Why need to see African Silverback Gorilla in Uganda?, Cherish the walk into and within Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, mist, and just in meters calmly sitting 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. Today, let’s examine the requirements and essential information for mountain gorilla trekking, along with encountering the African silverback in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
The African silverback gorillas only live in the huge vegetation of the Bwindi forest along with the volcanic Virunga mountain range which stretches across Volcanoes National Park situated in 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 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, covering 128 square miles, earned its nickname ‘the place of darkness’ due to the dense canopy.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park sits on 13 square miles of the huge Virunga habitat that stretches across 168 square miles into Rwanda and the DRC the park has 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.
The communities surrounding these parks have a high population density, and residents have historically utilized the land around the parks for farming and other activities that have had detrimental effects on the lives of silverbacks and all gorillas.
Recognizing that tourism, particularly gorilla trekking, has emerged as a highly profitable industry, attracting travelers eager to observe and spend time with mountain gorillas, there is an encouragement for trekkers to actively contribute to these visited communities. One of the most prevalent methods is by hiring a porter. These porters, typically members of these communities who were previously involved in poaching, can now earn a livelihood to support their families and communities. This has led to improved livelihoods and, in turn, dissuaded them from participating in activities that harm the habitats in their pursuit of a living. The porters help to carry the items or even the traveler in these difficult steep slopes, rivers, and swamps.
Another way is to be part of community-based cultural projects; there is always training for incapable/feeble young adults in hospitality through precise lectures and work experience. Around Mgahinga, elders with experience in the Batwa tribe guide visitors on forest tours along the Batwa trail, showcasing and explaining how their competent, forest-inhabitant tribe traditionally used medicinal plants.
In these places where gorilla trekking happens, there are serious terms and conditions or restrictions to ensure the Mountain Gorillas stay healthy and wild beginning with the Gorilla trekking permits process.
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.
Gorilla trekking activities primarily take place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, offering multiple starting points. The region hosts several habituated gorilla families available for tracking. Moreover, Park rangers lead the treks, and groups should not exceed eight individuals; if the group surpasses this limit, it will be divided into two or more.
Once you take a glance at southwestern 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. However, The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, aptly named, can only be traversed on foot. There are no established paths, directions, signs, or clearings. This is the primary reason why park rangers carry machetes.
If you are a primate lover, you dream is made true in Uganda, besides mountain gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to another endangered species, the Golden Monkeys. As they comical, furry monkeys live high up in the bamboo forest. Just like gorilla tracking, so is golden monkey tracking, only that its tracking does not require a lot of time and is not so challenging.
Additionally, a trip to the 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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