Uganda gorilla trekking guide takes you through the different guidelines that will help you as a traveler to consider during your planned encounter to mountain gorillas in Uganda without getting complications but rather a smooth adventure to the pearl of Africa
Uganda gorilla trekking permit.
Gorilla trekking permits are one of the thought of and key essentials while planning for encountering mountain gorillas in Uganda. A gorilla permit is a document that allows visitors to get access to trek gorillas in the defined tracking points. Therefore each visitor is supposed to purchase a gorilla trekking permit either through a trusted local tour operator or through Uganda Wildlife Authority the regulatory organ setup to issue and help in conservation of the great apes in the jungle.
More so understanding the price of a gorilla permit is essential on a gorilla trekking guide, therefore the cost of a gorilla permit is $600 and gorilla habituation at $1500 but there has been an increase on the cost of trekking by $100 effective 1st JULY 2020.
Gorilla trekking areas is also part of our safari gorilla trekking guide whereby being knowledgeable about the gorilla trekking destinations with knowledge on the gorilla families is also vital as your planning for your safari, therefore Uganda hosts half of the world’s total mountain gorillas which is 480, 400 occupy the Afromontane area of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and 80 living in Mgahinga gorilla national park. The stated places host approximately 20 habituated gorilla families open for visitors, 19 gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable forest and one gorilla family is Mgahinga forest.
The habituated gorilla families in Bwindi are found in four different sectors namely; Rushaga sector in the south where there is both gorilla trekking and habituation experience, Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east and Nkuringo sector in the south. The named sectors have different gorilla families that are open to visitors annually with each family visited by a group of 8 individuals per day.
Gorilla trekking season.
Uganda has two season of the year with annual temperatures of about 26 degrees Celsius and thus seasons vary whereby the rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August. Gorilla trekking experience is done annually but however the best time, the best months of the year would be December to late February and from June to September where the area is less muddy and less slippery on hikes while tracing the gorillas in the jungle but never the less hiking during the wet season is as well adventurous especially to visitors who are physically fit for the trails.
Uganda gorilla trekking fitness.
Mountain gorillas occupy high altitude areas of between 1160m-2607m above sea level. different Gorilla families/groups requires different fitness levels at times, some gorilla groups/families are easier to take, if you are not very fit, or old age, we advise you to go tracking in Rwanda, in Rwanda all gorilla tracking visitors leave from the same point, where rangers will select easier and more difficult tracking according to your fitness level. Therefore you have to be prepared for anything on your trekking safari as part of your gorilla trekking guide.
What to wear on your gorilla trekking experience.
Gorilla trekking guide as well provides you with precautions upon which equipment’s and best dress code for your safari which can give you enough comfort on your trip.
We therefore recommend travelers to wear eco-friendly colored clothing such as grey, brown which are not so bright, strong water proof and comfortable hiking boots fitting enough to enhance the movement on wet and slippery grounds, carry a rain jacket whether it’s raining or not If you are traveling during the low season, a rain jacket is a must-have, Also, gardening gloves protect your hand no be hurt when you grab forest trees and bushes for support in steep hikes, Remember to carry and apply insect repellents to prevent against insect bites some of which can be dangerous. Long pants and trousers are as well recommended not forgetting long sleeved shirts/ blouses which offer protection to arms from scratches of thorny bushes, bites by mosquitos and other forest insects. Also, the long-sleeved shirts keep you warm in cool forests and as well hats to protect you from direct sunlight or rain thus destroying your hair.
On our gorilla trekking guide we as well highlight for you what you would eat on your encounter to the primates in the jungle. After a heavy breakfast at your lodge. Endeavor to carry packed lunch which involve simple snacks that can’t be disposed in the forest since it’s prohibited to litter in the forest. This will be enough to energize you on the trails in the jungle since it’s hard to determine the time that will be taken to reach to where the gorilla family will have relocated on the day for your trek.
Conclusively, some of the above mentioned gorilla trekking guide will enhance your trekking adventure and ensure that you have a memorable time and stay to Uganda.
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