Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – A Life-Time Adventure

You may consider African gorillas as something that ought to incite a fight or flight response whenever met in the wild. They are definitely not. In Uganda, people value a visit with these rare and endangered mountain gorillas that are amazingly relaxed and playful in human nearness. These animals are found in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both in the western part of Uganda, these parks are home to over 12 different gorilla families.

Uganda is called “the pearl of Africa”, a green undulating scene of crops, gardens and tea ranches. Uganda is home to over half of the world’s remaining population mountain gorillas in the world, which attracts the largest number of tourist in the country. A hike into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park starts with a short briefing from the park ranger, and in groups of around 8, are guided and walk deep into the jungle with the help of a tracker, guide, and porter.

The hiking time for these animals in the jungle is unpredictable and it can take from 2 – 8 hours depending on where these animals spent the previous night. During the hike (which could be sloppy if it rained the night prior to), your guide may describe the encompassing flora, and how certain species are used as medicines by local Batwa pygmy tribes.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda - Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

A mountain gorilla group can consist between 10 and 15 individuals, with a fully developed male silverback as the head of the group. Since the gorilla families/groups always move around the jungle in search of food, the time taken when tracking them could take between 1 and 8 hours depending on their current location.

At the point when the mystical minute touches the base of at last experiencing the family, you will find these animals grooming, playing, and eating as though they never saw the arrival of curious human onlookers. It will be amazing to see how close we could get to them without having any hindrances.

Gorillas in Bwindi National Park Uganda

Gorillas in Bwindi National Park Uganda

The ranger guide uses certain vocalizations around the gorillas that primate researcher has found to pass on a message of peace. Pacified by the absence of any threat, the gorillas will get out of their roosts and rub past you as they play or search for delicious stalks of bamboo.

Playful baby will move past guests or wrestle with one another. For instance, a child gorilla drew very near to pull on my trouser leg before fleeing. A standout amongst the most interesting part of viewing the gorillas in Bwindi Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla Parks is seeing their human-like feelings and peculiarities. A female adult gorilla sat alongside the male silverback and watched him as he was being groomed, much like a human couple would interface.