How difficult is Gorilla trekking; Mountain Gorillas live in the parts of Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla national park in southwestern part of Uganda, Volcanoes National park in Rwanda, Virunga National park in Democratic Republican of Congo. These three countries are very thought of in terms of Gorilla trekking.
How difficult is Gorilla trekking is a main question and trekking the mountain Gorillas involves hiking through the forest jungle at altitude of 2500 to 3000 meters above the sea level with a tour guide and ranger who always paves way for the trekkers. These guides and rangers are knowledgeable about the habituated mountain Gorillas.
How fit are you to trek the mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, DRC and Uganda. One should be physically fit depending on the destination he/she is to trek the mountain Gorillas. They’re very many personal issues to encounter on the best area for Gorilla trekking these include age, health issues and many more.
Mountain Gorilla safaris in Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republican of Congo, the challenge comes when one needs to follow up with the large group, take pictures, that’s why some people are encouraged to hire a porter in order not to carry heavy luggage’s during the trek.
You need to wake up early morning to start the trek of which the main requirement is physical fitness.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda, Congo and Uganda trekking is done in the jungle and not in the zoo. Hike through the jungle, steep slopes and look for these giant apes which require stability and fitness of the body.
Gorilla trekking takes place throughout the year however during the wet season, it is more challenging because of the fact that the trails tend to be slippery or muddy but this does not stop Gorilla trekking.
That’s why most people can opt to trek in the dry season which runs through the months of June to September and December to February. This is because of the fact that the ground is very dry and it’s easy for the trekkers to have a simple trek.
Because of the high demand of trekkers one is advised to book three months pro to your date travel, before the trek Uganda gorilla permit is 600 USD for foreign non residents, 500 USD for foreign residents and 250000 UGX for East African residents.
Rwanda gorilla permit is charged at 1500 USD per tourist while Democratic of Republic of Congo while Democratic Republican of Congo at 400 USD.
Trekkers below the age of 15 years are not allowed to trek the mountain Gorillas and you are advised to go with your age bracket mates not 90 year olds trekking with a 20 year as the pace of trekking will be difficult.
Do some physical fitness before travel because this will help one to hike down and up the slopes to the destined gorilla family and at times it’s hard depending on the location where the mountain Gorilla family is allocated.
Trekking in Rwanda, the Susa family needs more physical fitness and Kwitonda family & Hirwa family and the rest do not need much physical fitness.
Trekking in Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable National park has thick vegetation you will need enough fitness to trek the endangered species. Trek the Nshongi gorilla family which does not need more energy. Rushegura family group is one of also the simple groups it’s located in Buhoma sector. Trekking In Nkuringo sector one needs to be physically fit and the rest are simple hikes.
Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo Mountain Gorillas in all parks can be trekked depending on the habituated gorilla family where it’s located. The trek takes 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the speed and the family trekked.