Difference Between Gorilla Tracking And Gorilla Trekking
What is the difference between gorilla tracking and gorilla trekking? There are numerous times when people have confused gorilla tracking and gorilla trekking though the two have a slight difference. Gorilla trekking involves tourists being led by a ranger guide in search of mountain gorillas in their natural habitats, this involves hiking so it requires one to be physically fit as mountain gorillas stay on higher elevations of the Mgahinga national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Virunga national park, and volcanoes national park
In most cases, gorilla trekking has been referred to as gorilla trekking but this involves researchers, rangers, scientists trying to find a given habituated gorilla family to be trekked. The Rangers head out to the jungle before the trekkers and use different methods and signs of finding an allocated gorilla family from where they were a day before.
Once the trackers find the gorilla family, they communicate to the park headquarters about the location of that gorilla family using radio calls then the trekkers can start trekking. They usually locate these gorilla families with their location of the previous night and feeding area. Gorilla trekking always begins early in the morning at 7:30 am, clients are briefed at the briefing center and from here they are taught about the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking before they embark on the activity while gorilla tracking starts earlier than trekking on the day of trekking.
Gorilla tracking makes gorilla trekking easier because mountain gorillas can easily be found and there are higher chances of seeing a gorilla family than when they are not first tracked before trekking.
The difficulty of gorilla trekking
Different tourists have different preferences of how difficult they want the gorilla trek to be, some want long hikes of adventure through thick tropical forests while others prefer shorter hikes.
At Africa Adventure Vacations, we make such that we find out what the guest wants right from the time send us an inquiry to the time they book a gorilla trekking tour. We help guests to choose the best sector to ensure that they get their best out of their gorilla trek basing in their preferences. We can also talk to the park rangers to allocate you a group of your choice during trekking.
Gorilla trekking can be done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla park in Uganda, volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and Virunga national park of DR Congo. The cost of gorilla trekking differs per country: Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 foreign residents, and shs250,000 East African citizens, Rwanda charges $1500 and DR Congo offers the lowest trekking permits at $450 in the dry season and $200 in the low season.
Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates living in the world, they are divided into two species of western gorillas and eastern gorillas. western gorillas are further subdivided into cross river gorillas and western lowland gorillas while eastern gorillas are divided into mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas.