UGANDA GORILLAS AND GORILLA TRACKING
Gorillas in Uganda are mainly found in Bwindi impenetrable National Park in south western Uganda. Bwindi has alf the number of mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world. Bwindi is the only national park in the world where chimps co-exist with mountain Gorillas.
Mgahinga National Park is one of the parks in the virunga ranges shared between Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC. It has many gorillas all the same.
Gorilla tracking is a captivation and unforgettable experience which repays more than the effort needed to reach Bwindi and to trek through the forest. Bwindi has several groups that can be tracked by tourists. Three of these are in the vicinity of Buhoma and one at Nkuringo.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The Impenetrable Forest Reserve was gazetted in 1942, upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992 and recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994. In the local Rukiga language, Bwindi actually means ‘Impenetrable.’ This double warning is apt, for Bwindi is all but impenetrable; 327km2 of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys and high, draughty ridges. But if the terrain is far from easy to negotiate, it is well worth the effort. A trek through this, one of Africa’s most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered Mountain Gorillas, ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters.
Bwindi can be cold especially in the morning and at night; the annual average temperature range is 70C-200C with the coldest period being June and July. Warm clothing is required plus wet weather gear since Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain/year. This is concentrated during two wet seasons, short rains in March-May and heavy rains in September-November. Instead of short tropical deluges, rain in Bwindi often falls as long hours of soft drizzle.
The following information would be relevant for those planning trekking from Uganda. (As set out in the printed leaflet by the Uganda Wildlife Authority ‘Gorilla Rules’).
What to bring on your Gorilla Safari:
-Wear comfortable hiking shoes suitable for steep muddy slopes.
-Put on ear plugs for those who feel uncomfortable with the jungle sounds.
-Carry a packed food and enough drinking water.
– Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent.
– Bring a photo of film camera. Using flashlight is not permitted so we recommend using films of 400-800 ASA.