Cherish the walk into and within Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, mist and just in meters calmly sitted on the cold ground of the Ugandan tropical rainforest for an hour can turn into your life’s unbeatable benefits.
Worldwide, there are less than 900 mountain gorillas in existence and gorilla trekking offers you an opportunity to see the daily interactions of these gentle giants and great primates. And today, lets look at what is needed and what should be known about mountain gorilla trekking together with the African silverback in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
The African silverback gorillas only live in the huge vegetation of Bwindi forest along with the volcanic virunga mountain range which stretches across Volcanoes national park situated in the south-western Uganda and central Africa’s democratic republic of Congo’s Virunga national park.
In the entire world, there are only and only three countries where you can do gorilla tracking that is; Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. These silverback gorillas are leaders of the gorilla families, and are the ones of the family’s protection, where the family will feed for the day, and in the whole family, it is the only one that mates with the females in the family and they don’t mind about their political borders, and if there is any threat or an attack, these silverbacks can fight to death.
Note that; almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population is in Uganda’s Bwindi forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
“the place of darkness” as called due to the darkness within the impenetrable forest, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, an ancient, lowland and Montane forest on 128 square miles. as the area was recognized by UNESCO world heritage site due to its bigger number of endangered species that have got a home in there and it’s amazing biodiversity.
Mgahinga gorilla national park sitting on 13 square miles of the huge virunga habitat that stretches across the 168 square miles into Rwanda and the DRC and the park has the three of the eight major virunga peaks; that is Mount Muhabura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga.
Destruction of the natural habitats is the major threat to the silverback gorillas. As communities around these parks are largely populated, and the residents have for long used the land around the parks for farming and destructive actives that do not favour the life silverback and all gorillas.
And now that tourism especially, gorilla trekking has proved to be a very productive industry ,and most of the travellers come to see and spend time with the mountain gorillas, the trekkers are encouraged to look for ways to give back to these communities they visit, and hiring a porter is the most popular way of giving back .where these porters who are usually members of those communities and formerly poachers can earn something for developing their families, communities and live happily and this helps to stop them from destroying the habitats in looking for money for a living. The porters help to carry the items or even the traveller in these difficult steep slopes, rivers and swamps.
Other ways are to be part in the community-based cultural projects; there are always trainings for incapable/feeble young adults in hospitality through precise lectures and work experience. Around Mgahinga, elders with experience of the Batwa tribe guide visitors on forest tours along the batwa trail, showcasing and explaining how their competent, forest inhabitant tribe traditionally used the medicinal plants.
In these places where gorilla trekking happens, there are serious terms and conditions or restrictions to ensure the Mountain Gorillas staying health and wild beginning with Gorilla trekking permits process. Daily views of each gorilla family are highly limited, therefore travellers are advised to book /apply in advance far before the desired travelling dates.
In Uganda, gorilla permits are at USD700 per person per trek. Compared to Rwanda where gorilla permit is at USD1500 per person per trek thus making Uganda your choice to see the African Silverback Gorillas.
Most gorilla trekking activities in Uganda occur in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where multiple starting points are available and the region has several habituated gorilla families that can be tracked, treks are led by the park rangers and if it’s a group of people that wants to trek the Mountain Gorillas should not exceed eight and if it exceeds then it will be split into two or more.
Trekkers are supposed to be above the age of 18years and below that age, you are considered to be a child therefore you will not be allowed to trek and trekkers are given only one hour observing the gorillas in silence and maintaining a reasonable distance.
Once you take a glance at south-western Uganda’s evergreen terraced hills and the rolling volcanic slopes, you at that point accept that this place in the pearl of Africa is not for the fainthearted. Considering the high altitude, challenging terrains and gorilla trekking in Uganda will cement these memories in your life.
It requires a lot of energy to reach the mountain gorillas, as it asks to navigate down and up hills, into intimate thick close forest of thorns, veins, and roots. The correctly named Bwindi impenetrable forest can only be accessed by foot no paths, no directions, no signs, and no clearings and this is major reason as to why the park rangers go with the machetes.
You are a primate lover, you dream is made true in Uganda, besides mountain gorilla, Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home to another endangered specie, the Golden Monkeys. As they comical, furry monkeys live high up in the bamboo forest. Just like gorilla tracking , so is the golden monkey tracking , only that its tracking does not require a lot of time and is not so challenging.
Additionally, a trip to Bwindi forest exposes you to L’hoest monkeys, Blue monkeys and grey checked mangabeys. And in Kibale forest national park it’s the headline, Murchison falls national park has patas monkeys, Queen Elizabeth national park has blue monkeys and red-tailed and note that there are other primates the likes of lions and elephants among others.
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