Walking in silence in a Ugandan forest for 60 minutes might be one of the life’s greatest privileges. Mountain Gorillas are one of the unique primates on the planet and can only be found in the natural habitats, Visit Gorillas in Uganda
These are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Uganda has 19 habituated gorilla families with eight permits available daily for each family group. 17 of the 18 habituated gorilla families live in the thick tropical forest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Bwindi’s steep hillsides make tracking more challenging than Mgahinga National Park in Uganda and PNV in Rwanda, and 44 habituated groups in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC Congo. Uganda’s dense forests are home to over half the world’s mountain Gorillas. There over 1063 or so mountain Gorillas as estimated in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
In Uganda Mountain Gorillas are distributed into various groups which are found in the four sectors which includes Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south Ruhija and in the Northern parts of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
The four sections of Bwindi have 18 Gorilla families as of 30th June 2018 report. Mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park are only distributed into one gorilla family called Nyakagezi.
Mountain Gorillas can only survive in the wild, so trekking into their native forests is your only chance to catch a peek and a glimpse moment. Most trekking in Uganda takes place in Bwindi where several starting points and several Gorillas families to track .Visits are led by park rangers groups of eight are allowed to observe the Gorillas for one hour in silence at a safe distance.
In Uganda , permit costs vary depending on the season. In April, May and November permits are $450. The rest of the year they cost $600. In the high altitude and the challenging terrain and gorilla trekking in Uganda promises to be the adventure of a life time . It’s hard work to reach the gorillas it requires navigating uphill and downhill the thick tangles of vines, thorns and roots . Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is only accessible by foot .In addition to mountain Gorillas in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to endangered species ,the golden monkey .These furry commercial monkeys live high in Bamboo forests.
Gorillas display uncanny human characteristics , the close knit family groups headed by a silver back a mature male who selects places for the group to eat and sleep and as many other privileges including the right to feed first . Generally ,the gorilla is a gentle species .They are considered to be highly intelligent have been observed tools like other great apes communicate using a variety of vocal sounds. Sounds classified as grants and barks are heard most frequently while traveling and and indicate the where abouts of invidual group members. They are also be used during social interactions when discipline is required.
Mountain Gorillas are high social and lives in relatively stable cohesive groups held together by long term bonds between adult males and females. Relationships among females are relatively weak. Mountain Gorillas appear to be naturally afraid of certain reptiles and insects for example caterpillars and chameleons. They are also afraid of water and will crossing over fallen logs, and dislike rain.
Mountain Gorillas are one of the back bone of Uganda’s tourism industry hence they are highly protected in Uganda and Mountain Gorillas tourism generates more foreign currency than any other activity in Uganda today.
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