Gorilla tracking is the most sought-after activity in Uganda and for a good reason. Uganda boasts of more than half of the world’s Gorilla population. These endangered, brown eyed, gentle giants now inhabit the dense forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga National Park that is part of the Virunga ranges all gazette as protected areas to keep the primates safe and also allow them to multiply in number.
Who can track Gorilla in Uganda?
Anybody above 15 years can visit the Gorillas can visit the Gorillas in their natural habitat. Health and physical fitness should be considered while planning your Gorilla tracking activity because tracking the Gorillas requires one to walk long distances and through the forests, rugged and hilly terrain.
How long do I spend with the Gorillas?
Visitors are limited to one hour with the Gorillas. Although the entire Gorilla tracking activity can take anywhere from a few hours to an entire day depending on the location of the Gorillas so it is normally advisable to come well prepared.
How do I dress for Gorilla tracking?
Keeping in mind that you will be trekking through forest, Wearing comfortable walking shoes, long sleeved shirts and trousers/pants are a more befitting dress code. You might also choose to carry a light rain coat as it rains often in the forestland finally have padded hand gloves just in case you have to support yourself on damp or wet vines and plants while on the walk.
Do not forget to carry your Binoculars also carry enough drinking water and some snacks if you must. Important to note; If you have a cold or infectious disease, it is best not to go Gorilla tracking as the Gorillas can contract the disease from you.
In what sectors can I track Gorillas?
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is divided into 4 sectors from where Gorillas can be tracked. On the Northern side of the Park are Buhoma sector and Ruhija sector. On the Southern side are Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector. Still south of Bwindi is Mgahinga National Park that has Nyakagezi where Gorillas are tracked.
When is it best to do Gorilla tracking?
Gorilla tracking is done all year round so depending on your travel dates, you can always track. Most people though prefer to track Gorillas in Uganda in the dry season – December, January, February, June, July and August.
How do I book for Gorilla tracking?
You need to pre-book months well in advance especially if you are planning to track in the Dry seasons in Uganda– December, January, February, June, July and August because that happens to be the peak tourism season in Uganda as well so Gorilla permits sell out very quickly.
What should I expect:
Face to face encounter with the Gorillas: 7m or 21ft distance between you and the Gorillas.
Watch the Gorillas feeding and going about their daily routine.
Enjoy a nature walk during tracking with sights of Birdlife, a variety of flora and other primates
For those who prefer a more intimate encounter with the Gorillas as well as spend more time with them, there is the option of Gorilla Habituation, an activity that you will do only in Uganda, specifically in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
You will get to watch the Gorillas wake up from their nest where they spent the previous night, then spend the entire day with them including following them wherever they go until they find a new nest for the night.