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GORILLA TOURS IN UGANDA
Gorilla tours in Uganda, the “pearl of Africa” is fantastic compared to any other experience in Africa. The environment of the trek through the jungle is unbelievable. With each movement ones expectations develops and the reward of sighting the remaining few gorillas in the world is amazing. The location, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is confirmed one of the most fascinating in all of Africa. It was gazetted as national park in 1991 with the mubare group as the first group of gorillas in 1993. It has been confirmed that as a result of poaching, there has been a reduction in the number of gorillas all over the world. In total there are 1000 mountain gorillas in the world as per the 2018 census with Uganda holding 50% of the total population.
To see the gorillas is spectacular because the tourists are get to see them in their natural habitat. so get an opportunity to go gorilla tours in Uganda with the largest population of mountain gorillas in the world.
WHAT IS GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a long walk into the thick forest like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the gorillas. The hike involves getting a bit untidy, getting tired and travel into the bush through the “impenetrable” forest with an experienced local guide to find a family of habituated gorillas. Gorilla trekking is awesome and leaves tourists with unforgettable story to narrate in life.
WHERE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS ARE, IN UGANDA.
Mountain gorillas are found in the Virunga Mountains in DRC and Rwanda as well as in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. Worldwide, Uganda contains of 50% of the total mountain gorillas left with about 450 of them living in Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Bwindi is well known for gorilla trekking in Uganda and it is located in the southwestern part of the country and its one of the most popular national parks in East Africa.
Bwindi is divided into four sectors : Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector, Rushaga sector and Ruhija sector. These sectors have an impressive array of luxury lodges and campsites as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services.
BUHOMA SECTOR IN THE NORTH.
This is the most popular sector for trekkers consisting of four gorilla groups which are used to humans. The groups are mubare, habinyanja,nkuringo and the rushegura group of gorillas. This sector has many developed and comfortable accommodation like Buhoma community rest camp, sanctuary govilla forest camp, Buhoma lodge, CTPH gorilla conservation camp and silverback lodge
This sector has gorilla groups like the nkirungo group, named after a Rukiga word meaning round hill. Accommodation in this sector is cheap and affordable for example clouds mountain gorilla lodge, Nkuringo gorilla camp, nshongi camp and chameleon hill camp
RUHIJA SECTOR IN THE EAST.
Ruhija sector has the following group of gorillas; the bitukura group which was named after a river in which they were first seen and it consists of 12 members including 4 silverbacks. The sector contains accommodations like, Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, Ruhija gorilla mist camp’ Trekkers Tavern mist camp AND Ruhija gorilla resort.
RUSHAGA SECTOR IN THE SOUTH.
Rushaga is composed of nshongi gorilla family, mishaya family, kahungye family and Bweza family group and visitors can settle at Gorilla safari lodge and Chameleon hill lodge.
WHAT IS LIKELY TO HAPPEN WHEN GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA
A classic day of trekking begins at an appointed meeting area for example at Buhoma park headquarters where visitors show up any a given time and for a short video and gorilla briefing with the Uganda Wildlife Authority. After that the tourists are divided into small groups of about 8 members and are assigned to different gorilla groups. the group number is because small groups are easy to manage and they do not scare the gorillas. The Habinyanja group of gorillas has a family of 17 gorillas which is the largest habituated gorilla family in Bwindi National Park
WHERE TO START FROM FOR GORILLA TREKKING
The starting point depends on the Gorilla group to which you have been assigned. Some groups start their trek from headquarters of the particular sectors (Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija or Nkuiringo) while others have to drive into the forest as a starting point but in most cases tourists do not know where their trek will start from not until the day of trekking. Once in their starting points, tourists are supposed to follow their respective ranger guides who will lead them through the thick forest. Armed guards are also provided for security.
HOW LONG IS A GORILLA TREK
Coming across these gorillas can take the time interval if one to five hours or even more because the trekkers have to figure out where the gorillas have moved to day by day. The trek is relatively hard but tourists in a good body shape and health would enjoy gorilla trekking in Uganda so much. But if a tourist is uncomfortable carrying their luggage during the trek, he/she can hire some of the local porters from surrounding villages ant they cost $15 a day with a tip for example the friendly BATWA community .
WHAT NEXT AFTER FINDING THE GORILLAS
After finding the gorillas, tourists are expected to observe, ask questions, take photos and videos of the animals though eating or drinking and flash photographs are prohibited.
Secondly tourists should not walk closer than seven meters to the gorillas because they are highly considered to be susceptible to human diseases. This is to ensure your safety while trekking the gorillas.
After about an hour, tourists are supposed to trek back through the forest because too much time of staying with the gorillas can make them suspicious and uncomfortable about the environment.
BEST TIME FOR GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA
Gorilla trekking is done throughout the year and gorilla trekking permits are issued day by day but most tourists enjoy trekking during the dry months of the year which is January-February and May-September. During these months, the land is drier though some little rain drops are experienced but its more comfortable for the tourists due to the less muddy conditions and clear sky.