Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla Trekking is the most thrilling adventure that you can enjoy while in Africa.

Following are some notes on gorilla trekking there are 20 habituated gorilla groups that can be visited by tourists in Uganda. Tourist groups are different from research groups which are visited mostly by researchers who must be quarantined for two weeks prior to visitations.  The research groups are not habituated to strangers.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority trackers know where the gorilla groups have slept the night before. Thus, when you arrive at park headquarters, you will have a good idea where the different groups are located and what kind of trek you can expect.

Gorilla trekking within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda is the height of your Ugandan safari. The country and the park are recognized as very safe and secure places to be thus you will be in position to see gorillas in their peaceful environment.

How do mountain gorillas look like?

The males which are the Silverbacks are two times the size of the females and they grow up to 6 feet tall and even weigh 350-500 pounds. They are referred to as silver backs because they mature the hair on their back turns somewhat silver thus the name Silverbacks. The strength of the males is ten times stronger compared to the strongest boxer. They do posses long plus darker hair which compared to their lowland counterparts since they stay in colder climates and higher altitudes and the most interesting fact is that Gorillas share 98 percent of their genetic composition.

Are mountain gorillas a dangerous species?

Mountain gorillas are very strong though shy animals and are very threatened and they do attack so as to protect their very own. When the different mountain gorilla groups meet, there is a fight between the leader Silverbacks to death.

How are the predators of mountain gorillas?

The main predators to mountain gorillas is human encroachment for settlement and there are additionally threatened by various diseases which are transmitted by human visitors.

Things to Carry on a Gorilla Trek

It is of the utmost importance to have good hiking boots and gloves. You will need to tuck your slacks into your boots or socks to prevent ants and things from crawling up your legs.

Take a daypack with water and snacks, and pack a little extra for your porter.

Pack rain gear; even if your trip is during the dry season it is possible to experience rain at anytime.

When you trek, one or two guides as well as several guards will accompany you. There are 8 permits per group and when you reach them, you are allowed just one hour with them. You must be at least 15 years of age to trek.

If you have any concerns about being fit enough for the trek, let your driver know and he will get you on one of the easy groups.

The best way to get in conditions for trekking is to walk. . . walk. . . walk!