Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda : We Achieve Global Safaris we provide our guests with all information they acquire to know on how to plan – prepare for your Gorilla Trekking Tours to Uganda and Rwanda.
Those who are planning to do a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda or Rwanda, the following information would apply by the governing body responsible for the Gorilla Parks in the recognized countries. In Uganda the information about Gorilla rules are update by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda. In the world, there are four national parks that is, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest located in southwestern region of Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in north west Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo ‘’DRC’’. The remaining number of wild mountain gorillas estimates about 1065 individuals.
What is Gorilla Trekking?
Gorilla trekking; This is a fascinating activity that involves in hiking up the tropical forests of Africa to encounter these unique mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Which can only be done in three countries –East African Countries in the entire world namely; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
What is Gorilla Habituation Experience?
Gorilla habituation experience is one of the most done activity on Uganda Safari and it can only be done in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you can be escorted by the researchers, park ranges who train them for over 2 to 3 years to get used to human presence and if they notice that they are already. They will officially open that habituated gorilla family to the public. They allow four hours to spend with them and it’s a full day tourist activity as compared to an hour in Gorilla trekking, Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda.
How difficult gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda?
Gorilla trekking may seem to be difficult and challenging depending on your physical fitness since the activity involves in hiking through the thick forest with steep terrain, valleys and crossing rivers. But if you’re not able to sustain hiking, you can hire porters at the park headquarters who will help you to carry your heavy luggage and those old in age can be carried on steel chair by porters.
How close can I get to the gorillas?
Trackers are required to keep 6 to 7 meters’ distance from the gorillas.
How long does it take to see gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda?
Gorilla trekking can take30 minutes to 6 hours, depending on their movements on that particular day. For them they keep moving from one place to another looking for food.
What is the best time to trek gorillas?
Gorilla trekking in Africa can be viewed all year around though the best time to trek gorillas is during the dry months of December to February and June to September.
What to do before heading out on your gorilla trekking;
You will be grouped in a maximum of 8 people to visit a group of habituated mountain gorillas in a day.
Wash your hands before you start your hike in search for gorillas.
While on the way to the gorillas
Always keep your voices low and as you trekking you will be able to observe the great bird species and other wildlife in the forest.
Do not leave your rubbish behind. Whatever you come with into the forest should carry it back with you.
You will be accompanied by the park ranger in search of gorillas as you will be following the gorilla trail to find them.
Once you approach the mountain gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready for quite unforgettable experience.
What to carry with you on Gorilla Safari?
Carry comfortable hiking shoes which are suitable for steep muddy slopes.
Put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with the sounds of jungle.
Carry a packed lunch and enough mineral bottled water.
Pack raingear, sunscreen lotion, a hat and insect repellent.
Pack a photo of film camera. Note, flash disc is not allowed. And we recommend you to use films of 400 -800 ASA.
Pack your waterproof jackets
Carry your valid passport and Visa requirements should be checked before you travel respectively.
What to buy on Uganda Gorilla Safaris?
Uganda gorilla trekking safari is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwestern regions the same route that leads you to the Equator in Kayabwe where you can have a stopover enjoy water experiment, memorable photography and around there are souvenir shops, you can visit and but craft materials. Visit Mpabire drum area where you can buy excellent local basketwork and pottery, Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda.
How much to pay for Gorilla Permit Uganda & Rwanda
Uganda gorilla permits costs USD700 per person per trek for foreign nonresident, USD600 for foreign resident and 250,000 UGX for East African Members.
What makes mountain gorillas unique?
Are the nose print of a gorilla as the same way to human finger print is unique to each human being. They are social beings and live in a group of 5 to 30 individuals. Above of all, mountain gorillas are one of nature’s largest primates.
What do gorillas do to protect themselves?
When the silverback goes a head of the others it will definitely charge at the danger or make loud groaning and tighten teeth and chest pounding, this scares away the predators.
What are the major interesting facts about mountain gorillas?
In the world are left about 1,063 exist and half of these total can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Uganda.
They live in family groups of 5 to 30 individual’s species.
Mountain gorillas share around 98% of our DNA with gorillas
They are one of the biggest and most powerful living primates.
Mountain gorillas eat all day long
They have 16 different types of calls.
What is Gorilla afraid of?
Gorillas are afraid of chameleon and caterpillars and also afraid of water and will cross streams only if they do so in dry season, Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Trekking in Uganda & Rwanda
Getting to Uganda on Uganda Gorilla Safaris
You will fly to ‘’EBB’’ Entebbe International Airport which lies 40 kilometers from the Capital, Airline services offered includes; Kenya Airways, Air Tanzania, Rwandair Express, SN Brussels, British Airways, South African Airways, Egypt Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines. Uganda destination can also be accessed overland from Kenya Rwanda and Tanzania vice versa to Rwanda.
Rwanda can be accessed by flight through Kigali International Airport.
Upon your arrival;
If you travel with little money wanting to withdraw your money, it is very easy to do Foreign Exchange and ATM withdraw, because facilities are available at the airport which also serves several shops and restaurant. If you’re to sleep in mid-range to up market hotels in Kampala and Entebbe will arrange you airport transfers by request through help of tour operator on the ground.