How long does it take to spend with the gorillas? Gorilla trekking activity is unpredictable can last between 30 minutes and 7 hours to meet a gorilla trekking family you’re assigned too. More so, the time taken depends on the movements of a gorilla group, traveler’s physical fitness and the speed of movements of the gorillas.
Where can I see mountain gorillas in the world?
Mountain gorillas can be seen in only three respective countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Congo .In Uganda can be seen in two national parks Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park .Mountain gorillas in Rwanda can be seen in Volcanoes National Park and Congo in Virunga National Park and the lowland gorilla can be spotted in Kahuzi Biega National Park In Congo destination, How long does it take to spend with the gorillas?
How much are gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda?
The fee paid for a gorilla permits includes the ranger guides who will accompany you, support the community around the park through building schools, Healthy centers, construction of roads , taxes ,one hour adventure with the gorillas as well as the Gorilla trekking certificate .However ,Rwanda’s gorilla trekking permits goes at USD1,500 per person per trek.
Uganda gorilla permits goes at USD700 for foreign nonresident, USD600 for foreign resident and USD250,000 for East African Citizens.
How do I get a gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda?
Gorilla permits can be bought or purchased through a local Rwanda tour operator on ground or through travel agents. Another options, you can also contact Rwanda Development Board ‘’RDB’’ directly through reservation.
What should you not do at a gorilla?
We advise you whenever you approach gorillas never look directly into the eyes of gorillas. Gorillas are shy primates and after charging on you should not look directly into the gorilla’s eyes because it shows that you are ready to challenge the gorilla. Therefore, the gorilla will attack you.
What is the best to see the gorillas?
The best time to see gorillas starts from June to Mid-September and December to February, during this period of the years trekking trails can be out of slippery and muddy, How long does it take to spend with the gorillas?
How do I get a gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda?
Gorilla permits to track gorillas in Uganda can be easily purchased through your travel agents or local Uganda tour operator. Alternatively, you can also contact Uganda Wildlife Authority directly through reservation.
In Rwanda can be booked directly to ‘’RDB’’ Rwanda Development Boards or by help of trust worthy tour operators.
What is included on a gorilla permits?
A gorilla permits includes; 1-hour viewing gorilla once founds
Park entry fees for the day of trekking
Gorilla trekkers fees
Park ranger fees
Note; Gorilla permits is document that permits visitors to see mountain gorillas in their natural environment.
How to book a gorilla permits?
A gorilla permit can be booked in advance in a period of about 2 years or 1 months. You can book your gorilla permits in advance that is about 3 to 5 months before the trekking date. More so, gorilla permits highly completive because most of people visit this destination to see mountain gorillas and for the reason of booking in advance to help you avoid last minute rush.
How many mountain gorillas are there in the world?
Currently, there are about 1065 individuals in the wild . Due to the maintain of conservation area and the effort put it leds to an increase of mountain gorilla population in both Virunga and Bwindi.
How many people are allowed to trek a gorilla group?
It is a maximum of 8 people allowed to trek a habituated gorilla family per day. The gorilla families to be trekked have been habituates both in Uganda and Rwanda. The reason why the number of trackers is limited is due to the human borne disease and to reduce damage to the forest home to these endangered species.
What are the chances of seeing mountain gorillas?
There are 99% chances of viewing mountain gorillas in their nature environment in Uganda and Rwanda. The gorilla permit fees are used to keep monitoring the movements of the mountain gorillas.
Is it possible to trek gorillas in Uganda via Rwanda?
Answer is yes, however you have to first check if land borders are open to allow you cross. You can either choose to fly from Kigali to Entebbe then take charter flight to Bwindi or Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Or you can use road transport which takes about 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Uganda gorilla parks.
For that reason, visitors can fly through Kigali international Airport and then connect to Uganda through border crossing –Cyanika border, How long does it take to spend with the gorillas?
What should I pick for a gorilla trekking trip?
A gorilla trekking Uganda or Rwanda trip required one to carry essential items including;
Rain jacket poncho or sweater
Long sleeved shirts and long trousers
Strong hiking shoes
Sun glasses, sun screen, hat
Pack energy giving snacks and enough drinking water
Camera and enough batteries.
What is the minimum age limit for gorilla trekking?
The minimum age limit for gorilla trekking is 15 years of age in all gorilla trekking destination –Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo.
A child below 15 years can be allowed to trek gorillas after seeking written permission to the authorizes.