Mountain gorilla trekking is by far a life time experience and an exceptional adventure enjoyed by most people. It involves tracking gorillas in their natural habitats, hiking steep slopes and nature walking through dense mountainous rain forests just to have a thrilling moment with these beautiful primate species. The mountain gorillas are the subspecies of Eastern gorillas that live in Uganda, Rwanda and D.R. Congo.
Mountain gorilla trekking gives trekkers a rare chance to spend about one full hour with these beautiful apes in their natural habitats. Their feeding habits on bamboo shoots and leaves, social life, playful dramatic behavior of young gorillas and adolescents jumping from one bamboo tree to another and reaction to human’s presence is what catches the attention of many visitors.
With the guidance of park rangers and trackers, visitors are led through the forest trails deeper in the dense forests to find these human-like species and the best way to track their location is by either following their huge foot prints or through bamboo shoots left overs left along the way. Sometimes mountain gorillas tend to go deeper in thick forests to search for food so visitors can anticipate to track them for about 2 to 6 hours depending on how far they have gone.
Another captivating moment after tracking these giant apes is how gorillas move in large groups of about 10 to 50 individuals also known as the “families” with several young ones and female gorillas appearing in large numbers while headed by one watchful and very protective dominant alpha male “Silver back” who marks territories and ensures there is no external threats to his gorilla family.
It is only in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda where gorilla trekking is done as a tourism activity. So visitors can anticipate to have unforgettable memories on the African tour safari. Half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the World are being sheltered in the Virunga massif that spans these three countries. Out of 1000 individual mountain gorillas that are remaining in the wild, about 605 gorilla individuals are sheltered in the Virunga massif as their protected natural habitat.
Uganda is one of the top gorilla trekking destinations in Africa and the whole world at large with her Bwindi Impenetrable national park homing half of the remaining mountain gorillas on the universe. It is only in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park where visitors can trek the habituated gorilla families and the only parks offering gorilla trekking tours in the country.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park, the largest host of mountain gorillas in the country covers an estimated area of 131 km2 dominated by bamboo forests, mountains and rain tropical forests that mountain gorillas find it comfortable home for them. Situated in the southwest of the country, the chances of sighting mountain gorillas in this park are about 95% and the it has the most habituated gorilla families in the country.
Bwindi homes over 500 gorilla individuals and there is only one habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga national park. Bwindi is endowed with beautiful wildlife and bird species that can be sighted during the gorilla trekking activity. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a rewarding and breath taking activity that attracts a lot of visitors that enjoy it to the fullest.
With the essence of boosting its luxury tourism, Rwanda currently is one of the top gorilla trekking destinations in Africa and the world at large. Rwanda’s volcanoes national park is the only national park in the country that shelters the mountain gorillas of about 10 habituated family groups and one of the best to see mountain gorillas.
Volcanoes National Park is just 120 kilo meters away from Kigali City and about 3 hours of driving by road so visitors will have any easy access to the park.
Gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo is yet another national treasure aside from other endowments including gold and diamond in the country. The alluring remarkable activity is done in both Virunga and Kahuzi-Biega national park. Congo is the only country where visitors can track both the mountain gorillas in Virunga national park and lowland eastern gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega NP.
Despite of it’s small in size, and the fact that the country has less habituated gorilla families compared to Uganda, Rwanda has the most expensive gorilla trekking permits at about $1500 USD compared to Uganda and Congo whose gorilla trekking permits are relatively cheaper at $400 USD and $700 USD respectively.
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