Trekking gorillas in Uganda is one of the major safari activities that the country offers to local and foreign tourists. Gorillas in Uganda constitute half of the world population of about 880 individual gorillas left. In Uganda, Gorilla Trekking Safaris take place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park. Other Gorilla tracking alternative safaris are in Rwanda and Eastern DR Congo.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National parks is found in the south western part of Uganda. Bwindi gorillas are organized in four groups that can be visited by a tourist, these include the 16 gorillas and 1 silver back Mubare group, Habinyanja group with 23 gorillas and 2 silver backs, Rushegula group of 9 gorillas and 2 silver backs and the Nkuringo group of 20 gorillas and 2 silver backs. Covering an area of about 200 square miles with thickets of the impenetrable rain forest, Bwindi Forest is also a home to chimpanzee and variety of forest birds.
Mgahinga National Park is found on the extreme segment, deep in the south western part of Uganda or on the slopes of the Virungas. Apart from gorilla trekking tours, one can enjoy and experience the highlights and sounds of the leopard, bush buck, buffalo and the golden monkeys plus other primate species.
Gorilla Trekking Permits in Uganda
-Each Gorilla Trekking Permit costs $600 and USD 350 for low season for foreign non residents. Gorilla Permits in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are sold according to the regions that make up the forest. Each gorilla region in Bwindi has a meeting point or a briefing point where tourists meet for briefing and allocation of a gorilla family/group for trekking.
Gorilla Trekking Precautions
When you are encountering the gorillas, please try to be submissive as much as possible.
– Try to give a sideways glance; don’t look at them straight in the face.
– Stay in a tight group,
– Talk softly or in whispers
– They don’t like flash photography
Gorillas are wild
Bwindi gorillas are a bit wild and should not be provoked carelessly.
When you read its warning notice, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) does not take any accountability for any damage sustained by wild animals in their habitats, for that reason, you should always:
• Keep a distance of about 7 metres from them
• Know that gorillas have freedom of way
• Not feed the gorillas
• Do not entice them to get into contact with you in any way.
• Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
Gorillas are classified as endangered species and to avoid transmitting human diseases to them,
1. Try to avoid tracking if you suffer from contagious disease. In case you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully refunded if you make this known in advance.
2. Do not sneeze towards them
3. Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly. If you need help, the guides with a matchet will help you to dig a hole to bury your waste.
4. Do not track if under age- Only 15 years and above can track.
Gorilla Tracking Requirements
It’s advisable to come with the following for tracking gorillas.
(a) Hiking boots- ankle level boots are fine ok but make sure it is something handy.
(b) Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
(c) A Rain Coat
(e) A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
(f) A warm cardigan
(g) Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
(h) Water proof container for their cameras
(i) If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.
For Mountain gorilla trekking and other Wildlife Safari activities in Uganda, Contact Speedway Safaris for appropriate tour arrangements.