How long does gorilla trekking take?
Mountain Gorillas inhabit the rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Mgahinga National park in Uganda, Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Gorilla trekking is an activity where tourists have a chance to trail through the forest in the wild. Gorilla trekking can be done in Africa in only three countries including Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republican of Congo.
This is a process of hiking or trekking the mountain Gorillas. In order to trek the mountain Gorillas, you need a gorilla permit to access the forest and have a face to face encounter. Gorilla trekking begins early morning at the park headquarters with a short briefing about the tre.
Walk into the forest through the trails to see the mountain Gorillas, spend 30 minutes to 7 hours, you will be given one hour to see the mountain Gorillas face to face once you have met them. This will depend on the movement of the Gorillas, where they stayed the previous nights, last ate, last constructed their nests and all. The rangers move with a group of 8 people that are allowed to trek the mountain Gorillas.
You need to carry long sleeved cloths such as shirts ,blouses ,long socks, garden gloves ,hat, sun glasses ,hiking boots, repellents ,packed food, water, boots and many more.
Mountain Gorillas are trekked all year round, especially in the dry months of July, June, August, September, December and February. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a rainforest and a gorilla permit costs 600 USD while Rwanda Gorilla permit is 1500 USD.
To acquire a gorilla permit book three months in advance during the high season.
Gorilla trekking is allowed for children 15 years of age and above and other adults.