How to prepare for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda
How to prepare for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda? This article will guide you on how to prepare yourself ready to complete your dream of seeing the few remaining mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. While enjoying the best wildlife experience in the entire world.
Each year, Uganda, Rwanda, and DR. Congo receive over 100,000 tourists to a chance of getting close with endangered mountain gorillas. A tour to Africa without seeing the mountain gorillas is incomplete. Gorilla trekking is one of the best experiences one should not miss out but take part in this activity, you must obtain a gorilla trekking permit. In Uganda, a gorilla permit goes to 700USD per person, whereas in Rwanda it cost 1500USD per person per trek. In Congo, a gorilla permit costs $450. Uganda also offers a gorilla habituation experience for those who are interested and it costs 1500USD per person. This is how one should prepare for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda as explained below;
Choose a gorilla tracking sector.
If you are wondering how to prepare for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda’s Bwindi forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park; have to choose atleast a sector for your gorilla safari. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two destinations and they are all located in the southern parts of the country are Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, they both offer a unique experience. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the only habitat with a high number of habituated gorilla families. Other gorilla destinations in Africa are Rwanda in Volcanoes national park and Virunga national Park DR Congo. But Uganda offers an adventure experience that cannot be found in other gorilla destinations on earth. Because it holds almost half of the remained mountain gorillas in the entire world. Therefore, it gives you chance to visit different gorilla families for an exceptional experience.
When to go gorilla trekking.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be done all year round but a good time to visit the park is in the dry season months of June-October and December-February when the hiking trails are drier which makes the gorilla trekking experience excellent than in the wet season months of March, April and May, when there is high rainfall hence, makes hiking trails slippery and muddy. However, gorilla trekking during the wet season offers an interesting experience mostly for tourists who seek to take an amazing shot of the mountain gorillas with different sheds of greenery in the background. Also, gorilla permits are always available at such a period, since this period permits are in less demand.
Check the availability of gorilla permits and books.
After knowing where to go for encountering mountain gorillas, the next thing to consider is to check for available gorilla permits on your interested travel dates. Gorilla permits in Uganda can be acquired directly at the Uganda Wild Authority or contact them directly, you can also book with Africa Adventure Vacations and help you to make long and short gorilla packages that fit all travelers from luxury to budget every day. Each day, Uganda has152 gorilla permits. Gorilla permits in Uganda are in high demand so if you’re preparing to do your gorilla safari in this destination, it is good to book your gorilla permit like 3 months back before the traveling dates to avoid disappointments. Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience which allows you to spend more time with mountain gorillas, for those who are interested. A permit for gorilla habituation experience goes at 1500USD per person per trek for 4 hours with mountain gorillas which is in the process of getting familiar to humans.
Get your packing bag ready.
This is also among the best things to consider when traveling to Uganda for visiting its gorillas, Pack your bag with all the essentials. You can also get in touch with Africa Adventure Vacations and guide what to carry to enjoy your memorable experience in Uganda without disturbance. Your packing bag must have the following; a rain jacket, hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts/trousers, hat, sunglasses, energy-giving snacks, insect repellents, first aid kit, a camera with extra batteries, and a pair of binocular.
Work on your physical fitness.
Physically and fit are the key factor for those interested in visiting the endangered primates. Some of the mountain gorilla families are staying in mountainous areas which stands at high altitude, which requires someone to be energetic enough to hike high altitude when searching the gorillas. Therefore, when preparing for gorilla trekking in Uganda do physical exercises to make fitness, through jogging, walking, jumping, hiking, and others.
Tourists are advised to first go to the hospitals and health centers for a check-up before the traveling dates. These primates have a similar structure to humans. It is to be attacked by human diseases mostly flu and cough. So, if one is found with any signs of sickness will not be accepted to visit the endangered mountain gorillas to keep them safe for both present and future.
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