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Frequently Asked Questions about Uganda Gorilla Trekking

Is it possible for disabled people to trek gorillas?

The answer is yes. This follows the introduction of special stretcher beds and litters upon which Persons with Disabilities can be taken to see the gorillas. They operate in the same way as litters. Typically, most take the shape of an open chair or bed. They are supported by two parallel handles made of hardwood that doesn’t break easily, like mahogany. Upon these ends, you will be ferried by two or more porters depending on your weight. Though most porters prefer placing the carrying poles upon their shoulders as it is effective. Occasionally they carry it by hand especially if the PWD in question has a fright for heights.

What should I pack when coming for Uganda gorilla trekking?

The four mountainous National Parks where gorillas live lies at an altitude of 1160m – 4,500 meters above sea level. What’s more, they are tropical rainforests that experience frequent rainfalls. These two aspects make them one of the 10 coldest places in Africa. To this effect, you are advised to carry enough warm clothing, raincoats, and waterproof hiking boots.

Is Uganda safe?

Yes. Having undergone through series of political instabilities that crippled its economic sector in the 1980s, Uganda’s Government now prioritizes safety over everything else. The country has three organs in charge of protecting it from any terror attacks or outbreak of civil wars. These organs are the National Army (Uganda People’s Defense Forces), Uganda Police, and Paramilitary Police. Their work is complemented with that of the Tourism Police, a team of police trained on how to professionally look after tourists. They are mostly based in the National Parks and Hotels across the country.

Why I should book my Uganda gorilla trekking permits in advance?

Unlike Big 5 animals which can be found in over 40 National parks across the continent, these mountain gorillas can only be found in the Virunga region. As such, while the entire world travels here to see them in the wild, only 8 tourists can see a particular family in a day. As such, permits often register a 90% sale out. They are given to travelers on a first-come-first-serve basis.  It is thus wiser to pre-book your permit ahead of time, at least six months ahead of your planned time for the visit. If you have any further inquiries, Umoja Motherland Safaris is just an email away.

Why are Ugandan gorilla tickets priced at $700 while Rwanda is $1,500?

Rwanda’s pricing of permits at $1,500 is influenced by its positioning as a high-end destination. It is also purposed by the need to limit the number of mid-range and budget visitors into the country. They would rather have a few tourists who can spend much more than lots of tourists who are spending little.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that Uganda has positioned itself as a mid-range destination because its gorilla permits are priced at $700 to foreign tourists-$450 for foreign residents and 250000 UGX for East African Nationals. Far from it, Uganda believes that the easiest way to influence the conservation of gorillas is by allowing everybody gets to know them better, regardless of social class. This is achieved by setting a price that can allow even budget travelers to go gorilla tracking. That way, they can get a better understanding of circumstances under which gorillas have become endangered.

What is the best time to see gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo

Uganda Gorilla tracking is quite frustrating the rainy months from April, March, and May for two reasons. For starters, the vegetation overgrows at this time making it frustrating to observe them or take their pictures. In this regard, the dry season is much more recommendable as it offers a hustle free experience. It occurs from June to August and December to February.

What is Kwita Izina?

Kwita Izina is an annual gorilla naming ceremony hosted in Rwanda by their Government. It is purposed to establish a strong bond between locals and the gorillas with the intent of uplifting their conservation. The event is organized like a festival and attracts over 10,000 tourists inclusive of International A-list celebrities, musicians, sports personalities, businessmen, and conservation enthusiasts.

How long do gorillas live in the wild?

Due to the harsh nature of the environment they live in, the average life expectancy of a mountain gorilla is 35 years. Beyond this time, they become more vulnerable to arthritis. It is a sickness that weakens the joints, causing a lot of pain and difficulty in movement.

The other cause of death especially among dominant silverbacks is severe injuries sustained from fights with rival groups. This makes the gorillas vulnerable to open wound infections. That said, it is not unusual for some gorilla members to exceed 50 years.

How big are gorillas compared to men?

While wild male mountain gorillas weigh 136 to 195 kg (300 to 430 lb), adult females weigh about half 68–113kg (150–250 lb). Adult males are 1.4 to 1.8 m (4 ft 7 into 5 ft 11 in) tall, as female gorillas are shorter at 1.25 to 1.5 m (4 ft 1 in to 4 ft 11 in).

Simply put, gorillas are over five times stronger and carry up to 815 kilograms with ease. Man can’t lift more than 150 kilograms.

Process of a booking gorilla permit

Upon letting us know when you want to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda or Congo, we will, we will check availability for you at the respective headquarters of the parks. If permits for your preferred dates are still available, we will keep you posted. Thereafter, we shall proceed to book the gorilla permits for you using the money you have entrusted us with. Next, we shall email you an invoice from the park authorities. This will be done within a day. The rest as they say will be history.

Why are gorillas going extinct?

The natural habitat where gorillas live is surrounded by communities with big populations of subsistence farmers. This in turn has created a pressing need for land for cultivation, thereby forcing locals to encroach on parks in which gorillas live. This destruction of forests translates into food shortage for gorillas forcing them to depend upon the crops of farmers. The result of this quest is unending inter human-wildlife conflicts which sometimes leads to direct attacks on primates.

That aside, mountain gorillas are not the primary target of poachers because they are not edible. However, they often fall victim to their snares meant for other prey like forest buffaloes. This leaves them with severe injuries, exposing them to infections. 

How to save Mountain gorillas?

Your decision to buy gorilla permits directly contributes to the salvation of gorillas. Uganda Wildlife Authority relies on proceeds from gorilla tourism to employ more ranger guides who can protect their animals. The same money is also used to fund community sensitization projects with the hope of addressing inter human-wildlife conflicts.

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