Mountain gorillas in Bwindi

Mountain gorilla trekking can be done throughout the whole year although the dry season is the most favorable period for the activity

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park

Mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest: The park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda on the border of Congo near Virunga national park at the edges of the Albertine Rift. Bwindi lies on 331 square kilometers.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is known as one of the biggest national parks in Uganda on both lowland forest and montane and can be accessed on foot.

Gorilla trekking is the major activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, whereby it has 11 habituated gorilla family and inhabits half of the world’s population of endangered mountain gorilla.  Each mountain gorilla family in Bwindi is done only by 8 people per day, this is done in order to reduce high risks of tourists spreading human diseases to the mountain gorillas.

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is carried out in four sectors that is Nkuringo, Ruhijja, Rusanga and Buhoma sector, Visitors who are interested to trek in Bwindi must have a gorilla permit and these permits are booked from Uganda Wildlife Authority because they are the ones in control of the park.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to over 340 mountain gorillas and this is making half of the world’s population, the rest of mountain gorillas are in Virunga mountains that is in Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda, Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and Virunga national park of Congo.

In 2006 census in the park, mountain gorilla number had increased from 300 members. However loss of habitats is a big threat to these mammals. Craig Stanford carried out research on Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and he concluded saying that the diet of these mountain gorillas is more of fruits compared to the diet of Virunga Mountain Gorillas.

He went ahead to say that elder gorillas known as Silverbacks have chances of climbing trees and can feed on fruits on top of trees which is similar habit to chimpanzees. Research further says that mountain gorillas in Bwindi move further per day than Virunga mountain gorillas. The research concludes saying that mountain gorillas in Bwindi are likely to display their nests in trees.

These endangered wild apes have a total population of 650 members. However, apparently there are no mountain gorillas in captivity as it was recorded in 19760s and 1970s. Even though Mountain Gorillas dwell in Bwindi, there are other activities that are other activities carried out in the park and they include primate walks that help to spot white colobus monkeys.

Visitors for mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi have higher chances of spotting bird,  during gorilla trekking they also watch a lot of birds over the tree with sounds of melodies most especially bird lovers.  You can also visit Batwa people who were the first people to live in the forest, this helps you to know their lifestyle and history through storytelling.

Mountain gorilla trekking can be done throughout the whole year although the dry season is the most favorable period to do mountain gorilla trekking. This is because the roads are easily accessed compared to the wet season when all trails are slippery and muddy which can affect your gorilla trekking safari. Visitors who want to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi are advised to book their gorilla permits in advance like 3 month back since 8 people are allowed to trek each gorilla family per day so as to avoid congestion you are recommended to book your gorilla permit as earlier as possible, You can book with Africa Adventure Vacations.

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