Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the most love safari activities enjoyed by many tourists. Unfortunately, the activity is not offered all over the world it is only offered in only the Virunga Massif and Bwindi impenetrable Forest.
Mountain gorillas are one of the critically endangered animal species in the world who live on the higher altitudes in the thick forests, mountain gorillas are huge animals with fascinating features like fur which help them live in coldness on the high altitude of the mountains. The activity of mountain gorilla trekking involves climbing the through the slippery rugged routes to reach where gorilla is residing in the deep forest, the journey in the forest is very amazing as you see many forest birds, beautiful scenic peaks of the volcanoes, evergreen forest filled with tree species and many more.
Here are some essential details to help you prepare for a gorilla trek
- Choose the Destination
As you’re preparing for a gorilla trekking safari, it is better to know where you want to go gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla trekking is an activity which is not offered by most of the tourist destinations in the world.
Gorilla trekking is available in several national parks, including Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Research each destination to determine which one suits your preferences.
- Get yourself a trusted travel agent
The second step when preparing for a mountain gorilla trekking safari is getting a trusted travel agent to help you connect to the destination of your choice. And in this Primate Safari Experiences Limited is at your service. A travel agent is to help you in preparing all the aspects of the safari which you cannot do yourself like booking a gorilla trekking permit, getting your drivers, booking for accommodation and many more.
- Obtain Permits
Gorilla trekking permits are required and are limited to a specific number of visitors per day. It’s crucial to book your permits well in advance through the relevant park authority. Permits can be expensive and availability is limited, so plan ahead.
- Health Considerations
Gorillas are susceptible to human diseases, and visitors are required to undergo a health check before the trek to minimize the risk of transmission. Ensure you are in good health, and if you are feeling unwell, it’s advisable to postpone your trek.
- Physical Fitness
Gorilla trekking involves hiking through dense forests and challenging terrains. Assess your physical fitness and be prepared for a moderate to strenuous hike. It’s advisable to engage in regular exercise leading up to your trek.
- Packing List
- Lightweight and breathable clothing
- Hiking boots
- Rain jacket
- Hat and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Camera (without flash)
- Small backpack
- Snacks and water
- Guides and Rangers
All gorilla treks are guided by experienced trackers and park rangers. Follow their instructions at all times to ensure the safety of both visitors and gorillas.
- Respect Wildlife
Maintain a safe distance from the gorillas (usually around 7 meters or more) to minimize stress and avoid direct contact. Flash photography is usually not allowed, as it can disturb the gorillas.
Book accommodations near the park entrance to minimize travel time on the trekking day. There are various lodging options, ranging from budget to luxury, depending on your preferences.
Check the weather conditions for your chosen trekking period. The climate in these regions can be unpredictable, so be prepared for rain and fluctuating temperatures.
- Local Customs and Regulations
Familiarize yourself with local customs and regulations. Respect the culture and traditions of the local communities surrounding the parks.
Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies and trip cancellations.
- Follow COVID-19 Guidelines
Check and adhere to any COVID-19 guidelines or protocols in place at the time of your visit.
Gorilla trekking is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and proper preparation ensures a safe and enjoyable adventure. Always check for the latest information and guidelines from the park authorities before your trip.