Gorilla trekking is a very wonderful experience that gives opportunity to tourists to have a close encounter with these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat.
Gorilla trekking involves following gorillas from where they slept last nights to where you will find them either feeding or making their nests for that day. Gorilla trekking is only done in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. At Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd, we conduct gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and Uganda because of insecurity in Democratic Republic of Congo.
TIPS ON HOW YOU CAN BEST PLAN A UGANDA RWANDA GORILLA TREKKING TOUR
Are you planning to have a Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking tour?
You need to start planning for your gorilla trekking tour way in advance. Why do you think your Uganda gorilla safari must be planned in advance? Gorilla permits which are sold through Uganda Wildlife Authority Head offices in Kampala tend to sell out quickly so it wise that you contact us at least 4-6 months or even a year in advance. This will enable us check availability of gorilla permits for the particular dates you are interested in because permits are booked in advance. After booking the permits, we are then required to make payment for it. Therefore, you are advised to make deposit of some money that will shall use to purchase your permit.
The price for gorilla permits keep changing year in year out. Uganda and Rwanda have different prices. After acquiring your permit, a tourist has choice to choose his/her preferred accommodation choice. This ranges in up market, mid-range or budget. After making choice, we then send the tourist a quotation of how we shall have planned the Uganda Rwanda safari so he can approve or make changes where need be.
BEFORE GORILLA TREKKING
Every day, before tourists start their Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking tours, an advanced team of rangers sets off into the forest to find where the gorillas are. They normally start from where the gorillas slept last night following their footsteps until they find them. Rangers do this to make it easier for tourists to find them. Gorillas normally move long distance most especially if they are searching for food or water. Sometimes, if there is a fight between habituated and non-habituated gorillas, they will tend to move far and sometimes become hostile. The work of this advanced team is to establish the state in which these gorillas will be and then, they will communicate to the Park Head Quarters to tell them where the gorillas are. Because of this, chances of seeing gorillas is approximately 95%.
DURING YOUR UGANDA RWANDA GORILLA TREKING SAFARI
In the morning, most lodges in Bwindi and Rwanda provide packed lunch as booked, enough drinking water and walking sticks to facilitate your gorilla trek. By the help of your guide, tourists walk or are driven to the park headquarters for briefing about the do’s and don’ts while with the gorillas.
When at the Park headquarters, you will be divided into a group of eight people because the maximum number of people to trek a give gorilla family is eight. After dividing you into groups, a Uganda wildlife Authority Guide takes you through the briefing session after which you are allowed to ask some questions. After briefing, tourists are driven to the starting point and off you will start your trek.
Gorilla trekking is fairly energetic so a certain level of fitness is always required because Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris can take people 2 to 8 hours to find the gorillas. Once your trekking group finds these mountain gorillas, tourists will be allowed to spend one hour with them and then return to your lodge for relaxation as you prepare for other activities of the day or the next day.
AFTER GORILLA TREKKING
Uganda has variety of National Parks with unique wildlife game where tourists safari to extend their holiday. These include, Queen Elizabeth National Park popular for its boat cruise on Kazinga Channel and game drives and the tree climbing lions, Kibale Forest National Park famous for being the world’s Primate capital – chimpanzee trekking, Murchison Falls National Park famous for having the world’s most powerful waterfalls and other many parks.
There are tourists who wish to combine their Uganda wildlife safaris with culture, community visits, and volunteer work to make you holiday truly authentic and memorable.