Africa is endowed by three countries that have taken a lead in conserving and protecting the endangered gorillas and these include Rwanda in Volcanoes National park, DR.Congo in Virunga National Park and Uganda supplying the largest number of the world’s left gorillas with an estimation of over 400 of them conserved in the two parks of Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park both in the southwestern Uganda. Being keen enough gorillas prefer humid and vegetative areas since they survive a lot on fruits and vegetation that’s why these four national parks are close to one another though demarcated with national boundaries of the three countries.
Before planning for a trek, one should be well conversant with where he/she intends to go gorilla safaris and this can depend on some one’s pocket or budget plus love for curiosity and adventuring the different historical points within these countries. In Uganda there is only one best recommended tour company which can arrange, organize and budget for clients their intended tours with trustworthy guides and experienced drivers and consultants and this is nature Adventure Africa Safaris Limited. This company works in all African countries depending on the clients’ needs.
In all the four national parks in these three countries having gorillas, accommodation facilities are present on prior arrangements with luxury, mid-range and budget lodges and those preferring camping. Mountain gorillas are such an amazing primate to track due to their giant structures, face and the way they associate in their groups. Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park only has four sectors of Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and the Buhoma sector all accommodating different gorilla groups making up fourteen groups and this ranks Uganda in the first position with the highest number of gorillas.
Gorilla tracking tours permits in Uganda costs $600 USD, for Rwanda $1500 and DR.Congo charges $400 USD per person. Being rare, gorillas can be habituated where the trekkers can spend the whole day experiencing them in the forests. Silver backs are the male ones within the groups and they can weigh around 220kgs compared to the female ones, these are the group leaders and they play a role of searching for food and also protecting the family while enjoying some privileges of the right to feed first.
On top of gorilla trekking, one can enjoy other supplementary activities within these parks, for the trekkers in DR.Congo a well scenic view of the Nyiragongo mountain with its volcanic activities at night that turns the sky red while chilling at Mikeno lodge leaves many reasons as to why one should track here and sometimes people are tempted to climb the it to have a witness at the peak’s crater. Others trekkers in Uganda enjoy white water rafting at river Nile and the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector from Queen Elizabeth national park while those tracking in Rwanda enjoy the canopy walk from Nyungwe national park and the genocide memorials in Kigali and Gisenyi.
One can do all the tracking in these three countries since forest rangers are given to each group for guidance and protection, tracking starts as early as at 8am since gorillas keep on moving from place to place in search for food and when it come to night, they build their nests in those places and therefore in this trekking process, trekkers have to be physically fit and disease free since gorillas can easily acquire human diseases too. Gorilla trekking is efficiently done in these three countries due to their availability.