The main reason for most tourists traveling to Uganda is gorilla trekking within the tropical rain forests of South Western Uganda. However, if you are planning to go on a gorilla trek, it’s better to have clear information on how to plan your trip effectively.
Where to Go?
Wondering which national parks you should visit for gorilla trekking?
When to Go
The mountain gorillas which are at time referred to as the endangered species are found in only two parks in Uganda that is; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to almost a half of the remaining population of the mountain gorillas left in the whole world. Among all the four known gorilla parks in the world, Bwindi is the best place for gorilla tracking. There are 17 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi and each family is visited by a maximum of 8 people per day.
There are four locations where you can track gorillas that is to say; Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east, Nkuringo in the south west, and Rushaga located in the south.
What is the best timing for the gorilla trek?
Mountain gorillas can be visited all year round. Between June to August and December to February is the best time for gorilla tracking since these are the drier months. Although rainforests receive heavy rainfall but during the dry seasons, the sky is clear with sunshine and they dry a bit. This enables tracking go smoothly in the Jungle.
Therefore, it is advisable for you to have to book your Gorilla permits in advance with Uganda Wildlife Authority before they are all taken up. Gorilla permits cost 600US$ per person from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Planning a Gorilla Trek
All gorilla families have unique behaviors and characteristics, if you have enough time and resources you can track more than one group during your trip. Gorilla tracking can take you about a full day of trekking to see these magnificent apes in the wild.
What are the Requirements for a Gorilla Trek?
Here are the requirements that you need to go on a gorilla trekking expedition in Uganda.
Mountain gorillas live in thick rain forests and in an area dominated by steep hills. Because of that, you need to prepare with what to wear. You will therefore need hiking boots, long sleeved shirts and trousers.
You will need garden gloves as some shrubs and climbing plants can itch you. Long socks are advised and you should tack in your trousers to avoid safari ants and other insects to enter through your trousers.
A hat and sun glasses are highly recommended as well energy giving food.
You should pack your insect repellent, your camera for your photography and if you need any further information regarding that, you can contact your tour operator for your safari to be achieved successfully.
Accommodation must not be neglected since after a tiresome activity, there is need for relaxation including breakfast and other meals.