The Gorilla Tracking Information gives an insight of the pre gorilla trek, during gorilla trek and post gorilla trek experience. The information helps any gorilla trekking safari traveller in both Uganda and Rwanda to know the procedure of arranging a gorilla trek, the conduct during the gorilla trekking encounter and the moment after the actual gorilla viewing.

The issues like the how to book a gorilla permit, the easiest and hardest gorilla family to track, the criteria for gorilla family allocation, the price for the gorilla permits and the respective discounts offered, the packing list for the gorilla trek, the conduct during the trekking encounter and the likely gorilla behaviour after encountering the humans among other aspects are detailed under the gorilla tracking information.

The best and worst time to undertake a gorilla trek, the minimum period on which the gorilla permits should be booked and paid for, the time for the gorilla trekking start off and the duration of the gorilla trekking activity, who takes you to the gorilla sanctuary, the minimum age for gorilla trekking, the degree of fitness required for the gorilla trekking adventure, the days required for a gorilla safari and health issues to do with Gorilla tracking are also featured in the gorilla tracking information.

BEST TIME TO TRACK GORILLAS

The gorilla trekking encounter is possible all year round in the destinations where they are found. These include; Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Sometimes, travellers prefer the drier months of June to September and December to February compared to the other months as a result of rain that always characterize those months.

Gorilla permits in Uganda and Rwanda:

One cannot trek gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda, if he/she has not acquired gorilla trekking permit. Gorilla permit is a document that gives you the opportunity to encounter the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas that dwell in the Uganda’s Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Destination Uganda; attractions and activities.

Positioned in the East of Africa, Uganda is a member of the East African Federation that is comprised of five countries including Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Geographically, Uganda lies along the coordinates of 1 00N, 32 00E with coverage of 236,040 Sq. Km. Uganda is a land locked country thus it uses Kenya and Tanzania to get to the coast for her export and import business. Lake Albert at 621m is the lowest point in Uganda while Margarita peak on Mount Ruwenzori 5,109m is the highest point in the country. Since Uganda lies along the equator, the country experiences both wet and dry seasons with two rain seasons in a year. More …

DISCOUNTED GORILLA PERMITS IN RWANDA AND UGANDA

Uganda offers discounted gorilla trekking permits especially in the low season most especially during the month of November. The price for gorilla permits is lowered from the usual $600 to $350 for foreign nonresidents, from $500 to $250 for foreign residents and from 250,000/= to 100,000/= for East African citizens. Read More…..

EASIEST GORILA FAMILY TO TREK

The question of the easiest gorilla family to trek comes along with difficulties in answering it. Most of the gorilla safari undertakers have been made to believe that Bwindi has hard gorilla families to trek and easy gorilla families to trek.

GORILLA TRACKING RULES AND REGULATIONS

These gorilla tracking rules and regulations cut across through the gorilla tracking destinations of Uganda and Rwanda. These are designed to ensure the safety of gorillas and the satisfaction of travellers.
Before heading for tracking in the forest.
Eight (8) people are allowed to track each group of gorillas.

Have your hands washed before departing for gorilla trekking.
On your way to gorillas:

HOW GORILLA FAMILIES ARE ALLOCATED

Gorilla families to trek in Rwanda are allocated depending on the personal characteristics like age, physical fitness and interests.The gorilla families to trek are allocated during the briefing exercise where the gorilla safari undertakers who are adventurous and still strong are allocated hard to trek gorilla families while the elderly and travellers that are not physically fit are allocated to gorilla families that are easier to trek.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA HABITATS

Gorillas exclusively thrive in the dense tropical forests of Africa. Their distribution range is divided into distinct parts with 900km in between. The western and Eastern gorillas separated long time ago as a result of the occurrence of the last ice age that led to deterioration of the rainforest into few refugee areas.

As a result savannah occupied the gap that was created by this division and it was not in any way ideal for gorillas thus maintaining their distinct groups in the two forest refugees. However, after the regeneration of rain forests in the area, these two groups of gorillas could only draw to River Ubanji and River Congo.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING

Literally interpreted as following in the footsteps of Mountain gorillas, Mountain gorilla tracking is the activity of following mountain gorillas until you come across them. The activity involves walking up to when the gorilla family was last sighted yesterday which will give the gorilla trackers the clear picture of the direction of mountain gorillas. Upon reaching their last night’s shelter, gorilla trackers follows these critically endangered apes in their footsteps as they have been foraging until trackers come close to them for a direct encounter.

MOUNTAIN GORILLA TREKKING

Trekking mountain gorillas is one of those rewarding encounters that you can ever undertake during your journey time. Mountain gorillas dwell in the raised landscapes of Virunga Volcanoes where 480 are recorded and in the rugged landscapes of Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda where other 400 are recorded to exist.

The nature of the mountain gorilla habitat pose an ideal ground for active treks that takes the gorilla trekkers through dense forests marked by thicket and shrub not forgetting thick undergrowth that forces the trekkers to carry pangas to clear ways through which mountain gorillas can be reached.

PLANNING A GORILLA TOUR

The following are guidelines for planning a gorilla tour;
To track gorillas in Bwindi, Mgahinga or Volcanoes National Parks, you are required to purchase a gorilla permit which must be booked in advance in order to avoid missing out since they are on high demand particularly during the peak season.

PRICE FOR A GORILLA TOUR

The price of a gorilla tour is reached upon after considering the category of accommodation establishment the gorilla trekkers is interested in, the type of the safari vehicle, fuel to be used, the guide fee, meals involved and the price of the gorilla permit its self. In Uganda, the price for a gorilla permit is 600USD for foreign nonresidents, 500USD for foreign residents and 250,000 for East African residents. However, there are promotional offers in the low season (May & November) where gorilla permits go for 350USD for foreign residents, 250USD for foreign residents and 100,000 UGX for East African citizens.

DRIVE TIME TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

The connection to Rwanda’s gorilla trekking haven of Volcanoes National Park from the Rwanda’s capital Kigali takes three (3) hours to cover a distance of 116km.The drive takes you through he farmed hillsides of Rwanda marked by intertwined hills that have justified Rwanda as a land of a thousand hills.

DRIVE TIME TO VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

The connection to Rwanda’s gorilla trekking haven of Volcanoes National Park from the Rwanda’s capital Kigali takes three (3) hours to cover a distance of 116km.The drive takes you through he farmed hillsides of Rwanda marked by intertwined hills that have justified Rwanda as a land of a thousand hills.

RWANDA GAME LODGES

NYUNGWE FOREST VIEW LODGE
This is an upmarket overnight facility situated on a raised landscape surrounded by tea plantation. Nyungwe forest lodge offers various amenities including; swimming pool, fitness center, bar and lounge, conference facilities, restaurant, internet and laundry. Nyungwe forest lodge rooms feature AC, fire place, inbuilt washrooms, internet, mini-bar, Dial telephone, Digital TV, Hairdryer, electric adaptors and private deck.

WHAT TO PACK FOR A GORILLA TREK

Wear firm and easy hiking shoes to withstand the muddy slopes.

Carry ear plugs for those who are sensitive about forest sounds.

Carry Packed Lunch & enough water.

Carry with you raingear, sunscreen lotion, insect repellant and a hat as weather can vary anytime.

Carry with you zoom lens camera for photo shooting, no flash.