Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are found in the south-western part of Uganda and are commonly known as gentle giants and why? They are big enough in their bodies so they are called giants, but they have a very kind nature and are not harmful to man, rather very friendly, no wonder it was featured as King Kong in some holly wood movies.
All about Mountain Gorillas in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Gorillas share 98.3% of the human genetic code, making them our closest cousins after the chimpanzees and baboons, and have a life expectancy of 55 years. They are built with bold features like their outstanding chests, large shoulders, humanlike hands and a hairless face.
The male gorillas also referred to as the silver backs have a grey stripe on their backs making them easy to identify. Like humans, gorillas also live in family groups of 5 or 10 or even more with the silver back being the head of the family and the dominant adult. Female gorillas become sexually active around 7 or 8 years old but don’t begin to breed until 10 years and give birth with a gestation age of 8 to 9 months.
Gorillas are the largest primates in the world with females weighing about 200 pounds and 400 pounds or more for the males and an infant gorilla weighs approximately 4.5 pounds and there baby beds are made out of vine branches and leaves made by their mothers. Highlighting about food, adults eat about 50 pounds a day and rarely drink water since they get most of it from the plants they feed on. Most of the times they move on their four legs, however, on special days you may get to see them walk on their two legs. They are very intelligent and display emotional behavior like laughing and sadness.
Gorillas in Bwindi are sitting in silence on the cold ground of a Ugandan Jungle forest at an altitude of about 3,000metres and might be one of life’s greatest privileges. There are fewer than 900 mountain gorillas in existence, and gorilla tracking is one activity carried out that provides a rare opportunity to observe the everyday interactions of these gentle giants.
Mountain gorillas only live in the dense vegetation of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and along the dormant volcanic Virunga mountain range that stretches across Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Back then in 1981, there was an estimate of 254 mountain gorillas left in the world one of the reasons being that the primary threat to these mountain gorillas came from forest clearance and degradation, as the region’s growing human population struggled to sketch for survival.
Conversion of land for agriculture and competition for limited natural resources such as firewood lead to varying degrees of deforestation. Also, the harvesting of charcoal as a fuel source in cooking and heating up to provide warmth also destroyed gorilla habitat.
But thanks be to the Almighty, the small population kept on rising slowly and credit goes to the intense international conservation efforts that were put in place, and since these critically endangered creatures can’t survive in captivity, the only way to see them is by tracking them up to their natural habitat the misty cloud forests that can reach up to an altitude of 14,763 feet.
One look at southwestern Uganda’s beautiful green terraced hills and rolling volcanic slopes alone can entice you and leave you with a lot of questions in mind that make you curious up until you track and find yourself with the gentle giants.
That’s at that moment when you will realize that it was just a dream with just one pinch, so why keep dreaming just put into reality because there are various reasons why I would say a safari with gorilla tracking is worth it and it is also clear this area of the country is not for the faint of hearted. Think about the high altitude and challenging terrain more so, the gorilla tracking in Uganda, surely it does promise to be the adventure of a lifetime.
It’s hard work to reach the gorillas, oops I might have scared you, but you should not because this is one kind of handwork that is filled with fun, teachings, excitements and lots of interesting things thus the the best ever. Only said so because, it requires navigating uphill and downhill through thick tangles of vines, thorns, and roots within the appropriately named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that is only accessible by foot hence called gorilla tracking.
And by the way did you know during this activity the rangers carry matchets and guess why; there are no paths, signs, no directions and not even clearings. But the reward is always the best and never in a life time can one forget that experience.
Gorilla Tracking is one kind of activity that would be recommended to any one who is planning a safari and of cos the best destination would be Uganda because of the countless reasons that avail from those that have had such a beautiful experience and also the great research from the experts in tourism. Uganda is the only country where you can find the gentle giants, the gorillas with a total of approximately 800 inhabiting in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and Mgahinga National park and what is more interesting other activities like bird watching, viewing of wildlife and many more activities can be carried out.
Amongst the countless reasons, here are some that are highlighted and with just these you will be convinced that a gorilla tracking safari is a lot worth in Uganda and that’s why there are increasing number of tourists coming to Uganda for this very same activity.
Uganda’s security is the best, considering the two national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla parks where these great gentle giants are found is very safe and convenient. There are no risks of uncertainties in these parks and when you visit them this year, you will automatically see the endangered mountain gorillas in the wilderness. The Ugandan government has persistently continued to do everything in there means that can ensure the security and safety of parks, visitors and the wildlife Authority rangers. There are also army men who belong to the people’s defense forces who are deployed in these parks to add on the security within these national parks.
Considering the pandemic period, the ministry of health has put up different guidelines and standard operating procedures that were put in place and have been implemented hence our tourists being free from infections
Uganda has got the highest number of mountain gorilla, the trekking spots being Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. When it comes to the mountain gorillas within the parks of the Virunga conservation area, they don’t respect political borders and therefore the populations within the three border-sharing parks are relatively fluid but still Uganda has got an edge given that Bwindi alone has half of the world’s mountain gorillas whose families are permanent in this habitat. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is also known as “The place of darkness” due to its dense canopies with her montane and lowland forests sitting on 128 square miles. Due to its incredible biodiversity and the large number of endangered species, the region was named a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Affordability of the safari which is evidenced right from the price and accessibility regulations. Regulations enforce limited daily accessibility of gorillas in the parks to ensure that gorillas stay wild and healthy in their habitat. Looking at the price variations especially for the gorilla permits does confirm to you how affordable the safari is for example in Rwanda the permit is 1500$ while in Uganda a permit costs 700$. Despite the price of the safari, there is never any compromise in fulfilling our clients wishes of having a great time and a memorable experience and when you contact us directly definitely the price will even go lower since there is no middle man to incur extra costs.
Best place to have good photography especially Bwindi as it was stated back then by the CNN Travels. In nutshell, consider Uganda the best destination for gorilla tracking this year, for there are no regrets but only memories that are created forever in a life time.