Mountain gorilla trekking; frequently asked Questions: Mountain gorilla trekking is an exciting adventure done in East Africa in Rwanda at the Volcanoes National Park, in the democratic republic of Congo at the Virunga National Park and in Uganda at Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

The activity is done all year round by primate lovers dying to see the gorillas in their natural habitat.

Though these enthusiasts or lovers are excited to see these gorillas, they have more questions than answers.

So here today we answer frequently asked questions about the mountain gorillas.

1. What exactly is mountain gorilla trekking?

Mountain gorilla trekking is an activity that involves hiking through the jungle for a couple of hours to find the gorgeous yet scarcely huge mountain gorillas and spend an hour with them.

2. Where can I go for mountain gorilla trekking?

As stated above in East Africa mountain gorilla trekking is done in Rwanda at the Volcanoes National Park, in the democratic republic of Congo at the Virunga National Park and in Uganda at Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Mountain gorilla trekking; frequently asked Questions
Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi

3. How much does mountain gorilla trekking cost?

Just the trekking experience will cost 400 dollars in the DRC, 700 dollars in Uganda and 1500 dollars in Rwanda. However, you should know the mountain gorilla experience is a whole safari and costs vary depending on the duration of the safari, accommodation, logistics and other things. So consult your tour operator for a final quotation.

4. Is mountain gorilla trekking a physically demanding activity?

Yes it is, you need to have a good level of fitness to handle it with hiccups.

5. What is the best time for mountain gorilla trekking?

The dry season is just splendid so any safari activity. So the answer is the dry season which is June to August and December to February in East Africa

6. What do you pack for a mountain gorilla trekking safari?

Everything you need for a safari plus hiking shoes, long-sleeved shirts, long pants, hat or cap, sunscreen, gloves, insect repellent and a few more items.

7. What is the maximum number of people allowed on a mountain gorilla trekking thing?

A maximum number of 8 people per group.

8. Can I go gorilla trekking alone?

No,  it’s recommended to go with a guide and a group for safety reasons.

9. How far in advance should I book my mountain gorilla trekking safari?

At least 3-6 months in advance.

10.  Can I get a refund if I cancel my gorilla trekking safari?

This entirely depends on your tour operator’s policy and the reason you are canceling. With a genuine reason, a refund is possible.

11. What is the average altitude you get to during a mountain gorilla trekking experience?

An estimate of about 2,200-2,500 meters (7,200-8,200 feet) above sea level with the average temperature at about 15-20°C.

12. What is the best way to store my luggage during a mountain gorilla trekking trip?

It’s recommended to carry as minimal luggage as possible and to store your luggage in a waterproof bag as you move in the forest.

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