Mountain Gorilla

What you ought to know about Mountain Gorillas. 5/5 (2)

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Mountain gorillas found in the south western districts of Uganda majorly in Kisoro at Bwindi impenetrable National park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, with a biggest number and percentage of over 50% of gorillas found in Uganda. Though a few countries like Rwanda on its northern part and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo also have a few who crossed since Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park are at the borders.

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There’s a special inexplicable thrill embedded in these animals that can never be put in words to justify it. All their actions replicate so much and whoever goes to track them tells a story in his or her own words. Join for a gorilla tracking package.

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See few traits about Mountain Gorillas.

There are two types of Gorillas that is the eastern gorilla and western gorilla Each further subdivided into two subspecies – eastern lowland gorilla and mountain gorilla, and western lowland gorilla and cross river gorilla.

  • Did you know that we share our DNA by 98.3% with gorillas making them our immediate relatives after chimpanzees?
  • Mountain Gorillas are the world’s largest primates, with approximately 143-169 kg and beyond for males in the wild with females weighing a half of the males weight.
  • The strength of the Gorilla is about 4x – 10x stronger than any known strongest human being. A gorilla can tear down a banana tree with limited effort, can escape from cages by bending the iron bars just, and they have a bite that doubles that of a lion. But it’s so rare to see the fierce side of a gorilla since they are like human but also show their true colors when provoked just like us humans.
  • Mountain gorillas mainly feed on bamboo, fruit and leafy plants, though western lowland gorillas also eat small insects. Adult gorillas can eat up to 30 kg of food each day. This means they are herbivorous animals.
  • Mountain Gorillas are so intelligent that they can avoid stings of ants hence use sticks to pick them while eating the ants and also while crossing any water body. And they use sound codes to communicate that’s so mind blowing.
  • A mountain gorilla lives up to 35-40 years while in the wilderness, however living at captivity, they can live up to 50 years.

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    • Mountain Gorillas too have houses called nests and they sleep here both on the ground and in trees you find a nest, comprised of leaves and branches. Most amazing part is that they build on their own.
    • As identification for human beings is based on using uniqueness in fingerprints, we use uniqueness nose prints, for proper identification of gorillas by looking at the nostrils and the bridge of the nose.
    • Did you know female gorillas have a gestation period of  four to six years and gives birth to only  three or four times meaning  three to four babies in total?. Hence rationale for a low population in gorillas’ family. The way a female gorilla communicate to an infant is called baby talk.  Baby gorilla is known as an infant just like human beings? Could you have seen reasons to travel to Uganda for gorilla tracking?   Please contact Jewel safaris Uganda via  and our expertise team shall be so privileged to make your lifetime moments in Uganda more than what you had anticipated.
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Things to do at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park.

Requirements for gorilla tracking

  • Camera or smart phone
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Pairs of light weight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
  • Sweater or sweatshirt
  • A waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
  • Binoculars
  • Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
  • Sunglasses with neck strap
  • Insect repellent.


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