A number of traveller view gorilla trekking as safari to make the long dreamt encounter with the hairy giant beasts but this trip is more than that. Gorilla trekking especially in the moist Bwindi forest National Park is an interactive encounter that gets you closer to the unknown wilderness where your expectations and hopes are kept high for almost a whole day knowing what time you will meet the mountain gorillas.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park being a natural forest with both montane and lowland forest is surprisingly a meeting joint for humans and the believed human ancestors the Mountain Gorillas. Not only do you get to meet the primate kingdom owners but also other subjects like the olive baboons, vervet monkeys, grey checked mangabey, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys all living in harmony. This forest also allows the existence of the bird territory. You can clearly see them during your gorilla trekking search. In case you were searching for a particular bird during your birding safari in Uganda, you are likely to freely achieve your goal from this bio diversity rich forest which was even recognised by the African Bird Club as the richest African Birding destination.
Prior to staging your meeting with the gorillas, you have to book a gorilla trekking pass which allows you to enter the forest and be part of the gorillas’ day life. Even if you have a fortune and the 8 gorilla trekking permits for a particular gorilla family are sold out, you are not allowed to meet the gorillas. You must have a permit that allows taking part in gorilla trekking.
Even if you have paid for your permit and you develop a contagious illness you may be refunded in case you report to the Uganda Wildlife Authority before hand with evidence. There is a definite no meeting for you with the mountain gorillas. A number of travellers, dream about this great encounter especially those that have had a chance to watch the movie “gorillas in the mist”. When this opportunity finally strikes, you may have a mixture of anxiety and excitement.
Gorilla trekking safaris normally have pre tour advice where by you must be fit to hike the ridges and get down the valley but also the hand capped can track gorillas with the assistance of a sedan chair. When you take the normal hike, you have to get extra support from a walking stick or hire a porter for assistance in case you cannot carry on.
Like any one heading for a special meeting, gorilla trekking has special clothes that you must wear to get comfortable. Long trouser, garden gloves, a rain coat, long sleeved shirt, sun screen jerry, insect repellent, energy bite make your trip more interesting. The rules of gorilla trekking also have to be keenly followed by all trekker because mountain gorillas just like humans get agitated despite there renown serene behaviour.
On meeting the gorilla family, the dominant silverback normally keeps in the hiding to check out your intensions of visit. Finally when he is comfortable with your interaction with his jealously guarded family, he emerges to meet you and displays all acrobatic styles to show his majesty. In case you show that you are scared, he may notice and continue teasing you. You must cooperate and take as many photographs as you can for remembrance without touching any member of his family. Just one hour is enough in the presence of the gorillas.