Easiest gorilla family to trek in Uganda-Different tourists that happen to visit Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking always have a question of what gorilla family is easy to trek. The fact that gorilla permits in Rwanda were increased to $1500 to $750 and Uganda increased its price from $600 to $700, some tourists want to enjoy their experience of gorilla trekking by paying in advance and trying to look for the easiest gorilla family to trek.
The issue of the easiest gorilla family to trek has been sorted by the Uganda wildlife authority. According to the new developments, mountain gorilla allocation is now based on the interests, age, and physical abilities of individuals.
Some tour operators have been misled to think that in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, some gorilla families are hard to trek while others are easier. There are opportunities for tourists going in the jungles to trek these mountain gorillas and they find them in less than an hour while others spend up to 7 hours in the forest looking out for these giant apes and by the time they find feedback messages on their Facebook pages or trip advisor telling people not to track this or that group of mountain gorillas. The fact is Uganda has plenty of wildlife and mountain gorillas which are wild animals and you will never tell their movements all the time. Their movements depend on a lot of factors among which include food and water availability, and when they fight with another group and they have to move away from that location. A mountain gorilla family that was near the previous day might be far away the next day so the gorilla family easy to trek depends on the day experience.
Yes, Rushengura gorilla family commonly known as R-Group has been proved to be the easiest gorilla family to trek in Uganda because it stays at the starting point in Buhoma just at the national park offices and its territory is in the same sector. In most cases, tourists have indeed had to trek it easier than other gorilla groups but, in some seasons, this group can move deep in the jungle and becomes as hard as other groups. Therefore, there is no assurance that you will have an easier trek.
Other tourists can book gorilla permits in different park sectors and book accommodation in another sector. This means they will need to wake up very early and drive to the sector where they are to trek the gorilla and keep time for the gorilla briefing. In other words, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has 4 trekking sectors namely Ruhija in the east, Buhoma in the north, Rushaga, and Nkuiringo both in the south.
Africa Adventure Vacations always advises its clients that when you book gorilla permits for gorilla groups in Buhoma, please do book accommodation in the same sector. This will reduce the drive time so that you don’t wake up very early to drive to the starting point.
The other question is why did my tour operator book me a difficult gorilla family to trek? It all comes back to some of the factors mentioned above but kindly note that gorilla trekking permits are sold on a first come first serve basis and if by the time of booking your gorilla permit, there was no other alternative but to book you a group which has told to you that it was hard, then know that was the choice. To avoid this, make sure you acquire a gorilla permit in advance to enable you to make a perfect choice.
One to enjoy gorilla trekking experience with no disturbance should carry hiking boots because some gorillas are staying in the mountainous areas like mountain gorillas so encounter them it needs you to hike and remember that these primates are always moving from one place to another when their searching for food. On your safari hiking boots is one of the most important things you should carry for your gorilla tracking safari.
Long-Sleeved Shirts / Blouse
Try as much as possible to put on the long-sleeved shirts, this is because some gorillas are staying in the big forests. During the tracking is too helpfully for you to put on long-sleeved shirts and trouser into the boots to avoid flies and insects in the forest which can affect your body.
These gloves will protect you from germs and reduce the risk of other infections that may affect you since during gorilla trekking activity you hold onto vegetation when you’re hiking. Therefore, always consider gloves as the important thing on this safari.
Most gorilla trekking visitors prefer to track gorillas during the dry season of the year but national parks where these primates can be found are rainforests therefore anytime it can rain in the dry months.
Consider having a raining jacket just in case it rains since these parks are in a mountainous area, you will not know the day it will rain.
Hat and Sun Glasses
It is also important to carry hats and sunglasses mostly in the dry months of the year, this is an optional thing during gorilla trekking but it is advisable to carry them to avoid disturbance. They protect you from the light and heat.
Energy giving snacks
Sometimes gorilla trekking can take like 30 minutes and you find them depending on your lack on that day like in Virunga national park of Congo, Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda but in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park of Uganda and Volcanoes national park of Rwanda it very hard to find gorilla family within 30 minutes, it takes like 2-6 hours to meet them, therefore, you need to carry some energy drinks and enjoy your experience.
Cameras and extra batteries
Do not forget to carry a good camera and extra batteries for taking photos with these primates that to share with your loved ones when you’re back in your homeland. Please when you’re taking pictures make sure that your flash is off.
Pair of Binoculars
Apart from gorillas, there are also other attractions in the forest so it is important to carry binoculars with you so that you do not miss out on anything. Most especially bird lovers during gorilla trekking you will also get a chance to spot a lot of bird species.
Porters for your gorilla trek
Porters are also important during gorilla trekking since the activity involves hiking mountains so it is advisable to hire a porter who will carry your things as well as support you to hike.
Hiring a porter directly contributes to the development of the community by improving their standards of living because this money is paid to the community members.
A walking stick is also useful when carrying out gorilla tracking activity, it is supported when the trail is slippery. You can get this stick from your lodge or park headquarters.
Tourists stop blame the trip organizers because you also contribute to making your trek the most beautiful experience by considering to pack the important requirements for gorilla tracking as explained above.
In conclusion, gorilla trekking in Uganda can sometimes be strenuous and a certain level of fitness is required. If you have this level of fitness and your primate goal is to trek the mountain gorillas, then the above complaints should not rise.
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