Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda, Gorilla Safari Adventures in Uganda Africa
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Gorilla Safari destination in Uganda
Bwindi Forest National Park is situated in the South Western Part of Uganda near Virunga National Park along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is prominently known for inhabiting the rare species of Mountain Gorillas with 331 kms2 of both Montane and Lowland Forest, 120 mammal species, 220 species of butterflies, 348 bird species, 27 species of frogs, geckos, Chameleons, 163 tree species, 104 species of Ferns. The Forest inhabits many different primates i.e Colobus Monkeys, Chimpanzees despite the fact that Mountain Gorillas are the most prominent.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
Gorilla Trekking is the most prominent safari activity carried out at the park and this involves transferring from one place to another in the thick forest vegetation searching for the rare species of Mountain Gorillas. You will proceed through the forest for a period of 3-5 hours and when you meet them, only an hour is allowed to stay in their presence taking numerous photos to keep for memories. The Gorilla Trekking Permit costs US $600 per person interested in tracking the beautiful mighty primates.
Bwindi Forest National Park has 14 habituated Mountain Gorilla Family Groups that can be tracked by all kinds of travelers from all over the world interested in tracking the amazing primates on Gorilla trekking Holiday.
The Mountain Gorilla Groups are distributed into four various sectors i.e Buhoma Sector with three groups i.e Mubare Gorilla Group, Habinyanja Group, Rushegura Group, Rushaga Sector with five groups i.e Nshongi Group, Mishaya Group, Kahungye Group, Busingye Group, Bweza Group, Ruhija Sector with three groups i.e Bitukura Group, Oruzogo Group, Kyaguliro Group and Nkuringo Sector with the Nkuringo Group which is the most challenging to track due to its location in the Mountainous/ Hilly areas of the park. These have made Uganda a prominent Safari Destination due to the number of travelers that transfer here to track the beautiful Mountain Gorillas on Gorilla Tour Vacation.
The Mountain Gorillas in the park live groups of 8-20 individuals hierarchically with the dominant Silverback being the leading male followed by the Adult Females which are also followed by Black Bucks also known as the young Gorillas then the juveniles/ infant Gorillas.
Mountain Gorilla Diet
The Mountain Gorillas feed basically on vegetables, stems, bamboo shoots, fruits, termites and ants.
Best Time to Go Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
Gorilla Trekking can happen any time around the year however, the best time to track the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Forest national Park in Uganda is during the short rainy or dry season of the year which happens in the months of January and February then June to September.
The rainy season is not appropriate to track the Mountain Gorillas since during this period, the trails/ paths in the forest are slippery hence challenging to navigate and the bushes are out grown making photography very difficult and unclear.
What to Wear for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi
When transferring to enjoy Gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest National Park, ensure to carry the right trekking Gear to enjoy every moment around the mountain Gorillas in their natural Forest habitat. Below are the Gear you should carry/ have to enjoy Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi.
- Ankle Trekking Boots
- Woolen Gardening Gloves
- Rain Jacket
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Long Pants/ Trousers not Jeans
- Sweater for Evenings
- Camera with no Flash
- Snacks and bottled water
- Cap/ Hat
Climate of the Park
Bwindi Forest has a tropical Climate with mean temperature varying from 7 to 15 °C (45 to 59 °F) to a maximum of 20 to 27 °C (68 to 81 °F) and annual rainfall varying from 1,400 to 1,900 millimetres (55 to 75 in) with the peak rainfall amounts falling in the months of March to April and from September to November.
Other Safari Activities to Do in the Park
Other than Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park, travelers can also enjoy experiencing other activities and these include;
- Gorilla Habituation Experience; this is also a very exceptional safari activity to do in the park requiring one to take a period of 4 hours in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas compared to the 1 hour allowed during Gorilla Tracking. With researchers, you will transfer and teach the Mountain Gorillas to be approachable by people. The Gorilla Habituation Permit costs US $1500 per person interested.
- Bird Watching
- Hiking/ Nature Walks
- Cycling/ Mountain Biking
- Cultural/ Community Walks