What Determines the Gorilla Families Tourists Trek in Bwindi? – Uganda Safari News
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the popular gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda destination and many tourists visit the park every day to undertake gorilla trekking and have a glimpse on the elusive gentle giants. Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda is home to 18 Mountain Gorilla Families found in the four different sectors of the park. Each gorilla sector has different gorilla families and each gorilla family has a different number of gorillas. Each Mountain Gorilla family is led by the elder silverback, known as so because of the silver fur that develops on the male’s back when he matures.
Mountain Gorillas have a rare nesting character where by they nest in a different places every night. Every morning, 8 tourists go into the jungle to search for a single gorilla family that was habituated for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. However, before the trekkers head to the jungle, park rangers and trackers allocate where the gorillas spent the night and then communicate to the guides on where tourists can find the giants. Gorilla families have different behaviors, each offering a unique gorilla safari Uganda experience.These are allocated to tourists in the morning of each trek, however, many factors determine which gorilla family tourists trek in Bwindi starting from the booking process. If you have read about a specific gorilla family and have the urge to meet that exact family put in consideration these factors that determine the gorilla families tourists trek in Bwindi and ensure you do not miss out on what you want during your Uganda gorilla tour.
Why Gorilla Family allocation is done on the morning of the trek.
One might have read about the behaviors of different gorilla families before their trek and are interested in a specific family but unfortunately can’t be allocated before the gorilla tour Uganda day. This is so because, gorillas have an unpredictable movement pattern (they nest/sleep) in a different place every night. This make it difficult to pre-determine where the gorillas will be on the day of the trek. A desired gorilla family could have moved to the highest peaks of the jungle yet the trekker isn’t able to get to that altitude or also the family could be at the foot hills yet the trekker wants to have an adventure in the jungle. Knowing where the desired family is in the morning, helps the trekker to also decide on whether to stick on the same gorilla family or change to the one that offers the experience they want.
Determinants of a Gorilla Family an Individual will Trek
Not only for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, whether for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari, gorilla safari in Rwanda or Congo gorilla trekking safari, several factors are considered for the allocation of a gorilla family a tourist will trek. Here are the mostly considered factors;
Availability of a preferred accommodation facility.
When you are planning a Uganda gorilla trekking tour, accommodation is a key priority because after hours of hiking through the jungle you’ll definitely need a good place to rest. Accommodation is rated as Luxury, Mid-range and budget or basic and according to your preference you will have to book a lodging facility month prior to the safari. According to your preference the location of your choice of accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can determine which sector you will trek. This is so because gorilla trekking starts in the morning and therefore one need to be at the park headquarters by 8:00am, roads can be rough and distance un coverable within a few hours. Your tour operator will advise you on the best option.
Availability of a Gorilla trekking permit.
Its always advisable to book your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda permit early since it offers a chance to choose the sector to trek (applicable to Uganda). Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the popular gorilla trekking safari Uganda destination with mountain gorillas found in the four sectors of the park (Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo). The purchase of a Uganda gorilla trekking permit is dependent on the availability of the permit in a specific sector. In case you would love to trek a family in a specific group then booking early would greatly help in providing change to trek in that specific sector.
Physical Fitness of the tourist
Gorillas live on a high altitude however, not all of them are in the same point, some might reside at a lower altitude whereas others on a high altitude. Trekkers are urged to disclose their physical fitness levels to the park rangers during the time of family allocation. This will help park rangers to allocate a family according to the information given by the trackers offering either a short, medium or tough hike. Physically unfit trackers and the aged are in most cases allocated gorilla families that are easy to find.
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Mountain Gorillas are not only found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but also in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In Rwanda mountain gorillas are found in Volcanoes National Park and in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Now that you know, whether planning a Congo gorilla safari, Rwanda gorilla trekking safari or Uganda safari, endeavor to plan right. Don’t undermine any factor whether permit, accommodation or your physical ability.