Hiring A Porter During Gorilla Trekking In Uganda Or Rwanda

Mountain gorillas trekking can only be done in Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in western part of the country.

Why Use a Porter For Gorilla Trekking In Uganda And Rwanda?

Why use a porter for gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Mgahinga and Volcanoes national parks of Uganda and Rwanda? Trekking through the thick forest to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is not an easy activity because it requires you to have some physical wiliness in you. So as soon as you have finished booking your gorillas permit for gorilla trekking, you then start in real planning.

It is then time for you to organize things like passports, items to have on your packaging list and many others. However, hiring a porter is another thing that shouldn’t miss out. Depending on your physical fitness level and the things you are planning to carry during the gorilla trekking, a porter services are needed. To take part in this amazing experience needs you to be physically fit and it needs you enough time to prepare for it for more fun while on your trek.

Hiring a porters something very important that fact that porters help to make you’re trekking easier and very exciting. The second reason is that it’s another way of helping local people benefit from eco-tourism which in return makes them embrace gorilla tourism and conservation in the area.  Some of these porters are school children, former poachers who have realized the value in gorilla and wildlife conservation to their communities and taken a step to help boost conservation practices.

Hiring porters is remarkably one way to support them as they get money to go to school or feed their families and also relives you from your luggage while on a trek in the thick forest. Usually, the porters work for tips and they are not employed in the park and a tip to them is the best thing you can give them as this helps them to meet the basic needs home.

Porter’s help in carrying items such as water, packed lunch / energetic snacks and cameras and they sometimes assist you in hiking through difficult terrains while in search for a specific gorilla family in the thick forest. Hiring a porter ranges from $15 to $20 for the whole trekking experience a day  but at the end of it you can still tip them as a way of appreciating the good work done. Porters are always found with in the park most especially at the headquarters basing on the country you intend to pay a visit to do your gorilla trekking.

Mountain gorilla trekking can only be done in Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in western part of the country, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in DR Congo. Apparently the estimated population of mountain gorillas in the whole world is 1080 and all these can be trekked in their natural habitat and they cannot survive in the zoo.

A trek to see these fascinating great primates is an amazing wildlife experience that comes once in a lifetime. Mountain gorillas live between altitude 2200 and 4300 meters and this needs you to have some moderate level of fitness in you for you to make a complete a hike.

You therefore need to be physically prepared as this can aid you familiarize yourself with the landscape and the terrains you are likely to adventure. Before trekking, be aware you must be aware of the thick rain forest, muddy terrains and the steep slopes where you pass through during gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking may last between 2 to 8 hours depending on a lot of factors among which include location of the gorillas, nature of the habitat, season and the hiking speed.

Before the actual trekking, make sure you have prepared adequately. If you have a hill in your country or mountain make use of it and at the end of it all, you might not face challenges in the strenuous hikes.

In conclusion, suing a porter for gorilla tracking is one of the important things once can do for any plans to get on a gorilla trek in Africa the fact that this activity takes you through strenuous terrains and thick vegetation cover.

Important Information About Gorilla Trekking In Uganda

You must possess a valid gorilla permit in order to participate in gorilla trekking. A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 foreign residents and UGX 250,000 for East African residents per person per day. In Rwanda a gorilla permit costs $1500 and it’s the most expensive permit while in DR Congo a gorilla permit is the cheapest costing $450.

It’s always advised to book your gorilla permit as early as 6 months before the trekking final day for better planning. Conclusively a porter and a walking stick will make your once in a lifetime gorilla trekking experience a memorable one. Book your gorilla permit today from Uganda wildlife authority or any trusted tour operator like Africa Adventure Vacations to meet face to face with endangered mountain gorilla species in the wild.

Mountain gorillas live in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Virunga national park and volcanoes national park. 1080 is the total number of mountain gorillas surviving in the world with half of the total population in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

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