Gorilla trekking in Bwindi – In the heart of Uganda there lies Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park occupying an area of about 327km2 which was gazetted in 1949 but later on in 1992 it was pronounced as a gorilla trekking region after research made that the area is a home for half of the worlds most endangered mountain gorillas 480 in totality where 400 primates live in Bwindi and 80 In Mgahinga National Park, apart from mountain gorillas trekking in bwindithe forest harbors other numerous primate species where you have an array of birds in staggering concentration and thus the region is blessed with a lot that you can experience in the primordial Eden.
There is a more diverse lower altitude consisting of a separate sub specie of eastern-gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei. (Lack of hair on their brow which distinguishes them from the shaggier Virunga cousins), the place is an Eco- tourist destination with canopy walks and river trips available to tourists. Four well habituated groups for tourists which include; Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija and Buhoma.
After the exploration the place Bwindi a local name meaning impenetrable, gorilla trekking has been termed as a once in a lifetime experience which involves tracking where you get one hour to interact with a gorilla family or opt for gorilla habituation experience which takes more time of 4 hours as you get to learn how gorillas are trained to act normal and less nervous with human beings however to undergo this experience you are required to book for your permits in advance to ensure that availability of permits for your selected dates is present before due date.
The temperature upon gorilla trekking in bwindi range from 70c to 200c with rainfall conditions ranging to 2390mm per year, the place experiences both wet and dry seasons which vary with time of the year whereby during March-May the area experiences short rains, June to July having cold temperaments, September- November having heavy rains. This therefore creates a distinctive atmosphere around the surrounding environment to the forest and more so when planning for your safari endeavor to carry light weight rain and warm jackets for the experience.
Mgahinga National Park is found in the southern part of Uganda covering 33.7 square kilometers which is rarely talked about due to the fact that it’s over shadowed by Bwindi forest and Volcanoes National Park which has many habituated families. The park is located on the slopes of three volcanic mountains ie. Mt Muhavura 4,127m, Mt Gahinga 3,474m, Mt Sabinyo 3,645m. bordered by DR Congo in the west, Rwanda in the south and about 10km from Kisoro town in the south.
Just a few minutes from Ntebeko gate you can be able to observe the mountain plants and different animal species a home to a large variety of wildlife. The habituated Gorilla group in this sector is known as “Nyakagezi ‘consisting of 9 family members and 4 silverbacks. The gorilla family previously used to cross to Virunga slopes before finally settling in Mgahinga and this has thus made availability of permits to the sector by Uganda Wildlife Authority strictly to Mgahinga sector.
The sector further harbors forest primates like the Golden Monkeys experience and those who intend to do optional activities alongside Gorilla tracking, Mountain hiking can be another exciting experience to the 3 beautiful mountains that is Mt Muhabura, Mt Sabinyo and Mt Gahinga however this requires you to be physically fit to hike since it can take you between 6-8 hours to reach to the top of any of the mentioned mountains. Bird watching is another experience where you can get to explore more than 259 species, more so the area is blessed with beautiful flora and fauna.
You can opt for double tracking, gorilla trekking in bwindi and as well Mgahinga national park all in the same location, contact Safari vacation and travel services for more information and we arrange for you the best package for your trip.