Gorilla trekking in Uganda is an awesome and adventurous activity done Mainly in Bwindi impenetrable national park and primarily in Mgahinga gorilla national park in south western Uganda. Bwindi national park hosts over 500 gorillas which is almost half of the world’s left apes, while Mgahinga national park has only one habituated family that can be trekked.
Gorilla trekking starts with a short briefing at the park headquarters where you are briefed on how to behave once you get in the presence of the endangered mountain gorillas. After that, you are set to trek these amazing primates through the thick trees and forests.
Once you get to encounter them, you are given one hour to spend and enjoy time with them as you observe their behaviors in their natural habitat. This is the most rewarding activity that you can engage in because it ushers you into the world of gorillas.
In Bwindi, you can encounter as many gorillas as you want because the park has a good number of habituated gorilla families in different sectors within the park, while in Mgahinga, you can only trek Nyakagezi because it is the only family in the national park.
To trek gorillas in Uganda, you need a gorilla permit. This document allows you trek and observe gorilla in their natural habitat. A gorilla permit costs USD700 per person.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga from kisoro is fantastic since its near the national parks.
First you have to obtain a gorilla permit, the document that allows you access the park and encounter these primates.
Travel to kisoro by either road or air transport. You can arrange domestic flights or travel by either private or public means and book and accommodation within kisoro.
On the day of trekking, get to Bwindi or Mgahinga national park headquarters to attend a shot briefing that happens before you are set to trek.
Under the guidance of an experienced guide, you are set through the thick forests to trek these wonderful primates, trekking can last for about 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on where these gorillas will be found and which sector you are assigned to.
Once you get to encounter gorillas, you are given one hour to be with them, feel free to take memorable photos as you observe them doing their daily activities like playing, feeding and breast feeding at a maintained and reasonable distance.
After the trek, you can now return back to the park headquarters and receive a certificate of participation and engage in other activities or head back to kisoro.
Below are the advantages of trekking gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga from kisoro.
Travelling from kisoro to any of the gorilla destination gives you a chance to enjoy the scenic views of rolling hills and local communities.
Bwindi impenetrable national park has a good number of gorilla families whereby Kisoro is closer to most of the sectors which you may want to trek any gorilla family of your choice and interest.
Kisoro is a quiet and peaceful destination compared to other bigger cities. You can relax and unwind at any time before you can go for gorilla trekking.