How to Choose a Gorilla family to trek, questions have been asked by tourists who are planning to visit mountain gorillas of Africa and the common question is that how to choose the easiest gorilla family to trek so that they complete their dream of trekking mountain gorillas. Rwanda is one with the expensive gorilla permit which goes at $1500 per person in that very trek while that one for Uganda costs $700 per person but their interest is to trek the easiest gorilla family.
On the tracking day, every tourist is allocated to a single habituated gorilla family in a small group of 8 people. There are different factors considering while the allocation of gorilla families. Even though a tourist chooses a gorilla family he/she wants to visit, the park management is the one responsible to allocate which gorilla family a tourist can trek and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are tracked in four sectors that is Nkulingo and Rushaga in the south, Buhoma in the north, and Ruhija in the east, these sectors together make up the amazing Bwindi Forest. on the day of trekking, park rangers are the one to allocate a gorilla family in the early morning during the period of briefing.
On the trekking day, every group of 8 people is assigned to gorilla families to trek. Mountain gorillas are used to move deep into the forest searching for food, this makes it difficult to allocate a gorilla family before. Every evening, park rangers or trackers go deep into the forest to mark where different gorilla families will sleep, and then the next day, they go very early in the morning to check on them, and they go back to the park office to tell them about where to find mountain gorilla families on that day. This helps park management to know a gorilla family one can manage to trek but it depends on the location of the gorilla family, physical fitness plus others. These are factors one should consider while choosing a gorilla family to trek as below;
Although every tourist above 15 years of age can do gorilla trekking in Africa, though there is a certain level when physical fitness is needed when allocating you a gorilla family to visit. This is one of the reasons why tourists are advised to reveal their physical fitness to their tour guide or park management so that everyone gets a chance to see mountain gorillas by allocating a gorilla family he/she can manage to trek. Some mountain gorillas are used to moving around near the starting point and are easy to meet in a short time while others go deep into the forest thus, they are difficult to trek. Tourists with disorder and those who are not physically fit are assigned to the short gorilla treks while the physically fit are given long gorilla treks but there is no guarantee as these primates keep moving from one place to another. This is important to note, a tourist has a chance or right to choose a long or short gorilla depending on his/her interests. Therefore, it is very good to reveal your physical abilities to the guides so that they allocate you a gorilla family you can manage to trek and complete your dream of seeing mountain gorillas of Africa.
It is also important to know the location of the gorilla family you wish to trek depending on your interest. There is much information about the mountain gorilla families and some of them are for Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and that one for Bwindi Forest of Uganda, so most of the travelers make a mistake and mix mountain gorilla families of all gorilla national parks. While planning a gorilla tour, it is good to first understand which gorilla families are in Uganda or Rwanda. Also, for those who prefer to do gorilla trekking in Uganda, you still need to know which gorilla families live in all four sectors of Bwindi Forest such as Ruhija in the east, Buhoma in the north, Rushaga, and Nkuliringo in the south of the park.
Tourists also have a part to play so that they enjoy their gorilla trekking tour experience by booking a hotel or lodge which are near the gorilla tracking destination you want. This helps to reach the starting point in time on your trekking for a briefing where you will get to know the dos and don’ts for a trek. Tourists who plan to do gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park are advised to book a lodge depending on the sector they want to trek. Good enough, all tracking sectors of Bwindi Forest are surrounded by various accommodation facilities which range from luxury, mid-range, and budget. They all offer restaurants which serve delicious meals, sleeping services and so on.
If you choose a gorilla family to trek, you also need to consider the availability of . Since a permit is a document that allows you to visit and spend time with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Every day a group of mountain gorillas is visited by only 8 people. If you find when all 8 permits are booked, you cannot trek a gorilla family on that day. Tourists are recommended to ask the gorilla permits are available before choosing a gorilla family. Each gorilla destination in Africa has its costs for gorilla permit like in Rwanda it goes at $1500 while in Uganda, it cost $700.
Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the amazing experiences in the whole world. One to choose a gorilla family he/she want to trek; it offers you with unforgettable gorilla trekking experience. Now book your gorilla trekking tour in either Uganda or Rwanda with Wild Epic Safaris and get a big opportunity of meeting the few remaining unique creatures on the earth.
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