Where to See Gorillas in Africa, Gorilla trekking Deals in Africa, Rwanda, Uganda & DR Congo
Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The genus gorilla is divided into two species that is, the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas.They are the largest living primates with DNA 0f 95% to 98% similar to that of humans, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the chimpanzees and bonobos.
Gorilla trekking can be done in the mountainous areas of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and we introduces you to an exclusive and an unforgettable chance of interacting with the gentle and powerful giants at your liberty to choose where to track Mountain Gorillas from.
Mountain Gorillas are the largest primates in the world and the remaining number of them is found in central and East Africa, thanks to the conservation parties that have ensured safety and protection of these species. The trek is tiresome in most cases but the truth is that all efforts of this trek immediately evaporate when you start watching these giants for an hour. There is nothing as amazing as watching the playful juvenile gorillas in the trees jump from branch to branch, watch also the female giants feed and groom the groups as well as the Silverback as he ensure safety of his territory and here is where to watch Gorillas from in Africa.
Uganda is one of Africa’s top destinations to watch gorillas and these gentle giants can be tracked in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park found in the southwestern part of Uganda. Mgahinga Park lies in the Virunga Massif which also is shared by the parks in DR Congo and Rwanda.
There are 4gorilla sectorsin Bwindi, Rushaga, Ruhijja, Buhoma, and Nkuringo they are well habituated and open for tourism; Mgahinga has one habituated group known as Nyakagezi and Every group allows only 8 individuals to trek per day.
There is also a possibility of gorilla habituation though the permit for this goes for 1500USD and 4hours are given to the people to do this activity per day, hence will have more time interacting with the gorillas. In order for one to trek gorillas they need a gorilla permit which is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority and each goes for 600USD.
This is where gorilla trekking is so straight-forward since the gorillas are trekked in Volcanoes National Park which is located about 80km away from Kigali International Airport which is approximately a 2hours drive. During your visit to Rwanda for Gorilla trekking you will pay respect at Dian Fossey’s grave one of the great conservationists of these giants. Along this place are many birds and monkeys with great and stunning views of landscape.
The professional guides will lead you through from the starting point until you meet these gorillas and will also help you endure the steep slopes. It is advisable you trek during the dry season because in the rainy season the paths tend to be muddy and slippery. But still above all whether muddy or not, after meeting these gentle giants all your worries are dissolved. A gorilla permit in Rwanda goes for 1500 USD per person, its permit costs slightly higher than that of Uganda.
Democratic Republic of Congo
The Mountain Gorillas found here are the same group as those found in Rwanda’s Volcanoes and Uganda’s Mgahinga, but note that some the group scattered in these three national parks is different from that found in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable in Uganda. The mighty giants are found in Virunga National Park which is a recognized UNESCO heritage site. Congo is the only country which offers both mountain gorillas and Lowland gorillas found in Kahuzi Biega National Park & Maiko National Park all in Eastern Part of Congo . The gorilla permit in Congo costs 400USD it cheaper alternative for tourists to meet the rare mountain gorillas and fulfill a life time adventure.
There are some lesser-known African regions where you can also gorilla trek. You won’t find mountain gorillas here, instead the Cameroon primates are Cross River gorillas in lobeke national park, which live in the area bordering Nigeria. This western gorilla subspecies live in human-populated areas and have slight differences in their skulls.
You can see orphaned gorillas at Mefou National Park within forest enclosures. Pay a visit to Limbe Wildlife Center at the foot of Mount Cameroon to see how they are caring for orphaned gorillas and helping to rehabilitate them and other primates back into the wild.
Situated on the Atlantic coast of Africa, Gabon has plenty of gorilla habitats within its national parks. The first park to attempt the habituation of a gorilla troop was Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, and tourists can now track them deep into the forest on foot. Other parks with gorillas include Ivindo and coastal Loango National Park, although tourist infrastructure in both places is minimal. Not only does the coastal terrain offer a good chance to see gorillas but it’s also an Eco-tourism destination offering more than just large primates during your visit. Expect to see whales, hippos and even elephants during your exploration. Gabon is an emerging destination but there is plenty of wildlife to see in this African beach and rain forest destination.