Gorilla trekking frequently asked questions FAQS – Budget Gorilla trekking safaris – Gorilla trekking permits – all you need to know about gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking frequently asked questions FAQS – Mountain gorillas in Uganda are tracked in the Tropical rain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National park has the most endangered species and Mgahinga National Park (Southwest Uganda) and Volcanoes National park in the Northeast of Rwanda. Gorilla trekking in both countries is done year through.
Low season: this season is known for heavy rains in March, October & November, leading to difficulty in hiking & tracking in the Impenetrable woods, making the trails too slippery, and muddy. Must have a 4-wheel drive to make it to the Gorillas. So with the above, some trackers tend to be comfortable with tracking in this season. During this season Gorilla permits cost the same as the high season ($1500 in Rwanda & $700 in Uganda). Accommodation costs are more favorable because the occupancy rate is low hence attracting budget trackers. Gorilla Tracking (both Uganda & Rwanda) in low season brings you the best experience since the number of trackers is few hence making the gorilla families less congested by the number of visitors.
High season: during the dry seasons of June, July, August, September, and part of October and December plus February. Here is less rainfall or no rain at all & the conditions are good and favorable for Gorilla tracking. High demand for Gorilla permits ($1500 in Rwanda & $600 in Uganda). Mountain Gorillas are found in temperate weathered regions with a raised landscape, meaning the climate remains cool throughout the year making it perfect weather for length tracks.
Kwita Izina ceremony:-Occurrence of this ceremony in Rwanda is another interesting time for one to visit the Volcanoes National Park, there is no charge but you can tour the park at the same time being entertained.
How many days should I book for my Gorilla Tracking Tour?
At least plan and put aside about 3 days for travel plan of which Day 1-traveling to the park, Day 2 -do Gorilla tracking that day, and probably Day 3- departing back.
Should I hire a porter for my Gorilla Tracking?
Hiring a porter relieves your Gorilla Tracking session, helps you carry your bags, and gives you a lot of focus and concentration on the endangered Gorillas you meanwhile move freely with no hardships and can take hold of your hand through the risker parts of the forest because these grounds at times tend to be muddy slippery to pass through. Hiring a porter is an indirect form of supporting local livelihoods. A porter is hired for about $15-$20 for a full day and it’s surely worth the service.
Am I Guaranteed to the Gorillas?
Mountain Gorilla Permits once taken or sold are not refundable unless there is a medical reason for which it will need you to have a medical certificate. However much as you could have a Gorilla tracking permit, it doesn’t mean you will see these gentle giants but will at least have a 95% chance to.