Gorilla trekking is an activity which involves meeting the great gentle Apes in their natural habitat, mountain gorillas are some of world’s endangered species and currently found in Virunga conservation parks of Virunga Mountain in DR Congo, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga National park in Uganda. This encounter had been on the forefront of most travelers to east Africa before the outbreak of the world pandemic of Covid-19 which has greatly affected global tourism and other sectors in the country.
Gorilla trekking after Covid-19 will be possible in both Uganda and Rwanda due to the fact that the governments have made precautionary measures in conjunction with operators in the tourism sector to safeguard your intended exploration and as well safeguarding these primates since they ought to be protected as they can as well contract human infections, and here are some of the measures that gives hope for safe and future encounter with the primates after the pandemic.
The government of Uganda restricted flights in and out of the country except cargo flights, this in a way has controlled the spread of the infection especially from outside the country and foster measures of managing the virus from the local communities as another way to ensure safety once the lockdown is lifted.
Uganda Wildlife Authority suspended both primate and research activities in all protected areas and provision of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment’s) to trackers to avoid any possible spread of the virus to the primates in these areas.
The government of Uganda has restricted travel to and from countries that are already affected by Coronavirus in in order to control its importation into the country. The government has gone on to categorize these countries into categories 1 to 3 depending on the severity of the outbreak in such countries. Travelers from severely hit countries (category 1) like China, Italy, South Korea, United States, United Kingdom, Spain, among others have been advised to postpone their travel to Uganda
Limiting the time staff spends in the presence of animals while doing their daily activities like monitoring the health of gorillas. After checking on all the animals, the staff moves 100 meters away from them to maintain a protection presence.
Undertaking mandatory and regular hand washing and sanitizing by all staff, placing posters that explain symptoms of COVID-19 and its control measures at several work areas to educate both staff and the community.
All field staff are subjected to daily health checks before going to meet the animals and anyone found with symptoms or fever are isolated and advised to seek medical attention.
All tour operators, travel agencies, and accommodation facilities provide hand washing facilities with soap at their premises and on-board travel vehicles and vessels
The cost of Gorilla trekking stands at 700$ and gorilla habituation at 1500$ however due to the pandemic Safari Vacation & Travel Services is willing to offer packages at discounted rates to ensure that you encounter these primates and have a relief from the pandemic for new goals after the trek.
Since mountain gorillas share 95% of human DNA there high rates of these Primates to contract human diseases and thus ensure to follow guidelines which are developed while before or along the trails in the jungle until you encounter the primates which include the following;
There was great arrangement within Bwindi Impenetrable National park where plenty of accommodation facilities have been set up and upgraded with facilities offering services from Budget, midrange and luxury all offering the best hospitality, stunning views of park and some of these lodges include; Trekkers Tavern Cottages, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Buhoma Camp Lodge Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Icumbi Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Buhoma Lodge among others respectively
Mgahinga gorilla national park as well has plenty of accommodation facilities where you get to enjoy a peaceful, comfortable, safe and enjoyable stay in this tropical rain forest where silver meets gold. Both offering local and international dishes, some of the accommodation lodges include; Mount Gahinga Lodge, Travelers Rest Hotel, Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge, Lake Cahahfi Resort among others
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