According to the most recent Mountain Gorilla Census, the globe has around 1063 mountain gorillas, with only Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda accounting for them. Uganda contains the biggest concentration of the 1063 gorillas, with around 600 Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s four sectors, namely Nkuringo, Buhoma, Ruhija, and Rushaga, are home to roughly 450 gorillas. It is the most popular mountain gorilla trekking site in the country, with a species that is regarded to be distinct from the rest of the Virunga mountain network. In 2020, the park got just approximately 5 baby gorillas, giving environmentalists and future generations greater hope.
Mgahinga National Park is home to around 100 gorillas, with two groups available for trekking and the others in the habituation process. Although it is a tiny park, it is densely filled with animals, birds, and primates. There is no traffic, and the gates will open at 7:00 a.m. local time.
The Virunga highlands are home to Uganda’s mountain gorillas, who may be seen on treks to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, both located in the country’s southwest. The late Dian Fossy’s conservation efforts at Volcanoes National Park in the Republic of Rwanda greatly contributed to their survival and presence around the high-altitude places of the Virunga chain of mountains, which sprawls through Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.
Uganda, an equatorial country in eastern Africa, is a tiny but wonderful place with good security, infrastructure, unique cultures, a diversified flora and wildlife, and nice people. The weather is warm and pleasant all year, which is one of the reasons why half of the Mountain Gorilla population lives there.
The gorillas may be viewed all year and their family is welcome to join them. Humans and gorillas, chimpanzees, and bonobos share about 95% of their DNA, making them our closest cousins, according to scientists. You’ll notice this when you’re in the woods with them.
A troop is a group of gorillas that dwell in the same area. Each family contains a higher proportion of females and young stars, but is led by a strong Alpha Male known as a Silverback because to the silvery line on their backs. The groups range in size from 5 to more than 25 gorillas, and they are most active in the morning and evening.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This is the world’s most popular gorilla trekking location, not only in Uganda. It is adored by the gorillas who travel, dine, and build their nests in its deep foggy wooded Jungle. The park is breathtaking, with the highest concentration of mountain peaks.
Cost of gorilla trekking in Uganda
All visitors to the gorillas pay a charge to engage in the activity in order to accommodate the expansion of gorilla populations, the well-being of the park’s caretakers, and the access of people living surrounding the park. Foreign non-residents will pay 700 dollars, while foreign residents will pay 600 dollars, and Ugandans and East African citizens would pay 250,000 dollars. This is only for persons above the age of 15, who are clear of the flu, cough, or any other infectious illness.
Going gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and with the Apes’ numbers steadily declining, seeing them play, feed, or swing from tree branches is unforgettable. It’s done on foot, with the assistance of a knowledgeable ranger guide who knows a lot about them and their surroundings. It can take anything from 1 to 8 hours to reach the Apes’ territory, depending on pace and distance traveled from where they were last spotted, plus an hour to snap photographs, ask questions, and relax with the optimum time to see gorillas and what to bring.
Trekking for gorillas is available all year, although the months of June to September and December to February provide the ideal conditions. Depending on the activities and duration of the trip, a decent camera, a trekking permit, long-sleeved shirt and pants, bug repellent, long stockings, warm clothes, and other items are essential.
Mountain gorilla populations fluctuate due to the jungle’s unpredictable high birth rates, deaths, and disappearances. The experience is truly memorable.