5 Best Places Where to Go Gorilla Trekking
Gorilla trekking is a reason alone for a trip to the Eastern part of Africa. Thousands of travelers from different parts of the world are welcomed to numerous countries like Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo for this remarkable experience.
This great adventure is a must-do and grants tourists an opportunity to meet the rarely seen species of Gorillas in the Jungle. It includes treks through the Jungle until you discover the exact location of the Gorilla family you are tracing for. So it is no surprise that every participant is required to be physically fit.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Declared as a National Park, Bwindi is located just at the rim of the great Albertine Rift Valley in the Western part of Uganda. It covers a total area of 331 square kilometers which spans three districts including Kisoro, Kabale, and Rukungiri. This is the most popular destination for gorilla safaris in Africa.
Part of the park is occupied by the impenetrable Bwindi Forest, a great home to a plethora of Mountain Gorillas. The Park’s altitude range between 1160 meters and 2607 meters up to the Rwamanyonyi peak. It receives heavy rainfall in the months of March, April, September, and November, then the rest of the months are dry.
Adding to Gorillas, Bwindi is home to a number of 120 mammals including eleven primates, 360 species of birds, 324 tree species, and 200 butterflies. After Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, you can partake in other activities like bird watching, forest walks, and Batwa community visits.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
If not Bwindi, Mgahinga is a perfect alternative for those who would wish to trek Gorillas in Uganda. Located in Kisoro district, southwestern Uganda, this park is 55 km west of Kabale and 15 km south of Kisoro town.
It was established in 1991 to protect a number of Wildlife species including the Mountain Gorillas. Three volcanic mountains (Muhabura, Gahinga, and mount Sabyinyo add to a number of incredible scenery in the Park’s boundaries.
What’s more, this 33.9 square kilometers park is amongst the three parks that form the Virunga massif. Its bamboo forests, tropical rainforests, and Afromontane forests are home not only to Gorillas, but also to other species like Golden monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and red colobus monkeys, birds to name but a few.
Kahuzi Biega National Park
Not like the above four listed parks, Kahuzi Biega National Park differs itself unique from the species of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas. It is tucked far away in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Its name was derived from the two volcanoes (mount Kahuzi and Biega) that occupy part of its total area. Its ecosystem which consists of grasslands, dry savannah, bamboo forests, swamps, and rainforests is inhabited by multiple species including 349 birds, insects, and 136 mammals.