Without any doubt, seeing these unique and endangered Mountain Gorillas up close is a must, it is quite rightly considered a once in a life time experience. Mountain Gorillas are normally found in only a few locations at an altitude between 1,520m and 3,650m.
Professionally guided gorilla trekking is limited to a handful of places, with less than 700 remaining in the world, the mountain gorillas live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. They live in small groups with each group being made up of several female gorillas, babies, black backs and a leading male – the ‘Silverback’.
In order to preserve their living environments they limit the number of permits per day to only 80. Each trekking group is a maximum of 10 people who focus on seeing a particular family. Depending on your level of fitness each group is divided up equally and you will be trekking with similar fitness abilities. Once a habituated gorilla family has been located by your guide, you will spend an hour observing them.
Gorilla Trekking can be done all year round however hiking can be more difficult during rainy season from April to May and November. The most popular time is during the drier months between December and February and from June to mid-September.
Rwanda, described as ‘the land of a thousand hills’ a country of great diversity and beauty. Its enjoys six volcanoes, twenty three lakes and numerous rivers. The Parc National de Volcans is situated in North of the country and is home to one third of the words population of endangered gorillas.
With easy access to Kigali you can combine a gorilla holiday with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania, or a relaxing beach in Zanzibar or Mauritius.
Once described as ‘the Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is a land of contrasts, a land blessed with beauty, history and biodiversity. There are four habituated gorilla groups in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the families range in size from 10 to 20 individuals each with one or two silverbacks. Uganda is where the East African Savannah meets West African Jungle.
Take a look at this incredible blog from the BBC wildlife magazine http://www.discoverwildlife.com/animals/tales-bush/trailing-gorillas-uganda
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