Uganda is well known as the pearl of Africa is truly a blessing of nature. This wonderful corner of Africa is sealed with misty mountains, green lush forest lands, the finest waterfalls, and untamed wildlife. Out of all the dramatic elements, Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees have been the prime attraction that drives travelers crazy worldwide.
Gorillas are one of the iconic species in the primate world. Gorillas are known to be the most intelligent species after humans. They share 98% of human DNA. Gorillas are one of the endangered species and only can be spotted in few places in Africa. Out of all the destinations Uganda is known to be the best as it is home to 60% of the world’s remained gorillas.
Uganda’s dense vegetation and mountain forests are great for Mountain Gorillas to live. Rich with various national parks like Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda Rwanda Safaris can be truly a breathtaking experience.
Not only gorillas but also Chimps are another iconic attraction of the country that drives many tourists to come and visit Uganda. The Kibale national park is the peak place to meet the chimps. Chimps or Chimpanzees are another primate species who share 98% of human DNA and they are as intelligent as Mountain Gorillas. Uganda Chimpanzee Trekking is another iconic activity that is adored by many tourists.
When to go to Uganda –
For a Gorilla Trekking Uganda tour, a suitable time can be any time of the year. Uganda has a topographic climatic condition. Placed near to the Equator the country is cooler than you can expect. While visiting Uganda is a great year-round but consider the most appropriate time is during the dry season.
The country experiences 2 dry seasons; January & February is the short dry season as well June to September is the long dry season. During the dry season, the vegetation goes a little thinner, and gorillas mostly most visible during the dry months. Another reason is; dry months are good for trekking. The mountain gorillas mostly live in the valleys in the dense forests. During the dry months, the weather stays clear and roads are better to trek.
However, during the rainy time, the mountains became more slippery, hence it becomes more difficult to climb the slippery paths. However, the rainy season offers a great opportunity to meet some colorful migratory birds in Uganda. Gorilla Safaris are though not impossible and also you may get some discounts in the low seasons too.
Where to go for a Uganda Gorilla Trekking??
Only 1004 gorillas are left in the world out of which half are living in Pearl of Africa only. The nation showcases various national parks great for gorilla trekking as well as meeting other wildlife. However, there are 2 best places for meeting these iconic animals.
Bwindi National Park –
Out of 18 Gorilla families residing in Uganda 17 are found in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park. This magnificent park offers dense green forest vegetation where the mountain gorillas reside. Apart from gorillas, the national park is home to 90 species of other mammals. Also, the national park is home to 11 more primates including black and white colobus monkeys.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park –
Settled in the south-western corner of the country it is a great place to be for tracking Mountian gorillas. It takes around 8 to 10 hours drive from Kampala or Entebbe. Covering 3 important northern slopes of Virunga volcano the national park is home to 1 gorilla family, however, it is another great choice for travelers for tracking gorillas.
How to get prepare For a Gorilla Trekking??
Getting prepare for a Gorilla trekking in Uganda can be little tricky. Get ready for a hike in bit muddy and slippery rocky paths. Here is the packing list for your Uganda tour-
- Waterproof Hiking Boot
- Waterproof Day Pack
- Insect Replant
- Rain Jacket or Poncho
- Camera (make sure to off the flash)
- Long sleeved shirt
- Long trousers
- Sweater/ light weight winter jacket
- Sun glass
- First aid kit
- Some snacks & Packed lunch