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Mountain gorilla trekking, holidays & tours


Mountain gorilla trekking, holidays & tours

An encounter with mountain gorillas is a humbling experience, one of the best you’ll ever have with mammals in the wild

Mountain gorilla trekking, holidays & tours available in Rwanda, Uganda

An encounter with mountain gorillas is a humbling experience, one of the best you’ll ever have with mammals in the wild

The sheer size of mountain gorillas – especially the male silverback – is enough to engender awe, but the first thing you’ll probably notice when you come face to face with these astonishing primates is their intelligence and lack of fear. Unlike other wild animals, which are naturally cautious in the presence of humans, gorillas, along with chimpanzees, have no such fear.

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When gorilla trekking, your day usually starts early, as you’ll need to travel to the park headquarters at either Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. If you’re on a gorilla safari in Rwanda, you’ll only find out which family you’re going to see on the morning of your trek. On the Ugandan side, your permit will be have been booked in advance to see a specific gorilla family, so you can prepare a little better for the safari.

The thick vegetation and slippery mud in the forests can be hazardous. You should wear strong walking shoes, thick jeans, long-sleeved tops and gloves to protect your skin against the aptly named blister bush, which causes severe blisters. You should also be prepared for rain at any stage, so have waterproofs ready and a case for your camera. Higher-end lodges will provide you with a gorilla-trekking kit, but others will just get you to the park headquarters. Check in advance what you need to pack.

Your rangers and trackers will lead you to where the gorilla family was last noted the day before. However, there’s no way of knowing how long you’ll have to trek to get to the primates, and they could be on the move. Be prepared for quite a hike to get to them and to keep up with them when you do! After each day of gorilla trekking you’ll generally get back to your lodge in the early afternoon, in time for a late lunch.

It’s well worth combining a mountain gorilla safari with a visit to see chimpanzees. The best place for chimps is in Kibale Forest in Uganda, where you can spend an hour or a full day with habituated families. It’s preferable to visit the chimps in the afternoon when they’re likely to be closer to the ground; earlier in the day they feed in the forest canopy.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mountain gorilla trekking in Africa

When is the best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek?

The best time to visit Rwanda for a gorilla trek is during the long dry season of June to September or during the short dry season of mid-December to early-February. These seasons offer easier hiking conditions. go there.

What research should one do when thinking of travelling through Africa?

Africa for centuries has captured the imagination of explorers hence there really is a lot of information out there available on the continent from guide books to novels. go there.

What kinds of animals will I see on safari?

Whether you are in the Southern or East Africa you will generally be able to see the big five. The difference really comes in when considering antelope as they are based on your chosen location. go there.

What vaccinations should I get?

This is all dependant on the countries that you will be visitng and due to the status of certain vaccinations changing at times, please consult our experts before getting vaccines. go there.

Is it okay to drink the water?

In some parts of Southern Africa it is safe to drink the tap water, however it is highly recommended to stick to bottled water (mostly supplied) during your trip as even drinkable African water is completely different in taste and… go there.

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