Facts on Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa

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10 Facts about Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Facts on Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda & DR. Congo)                      

Mountain Gorilla Trekking has a lot of facts rather than the known exhilarating safari activity. When visiting the amazing mountain gorilla in the park you will appreciate the uniqueness of the gorillas in the jungles of Africa. The journeys in the forest are short but worthy your money because you always interact with the gorilla family in the forests of Africa. The tour in the jungle is led by game rangers who know very well the forest tracks and they are the ones who track down mountain gorilla families and the visitors will experience the amazing one-hour tour.

What are mountain gorillas?

Mountain gorillas are endangered but unique primate species with 2 classifications on the verge of extinction. Mountain gorillas being endangered makes them more rare species in the world. Big gorilla families have subspecies as mountain gorilla families and the two subspecies are Berengei Berengei and low land mountain gorillas. Current statistics show that the remaining gorillas in the entire world sum up at 900 mountain gorillas. The mountain gorillas are located in few places of central and east Africa. Mountain gorillas are majorly situated in Uganda and Rwanda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda has got the biggest number of mountain gorillas in the world. Another family is known Nyakagezi found in Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Volcanoes national park is where Rwanda’s mountain gorillas are found but with few mountain gorilla families. Also, mountain gorillas can be found in Virunga national park that is located in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Note; all these places are extensions of the vast Virunga conservation area but the population of the mountain gorillas is limited and it is hard to find them but you can watch watch lowland gorillas in Kahuzi Beiga National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best place to go if you really want to enjoy unforgettable experience because Bwindi has got the largest number of mountain gorillas in the world. 12 gorilla families are habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  These habituated gorilla families are accustomed to human encounters no matter the fact they are wild animals.                                                                    

Mountain gorilla trekking facts / Prepare for gorilla trekking in Africa

When planning to visit the jungles of Africa as you are trying to do gorilla trekking, you need to be aware about the 10 facts about mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda or East Africa even though you have been on gorilla or primate safaris before. These are the facts that you need to be aware of even though you had done gorilla trekking before.

Mountain gorilla trekking is a delicate activity carried by a limited number of people. With limited number of 8 people accepted to trek mountain gorillas in any of the jungles of Africa like Bwindi impenetrable national park, volcanoes national park, and Mgahinga national park. Every mountain is visited by 8 people for only one hour to interact with them.

Mountain gorilla trekking begins in morning hours with game rangers briefing trekkers who want to trek in the park. The game rangers and guides are aware of where different mountain gorillas can be located within the park.

You can have an extra of 30 minutes of trekking so that you locate the gorilla family you had booked to trek therefore never be worried of time. Bwindi forest will satisfy your desires of memorable experience with the amazing birds and the flowing streams plus the waterfall.

Mountain gorillas live in the wild thus becoming wild animals. These animals being wild are dangerous thus it is good to keep distant from them. The recommended distance is 3-4 meters for a traveler and the mountain gorillas.

Do not try to emulate the mountain gorillas like silverback and when it gets closer to you, try not to run away, however bend low in submissive position.

 Drinking, eating or smoking is not recommended when you are close to mountain gorillas. Eating or drinking can be done by a traveler when is at least 200 meters from any gorilla family.

People who don’t have 15 years and above are not allowed to do mountain gorilla trekking. This is because the trekking is long and tiresome and not good for young children.

Flash photographs are not good idea when trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Flash photographs sometimes trigger the aggressive nature of mountain gorillas.

Mountain gorilla trekking is best recommended in dry season where the rainfall is minimal and common times no rainfall at all. Even though, the homes of the mountain gorillas are thick tropical rain forest hence being dominated by tropical climate thus rainfall can rain any time. Come with a raincoat to avoid the challenge of abrupt rainfall.

When organizing for the trekking trip, come with various equipment since factors like weather, the depth of the forest and other factors matter. Therefore, it is good to carry automatically a camera, a pair of gloves, insect repellants, and walking sticks that can be got from the park offices.

Dress code is also an important factor while gorilla trekking in Bwindi Park. Bwindi always experiences warm temperatures and thus it is recommendable to wear light clothing’s during the day time.  When it gets night, coldness begins hence advisable to wear jumper of the warm shoal. Colored clothing’s like green and khakis are also good in blending the jungle environment

Lastly, Mountain gorilla permits are for conservation and charity funds in disguise. These permits are sold to travelers to allow them to access the activity. Money collected from selling of gorilla permits is used to help the neighboring communities of the park like the Bakiga and Batwa who stay close to Bwindi impenetrable national park. Your visit is valuable to the conservation of mountain gorillas and also improving the standards of living for a local peasant who stays close to the park.

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