Gorilla trekking tours
So you are considering going gorilla trekking but are unsure about what it involves? We've got you covered. This post answers all your questions about gorilla trekking in Uganda.
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What is gorilla trekking?
Trekkers visit habituated mountain gorillas
Where can I go gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking Rwanda vs Uganda
How much does a gorilla trek cost?
$700 in Uganda $1,500 in Rwanda
Why is gorilla trekking so expensive?
preserve the forest habitat of the gorillas hire park rangers to habituate the gorillas, protect them from poachers, guide visitors, and more hire staff for all the various other duties involved in running a national park engage in animal monitoring, research and education cover the costs of veterinary care
Keeping trekker numbers low
Gorilla trekking permits are expensive because mountain gorilla conservation is very costly.
Is gorilla trekking safe?
Uganda and Rwanda are safe countries for visitors
The trek itself is safe
Mountain gorillas are gentle giants
What to look for in a tour operator
How to find a good tour operator
Browse the website to see that everything is solid and consistent Check for a physical address in the contact info. Browse the gorilla trekking section – a company that offers gorilla treks should offer plenty of details about it on their website. Compare their gorilla trekking prices with those of competitors; if it’s drastically cheaper, check they can explain why (remember, the gorilla trekking permit is a fixed fee in both Uganda and Rwanda). Search for independent reviews of their services and gorilla treks, not just those on their website (which could be made up). Check out their social media platforms, and read the comments. Ask them some questions about gorilla trekking and see if the responses provide sufficient detail. Assess their communication with you – don’t ignore your gut if it’s saying something is off.
What else is in the gorilla trekking package?
Find a company with feet on the ground
Things that make a gorilla trek good
Do a trek that’s the right difficulty for you
Hire a porter
Bring your camera
Is gorilla trekking worth it?
We've never met anyone who was anything less than thrilled with their gorilla trekking experience!
A few facts about mountain gorillas
The scientific name for the mountain gorilla is gorilla beringei beringei . Mountain gorillas live in high mountain forests. They’re a species distinct from other gorillas like the lowland gorilla (Gorillas World explains the different gorilla types nicely). Mountain gorillas are social creatures, and live in family groups known as troops or bands. Mountain gorilla babies are called infants, and they ride on their mother’s backs for two to three years. Older adult males are called silverbacks because they develop silver fur on their back and hips at around age 12. The average mountain gorilla lives for about 35 years in the wild. When fully grown, a mountain gorilla stands about four to six feet high. Mountain gorillas are vegetarians, eating shoots, bark, roots, fruit, wild celery and pulp.
Mountain gorillas are endangered
You hike through pristine rainforest
If you’re interested in botany, your heart will start racing with delight the moment you step into the forest on your gorilla trek!
Who should go gorilla trekking?
You have to be 15 years or older to go on a gorilla trek.
What's the best time for gorilla trekking?
Gorilla habituation experience
The four-hour gorilla habituation experience is only offered in Uganda.
How much does a gorilla habituation experience cost?
Only two groups of four can take part in a gorilla habituation each day, so book well in advance to enjoy this amazing experience.
What can I expect of my gorilla habituation experience?
Gorilla trekking with Follow Alice