Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda Gorilla Trekking – Uganda Gorilla Tours And Gorilla Safaris

why gorilla trekking is one hour?

Why gorilla trekking is one hour

why gorilla trekking is one hour?

Despite the many hours spent searching mountain gorillas, trekkers are only given 1 hour to be around these apes the moment they see them in their natural habitats. So many travelers have always asked why gorilla trekking is only one hour and, in this article, we are going to look at some of the reasons as to why. Gorilla trekking is a once in a lifetime activity that is done in only 4 national parks in the whole world. Mountain gorilla trekking is done in Bwindi, Mgahinga, Virunga, and Volcanoes national parks.

The time taken to meet mountain gorillas in all national parks is unpredicted because it depends on the location of the gorilla family, and the speed of the trekkers. The hours taken to meet a gorilla family assigned is usually 2-7 hours in all the gorilla parks. The moment the mountain gorillas are spotted, the armed ranger guides start counting one hour for the trekkers to be around these apes. During the 1 hour, trekkers are able to learn about the gorilla habits, take photos, learn about the gorilla habits and watch them do daily activities such as nesting, hunting, grooming, coupling, and patrolling among others.

Reasons why gorilla trekking is one hour

Mountain gorillas are endangered

There are about 1080 mountain gorillas in the world living in Bwindi gorilla park Uganda, Mgahinga gorilla park Uganda, Virunga national park DR Congo and volcanoes national park Rwanda. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park alone harbors more than half of the mountain gorillas. These mountain gorillas were declared endangered by the IUCN moving them from the list of extinction. The Uganda Wildlife Authority decided to make gorilla trekking one hour since they were discovered to be sharing 98% human DNA with human beings. Being close relatives to human beings means people can easily spread diseases to these apes and so they are given only 1 hour to reduce on the transmission of diseases such as flu and cough to these apes.

Need for conservation

Gorilla trekking is strictly one hour in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and other gorilla parks because there is a need for conservation. The mountain gorillas need time alone in their natural habitats without any disturbance from human beings. They need to move freely around the jungle looking for what to eat, where to sleep, and much more. Being around mountain gorillas for many hours makes them stressed and this can make them charge 3while destroying the vegetation around them which is not good for their wellbeing.

To enable gorillas to do their daily activities

Just like human beings, mountain gorillas also wake up with different plans for each day. They know what they will do during the day and the places they will go to. The gorilla trekking is done for 1 hour to allow mountain gorillas to get back to their daily activities. Mountain gorillas live in families of 5-25 members and each of the members has got a role to do during the day. Some gorillas do take care of the young ones, breastfeed them, groom them and teach them how to make their own nests. The silverbacks make sure that the group is safe and they do instruct the members on what to do. The gorillas must move to different areas looking for food, where to sleep, sticks to make nests, and much more.

gorilla trekking in Bwindi

gorilla trekking in Bwindi

The gorilla trekking activity

Travelers who are interested in gorilla trekking must purchase the gorilla permits first because without that card you won’t be allowed to be part of the amazing activity. Gorilla trekking starts with trekkers gathering at the sector offices where wardens check if they have valid gorilla trekking permits, free from transmitted diseases, and much more. The wardens do teach these trekkers about the dos and don’ts of gorilla trekking activity, group members not exceeding 8 people, and get armed ranger guides to lead them in the jungle.

The armed ranger guides are always informed by the travelers that went early in the morning about the best routes to use to locate the mountain gorilla family assigned faster. The search for the mountain gorilla family assigned can take 2-7 hours and this normally depends on the speed of trekkers and the location of the gorilla group. During the search, travelers are able to meet different park mammals, primates, and birds.

When the mountain gorillas are spotted, armed ranger guides give trekkers one hour to be around these apes and this gives them an opportunity to learn about their habits, take photos, record videos and watch them do daily activities such as nesting, hunting, eating, grooming, patrolling among others. Later you just trek out the jungle, meet your driver to transfer you collect your trekking certificate.

The gorilla trekking permits in Uganda do cost $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX250,000 for citizens of East Africa. In Rwanda, gorilla trekking permits cost $1500 while in DRC it’s $450 in the dry season and $200 in the rainy season. Those that would want to spend over 4 hours with mountain gorillas can buy gorilla habituation permits for Bwindi at $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 foreign residents, and UGX750,000 citizens of East Africa.

What to pack for gorilla trekking?

When going for a gorilla trekking safari, we advise you to pack items such as waterproof hiking shoes, long cotton stocks, a pair of gaiters, gardening gloves, a rain jacket, sweater, long-sleeved pants, long-sleeved shirts, a hat, sunscreen, a light backpack, a camera, a pair of binoculars, insect repellents, sanitizer, facemask, drinking water bottle and energy-giving snacks.

When to go gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking safaris can be done at any time of the year but there are months that are better than the rest. The dry months are the best to visit all gorilla parks and they happen from June to September and December to February. They are characterized by little or no rainfall that keeps the trekking trails dry, vegetation is short and thin with good views of the mountain gorillas, and the roads leading to the park are in good condition.

Travelers, especially the budget ones can visit Bwindi gorilla park in the rainy season of March to May and October to November to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities. The rainy season is however characterized by little or no rainfall that makes the trekking trails muddy and slippery, the vegetation is tall and thick with unclear views of the mountain gorillas and the roads leading to the park are in bad condition.

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