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Is a Tour Company Essential in Planning a Gorilla Trek

Is a Tour Company Essential in Planning a Gorilla Trek


Gorilla Tracking is one of the best adventure activities you can do on your holiday in Africa and Uganda is considered as the best gorilla safari destination in the world hosting almost a half of the world’s population. Just as in Rwanda with out a gorilla permit, tracking gorillas is completely difficult to attain your dream of setting your eyes on an African giants in their natural habitat. Uganda like it’s counterpart Rwanda are one of the few countries that stood up to fight and ensure the survival of the last remaining mountain gorillas in the world and by the time of writing there are about 880 remaining mountain gorillas in the wild. So becoming among the few in the world to set your eye on these apes is a moment in life that you will never forget.

It is very common for self catered travelers to get disappointed when they fail to get a gorilla permit, you can spend months in Uganda without getting a gorilla permit, that’s why you are advised in order to enjoy your Uganda safari majorly gorilla tracking safari, book with one of Uganda tour companies that will probably organize your safari and secure your gorilla tracking permit in time. Uganda has very many tour companies with well professional tour consultants, guides and drivers who will organize and make your safari more fantastic.

If you’re interested in a gorilla safari it is always advised not to do it at the last minutes as you have to bear in mind that gorilla permits are always on a high demand and they are always sold on a first come first served basis. The travel company you book with will always advice you that if you wish to do gorilla tracking in Uganda you will need to book your gorilla safari at least 2-3 months before your safari so that you can be advised accordingly by the safari company organizing your safari on availability in case they are found to be an available. Gorillas in Uganda can be tracked in bwind impenetrable forest national park and the Mgahinga gorilla forest national park both located in the southwestern part of Uganda near the Virunga Mountains. Bwind only has over 10 gorilla groups and Mgahinga has one gorillas group called the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group. This group tends to migrate to the democratic republic of Cong or Rwanda in search of different adventures although ever since they returned back in the park in 2012 they have stayed. Only 8 members are allowed to track in each group, so if you pay in time your gorilla permit get processed easily and also you get assigned easily to a group. Gorilla permits in Uganda are tracked at a cost of USD 600 per person per tracking, and you are strictly allowed staying with gorillas for only one hour while observing their behaviors, as well as taking photography

There are one or two reasons as to why a self catered traveler can miss gorilla trekking in Uganda. It may sound some what doubtable but in most cases it happens and it may at one moment happen to you. So if it hasn’t do not say that I did not tell you. UWA the organization in charge of issuing out Gorilla permits to so ever would like to go tracking in Uganda primarily pays more attention to tour operators than independent travelers and you will need to book your safari through a travel company.

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