How Fit Should To Be To Trek Gorillas?

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is an activity that requires a moderate level of fitness for anyone planning to get involved. You will be required to prepare for this as you plan your Gorilla safari to Uganda or Rwanda. The habituated mountain gorilla families live in high altitudes in Bwindi impenetrable forest and on the Virunga Mountains covered in thick forest cover.

Preparing for a gorilla trekking trip helps you enjoy your trip with ease and making it more fun because you are familiar with the activity.

Walking

Walking helps you tone your legs and shed excess weight. It is the foundation of gorilla trekking as the major exercise which should grow steadily in distance over time. The largest part on a gorilla trekking safari is on foot in the rain-forest. You are therefore required to practice walking long distance to get yourself ready for this activity.

Jogging

It elevates your heart rate and helps you maintain it at that level. It is an aerobic activity that helps your body get used making it easy to do your trekking and enjoy it.

Squats

This is the best exercise for fitness that promotes your body balance and stability. Squats also strengthen your legs, thighs, hips, buttocks and hamstrings.

Stretch

It is healthy to stretch your muscles after your daily training to improve your flexibility of your muscles. Physical fitness will make your Gorilla Trek more enjoyable. Most often visitors to Uganda and Rwanda plan their gorilla trekking Safari about six (6) months before the safari begins. That is the perfect time to get yourself physically tuned for your Gorilla Trek or Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Hiking

Pushing your body up stair and after stair against gravity is another great body exercise for a trek. Hiking in the jungle is not such an easy activity that needs to prepare for. Practice hiking if you have a chance to be near a hilly area. Ensure that you will increase distance each time you practice and your trip to Uganda or Rwanda will be enjoyable.

Go to the GYM

Build your leg strength with gym work. Leg strength is essential for your trek so in addition to walking training which will strengthen your legs, try and include either gym exercises such as leg presses and weighted squats, or lunges and bodyweight squats. Going to the gym to make their gorilla trek more enjoyable.

Start your Trekking training early enough

You are advised to start your training 6 months before your trip. It’s never too early to get started on your trek fitness program. Look to build your strength and fitness gradually, giving your body time to adapt to the new demands. That way you can enjoy your trek training and avoid risking injury by trying to do too much too soon.

Walking Poles

It is good to practice using walking pole to help you get used to them. Gorilla trekking may require you to have them to ease the load on knees and thighs on descents and give you two extra legs on steep climbs. They can also be used to help clear vegetation and have numerous uses in a campsite. Trying out before the real time is good for you.

Choose the correct footwear for your trek

Select good quality and appropriate hiking boots for your trek and your walking training is essential. A supportive hiking shoe with ankle protection is important but beware of ankle cuffs that are too high as they can irritate the Achilles tendon at the base of your calf. Look for an ankle cuff that is scooped away at the back. Make sure that your trekking boots are thoroughly broken in and your feet have bedded in the time for blisters is now, not during your trek. When purchasing your boots, try to shop in the afternoon when your feet have expanded slightly so that you get the correct size.

Conclusion

It’s true that Gorilla Tracking requires some level of fitness but your fitness level should not prevent you from a gorilla tracking activity. There are easier Gorilla groups to track both in Uganda and Rwanda. The last resort is that you are carried on a Sedan Chair – something that requires 12 porters for the journey which allows people with disabilities to spend time with the mountain gorillas.

Cross River Gorilla Trekking

A side from trekking to see mountain gorillas and the eastern lowland gorillas, Africa also offers you yet another incredible opportunity to catch a glimpse at the cross river gorillas. This category comes with a rare appearance though not very different from the rest of the subspecies.

They have robust and powerful bodies with a bit of elongated head and a pronounced brow ridge. Their skulls on the other hand are shorter than those of the western lowland gorillas scientifically called gorilla gorilla gorilla while their mouths are not very big compared to other subspecies. The teeth, hand and feet are shorter than the western lowland gorillas with broad nose, wide nasal passages, fingers, opposable thumbs. The skeleton of these creatures is sturdy with straighter vertebrae compared to those of humans.

 

Males are taller and heavier than the females and in average; they are 1.65-1.75 meters high and have the weight ranging from 140 to 200 kilograms. Females can even stretch up to 1.40 meters and weigh 100 kilograms. However, all of them feature a dark fur over their bodies apart from the face, hands, feet and ears. The cross river gorillas are a subspecies of the western gorillas and today, about 200 to 300 of them still thrive on earth and this makes them a few most endangered apes in Africa.

Where to see the cross River gorillas?

This particular gorilla species thrives within the mountainous areas around Nigeria and Cameroon just at the top of the Cross River where they derived their name. They range within 7770 square kilometers about twice the size of Rhode Island. This means they are mainly inhabited around the most north and western areas. In Nigeria, you can find them at Afi Mountains, the Cross River National Park and in Cameroon in the Mbe Mountains, Takamanda National Park. Like most primates, the cross river gorillas thrive within the mountainous rain-forest and bamboo forest at elevation of about 1500-3500 meters.

 

Just like other primates, the cross river gorillas are equally threatened by a number of factors that include among others poaching as they are hunted severely, habitat loss due to deforestation, human infectious diseases and others. These types of Great Apes belong to family hominidae and order primates.

 

This subspecies of gorillas are largely herbivores and their diet is dependent on leaves, herbs, vines, tree bark and fruits. They enjoy fruits a lot although these are not available throughout and mostly from August to September and then from November to January. Their intestines are very long and can digest plants perhaps a reason why they have large and rounded abdomen and even bigger than the chest. Besides, they also depend on termites, caterpillars.

 

The cross river gorillas live in families of 2 to 20 members with silver-back being the leader of the group. They construct nests on tree branches for them to rest for the night. In the wet season, they construct nests on top of tree branches and during the dry spell they can make nests even on the ground. Much of their time is spent while eating as way to maintain their sizes and strength and they also groom each other. In terms of reproduction, the cross river gorillas have a gestation period of about 9 months and females can breastfeed and take care of the infants.

 

In conclusion, besides tracking mountain gorillas or the eastern lowland gorillas, you can as well embark on cross river gorilla safari that will reward you with amazing encounters. Amazingly, you can combine both adventures and you will have the best of gorilla experience in Africa.

2 Baby Gorillas Born In Virunga National Park

The birth of two new mountain gorilla babies has brought happiness and also good news in Virunga national park. The birth came from two different gorilla families in Virunga and this brought multiplication of the number to nine new gorilla births this year.

The 19 year old Kayenga mountain gorilla gave birth to a boy baby gorilla, being her third child in the Bageni gorilla family which has 30 members. And the second baby gorilla was given birth by an 8 year old mountain gorilla known as Anangana. This was its first born baby a girl making 11 members in Humba gorilla family.

Virunga national park is found in Democratic Republic of Congo and it is famous for its endangered mountain gorillas. And for the last decade they have played a great role in increasing the overall population which now stands at an estimated 1004 individuals after results were revealed in the recent population survey of mountain gorillas.

Virunga national park is UNESCO world heritage site and Africa’s oldest natural reserve and it is found in one of the most restless area of Democratic Republic of Congo. The country has been deeply affected by the country’s political situation. And earlier this year, 5 park rangers and a driver were killed. Then in

May the park closed its gates from guests until 2019 after three people, a ranger was killed and two British visitors were abducted, but later released unharmed.

The park was established in 1925 during the regime when Democratic Republic of Congo was still a

Belgian colony. Virunga national park is Africa’s most biologically diverse protected area.

This park stretches from the Virunga Mountains in the south to the Ruwenzori Mountains in the north, to the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga gorilla national Park in Uganda and Rwenzori Mountains.

Besides mountain gorillas, Virunga national park also protects the low land Grauer’s gorillas and the eastern chimpanzees. This makes the park a destination that hosts three big apes.

However, mountain gorillas remain the major attractions in Virunga national park and it is one of the few parks in the world that host these highly endangered gorillas.

Travelers like to trek the gorillas in Virunga because the low prices of permits and the park is not congested compared to other trekking centers like Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla national parks. Virunga national park is still fresh for new discoveries since it has not had a lot of tourism activity for a long time making it a perfect place for those who want to relax, research and adventure at the same line.

Besides mountain gorillas, Virunga national park is arguably the most biologically diverse national park in the world, it has a lot more to offer to travelers like a variety of wildlife, lakes, forests, more than 700 bird species and it is also the home of Mountain Nyiragongo, one of the active volcanoes in the world.

Virunga national parks shelters up to 8 habituated gorilla families. The encounter with the gorilla in this park is an excellent and magical experience that brings you close to the rare and gentle primates in their natural habitat.

Virunga national park is also part of the broader Virunga conservation area that stretches from Uganda, Rwanda and D. R. Congo and contains a massif of 8 volcanic mountains and 2 important national parks, Volcanoes national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Rwanda and Uganda respectively.

Book a gorilla safari in Democratic Republic of Congo and grab yourself a chance to get a life time experience with the mountain gorillas in Africa’s largest and oldest national park.

Tips On How To Set Up A Campsite?

Are you planning to travel to Uganda for camping adventures and you do not know how to set up your campsite? Whereas most campers may take setting up a campsite as very challenging, the latter may not be true if you are keen enough. Camping is entirely celebrating the outdoors, spending time at close range with nature. However, to come up with a perfect home away from the usual, you have to plan for it adequately and the tips provided below can be of great value to you.

  • Choose a perfect site

If you are thinking of undertaking a self drive and camping safari in Uganda, first look out for gently sloping land and bear in mind about water drainage. Getting a leveled area makes it simpler for you to prepare food and set up a tent on flat ground and at end of it all; you will enjoy comfortable night stay. You may also prefer areas with some trees for you to have a shade and the trees can act best as wind breakers, however, you have to be keen on the falling branches and ensure that your tent is set at a distance. Also consider the direction of sun rise while setting up a camp for you to enjoy the warmth of the morning sun rise while in the jungle and do not forget to bear in mind the wind effects

  • Established campsites

Selecting the best camping site at already established campground is simpler as you can just pull your trailer up to any of the designated campsites. You can also opt for walk in sites within the easy walking distances of the campsite road or parking lot. Regardless of any site that you will opt for, the site should be gently sloping for you to set up a shelter and fire ring. Most of the already set up campground feature amenities such as picnic tables, restrooms and at times water pumps within reach from the campsite.

  • Tent and food set up

Tents play a big role and it can be used beyond sleeping. They can be used as areas for storing unpacked equipment and help in offering shelter especially with bad weather conditions. Preparing food around the fire is ideally the most captivating experience of a lifetime but keep this in mind. Always prepare your food downwind, after you are done, all the extra food should be kept at least 200 feet from the camp, stored in a bear bag and hung about 10 to 20 feet up in a tree. The bags are usually designed to hang food out of reach of wildlife.

  • Disposal set up

The bathroom area should be set up no less than 200 feet off the camp. Ensure that you spare an area for trash as this will help you when cleaning the area at the end of your vacation.

  • Campfire set up

While setting up a camp fire, be aware of wind direction and protection. Keep a 15 foot radius clear of wood to prevent unintentional fires. After you have successfully established your campsite, you can now freely relax and chill in your camp.

  • Besides the carrying the tent, make sure that you have a tarp shelter

This can serve another significant purpose while you are on camping safari and a well strung tarp makes adequate room for your camp and you will have comfortable camping experience. Tarp shelter can serve as the central gathering area, the kitchen, the front porch, garage, shade or lounge.

From the discussion above, setting up a campsite can be simpler as it comes with experience. The entire process involves learning something new about what works best for you every time you make up your campsite. Camping safaris are the most exceptional experiences that offer you a chance to interact closely with nature. By paying maximum attention and setting up the best camp site will reward you and the rest of campers with amazing experiences of lifetime.

Top Things to Do in Bwindi National Park

Tourist Activities Conducted Within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Gorilla National Park is one of the must-visit destinations by majority of tourists that visit Uganda, mainly because it is a haven to more than 480 of the critically endangered Mountain gorillas that are found in only three countries in the whole World-Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo as well as Uganda. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was established in 1991 and is surprisingly the only place in Africa where Mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees can be found.

Interestingly, most tourists know Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for only gorilla tracking but there is more to this destination than meets the eye. Did you know you can actually also enjoy bird watching, nature walks/Hiking, the Batwa cultural experience, mountain biking and the Gorilla Habituation Experience?

It is the only place you will enjoy this unforgettable experience in a lifetime. Some of the attractions to expect here include over 1000 flora species including 160 tree species and 100 fern species, about 120 mammal species such as Forest elephants, primates like Red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, Mountain gorillas, Vervet monkeys, Olive baboons, L’Hoests monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, forest buffaloes, Duikers,  bushbucks, serval cats and the giant forest hogs among others.

If you are a birder, then this is real Paradise with over 340 species of birds like the handsome francolin, Chestnut-throated Apalis, the Rwenzori Batis, African green broadbill, mountain-masked Apalis, white-browed Crombec, the yellow-faced woodland warbler and the white-tailed flycatcher.

Provided are the detailed activities tourists can actually relish when they visit this wonderful destination;

  • Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is and will always be the number one activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is undeniably the number one reason why tourists visit the country. This destination offers a phenomenal backdrop for this exceptional activity and there are 11 habituated gorilla families distributed across the four sectors-Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo thus only 88 permits are available per day.

  • Gorilla Habituation Experience

You can enjoy Gorilla trekking from all the four National Parks where the Mountain gorillas are found but the Gorilla Habituation Experience can only be enjoyed from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park whereby instead of the usual one hour offered during gorilla trekking, tourists get up to four hours to spend with a gorilla family still undergoing habituation. Currently, only two groups (in the southern sectors of Nkuringo and Rushaga) can be visited for this experience and costs only $1500 per person.

  • The Batwa Cultural Experience (Cultural Encounters)

The Batwa pygmies were the first inhabitants of the Park and lived in the forest as hunter-gatherers. Much as they lived in the forest for many years, these people left small ecological footprint on the area and lived in harmony with nature but after it was gazetted into a National Park in 1991, they were displaced to the edges of the Park with no representation, no voice but living as beggars and squatters. Visiting the Park will therefore introduce you to some of the ancient ways like making bamboo bowls, building if grass-thatched huts, harvesting honey, making fire by rubbing sticks and use of trees and plants for herbal medicine among others.

Also, tourists can participate in a three-hour cultural walk through Buhoma villages and learn some of the cultures and customs of the people such as demonstrations of making local crafts such as baskets. Also see how local produce is harvested, food is prepared traditionally (with firewood) and also visit the local schools in the area.

  • Bird watching

There are over 350 species of birds that call Bwindi Impenetrable National Park home, making bird watching one of the must-do activities in the Park. Some of the lovable species of birds in the Park include Ruwenzori Batis, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Chestnut-throated Apalises, White-tailed fly-catcher, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Mountain Greenbul, Handsome Francolin, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Green Tinkerbird and the White-browed Crombec among others.

  • Nature walks/hiking

There are 12 hiking trails in the Park lasting from one day or longer ones lasting several days and require you to spend overnights. Some of the trails include the Muyanga waterfalls walk, Muzubijiro loop, the Rushura Hill walk, the Ivi River walk, the Buhoma-Nkuringo and the Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail rewarding tourists with the views of different primates, waterfalls, mountains and the beautiful bird species such as the African black ducks, Pel’s fishing owls, Rwenzori Batis and black bee-eaters among others.

  • Mountain biking

Biking is mainly conducted within Buhoma sector by the Ride 4 a Woman, a community support group that also offers bikes for rent also guides tourists within and around the Park. The guides take you through different landscapes, the village and into the Forest through different trails such as the Ivy River Trail and most rides last 3 hours or longer depending on the trail used.

Tips to Save Money on Gorilla Tour

Tips On Saving For Your Next Gorilla Tour in Uganda

If you have ever had a trip to Uganda, you will concur that gorilla trekking is the most adventurous and fulfilling safari activity but also the most expensive. However, did you know you can actually save a lot of money on that Uganda wildlife and gorilla tour that appears expensive to undertake? Well, it is not rocket science but just a matter of following the following workable and proven tips;

  • Give your expected budget to the tour operator you intend to book with

Much as most tourists are always hesitant to give their target budget for the whole safari to the tour operator, it is sometimes important if you wish to save some money on your gorilla trekking safari. This allows the booking agent to look for the best deals especially when it comes to transport and Safari Lodges/Safari camps/Hotels at the budget you have given thus allowing you to save.

  • Plan in advance

It is obvious that last minute bookings can lead to booking for more costly accommodation facilities and the safari as a whole because demand certainly exceeds supply; hence it pays to book in advance. Most tour operators have long standing relationships with good Lodges, meaning with that, a facility can be booked on your behalf in advance.

  • Conduct the safari during the low season

Much as the discounted gorilla permits for low season (April, May and November) were scrapped off (by the end of 2017), some Safari Lodges  still offer discounted rates for rooms hence you can be able to save on your gorilla tour in Uganda.

  • Plan how you will travel around the country

If you find a cheaper means of transport to travel within the country, there are high chances that you will save a lot of money while on your gorilla tracking adventure. Possible means to move around Uganda include public means, whereby, you can connect from one destination to another by Buses. For example, you can use a bus from Kampala to Kisoro near bwindi gorilla national park and Mgahinga national park. Alternatively, you can cheaply rent a 4×4 car like Toyota Rav4, Nissan xtrail or Toyota Prado and drive your own gorilla adventure to the gorilla parks.

  • Long stay rates

Someone who spends more nights in one Hotel or safari lodge is likely to spend lesser money than someone who spends nights in two or three different hotels because in most cases, you may end up paying three instead of four nights spent. Surprisingly, most of these deals are not indicated on the Hotel websites thus it would be good to ask the tour operators.

  • Target specific Brand name

Just like you always pay more money for a particular brand of shoes or jeans, the same applies to the Safari Lodges thus tour operators always know good places at relatively lower rates.

  • Book with one Tour Company

This usually applies to Companies that also own Hotels/Safari Lodges because there are chances that companies having three or more accommodation facilities can offers discounted rates for longer stays at their facilities.

  • Travel in a group

Another important tip for saving during your gorilla safari is by traveling as a group with friends or family members, especially when it comes to transportation around the country or spending overnights at a Safari Lodge.

  • Mix up some of the Accommodation Facilities

We all like the best products but sometimes you may not enough money to spend nights from certain Safari Lodges, thus you can always mix the facilities up by getting the expensive an cheap ones during the safari. Also, being cheap doesn’t mean that they are of poor quality or not nice but you will be surprised that cheap accommodation facilities offer comfortable facilities.

  • Keep watch on your Traveling

In most cases, if you intend to explore many destinations in the country, you might end up spending a lot for the flight costs and other additional costs for transfers to and from Entebbe International Airport thus you would rather land at Kigali International Airport and proceed for gorilla trekking within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park because it tends to be shorts and more convenient than Entebbe Airport. With this, you will be able to save a lot of money during your gorilla tour in Africa.

Support Eco Tourism Through Gorilla Tracking Adventures

The fact mountain gorilla protection and conservation still features as the greatest challenge, there is need to derive effective measures to ensure these rare apes, plus other wildlife species and their habitats are well kept to offer that authentic African experiences. Mountain gorillas are among a few most critically endangered primate species whose status still feature in the IUCN Redbook despite their current numbers and other potential risks. These rare apes can only be tracked in the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park, southwestern Uganda; Volcanoes National Park in northwestern Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). About 900 individuals of these rare apes are left on earth today and poaching, human encroachment and illegal trade, human infectious diseases and others still threaten the lives of these unique species in the wild.

The efforts to save the lives of the rare mountain gorillas in the wilderness began way back at the time when Dian Fossey visited Africa to conduct her research in the jungles of Virunga Volcanoes. Dian Fossey is a popular American primatologist, she is remembered for her research work and for creating awareness about these critically endangered apes that the world boasts today. She also established Karisoke research center that is found between Mount Karisoke and Bisoke to help her in research. It is from her efforts to protect and conserve the mountain gorillas from extinction.

Dian Fossey considered gorilla tourism as the only criteria for these endangered apes to be protected and the foreign exchange from mountain gorilla adventures could fund most of the conservation programs in most of the protected areas where they live. Today, mountains gorilla tours in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo have become the most sought after experiences and one of the leading activities that generate foreign exchange.

Respective park authorities where these unique apes are conserved also initiated an annual profit sharing scheme where a given percentage of gorilla tourism income is given back to the local communities in and around the parks mainly to support their local projects which in turn will help in boosting their livelihoods. And in the long run, they will support gorilla protection, conservation and tourism in their communities. Such local projects include construction of health centers, provision or clean / piped water, rural electrification, schools and scholastic materials among others.

Gorilla trekking permits are also a must to have for any visitors interested in undertaking this lifetime adventures and they come in different amounts depending on the destination. In Uganda, they are obtainable at US$600 per person, Rwanda permits are sold at US$1500 per tourist and US$400 per trekker in the DR Congo. One permit equals to one gorilla family for visitors to track each day and the money which is got from this adventure is utilized in ensuring that the environment where there critically endangered species live are conserved and they are in better health conditions.

There are set rules and regulations that every trekker on gorilla safari must observe and they equally play a great role towards protection of these rare apes in the wild and their environment from human encroachment. Visitors are advised to maintain a distance of about 7 (seven) meters at all times from gorillas. Other rules include no drinking, no eating or even smoking while in the forest, no tracking gorillas when you are sick, do not touch gorillas and others. These precautions are a must to be observed by any visitors on gorilla safari to Africa and they play a great role in conserving gorillas from the increasing threats especially from the spread of human infectious diseases.

All the protected area land is also demarcated and protected from encroachers and given the profit sharing initiative mountain gorilla and wildlife conservation has become a communal responsibility in which local resident don’t go against habitat conservation where these critically endangered apes thrive from. Gorilla tracking has however featured as a true sustainable tourism adventure given that it has become an overall effort not to destabilize the habitat where most of these rare species thrive.

Also, there is balance between number of trekkers and apes where only 8 (eight) people are allowed to track one group of gorillas and only one hour is allowed for one to have a face to face encounter with gorillas in the wild and this rule is highly observed.

The management of gorilla parks is recruited from the local communities surrounding the parks. These people for instance are employed as park guides, rangers, porters, and hoteliers, thus, take part in gorilla conversations because its their source of earning.

In conclusion therefore, through gorilla trekking, eco tourism can easily be enhanced in various ways since this adventure has become the most sought after experience in the world today and one of the leading sources for foreign exchange. The income generated helps in financing most of conservation and protection activities for these rare species and thus maintained provision of exotic experiences to visitors.

The Minimum Age For Gorilla Tracking

Are you planning for your gorilla trek in Africa? Do you know the age limit for gorilla trekking? Unlike other wildlife safaris, mountain gorilla trekking isn’t for everybody but for specific age brackets. A trek to see a group of these Great Apes is described as lifetime experience and it can only be encountered in the thick tropical rain forest of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

When it comes to this remarkable experience you have to be of certain age brackets and that is why you need to consider your age before traveling for the trek in any of the gorilla destinations. This is because some things have to be done by a given class of people and that is why with gorilla trekking children aren’t part of this breathtaking adventure.

Considering the fact that children can easily be frightened by mountain gorillas and afterwards scream loudly, such behavior in the gorilla habitat may cause aggressiveness among these primates. Such behavior makes these unique apes think that foreigners have intruded into their habitat and the ending result can be negative as they can harm humans. To curb down these impacts, only people above 15 years are allowed to go for mountain gorilla trekking in all destinations.

For lifetime experiences with these Great apes, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda as well as Volcanoes National Park in Northwestern Rwanda or the Virunga National Park in Eastern DRC should be a must to visit destinations for you.

All persons below 15 years are considered children and such category of people are not permitted to participate in this strenuous adventure. The other assumption is that people below 15 years are likely to spread human infectious diseases to these critically endangered mountain gorillas. To curb this impacts, respective conservation authorities plus the rest of the stake holders agreed on age limit to be 15 years.

Also, it is unpredictable how children below 15 years will carry themselves while with mountain gorillas. They can opt to run away rather than humbling themselves before the gentle apes especially when the gorillas become aggressive or charge at them. It is believed that persons above 15 years can help themselves especially when they are interfaced by these Great Apes in the wild.

As well, they understand the code of conduct while in the forest tracking these unique species. Remember that mountain gorillas are wild animals and like any creature, they also have feelings, fearful and scared by strange situations in their habitat especially the flashlight cameras. These species can become aggressive based on what they feel something that can make them to fight back as a way to protect themselves.

Given the fact that gorilla tracking is conducted within the thick forest, with or without trails, persons under the age 15 years may fail to remember the map of the area and if they are off track, it can be hard to look for them. Usually they spend much of their time playing and can be slow and the whole tracking process is affected. While in the destination, you will be required to present a copy of your passport and if they find out that you are below the minimum age, you will not be allowed to track gorillas. This will be done early in the morning during registration while you will be joining the rest of people for early morning briefing by the park officials.

In conclusion therefore, gorilla trekking adventure is a strenuous experience that can be par taken if you are physically well. This lifetime experience is also affected by age factor and due to this the required minimum age is 15 years. This is because people below 15 years are considered children. Given the fact that these unique species are just like any wild animal they also come with emotions and if they are irritated, they can harm you and for children they may not be defend themselves compared to adults.

Gorilla Tracking Tops the List of Things to Do in Uganda

Uganda is a proud member of Africa and has a landscape that can truly rejuvenate the spirits of anyone who visit here. It’s beautiful flora and fauna with beautiful scenery of river channels like Katonga and the longest river Nile in Uganda as well as the third largest in world. Both savanna and equatorial rain forests that provide habitat to wide variety of animals and bird species.

Silver back Gorilla in African Jungles

One of the key features of Uganda holiday is the chance to meet the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural setting. The hike to search for the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park actually an exciting trek in Uganda. However much Bwindi is so impenetrable, there are some motorable tucks, footpath, and even both murram and turmac roads that go through the forests.

Bwindi National Park today has about 14 habituated gorilla groups, available for tourism purposes. We also have one habituated gorilla family in Mgahinga National Park called Nyakagezi, one of the best and easiest groups to track. Gorilla tops the list of Uganda attractions, and most of the visitors to Uganda come for gorilla tracking experience in the two parks mentioned above. Further more, gorilla tracking in Uganda is sometimes combined with Chimpanzee tracking experience in Kibale Forest or Kyambura Gorge or Kanio Pabidi Forest reserved, and a 7 day chimps and gorilla tour conveniently takes you for both Gorillas and Chimpanzees in the Jungle. Along the trek, expect an encounter with other primates suchas Colobus Monkeys, golden monkeys, Olive Baboons, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, Blue Monkeys, Red Tailed and L’Hoest Monkeys among others.

Whenever you think of the term Safari or get an idea of traveling and touring areas of your interest, the very first visuals that come to your mind is Africa and its exotic wild life. The magnanimous landscapes and geological features.
This can be actually enjoyable especially when you are with a family or friends. There are a multiple of tourism ventures both flora type and fauna as well. If you are free spirited and daring enough to venture out with them, you can truly marvel at the abilities of these amazing creatures that are similar to humans in some levels.

Along with Uganda, you can visit Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania too. As these parts of the world are pretty inexpensive, any one with even a tight budget can enjoy these sights and have a great time. There is a critical assurance that ounce you step in Uganda, it will provide you with the best experience ounce you attempt to tour areas of the south western part of the country. This would be something you are going to truly cherish all throughout your life.

Beautiful life is all about discoveries and once attempt to discover and tour in Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable forest is a comfortable and the best tourist potential place to go to. Mountain Gorillas are some of the rare species in Africa and place that have such animals are actually kept in a cage in a zoo.
This actually makes it so boring when having a view because there is no movement. But this is totally different in Uganda. This safari is enjoyable and fun as well. This is mainly because these gorillas are actually in a mountain that is actually covered with thick rainforest of Kisoro, Kabale and and Kanungu. Definitely one can enjoy drives through those forests and even trek and track them. This is so fun and enjoyable under a guidance of experienced tour guide.

Gorillas in Uganda: Amazing African Apes

In Dec 2016, I boarded a plane to Uganda with the aim of encountering Mountain Gorillas. I had already booked my Gorilla permit in advance with a local tour Company based in Kampala. I had booked a three days trip to Bwindi Impenetrable forest and on 20th December 2016, I landed at Entebbe International Airport at 11:15am on Ethiopian Airline.

Reaching there, I was welcomed by Kelly, the safari guide/ driver from the company I booked with. He briefed me and thereafter, transferred me to Kampala Serena Hotel for lunch. Being Japanese, I was given Asian meal which I liked so much – feeling at home. After a delicious meal, I asked my guide to drive me to the home of the Ndere troupe to have a relaxed evening with cultural music, dance and drama.
I enjoyed cultural music, dance and drama accompanied by the sounds from local music instruments. Later, we return to my Hotel for dinner and overnight.
At around 8:30am the next day, we started our journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Home of Mountain Gorillas in Uganda).

It was a long journey to the park – approximately 8hours drive. On the way we had a stopover at Agip Motel in Mbarara for lunch and then proceed to Chameleon Hill Lodge in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. We reached the lodge at 5pm for relaxation as we wait for dinner and overnight.


The next day morning after breakfast, I went to the park headquarter for briefing about the dos and don’ts while with Gorillas. During briefing, we were told that a maximum of eight people visit each gorilla group and only one gorilla group (Nkuringo) is trekked in Nkuringo section.
During briefing, the rangers told us not to be so close to Gorillas for health reasons, No making noise amidst gorillas, No dumping rubbish in the park, a void flashing cameras, Clothes with shouting colors among others.
At around 8:30am, we were escorted by the rangers through the impenetrable forest while searching for the gentle giants. Oh! I was filled with happiness at my first sight to the gorillas. We wound them feeding, Gorilla mothers breast feeding. Young ones being carried by their mother and so on.
We were given only one hour to view Gorillas and take photos but one hour was worth the amount I paid! And I didn’t find much hardship since we found the group after 90 minutes walk.

View of Bwindi National Park – Home of Gorilas

After Gorilla trekking, I returned to my lodge for lunch and then we cross to Rwanda through Gatuna boarder- proceed to Kigali Airport for my flight back home and this marked the end of my gorilla safari, my next destination was Masai mara National Park in kenya and Northern Tanzania section (Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara and Olduvai Gorge).

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