Gorillas in Uganda
Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are the main attraction when it comes to Uganda Wildlife/Primate Safaris and quite a number of tourists engage in Gorilla trekking and habituation. Mountain Gorillas have been one of the most visited wildlife creatures in the whole world and have been craved for by travelers all over the world. Uganda is blessed to have had these amazing creatures that share 98% of their DNA with Human beings. Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are protected and conserved properly by a governing body known as the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Mountain Gorillas are mostly trekked in Bwindi impenetrable national park because the park is famous for the high population of gorillas, which is over 400 mountain gorillas, which is approximately half of the world’s population.
Where to find gorillas in Uganda, The biggest home of the mountain gorillas in Uganda i.e. Bwindi impenetrable national park, is located in Kanungu district in the south western part of Uganda and it is covering an area of approximately 331 kilometers squared. The park has got very many water systems channeling it but still Bwindi impenetrable national park. The nearest town to Bwindi impenetrable national park is Kabale and this is in the South-Eastern part.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda has carried out in 4 gorilla trekking sectors namely; Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma and Rushaga sectors. Each sector has its given groups of gorilla families that are trekked. Gorilla habituation though is done in Rushaga and Buhoma.
The silverback has all the responsibility of keeping its family group safe. The gorillas are gentle and they are also being considered to be highly intelligent. Gorillas in Uganda communicate using a variety of vocals that are highly interesting. Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park have enforced the stay of gorillas in Uganda.
For one to engage in Gorilla trekking they must acquire a gorilla trekking permit. Gorilla permits in Uganda are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla Trekking permits cost 600 USD in Uganda.