Why you should plan your gorilla safari early enough; This is because gorilla safari is one of the most tourist attractions that attract millions of people to access the gorilla destinations and in so doing that, it’s the reason why we recommend you book your gorilla permits in advance because no one can reach out gorilla inhabits with a valid gorilla trekking permit. In the world mountain gorillas can be found in only three countries; Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, however, mountain gorillas are known as the second closest relative of human after the chimps which shares 99% of human genes. More so, they are famously known as endangered species published by UNESCO heritage site, in the world, there is a total population of 1065 individuals and it is said half the number is found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
More then, Uganda is gifted with two protected national parks that are the inhabitant of great mountain gorillas – Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park, and Congo in Virunga National Park. However, these endangered mountain gorillas can only be seen in their natural environment deep into the forest, not in zoos like other wildlife species and primates. Due to their huge size that scares most visitors, just know that gorillas are the most peaceful animals on earth and they are aggressive if threatened. Gorillas are habituated to human standards and they can be tracked safely in their natural habitat without any danger caused to humans. Note; Visiting the gorilla in their natural habitats is one of the most exciting though challenging safari activities which require early preparation before starting your journey to the gorilla trekking destination. This can easily be done with help of a reputable tour operator who can help to reserve for you a gorilla permit, accommodation at an affordable price, and transportation.
Well, gorilla trekking –tracking is an incredible activity that attracts numerous travelers from different races of the world to visit one or two of these countries to meet the few remaining giant gentles in their natural habitat to spend some gorgeous time with these rare apes. However, travelers interested in gorilla tracking it’s recommended to prepare in time by following gorilla trekking information; Which country offers the best gorilla tracking, the Best time to go for gorilla trekking –tracking, and useful gear to carry for the experience.
The useful essential recommended to carry includes; Sturdy pair of walking shoes –boots, waterproof bags, insect repellent, long-sleeved shirts and blouses, trousers, waterproof jacket, mineral water, energy giving snacks among others. You need to be very keen on a tour company –a tour agent to get in contact with to book for you a gorilla safari package that comes with a gorilla permit.
A traveler needs to know her budget; how much will you spend on the entire safari? If it happens you put all these into consideration in order to make your gorilla tracking safari an unforgettable experience.
More so, early preparation of gorilla bookings with a reputable tour and travel companies makes it more memorable but if you choose to do it at the last minute booking, you might end up getting disappointed, Why you should plan your gorilla safari early enough.
Take note, gorilla permits are sold on a first come first served basis. It’s the reason we recommend you book through a recognized tour and travel company to book your permits in time. You will have to send in your money for gorilla trekking permits and book your gorilla permits. Then after, you will be requested to send your documents like passport details and later a scanned copy will be sent to you as proof that shows that your permit is secure. Other important things like bookings of your accommodations and transportation can be sent at least 1 month before your safari.
Despite, gorilla permit costs differing from country to country, in Uganda gorilla permits cost USD700 per person per trekking in the high season and at the time there are discounted offers from the ‘’UWA’’ Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Gorilla permits in Rwanda cost USD1500 per person per day and can be bought directly from ‘’RDB’’ Rwanda Development Board and Congo permits cost USD450 per person per day and can be brought inside Virunga National Park.
Note; Gorilla permits include park entry fees and ranger guide fees, the destination to track gorillas it’s yours to decide.
Once everything is done, you report to the national park you’re to track gorillas. The day for the gorilla trekking experience starts with breakfast, served with lunch boxes. Your driver guide picks you up and drives you to the park headquarters early in the morning to have a short briefing from the park wardens or ranger guides about the rules of gorilla trekking.
After the briefing, the ranger guide will group you into eight individuals to your assigned gorilla family and then you will follow him to the forest to start the search for our close relatives passing through thick forest, and sometimes trials can be muddy with steep slopes. Once are allocated one will be given to you to watch them play, feed, and spend their day long as well as enjoy video capturing.
Rules and Regulation of Gorilla Trekking Safari;
When you’re with gorillas keep a distance of about 5 to 7 meters away from them.
Follow the guide’s instructions among many others.
Do not make unnecessary movement and noise.
Gorilla trekking can take between 30 to 7 hours to search for them and please note the time for the activity is unpredictable.
Do not eat and drink near the gorilla
Never leave the rubbish in the park always go back with your rubbish.
Carry enough mineral water bottle
Trackers should be physically fit in the body
Lastly, Gorilla tracking can be incomplete if you don’t plan it so early enough, so we recommend visitors on their gorilla safari have early preparation for a memorable encounter. For more information about gorilla preparation for gorilla trekking –tracking contact us at Achieve Global Safaris.