Tips for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Unveiling the Ultimate Gorilla Trekking Experience in Uganda

Discover Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to around 20 mountain gorilla family groups. 8-11 of these groups are available for tracking and observation, while others remain unhabituated for conservation reasons.

Highly trained Uganda Wildlife Authority officials spend approximately two years habituating a family group to human visits. The park features four areas where these gorilla family groups are scattered, and like humans, their group structures and numbers can change.

Join us on an unforgettable journey through Uganda’s lush forests with these essential tips for Uganda gorilla trekking. Whether you’re a seasoned explorer or a first-time adventurer, make the most of your experience and ensure a smooth journey with these invaluable insights. 

Tips for gorilla trekking in Uganda

Key Tips for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

  1. Secure Permits Early: Acquiring permits for gorilla trekking is crucial and often requires booking well in advance due to limited availability. Plan and secure your permits to avoid disappointment.
  1. Respectful Gorilla Viewing:
    • Practice silence and submissiveness when observing gorillas.
    • Follow your expert guide’s instructions to ensure the gorillas remain undisturbed.
  2. Stay Hydrated and Energized: Gorilla trekking can be physically demanding, so ensure you stay hydrated and energized throughout the journey. Carry high-energy snacks like nuts, dried fruits, and granola bars to maintain your energy levels.
  3. Gorilla Habituation Experience:
    • Explore the gorilla habituation experience, spending up to four hours with researchers and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
    • Book this experience in advance with us
  4. Gratuity Guidelines:
    • Tip USD 15 for porters.
    • Tip USD 5-10 for park guides.
  5. Terrain Challenges:
    • For those finding the terrain challenging, book a local stretcher or sedan chair in advance at an additional cost.
  6. Follow Guide Instructions: Experienced guides accompany all gorilla trekking excursions in Uganda. Pay attention to their instructions as they possess valuable knowledge about gorilla behaviour and the environment.
  7. Pack Smartly: Prepare for your trek by packing lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing, sturdy hiking boots, and rain gear. Don’t forget essentials like sunscreen, insect repellent, and a refillable water bottle
Gorilla Trekking Uganda

For Photographers:

Photography is a great way to preserve your gorilla trekking memories, but do so responsibly. Avoid using flash photography, as it can startle the gorillas, and always ask for permission before taking photos

  1. Lens Recommendations:
    • Opt for mid-zoom lenses like a 24-70mm instead of heavy long lenses.
    • Note that lenses can mist up due to humidity.
  2. Flash Photography and Lighting:
    • Flash photography is prohibited, so adjust your settings accordingly.
    • Keep your camera in a waterproof bag to prevent it from getting wet.
  3. Battery Management:
    • Ensure your camera battery is fully charged before the trek.

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