Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

June 12, 2020
Safari blog

Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

Ever wondered about what’s like to trek the impenetrable forests in search for the mountain gorillas? Are you wondering on whether to spend that extra $700 for a gorilla permit? Have you considered whether gorilla trekking is worth the money? A Uganda safari takes you places, from the remote savanna plains to the forests of Kibale. But there’s nothing quite like Uganda gorilla trekking. If you are thinking of doing a safari anywhere in the world, gorilla trekking should be on top of your bucket list. Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought after safari activities in Uganda. It’s an uninhibited safari activity that sees you trekking through the dense forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga in search of these magnificent apes.

Is gorilla trekking worth the money?

The trek through the forest

Gorilla trekking in Uganda entails a marvelous trek through the forest in search of the gorillas. Trackers are sent ahead to locate the gorilla families. You don’t want to trek the whole day, do you? On your trek, the rangers will give you constant updates on the location of the gorillas. This will get your adrenaline pumping. The anticipation will creep in, alerting your every sense. On making contact with the gorillas, you will be astounded at the beauty of the gentle giants. The size of the silver buck, its agility as they climb up the trees will leave you speechless.

Spending time with the Gorillas.

Uganda gorilla trekking is a life time safari activity and here, you are allowed one hour with the gorilla families. The gorillas have a charcoal shaggy coat that protects them from the elements. The young gorillas are a delight. They play with each other and will sometimes want to play with them. You are advised against touching them as this may look like a sign of aggression to their mothers. They could lead into the gorilla charging you. The young gorillas will climb on their mother’s back eat and play with one another to pass the time.

These gorillas are wild and you are required to keep a safe distance. Even when the young gorillas come and tag at your trousers (yes they usually do), do not play with them or be alarmed. They are in their natural habitat. Uganda gorilla trekking is one of those activities that you would want to do over again. Many a client have said that they would do it over all again. I do believe that gorilla trekking is worth the money.

Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $700 effective July. In Rwanda, the permits go for $1500 and $400 in Congo. Gorilla trekking is done all year around but due to the nature of the hike, you are advised to do it in the dry seasons of June-September and December-January. Due to the changes in the climatic seasons, please contact us for more information.

At Getaway Uganda tours, we pride ourselves in offering you well-tailored Uganda gorilla safaris for memorable experiences. Get in touch with us for a quote. We do believe that gorilla trekking is worth the money.


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