) with a stretcher to transport disabled, elderly and members of the gorilla trekking team who may feel unable to complete the entire gorilla trekking exercise. In the same way, porters are on hand, at a small fee, for gorilla trekking members who may feel burdened carrying their packs. The gorilla trekking habitat is in volcanic mountain areas with steep valleys and thick vegetation. 

WHO IS BARRED FROM TREKKING THE GORILLAS?

Gorillas are closely related to humankind and are susceptible to contract communicable human diseases as well and vise versa. To minimise such fatal incidences, stringent regulations are in place and jealously implemented. The following categories of people don’t trek gorillas.

  • Children below 15 years
  • Sickly travelers
  • Travelers with extreme high pressure
  • Ladies with heavy pregnancy and due to give birth
  • Epileptic travelers
  • Any travelers suddenly not feeling well and already at the venue of gorilla trek starting point; uncontrolable blood pressure, nausea, stomach upsets, dizziness, too hysterical and others may volunteer to remain behind. Alert the organization and arrangements may be made to transfer your trekking time to the next day.
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WHAT OTHER ACTIVITIES CAN BE DONE AFTER TREKKING GORILLAS?

Gorilla trekking goes beyond merely looking at the families of gorillas. The rainforests are very vibrant with other wildlife species and several other activites can be arranged within and outside the wilderness to get more Uganda safari experiences. Many travelers hike into the forests (volcano climbing in Mgahinga), birdwatching walks, canoeing on crater lakes, golden monkey tracking and community interaction walks.