Gorilla Trecking Uganda

Gorilla trekking Uganda, a once in a lifetime experience!
Gorilla tracking ranks among one of the absolute highlights of a trip to Africa for most travellers, and the spine-tingling feeling that you get being so near to one of our closest relatives is hard to describe.

Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighbouring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

When to go on gorilla tracking?
Gorilla tracking can be done the whole year through and is evenly as good. There is no higher or lower success rate in the different seasons (95% guaranteed to see them).In rainy season the tracks in the rain forest might be a bit muddier and your tracking might be a bit longer/ tougher because of that. However; it’s a RAIN forest, so difference is not all that big compared to dry season.In rainy season you are more likely to track in smaller groups.
When you are flexible we advise you to book your tracking in November. One big reason is the discount of $250 us dollar per gorilla permit, but there are more reasons:
November should be the short rainy season, but it has not been like this in the last 5 years. The last years it has been among the most beatiful months to travel in (after rain season and very green).

t’s hard to predict nowadays when the rainy season will be. Climate changes are making it hard to plan. Normally the long rainy season should be in March, April and beginning of May and short rainy season in November. However, the last 5 years the short rainy season has been in early December.

 

While searching for the gorillas

• A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group (family) of habituated gorillas in a day.
• Always wash your hands before you head out to see the gorillas.
• Do not leave rubbish in the park.
• Please always keep your voices low. This will ensure that you will be able to observe the beautiful birds and other wildlife in the forest.
• Tip: You will be taken to where the guides left the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow their trail to find them. Look out for the gorillas nesting sites along the way.
• Tip: When you approach the gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready.

 

While at the gorillas

• Keep a minimum distance of 7 meters (21 feet) from the gorillas.
• Keep your voices low at all times. However, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
• Do not eat or drink while you are near the gorillas.
• Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guide’s example by crouching down slowly, and do not look at the gorillas in the eyes. Wait for the gorilla to pass you by and do not attempt to run away (as this will increase the risk of attack).
• Flash photography is not permitted; when taking pictures, move slowly and carefully.
• Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
• The maximum time visitors are allowed to spend with the gorillas is one hour.

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