A gorilla safari is one of the best African safaris you will do and fill contented after all the other safari you have done. It is a fulfilling and authentic experience to come close to mans close relative sin the world.
A gorilla is a giant ape among the five ape’s species of gorilla, Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutan and a man. We are apes and these friendly relatives of ours are the true meaning of any African safari.
The most easily accessible apes are gorillas, yes even the others are easily accessible but if you must see an ape in plenty that is a gorilla in the forested mountains of Uganda.
Where does Gorilla Safari take place?
Uganda hosts the only half of the world’s remaining gorillas in its deep forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and mount Mgahinga gorilla national park
Almost all Uganda gorilla safaris takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in west Uganda. Though they can be found in Mgahinga most people prefer Bwindi.
With about 9 hours of driving from Kampala or 2-4 from Rwanda you arrive at the impenetrable thick forests of Bwindi. From the smooth roads to the bumpy deep valley steeps.
When you get a glimpse of the forest with a very deep fog and dark trees type will understand why it was called the impenetrable forest. Trekking takes about 1-2 hours before you get to see the gorillas themselves. They will be their though they wake up moving in search for food and daily planning.
When you get to mughahing aside from having mountain gorilla, it has also very many primates their like red velvet monkeys. When getting to Mgahinga you have to be very fit in life and at least healthy if not fit. It if a very thick mountain that hiking or gorilla safari tracking needs some energy.
What to wear for Uganda Gorilla Safaris
- Proper walking shoes or boots
- Lightweight trousers or leggings. Shorts are not recommended as there are lots of stinging nettles.
- A T-shirt, light jacket in case it gets cold
- Waterproofs for bag ,camera and you the rains here are almost everyday
- Warm clothes for the evening.
- Gloves are highly recommended for grabbing onto trees and plants to help keep your balance.
What to bring for a Uganda Gorilla safari
- A smallish backpack for your stuff
- Your camera
- Waterproof cover for your bag
- A snack ( as a must)