An encounter with the Mountain Gorillas – Uganda and Rwanda
Gorilla trekking is one of the most adventurous activities that tourists love to encounter when they visit Africa.
Many have heard so much information about these mountain gorillas and so when they get a chance, they are anxious to see them face to face.
There are three countries in Africa that are home to these mountain gorillas; these include Rwanda, Uganda, and Congo.
Whichever destination you decide to visit, you will have the chance to have a lifetime memorable adventure.
Gorillas are identified in four types, these include the Mountain Gorillas, the Western Lowland gorillas, Western gorillas, and the Eastern Gorillas.
The mountain gorilla is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. Until recently, it is listed as endangered by the IUCN as of 2018.
The western lowland gorilla is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla. They leave in montane, primary and secondary forests and lowland swamps in central Africa.
These gorillas can be found in countries like Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon.
The western gorilla is a great ape and it is the most populous species of the Gorilla kind.
Western gorillas are generally lighter colored than eastern gorillas. They are characterized by black, dark grey or dark brown-grey fur with a brownish forehead.
The eastern gorilla is the largest living primate. At present, the species is subdivided into two subspecies.
- The Grauer’s gorilla, formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla.
- The mountain gorilla
Mountain gorillas are called giant apes due to the fact that they are the largest primates
Virunga Mountains or Bwindi Impenetrable forest will give you a chance to see these fascinating giants.
Since these gorillas were almost extinct, money collected through gorillas permits both in Uganda and Rwanda goes to the protection of these giants.
Encountering these gorillas at a closer range will surely be worth your money. You will see them play, some resting and the mothers feeding their young ones.
Uganda is one country in Africa that is gifted by nature. Since time memorial, it has been acknowledged as the pearl of Africa because of its flora and fauna.
On a Uganda safari, you will also get to encounter chimpanzees and many other animals.
As you walk through Mgahinga National Park or Bwindi National Park looking for the gorillas, you will see various species of birds and many more animals.
There are a number of Gorilla families in Bwindi and you will have the chance to trek one. Among these families are Nshongi, Nkuringo, Rushegura, Habinyanja, Mubare, and Bitukura.
As you plan for your safari to see the gorillas, there are certain tips that you must consider.
You must book a gorilla permit prior to your safari; this can be done through a reliable tour company.
Remember children below the age of 15years are not allowed to track the gorillas.
You are advised to follow the ranger guide’s instructions and avoid using cameras with flashlights when you encounter the gorillas.
You must keep a certain distance while seeing the gorillas so that they don’t contract diseases from human beings.
Remember some level of physical fitness is needed because you are to trek the mountainous areas in search of the gorillas.
Inconclusion, mountain gorillas are one of the most fascinating creatures you can ever encounter.
They spend most of their time in the mountain forests, on the ground during the day and in the trees at night.
Their way of life and their behavior towards humans is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on.