Gorilla trekking is one of the outstanding reasons for the huge numbers of tourists who visit Uganda every year. It usually involves moving in a group following the permanently established trails heading to the Jungle with the need to meet the Gorillas in the Jungles.
Before the trekking, a briefing is conducted at the Park headquarters or starting point. The main reason is to highlight trekkers on how to behave while in the Jungle with the Gorillas.
For conservation purposes and elimination of congestion in the Jungle, only eight trekkers in a group are allowed to visit one Gorilla family per day.
Gorilla trackers are the first to go early in the morning to locate the presence of these apes. After, it is their responsibility to notify the Park ranger guide with the group of trekkers about the exact location of the Gorilla families.
After locating these apes, you are allowed to be in their presence for only one hour. You see them as they feed, laugh, play and more. Besides Gorillas, you are exposed to several other wildlife species like plant life, birds, insect species and more.
The time taken and distance moved depends on where these apes spent their last night. Tourists are advised to come with packed food and drinking water. Lunch time usually reaches when the activity is still on.
This activity requires a permit to be part of it. This card costs $700 per person in Uganda, 1500 USD in Rwanda and 400 USD in DR Congo.