Looking to go gorilla trekking in Uganda? One of life’s greatest gifts would be the opportunity to spend an entire hour sitting silently on the chilly ground of a forest in Uganda. Mountain gorilla trekking offers a unique opportunity to see the regular interactions of these gentle, enigmatic primates, of which there are fewer than 900 known to live.
Only in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and along the dormant volcanic Virunga mountain range, which stretches across Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, do mountain gorillas reside.
Environmentalists estimated that just 254 mountain gorillas were remaining in the world in 1981, but because of significant worldwide conservation efforts, the small population is progressively increasing. Since these are seriously threatened species. The only way to see them is by hiking into their natural environment, a misty cloud forest that reaches an altitude of 14,763 feet. They cannot thrive in captivity.
Here are 5 reasons to base yourself in Uganda for this amazing trip.
You are in the habitat of half of all mountain gorillas in the world.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are two places in Uganda where you can go gorilla trekking. Virunga populations are generally flexible, as political borders do not affect gorilla behaviour. However, Bwindi is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, so Uganda has an advantage.
The Virunga Mountains of Rwanda and Uganda and the dense forests surrounding them are the only habitats for mountain gorillas. The ancient montane and lowland forest that composes Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, sometimes known as “The Place of Darkness” due to its thick forest cover, spans 128 sq. km. The region’s extraordinary biodiversity and the substantial number of endangered species that call it home have led to its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The greatest Virunga habitat, which occupies 168 sq mi in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is divided into 13 square miles by Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Three of the eight major peaks of the Virunga range—Mount Gahinga, Mount Muhabura, and Mount Sabyinyo—are located within the national park.
How to Stop Environmental Loss and keep the gorillas safe
Supporting community enrichment is one way to stop environmental loss. The main threat to mountain gorillas is habitat degradation. The towns next to the parks are crowded, and locals have long used the area around the national park limits for logging or farming.
Trekkers are urged to look for ways to give back to the villages they visit, as tourism is now Uganda’s most lucrative sector and the bulk of visitors come to see the mountain gorillas. Hiring a porter, who is frequently a former poacher from the area, is a common choice. The terrain inside the parks is unpredictable and challenging; porters assist hikers as they negotiate muddy river crossings and steep hillsides. Participating in cultural projects led by the community is an additional choice. Bwindi Bar in Bwindi Village educates young adults without any rights in the hospitality industry through demanding classes and real-world experience. Elders from the Batwa tribe who live in the surrounding area of Mgahinga take tourists on a tour of the forest along the Batwa Trail while explaining how their traditional use of medicinal plants.
Permits for trekking can be purchased for less.
Starting with the approval procedure for gorilla trekking, there are stringent regulations in place to guarantee that gorillas remain healthy and in the wild. Each gorilla group only allows a very small number of visitors per day, therefore prospective guests should apply well in advance of their preferred dates.
Permit costs are $600.
In contrast, Rwandan permits now cost USD 1,500 annually. The majority of Uganda’s trekking is done in Bwindi, which has several trailheads and gorilla families to see. The gorillas can be silently seen for an hour from a safe distance by groups of eight during guided tours supervised by park rangers.
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