Gorilla trekking briefing & guidance – Gorilla tracking Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking briefing & guidance – Mountain Gorilla tracking is done both in Uganda in Rwanda. Travelers taking part in the activity they always go for a briefing before they can head in to the forest for the start of the activity of Gorilla tracking in Uganda’s in Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impermeable Forest National Park. Bwindi Forest comprises of four sectors for Gorilla tracking that is Buhoma in the North, Ruhija in the East, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the South. Tourists taking part in Gorilla tracking will be briefed in each sector according to where you will be tracking Gorillas from. In Rwanda, Gorilla tracking is in done in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. During Gorilla tracking, no one will be allowed to enter the forest with first the briefing at the park headquarters. Gorilla trekking briefing & guidance is done in order to remind travelers about the dos and the don’ts while with the Gorillas in their natural habitat, mountain Gorilla trekking briefing & guidance is normal for any country taking part in Gorilla tracking this helps to promote security to both tourists and the Gorillas and also protect the life of the Gorillas from any cause of harm when visited by the tourists. Therefore, it’s advisable to have a briefing before going in to the forest to trek the Gorillas.
When is Gorilla trekking briefing & guidance?
Gorilla tracking in both Uganda and Rwanda take place early morning before the start of the exercise at the respective National Park headquarters. In Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Gorilla briefing starts by 8:00 am every morning of each day of Gorilla tracking. These therefore means that all travelers taking part in Gorilla tracking will be required to rise up early morning and be at the park headquarters by 8:00 am in the time for Gorilla tracking briefing. Gorilla tracking helps to remind visitors about the rules and regulations and how to conduct themselves when you encounter the Gorillas and how to behave while in the forest during the trek. For travelers who book Gorilla tracking safaris to Uganda, with Great Adventure Safaris, we always provide our clients with information about Gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda so that you all have the necessary knowledge and information about this kind of activity. We also do pre Gorilla briefing and this is mostly done by one of our professional driver guides who will be taking you for the safari, this guide is your driver for the safari and he will drive you in the early morning to the park headquarters for early morning briefing at the park headquarters and also he will be with you through the safari. While in the forest tracking Gorillas a ranger guide will help you locate the Gorillas for you and also answer all the questions you have about the Gorillas and also he will keep reminding you about the rules and regulations for Gorilla tracking so that you will have the best of your Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda or Rwanda.
Gorilla tracking in Rwanda takes place in Volcanoes National Park, visitors are given a briefing at the park headquarters about the dos and the don’ts while with in the forest, Gorilla briefing in Rwanda takes place ta Kinigi Park headquarters by 8:00 am Rwanda time. Gorilla briefing in Rwanda is done in one place where by all trekkers converge in one place for the briefing before entering the forest fort the start of your Gorilla tracking, where as in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Bwindi has four sectors for Gorilla tracking and briefing, takes place in different sectors where you are tracking Gorillas from. Gorilla tracking briefing in Rwanda is much more exciting as the locals come in to show case their performances for the visitors like the traditional dances, help motivate visitors as they start the activity of Gorilla tracking also as you wait for Gorilla tracking briefing, all visitors are offered a cup of coffee or tea to generate energy as you start the activity.
For the case of Uganda, before the start of Gorilla tracking, all visors are warmly welcomed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority ranger guide who will direct you where you will be sited as you wait for the briefing. Normally as you wait for the briefing, a documentary is always showed to the tourists taking apart in Gorilla tracking so that you can have knowledge about mountain Gorillas in the highland areas so that when you begin the trek you will a clue about Gorillas and Gorilla tracking experience. While you are watching, the Uganda Wildlife Authority representative will be cross checking all your passports, Gorilla permits and the entire necessary document that will be required of you before you enter the forest for Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Volcanoes National Kark in Rwanda. The passports are normally checked for the nationality of the clients as well as age of each traveller due to participate in Gorilla tracking. The nationality is checked in order to establish who and which country sends in many tourists in Uganda and also for record purposes, this helps in marketing purposes for the tourism industry. Age limit is also highly recommended for Gorilla tracking since there is a limit of age required for Gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda, the current age for Gorilla tracking is 15 years and any one below the age is known to be a child and will not be allowed to trek the Gorillas in their natural habitat, therefor, Great Adventure Safaris, we advise our clients to always take note that we try to avoid such incidences from happening in case a person is discovered to be below the required age for Gorilla tracking and he/ she is denied to trek Gorillas.
The second and most important expect of age limit for Gorilla tracking is that if there is any elderly person who has come to trek Gorillas and may not be in position to trek on steep slopes in the forest, they will be advised to take porters with them or sedan chairs used for carrying them to and from the forest after the encounter with Gorillas. The importance of sedan chairs is that no one is left out to reach his/ her dream of seeing the mountain Gorillas either disabled, old person or any person who cannot walk longer distances, we got you all covered.
The other reason for checking Gorilla permits during Gorilla briefing is that gorilla trekking permits are issued according to the exact date of your Gorilla tracking, therefore, cross checking this permits means that its valid for Gorilla tracking on that particular day or date as you will not be allowed to trek Gorillas in case you come a day before or a day after your exact date for Gorilla tracking. We advise our clients to take note of the date of your travel and the exact date for Gorilla tracking so that you don’t miss out on the activity. Also note that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has got different sectors or starting point for Gorilla tracking so Gorilla permits are sold depending on each sector of Bwindi Forest and also book accommodation closer to sector you are trekking for an early morning rise for the start of the activity with the briefing at the headquarters of each four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. This therefore implies that, in case you have booked a Rushaga Gorilla permit and you end up in Buhoma, you will not be allowed to trek Gorillas in this region because you will be a wrong place at the right time and you will not be allowed to trek Gorillas. Great Adventure Safaris, we always provide relevant information to our clients on the region they will be tracking Gorillas from and also book lodges in advance closer to the region.
When you book your safari with Great Adventure Safaris, we make sure that you have the right Gorilla tracking permit for the exact location you will be tracking the Gorillas. We also make sure we book lodges closer to the starting point or park headquarters so that the guide will transfer you early morning for your briefing on dos and the don’ts of Gorillas.
Also, during the briefing, the ranger guide will highlight on the procedure of Gorilla family allocations. Number of people visiting each habituated Gorilla family, you will be allowed to spend one hour with the Gorillas. The ranger guide will also mention about the rules and regulations also encourage travelers to take a porter with them for Gorilla tracking or hiring a sedan chair for those who cannot trek for long distance on steep slopes. Then after, visitors are allowed to ask questions that they would need some clarification and you begin the activity of Gorilla tracking.