Planning to take on an amazing expedition into the tropical rain forests of Central Africa? This is one of the loveliest wildlife safari experience that many travelers seek for in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Gorilla tourism is a hot thing in these amazing countries that protect the only surviving the total population of the mountain gorillas. If you have never thought of meeting the great apes in the wild, this is the ultimate adventure to take. You only need to book a gorilla safari in Central Africa and use the following tips to plan an authentic holiday experience to the wild jungles of Africa.
There are two species of gorillas found in Central Africa – the western gorilla and the Eastern gorilla. Many travelers confuse the two species to be the lowland gorillas and the mountain gorilla. This is wrong! There are two subspecies in each niche. Within the Western Gorilla there are cross rivers found in Nigeria and the Western Lowland gorilla is found in a range of forests covering Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, the Central Africa Republic (CAR), Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Within the Eastern Gorilla, there are two subspecies; The mountain gorillas in that are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo and the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in Kahuzi Biega National Park and Maiko National Park.
Though there are more low land gorillas, mountain gorillas are more visited than their counterpart. More tourists visit the mountain gorillas on a gorilla safari through the jungles of Central Africa to see them in the wild. Here are the informative tips for travelers planning to take a gorilla trip.
Book your gorilla permit at least 3 months to your actual trekking date. This is very important given that the gorilla permits tend to sell out first. Currently gorilla permits cost USD600 for Uganda, USD1500 for Rwanda and USD400 for Rwanda
Book with a Reliable Agency
Make sure you arrange your bookings with a recognized gorilla tour operator. Today it is easier to know the tour operator whom you can book with. Check out the local destination guides as well as recommendations from the travel community.
Take time to be physically fit before your trek. Searching for the gorillas can take a full day. It is very important to hit the gym and get ready in shape for your next adventure. The hike through the forest may be challenging and it takes you past hills and valleys. The walk is not just a walkover given that the gorillas freely rannge within the ecosystem.
Keep in Small Groups
A maximum number of 8 visitors may visit a group(family) of habituated gorillas in a day. This minimizes behavioral disturbances to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.
Hygiene is Important
Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas.
Do not leave rubbish in the park. Whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back with you.
Time Spent on the Trek is Unpredictable
You will be taken to where the guides left the gorillas the day before. From there you will follow the gorillas trial to find them. Look out for the gorillas nesting sites along the way.
Use of Camera
When you approach the gorillas, the guides will inform you when to get your cameras ready.
Keep Voices Low
Please always keep your voices low. You will also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
For more informative tips visit the Gorilla Trekking Guide an activity guide for those planning to go on a gorilla safari in Africa.