FAQs, Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Safaris Africa
Qn: Where in Africa can one track the Gorillas?
Ans: Gorillas can be tracked in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
Qn: What can I carry while planning to travel for Gorilla Tracking?
Ans: When travelling to Africa for Gorilla trekking, carry tracking gear like gardening gloves, knee high boots, long sleeved shirts/denim shirts, sweater, rain jacket, cap/ hat,etc to protect you from any troubles/ bites in the thick forests.
Qn: At what age does someone track the Gorillas?
Ans: Someone/ children should be 12 years and above to track the Gorillas.
Qn: Are people allowed to track Gorillas when sick?
Ans: People who are sick and ill are not allowed to track the Gorillas due to the vulnerability of the apes. These can catch/ get infected with all human illnesses. So if you are sick, please cancel your trekking experience till some other time when you feeling great/ good.
Qn: How long are people accepted to stay with the Gorillas?
No. You will track the Gorillas in the thick forest and when you meet them, only an hour will be allowed to interact with them.
Qn: How many people are allowed to track the Gorillas?
Ans: Approximately 8 people are allowed to track a Gorilla group both in Rwanda and Uganda.
Qn: What type of Accommodation do I have to book so as to enjoy tracking the Gorillas?
Ans: Depending on what type of accommodation one prefers, we recommend and advise you to book accommodation that is near the park so that you can easily transfer to track the Gorillas.
Qn: How physically fit should someone be to track the Gorillas?
Ans: Being physically fit is a very essential requirement for all that go Gorilla tracking in the forest. This is very vital for those tracking Gorilla groups that are located in remote areas i.e the hills/ montane vegetation.
Qn: How much do Gorilla permits cost?
Ans: Gorilla permits provided defer according to the country you are interested in visiting. For example, in Uganda these cost USD $ 600, Rwanda USD $ 750 and DR Congo USD $ 450 per permit (High Season).
Qn: How do I acquire a Gorilla tracking Permit?
Ans: Gorilla permits can be obtained through the authorized tourism organizations or through authenticated tour operator agencies. These have valid information about the various tourism destinations as well as the activities, accommodation, price rates etc.
Guidelines on How to Enjoy Gorilla Tracking
- Buy, book and reserve your permits before the date of arrival to avoid any inconveniences like delay of permits.
- Wear appropriate tracking Gear to enable you track these with ease. This includes long sleeved shirts/ T-shirts, Knee High boots, Gardening/ leather like gloves, camera with no flash, light long trousers that are not jeans, sweater for evenings, rain jacket, cap/hat etc.
- If there is freedom to choose any group you wish to track, take on a Gorilla group that is large compared to the rest for this will give you opportunities to take as many pictures/ photos as you wish getting to differentiate the members in the group.
- Be ready for anything especially when it comes to the unpredictable changes in the weather i.e, it might rain heavily anytime without warning so be ready for any occurrences.
- Hire a local porter to help you carry your luggage from one place to another making your trekking experience very flexible.
- Think about traveling with a partner/friend to share remarkable memories with after the safari vacation.
- Be a good listener to the guides who will give you the best advice while proceeding for tracking these species.
Qn: When is the best period to track Mountain Gorillas?
Ans: If you are interested in visiting any African country for Gorilla tracking, we advise you visit the countries during the dry season so as to enjoy the exercise. The appropriate months are from July-September and December-February where as the rest are usually rainy seasons which make tracking the primates very challenging due to the presence of slippery paths, thick vegetation that distracts clear photography etc.
Qn: Are the Mountain Gorillas dangerous/violent?
Ans: All wild animals are dangerous but some depend on how much they are provoked for example if you keep a distance from the Gorillas, they cannot attack you for they will think you are a friend. In cases where you are approached by the silverback, don’t look straight into its eyes and crouch down. Even if it is approaching, when you do this, it will ignore you and continue doing other things like eating fern, vegetables. Most effectively, ensure you follow the advice given by the guides/ rangers and you will do the tracking very easily/flexibly.