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Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Gorilla trekking and tracking Safari in Uganda : Uganda protects half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda can be done in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, all situated in the southwestern region of the country. 

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has four sectors where gorilla trekking can take place and these are; Rushaga, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Buhoma, all with several gorillas families. Rushaga is the only sector with gorilla habituation where you get to spend more time with the gorillas.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has one trailhead Ntebeko and it is the location of the park headquarters and the start of all park activities. The park has one habituated gorilla family.

Gorilla trekking and tracking Safari in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking

While visiting any of the mentioned parks, you encounter the world’s sought after primates in their natural habitat and this is one of the top safari experiences in Africa.

For one to participate in the gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation activity, a gorilla permit is required and these are issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority or you can obtain one through a trusted, licensed and registered company like Jewel safaris.

Gorilla trekking and tracking Safari  : Gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Gorilla trekking requires getting up early enough. The activity starts with a briefing on the do’s and don’ts of gorilla trekking. After briefing, you are allocated a gorilla family to trek and then you head out to the forest. Only 8 people are allowed to trek a particular gorilla family per day.

Gorilla trekking involves hiking through the jungle in the company of an armed game ranger who keeps in touch with the monitoring team on ground in order to easily locate the gorillas. The walk through the forest may take about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on the location of the mountain gorillas. Once you encounter them, you are allocated 1 hour to watch them feed, play and going about their daily activities. For those participating in the habituation process, they get to spend more time in the presence of the gentle giants.

Gorilla trekking and tracking Safari in Uganda
Uganda gorilla Tracking Safaris

Gorilla trekking requires some physical fitness as it involves hiking through rugged terrain.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are open all year round but gorilla trekking is best done during the dry season in the months of January, June, July, August and December when the trails are less slippery. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park leaves you with one of the most remarkable memories.

Jewel safaris is ready to make your Uganda safaris a success. 

For all your gorilla trekking safaris and gorilla tracking tours, wildlife tours, sightseeing and the remarkable east African safaris, kindly contact us at Jewel safaris for your bookings.

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