mountain gorilla trekking is the most sought after safaris in Africa, Gorilla trekking is an activity that involves going on a guided hike through dense tropical rain forest to spend time with a specific troop in their natural habitat. In Uganda, this takes place at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which are best known for Mountain Gorilla populations and Gorilla trekking. Uganda has a total of over 18 family Gorilla groups in the two national parks.
Permits for Gorilla trekking can easily be booked well in advance at least 6 months before setting off for the actual trek with Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala or with a reputable Tour agent or Operator with each permit limited to only eight people allowed to visit a Gorilla family per day for only one hour which makes this a very special once in a lifetime experience.
Tracking the Mountain Gorillas is a fun and captivating activity to undertake as you find its trail which can last from a few hours to a whole day hiking on steep, narrow footpaths through the thick dense vegetation, misty, wet and impenetrable jungles to spend those memorable 60 minutes with the mighty giant cousin and his family. The silverback is the leader of each gorilla family and he is very protective of the family and if frustrated will grunt and beat its crest before running off with the females, offspring and mature males so it’s worth the experience to sit a few meters from a four-hundred-pound silverback and his whole family.
The Climate around the Gorilla National Parks is very conducive for trekking in the rainforest as the lowest temperature in the morning hours is as low as 11°C or 52°F and as high as 23°C or 73°F in the afternoons and 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 unlike the wet season when there is plenty of rainfall which makes the ground muddy and slippery.
The Accommodation facilities around the parks are available and affordable with the best safari lodges which are strategically located around the Gorilla parks offering the best facilities within the lodges, food and services. These include Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge, Gorilla Height Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Safari Lodge, among others.