Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is geographically located in the Southwestern part of Uganda along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo not very far from Queen Elizabeth National Park which is popularly known for the Tree climbing lions in the South Ishasha sector.
This Park is characterized by thick impenetrable forest, grasslands, shrubs, bamboo forests, savannah, and fertile swampy areas that provide habitat to different Wildlife Species. The Park is only accessed on foot because of the available characterized impenetrable thick forest.
Using road transport from Kampala, it takes about 8-9 hours for the drive using suitable 4x4 safari jeep but usually depending on speed used traffic along the way, climatic conditions, and en-route stopovers included.
It’s also possible to switch from Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector route to the Buhoma sector which is characterized by en-route game viewing in the Ishasha sector sighting the famous tree-climbing lions resting up in the fig tree branches.
Of the two Uganda’s Gorilla hosting destinations, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is ranked to be hosting the biggest percentage of Uganda’s Gorilla population with over fourteen habituated Gorilla families in its four major sectors which include Buhoma sector, Nkuringo, Ruhija, and Rushaga sector.
Each sector has more than two Gorilla families for trekking apart from the Nkuringo sector which has only one Gorilla family.
Additionally, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the second Gorilla hosting destination in Uganda after Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; it’s also located in the southwestern part of Uganda along Uganda’s border with Democratic Republic of Congo nearing Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Virunga National Park of Democratic Republic of Congo inclusive of the Virunga Massif.
It takes about 8-9 hours for the drive from Kampala up to the Park using road transport means via Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway but usually depending on speed used traffic along the way, changes in climatic conditions, and en-route stopovers included.
This Park is characterized with thick tropical rainforests, Savannah grasslands, shrubs, bogs, bamboo forested areas, and swampy areas which provide habitat to different Wildlife species, and Mgahinga National Park is recorded with least numbers of habituated Gorillas for trekking with only one Gorilla family known as Nyakagezi Gorilla family.
Besides Mountain Gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also popularly known to be the only destination providing habitat to the species of the Old World monkey family known as Golden monkey primates.
What to Pack for Gorilla trek? Some of the essential things to pack for a Gorilla Safari in Uganda include strong impenetrable hiking shoes, long-sleeved shirts, and trouser, shocking’s, insect repellents, nose capes, huts and sunglasses, head shocks, waterproof bags, and jackets.
These things listed are protective gear and will protect you from characterized mud, thorns and hooks, skin scratches, biting insects like mosquitoes, tsetse flies, bees, and more, heavy dust and sunshine, and rainfall water respectively.
Other essential things to pack include Cameras for taking photos, enough pocket money for facilitating you on the Safari, snacks, and leisure time gadgets like mobile phones, tablets, personal computers, readable books, and more.