Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the most sought after safaris in Africa. Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves going on a guided hike through a dense tropical rain forest spending time with a specific troop of gorillas in their natural habitat. In Uganda, this takes place at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.These two parks are well known for Mountain Gorilla populations and Gorilla trekking. Uganda has more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population found on the Virunga Mountain slopes in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Tracking the Mountain Gorillas is a fun and captivating activity to undertake.It can last from a few hours to a whole day hiking through the thick, misty, wet and dense vegetation and impenetrable jungles.
The silverback is the leader of each gorilla family and he is very protective of the family. If frustrated, it will grunt and beat its chest before running off with the females, offspring and mature males.
The Climate around the Gorilla National Parks is very conducive for trekking in the rainforest. Temperatures range from as low as 11°C or 52°F in the morning to and as high as 23°C or 73°F in the afternoons. The best time for gorilla trekking is during the months of June, August, September and December. This is because there are less rains and the parks are drier which makes it simple to hike and see the gorillas. In the wet season there is plenty of rainfall which makes the ground muddy and slippery.
There are Accommodation facilities around the parks. These are strategically located around the Gorilla parks and they are affordable.
Permits for Gorilla trekking can easily be booked well in advance at least 6 months before setting off for the actual trek. These can be booked with Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala or with a reputable Tour agent or Operator.