Bwindi is one of the few destinations in Africa that are regularly visited by travelers for incredible Gorilla trekking expeditions. This protected area is one of the must-visit parks in Uganda. It is geographically located in the South western part of Uganda with part of its area covered by an impenetrable rainforest. This ancient rainforest which spans a series of steep ridges and valleys boasts an average rainfall of almost 1500mm to the Park per year favoring both flora and fauna.
The park resulted after two forest blocks were combined and declared among Uganda’s parks in 1991. It is now famously known for its reputation of inhabiting a broad range of varied primates species including the rarely seen species of Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the main highlight however there are other thrilling pursuits you can engage in after the Gorillas experience.
To those planning for supreme gorilla safari experience in Bwindi, we have highlighted important things to help one know more about the Gorillas.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest;
When one talks about Gorilla trekking, most travelers’ think of either Rwanda or Uganda. Some may even go into listing the specific gorilla haven; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Volcanoes National park. However, among these two parks, Bwindi forest is hard to miss when talking about a face to face encounter with the giant apes in the Jungles.
The biggest percentage that comes to more than half of the world remaining Mountain Gorillas population inhabit this lush impenetrable forest habitant of Bwindi forest. This forest has four gorilla trekking sectors and currently over eighteen fully habituated Gorilla families and open public viewing. Each gorilla family consists of more than ten members including male, female, infants, Juveniles and adults.
Only a group of eight visitors is allowed to visit one Gorilla family per day and it’s accompanied by park rangers who are responsible for guiding the trekkers while searching for the assigned Gorilla group in the Jungle.
The trekking session often starts with a morning briefing which is conducted at the park offices before visitors are allowed to enter the forest. During this briefing visitor are advised on how to behave while in the forest and when they encounter the Gorillas.
During gorilla trekking one will stroll through rugged and slippery trails in search of these apes. Distance moved and time taken to encounter them depends on the movement of these apes, monitored by experienced trackers in the forest.
Only a maximum of one hour for normal tracking or 4 hours for habituation experience is allowed in the company of the Gorillas. During this period of time, one will view these apes going about their daily routine and theses can be filmed.
While Gorilla trekking ensures an encounter with the gorillas in the forest, apart from the gorillas experience also enjoy the nature walk, birding and a picnic lunch.