Gorilla trekking Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the wonderful adventurous experience to adventuresome people in the world, Meet the gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat from their different families in the impenetrable forests, the trek is majorly foot based with a ranger who directs you to gorilla locations
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Is located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has this “impenetrable forest” that also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Best time for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Mountain gorillas can be seen year-round, therefore the best time for trekking is ultimately up to you. The dry seasons, from mid-December to February and from June to September, are considered the most comfortable times for trekking and the trails are in better condition.
However, there are some advantages of trekking in the wet seasons (March to May and October to December). During these months, gorillas tend to stick to the lower slopes as food is plentiful and temperatures are milder, therefore trekking times can be much shorter.
What to expect from Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
For one to prepare for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of gorilla trekking,here is some detailed information about what you can expect.
The trek activity itself
Initially you are welcomed by Africa treasure staff for the trek ,then he\she takes you to the park from your destination , you are transferred to a ranger’s station where the trek commences . rangers will lead you through cultivated lands, then into dense rain forest and as close as is allowed to a gorilla family.
The rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis so they have a fairly good idea of where they are. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting cannot be guaranteed. Trekking can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 8 hours and can be quite strenuous, so a reasonable level of fitness is required.further morre gorilla treking starts in the morning hours
Time with the gorillas
Spend some time with the gentle giants in accordance to time you are given to watch their activity and take photographs\snaps.But To ensure the gorillas don’t get too used to human presence, and because they share many of our genes and are able to be affected by our diseases, the maximum time permitted to spend with them is 1 hour.
The rangers will be able to provide you with a background information to the family you are visiting. Then, once your time is up, you trek back out of the rain forest to your meeting point.
However , as gorillas are extremely sensitive to human disease, the park authorities will not allow anyone they consider to be in poor health to visit the gorilla groups. Additionally, no children under 16 years of age are permitted to visit.
What is required for the best Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
gorilla trekking as an activity does not require bulky items for it to be a wonderful venture at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park ,Here are some of the items we recommend you to pack for your gorilla trekking experience.
Comfortable hiking/walking boots: As you’ll most likely be trekking for a few hours to reach the gorillas, a good pair of boots is essential. These foot wears prevent feet from sharp grass ,thrones among others
Trousers and a long-sleeved shirt: You’ll be ‘bushwhacking’ into a misty rain forest, so wear trousers and a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the thick undergrowth and nettles.
Gloves: A pair of gloves will protect your hands when grabbing branches and vines, particularly a tough pair of gardening gloves.
Light rain jacket: Even if you’re visiting during the dry season, it’s a good idea to pack a light rain jacket. These tropical forests can be damp and there can still be rainfall.
Bwindi’s various trail heads can be reached by vehicle. However there are no roads within the park itself, which is explored on foot. Bwindi is aptly named the ‘impenetrable forest’; paths pass through dense vegetation and can be steep. Take advantage of walking sticks offered at the start of a walk