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Unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Destinations

In regards to Unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Destinations in Africa, Africa is the only place to go for gorilla tracking, three countries represent others in hosting these endangered apes these include Uganda (Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park) both parks are located in the south western part of Uganda and they can be reached in a drive of about 8-10 hours from the capital city Kampala.

Rwanda (Volcanoes national park is located in the northern part of Rwanda), the Democratic Republic of Congo also inhabit the endangered mountain gorillas and they are hosted in the Virunga national park.

Gorilla tracking activity is known as the most selling activity in all the three African countries hosting these endangered apes and many travelers all over the world get in purposely to trek the endangered apes.  And this activity is carried out safely and the treks to meet these apes in their natural habitat is done daily, only eight members are allowed to trek the gorillas daily in each gorilla family. Uganda has over 18 gorilla families 17 in bwindi impenetrable national park and 1 gorilla family in Mgahinga gorilla family national park, Rwanda has over 15 gorilla families all in one park known as Volcanoes national park where as Virunga national park has 5 gorilla families.   Although all these three countries are known as mountain gorilla tracking destinations, Uganda and Rwanda are considered the best gorilla tracking destinations, both countries are considered safe with no political insurgency, so many gorilla trackers prefer visiting one or both of these countries.  One can trek the gorilla of Rwanda and cross to the Uganda side and trek the gorillas of Mgahinga national park. The safari can both begin in Uganda and end in Rwanda or vice versa. An estimate of 1080 mountain gorillas are left world wild-wild with Uganda hosting the highest percentage, over 540 individuals live in Uganda’s bwind national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. The rest are shared by Rwanda and the Democratic republic of Congo.

For one to be among the gorilla trekking team must poses a gorilla permit which is a passport for trekking and Owning a gorilla permit is a guarantee for trekking, but sighting is not a guarantee.  Mountain gorillas are wild animals, they are very difficult to predict since they move freely in their natural habitat as they search for food, although chances of sighting these apes are very high over 97% and above. No case has ever been registered for a traveler missed trekking and incase this happens he/she is given another chance to trek the next day.

Ranger guides most of the time knows where these apes are located, and they are 24/7 monitors these apes movements. A gorilla permit is a must to anyone interested in gorilla tracking, and one is advised to book the gorilla permit in advance prior to his/her travel dates because gorilla tracking permits in all the three countries are at a very high demand, they are sold on first come first served basis, the earlier you book your gorilla trekking permit the better to avoid disappointments caused by last minutes booking, and you are advised to book through a recognized tour and travel company or a travel agent since they have easy access to these gorilla permits than an individuals because tour companies are given a chance to poses them for about 2-3 months.

Gorilla permits in Uganda are only sold at wildlife offices in Kampala and they are sold at a fee of $700 per person per trekking

In Rwanda gorilla permits are sold at the Rwanda Development Board in Kigali and also at Kinigi park headquarters, Rwanda gorilla permits are sold at a fee of $1500.

In Congo gorilla permits can bought either in Uganda or Rwanda and they are sold at a fee of usd450. The entire fee is per person per tracking including park entrance fee and ranger guide fee.

If you need Unforgettable Gorilla Trekking Destinations in Africa, Uganda is the best country to make your dreams comes.

Mountain gorillas are not like other primates or wildlife species which can be seen in zoos, they can only be seen in their natural habitat deep into the forest, so a trek into the forest in the search of these endangered apes is regarded as moment in life very difficult to forget, those who have got the chance to track these species can testify to this. The activity is very interesting although sometimes tough as it involves trekking through muddy with steep slopes and many stinging plants and nettles, however once you come across these giants, you forget all the troubles you have gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with the gorillas while studding as well as taking as many photos and videos as you can. During the search of gorillas, you will be entertained by very many forest dwellers including elephant, buffaloes, antelopes, bird species, butterflies, and plant species among very many interesting species.

All gorilla trekking activity in each country begins very early in the morning with a short briefing from the park wardens about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas and also gets you assigned to the ranger guide and the gorilla family booked for( in Rwanda a gorilla trekker is assigned to the gorilla family on the day of tracking). So, after a short briefing, you will follow the ranger guide deep into the forest to begin the search of these gentle giants who shares almost 98%of human DNA make-up. This memorable activity can go from a half to almost full day while in the jungle searching for them since meeting them depends on where they last spent their night from. You can meet them doing their daily activities like mother feeding their young ones, breastfeeding, playing, making nest among others. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other, and marvel at the sheer size of a dominant silverback a moment in life very difficult to forget. Take your time and book with us our reservation team is ready to advise you with the best rates possible.

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