Gorilla Trekking Tours
A gorilla trekking safari is a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter. Imagine coming eye-to-eye with a mountain gorilla. A big part of what makes the gorilla trek so special is that these big apes are so closely related to humans (the difference in DNA is only about 1.6%). They do seem to touch a nerve when they look at us with interest. The gorillas’ natural habitat is restricted to a relatively small area in a historically turbulent region. But this region has stabilized and tourism is picking up throughout, which make gorilla tours increasingly accessible. Habitat loss is now the main obstacle to the survival of gorillas, and money spent on gorilla tourism goes a long way in securing their survival.
Why should I choose a gorilla trekking safari?
“If you love nature and wildlife, a gorilla trekking safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed. Coming eye-to-eye with these gentle giants, especially a silverback, is truly unforgettable. Gorilla trekking is more accessible than before. Mountain gorillas can be tracked in three countries: Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The tourism industry in Uganda and, to a lesser extent, Rwanda has blossomed in recent years and these countries have opened up to tourism extensively. Both countries have lots more to offer than gorilla trekking alone, which makes a trip even more worthwhile. Gorillas are highly endangered. So, it is also worth considering that the money you spend on gorilla trekking will be used in the conservation and protection of these great apes.”
How fit should I be for a gorilla trekking safari?
“You will need to be reasonably fit to go gorilla trekking. However, if you really want to do it, you probably could. In Uganda, you book a trek to a particular gorilla group. Gorillas have territories and some groups are known to be easier to visit than others. You can ask your operator to try and get one of the easier groups. Book early to secure this option, though. In Rwanda, travelers are allocated gorilla groups on the day of trekking, but the rangers will try and accommodate elderly or very unfit people, if possible. It is important to wear good hiking shoes and you will be offered a walking stick. It is also recommended to hire a porter who will carry your daypack and help you up the slopes.”