These are some of the Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs and Rules about and when mountain gorilla trekking
Where can I find mountain gorillas?
Half of the Mountain gorillas are located in the Virunga conservation area. This area covers Uganda (Mgahinga Gorilla park), Rwanda(Volcanoes National Park) and DR Congo(Virunga National park). The other half is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
What is the cost of Gorilla trekking in Uganda?
The cost of gorilla trekking safari depends on the accommodation you are willing to book and also the activities you would like in addition to Gorilla trekking.
However, the cost of the Gorilla trekking permit is $600 in Uganda
What is the cost of Gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda?
The cost of the gorilla permit in Rwanda is $1500.
Does the rain affect gorilla trekking?
Whether it rains or not, gorilla trekking will take place. However it is recommended to carry rain gear and trekker shoes so that movement becomes easier.
How long does it take to meet the gorillas?
Gorilla trekking can take a period of 30 minute to 8 hours. This depends on the location and movements of the gorillas.
What is the maximum number of people on a gorilla trekking group?
A maximum of 8 people in a group are allowed to trek and meet the gorillas.
How much time do I have when i meet the gorillas?
When you meet the gorillas, you are allowed a maximum of 1 hour. You can take pictures however, note that flash is not allowed.
How close can i get to the gorillas?
You are allowed a distance of 7 meters in presence of the mountain gorillas. You are not allowed to touch the mountain gorillas though there are rare cases when the gorillas touch humans. When this happens, you should not panic and you should know that the gorillas are always in control.
Are mountain gorillas dangerous?
These animals are very gentle and they seem to ignore tourists in their presence. However, do not take this for granted. You a not allowed to make any rush movements, do not block the way between a mother and baby.
How physically fit should i be before trekking?
You should be in good physical condition. If you are sick or do not feel well, then it is recommended that you should not do the trekking. Trekking can be tiresome and sometimes it can take the whole day, therefore being physically fit comes in handy.
How can I ease my self during gorilla trekking?
In case you want to ease your self, you should dig a hole of about 30 centimeters deep, and then cover the hole right after.
What do I need to pack for trekking?
- You should put on dull colored clothes
- Water: Gorilla trekking can be very tiresome and you need to refill your tank as the trek goes on. It is advisable to park a few water filtration tablets before you come for the trek.
- Trekker shoes: You will need good waterproof comfortable shoes. Some times it rains during the trek, so skid proof shoes can come in handy.
- Rain Jacket: You are advised to carry rain jacket because if rains very often in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
- Snack: You can carry a light snack to give you some energy during the walk in the forest
- Trouser and Shirts Bwindi forest is covered with thick undergrowth, therefore light trousers and long sleeved shirts are advised.
- Socks: You will have to tuck in the trousers into the socks to avoid insects crawling inside.
- Gloves: You will need Gardening gloves because you will be grabbing tree branches, leaves, name it, and some can be thorny.
- Camera: Carry a good camera (no flash ) to capture this lifetime experience
Gorilla trekking Rules and Regulations
- Keep voices down when in presence of the gorillas and if you want to ask questions, you can but only in a low tone
- Stay closer in the group when your close to the gorillas
- You are not allowed to eat, drink or smoke near the gorillas because this can increase the risk of transmission of infections
- You must stay a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas
- Please do not touch the gorillas
- Incase the gorilla charges, do not attempt to run rather follow what the guide does tell you. Do not look direct in the eyes of the gorillas, crouch down and wait for the gentle giants to pass
- A maximum of 1 hour is allowed to be in presence of the gorillas
- You can take photographs so long as flash is not on
- After the time with the gorillas have elapsed, still keep the voices low until you are about 200 meters away from them.
- Please do not leave any rubbish, food, bottles or anything you have come with in the park to avoid any transmission of diseases
Where to stay
There are several lodges and hotels near the Gorilla parks. You chose to stay in any of these lodges. The choice of the lodge depends on you budget. The lodges range from Budget(shoe string) to Luxury(Upmarket).
Here is a list of some of the specialty lodges in Bwindi National park.
- Bwindi Volcanoes Lodge
- Engangi Camp Uganda
- Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite
- Buhoma Community Bandas
- Mantana Tented Camp
- Buhoma Community Rest Camp
- Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
- Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
- Buhoma Lodge
- CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp
- Silverback Lodge
- Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge
- Engagi lodge
- Gorilla Resort
- Gorilla Friends Lodge
- Jungle View Lodge
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
- Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
- Nshongi Camp
- Mahogany springs camp
- Bwindi Guest House
- Bwindi View Bandas
- Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort
- Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas
- Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp
- Gorilla Safari Lodge
- Lake Kitandara Camp
- Gorilla Resort
- Gorilla Forest Camp
- Buhoma homestead
- Gorilla Homestead
- Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
- Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp
- Trekkers Tavern cottages
- Gift of Nature Lodge
- Ruhija Gorilla Resort
- Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite
- Ruhija Community Rest Camp