Gorilla Trekking in Permit Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the most rewarding activities that you can participate in for a memorable Uganda safari. The activity will give you the opportunity to understand more about the endangered primate species that can only be found in Virunga National Park in the democratic republic of Congo, Volcanoes national park and in mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda the home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
While taking part in gorilla trekking in Uganda you will have the chance to see a number of rewarding attractions for instance in mgahinga national park you will have the opportunity to hike the virunga mountains that will give you rewarding views of the twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, you will also get the chance to see a number of rewarding attractions like numerous bird species like the long-crested eagle handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Batis Dusky turtle love, paradise flycatcher, archer’s ground robin, African Rwenzori, double collared sunbird, marsh harrier, Ruwenzori turaco, common moorhen Ruwenzori night jar, grey throated tit, the dusky crimson wing, red-faced woodland warbler and many other species. You will also have the chance to see a number of primate species like; the mona monkey, dent’s monkey, silver monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkey among other memorable species that can also be seen during gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
WHERE TO OBTAIN THE PERMITS
For any traveller interested in taking part in gorilla trekking in Uganda, you will have to obtain a gorilla trekking permit that you will present at the park headquarters for you to have the best experience during your safari. A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda can be obtain from trusted tour operators or the Uganda tourism board. It should be noted that in Uganda there are over 22 gorilla families and others are still undergoing the habituation process and for tourists interested in the activity, they can make bookings for gorilla habituation. A Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be obtained at a fee of 700USD.
A knowledgeable guide
as part of the permit inclusions, you will have the opportunity to be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who will give you all the relevant information concerning the primates, like their feeding patterns how they co-exist with one another among other rewarding features. That will make your encounter with them very memorable. The guide will also lead you to the primates by taking you through the safest trails within the park for a safe activity and in case of any queries during your safari, the guide will be available to answer your questions and all the relevant information concerning the primates.
An armed ranger
The permit will also give you access to an armed ranger who will accompany you during your entire safari. The duty of the guide is to protect you against any vicious animal attacks that may come your way during your safari given the fact that the parks are a habitat to a number of wild animals. But because of the regular patrols in the park it is difficult to encounter any vicious animals and because of the guide that is knowledgeable about the premises they will take you through the safe routes and thus a safe activity within the park.
ONE HOUR WITH THE GORILLAS
The gorilla trekking permit will also give you the chance to spend one hour with the gorillas which will make sure you have an amazing time observing the gentle giants. During your one hour with the gorillas you should observe, take pictures of the primates and so on. Important to note is the fact when the one hour elapses you are to head back to your the park headquarters this is because of the fact that the mountain gorillas are highly vulnerable primates
FIRST AID INCASE OF ANY ACCIDENTS
The permit will also give you access to first aid in case of any accidents during your gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi national park or mgahinga national park as you hike the virunga mountains in order to access the habituated gorilla families. Any first aid services rendered to you will be free of charge courtesy of your permit.
The gorilla trekking experience takes about 8 hours therefore you should carry some drinking water and packed lunch in order to avoid losing energy during the activity. You will have a lunch break during your hike to the gorilla families because of the need to avoid travellers eating in the presence of the gorillas because of the need to avoid the primates to contract disease or to avoid being attacked by the primates in order to get the food stuffs.
If an tourists interested in tipping the guide or a ranger, they should do it on their own because the permit does not cater for any tips that are given to any service providers during their gorilla trekking experience in Uganda.