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Gorillas in Uganda, Gorilla Adventures in Africa
Gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They are ground-dwelling and predominantly herbivorous. They inhabit the forests of central Africa. Gorillas are divided into two species and (still under debate as of 2008) either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is 98%–99% identical to that of a human, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species.
Gorillas live in tropical or subtropical forests. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations. The Mountain gorillas popularly referred to as the giant apes are the largest primates and living in the Africa rainforests of Africa. The mountain gorilla, or called gorilla berengei berengei is found in Bwindi impenetrable forest and the Virunga mountain ranges in Rwanda/Uganda border.
The gorilla ape specie has 3 races, the western lowland gorilla, the eastern low land gorilla and, gorilla graueri and the mountain gorilla.
Gorilla Trekking in East Africa
Gorilla Trekking in East Africa is done mainly in two countries:-
a) Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is done in two places
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi National Park
The park is located in south western Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kibale Districts. It was gazzeted in 1991 with an area of 331 sq.km. It is situated in a hilly countryside that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitute an important water catchments area for many rivers; supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.
At least 120 species of mammal are recorded in one of the richest ecosystems in Africa including Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and 8 other species of primate, also Elephant, Bush Pig, Giant Forest Hog, many species of bats and rodents. No less than 346 species of birds are listed including rare forest birds, at least 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, 6 chameleons, 14 lizards, skinks or geckos, and at least 202 species of butterfly. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges. This forest is a sanctuary for almost half the world's population of mountain gorillas; the rarest race of gorilla. Established as a safe habitat for several families of mountain gorillas it is now the location of an important scientific conservation program.
All clients wanting to go Gorilla trekking must obtain a permit, and the days of just turning up at the Park Office at Buhoma and hoping there are permits still available are long gone; the popularity of Gorilla trekking has seen to that. This is not an issue for Gorilla Trails, as all our clients would have their permits purchased in advance to ensure no problems with availability. By booking in advance your itinerary can be structured to work most effectively around available dates.
Sample itinerary to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
3 Days 2 Nights A Tour to the Gorillas
Day 1: Kampala City - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi is a world heritage site being the home to the endangered mountain gorillas and being home to almost half of the world population of the gorillas. It is located in the Southwestern part of Uganda. It is mainly a rain forest on the steep slopes of the Albertine Rift Valley. It is also home to more than 90 mammal species including 11 primates of which the white Colobus Mountain with its long white tail is prominent. The major activity here is gorilla tracking, forest walks, bird watching and monkey viewing.
Day 2: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Full Day)
Day 3: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Kampala City
End of Safari
Mgahinga Gorilla National park
Mgahinga Gorilla National park is a well known park for gorilla safaris. At just 33.7km2, Mgahinga Gorilla is Uganda's smallest national park. However, it is also one of the most dramatic for the park lies on the northern slopes of Mts. Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo, three volcanoes that create an unforgettable regional backdrop. These peaks are three of the six Virunga volcanoes that mark the southern limit of the Albertine Rift Valley and are divided between Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. The Virungas are home to more than half of the world's population of the endangered mountain gorilla. 380 individuals roam the slopes of the volcanoes while the remaining 340 live nearby in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Fortunately for the gorillas, Mgahinga small area is supplemented by those of two larger, adjoining parks in Rwanda (Volcanoes NP) and DR Congo (Virunga NP).
3 Days 2 Nights Mgahinga Gorilla tour
This 3 Days Gorilla Tour takes you to Mgahinga National Park, located in South Western Uganda. Mgahinga National Park from Kisoro town is 14km covering 33 sq km in the district of Kisoro which is occupied by the Bafumbira. The park is habituated by the rare mountain gorillas giving room for Gorilla tours. This gorilla tour is carried out in Kisoro.
Day 1: Kampala to Kisoro
Day 2: Gorilla trekking in Mgahinga
Day 3: Departure
Cost: $ 3500
End of the Gorilla tour
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