Gorilla Trekking within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and certainly mountain gorillas are the major reason as to why very many people visit Uganda. On the other hand, Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which you can see these Gorillas in serene surroundings.
Mountain gorilla safaris can be conducted all year round in Uganda. However, due to the somewhat damp seasons experienced by the national park in which these gorillas stay, the majority of tourists prefer visiting from June to September as well as from December up to February. You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year, the low season (April, May & November) calls for cheaper gorilla permit price of US $ 450 and the peak season at US $ 600. The accommodation will depend on how much you can afford. Some lodges charge as high as, $900 while the budget ones can pocket as low as $ 70 for a double room. It’s all about the facilities, location, food, services and so much more.
After an early breakfast, head to the Headquarters of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for an orientation plus meeting the guides as well as separation into the groups basing on which gorilla trekking Uganda group you are to be tracking . From there you will set off for your thrill experience of the Gorillas in the Mist. Hiking within this mysterious and wonderful forest offers quite a lot to see as you make your way to see the Mountain Gorillas.
The wildlife including additional primates, butterflies, mammals and birds, will certainly be very beautiful and really enhance this extremely special experience. The tracking can entail some thorough climbing as well as hiking although when you come face to face with the tranquil yet potent Mountain Gorillas, watching them only a few meters away from you observing the group, usually the Males are two times the size of the females, they may grow to 6 ft tall and even weigh 350 -500 pounds.
These are strong, with long arms and muscular. The males are referred to as the silver back because as they mature the hair on their back turns somewhat silver, hence the name Silver backs. The strength of the males is ten times stronger compared to the strongest boxer, even taking steroids. The arms of silver backs can stretch to 7 feet.
Mountain Gorillas possess longer plus darker hair compared to their lowland counterparts because they stay in colder climates and higher altitudes. Their life span is between 40 and 50 years. The mountain gorillas mainly stay on the ground although they will climb a tree occasionally given that it can support them, however just like children, their young play in the trees.