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3-day Uganda mountain gorilla trekking safari starts in Kampala and ends at Entebbe international airport in Uganda. It involves meeting eye to-eye with the magical mountain gorillas

Trekking Mountain Gorillas In The Dry Season

Trekking Mountain Gorillas In The Dry Season, In the whole world, mountain gorillas can only be four national parks in Africa namely volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Virunga national park DR Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga national park of Uganda

Trekking Mountain Gorillas In The Dry Season

Trekking Mountain Gorillas In The Dry Season- In the whole world, mountain gorillas can only be found in four national parks in Africa namely volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Virunga national park DR Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, and Mgahinga national park of Uganda.

Mountain gorillas have fewer fertile days with a female mountain gorilla having 1-2 fertile days in a whole month and the gestation period beings 8 months and a half. When a baby mountain gorilla is born it weighs 3 kilograms and during this time they are vulnerable just like human beings they first breastfeed and depend on their mothers until the age of 4 years.

Mountain gorillas are herbivores animals feeding on entirely vegetation made of leaves, bamboo shoots, fruits, bark, roots, pith, and sometimes you can find them eating termites, ants or insects. Mountain gorillas start eating early in the morning at 6 am until the afternoon when they rest before eating again until 6 pm when they build nests to sleep in.

Mountain gorillas have bodies covered with long and thick fur that helps them to survive in the cold temperatures of rainforests where they live. mountain gorillas share 96% DNA with human beings making them their closest relatives.

Trekking mountain gorillas in the dry season

The dry season has always been the best time for mountain gorilla trekking because the weather is dry with little or no rainfall. The trekking trails are not slippery and muddy and the vegetation is very thin making it easy to spot mountain gorillas and take good quality photos. The roads leading to these national parks are very passable during this time.

Gorilla trekking requires hiking therefore participants need to be physically fit hence this makes trekking during the rainy season very hectic with muddy and slippery trails that make the jungle hard to traverse.

Uganda and Rwanda happen to have the dry season at the same time from June to September and December to February. The same season is the best to visit wildlife national parks for game viewing apart from gorilla trekking.

Gorilla permits

A gorilla permit is a document or an electronic card issued out by the Uganda wildlife authority of Uganda or Rwanda development board giving you access to any tourist ages 15 and above to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitats. These gorilla permits allow you to view mountain gorillas for only one hour but the gorilla trekking activity itself can take 30 minutes to 7 hours while looking for mountain gorillas in the jungle.

Gorilla permit booking information focuses on giving you details to prepare well your gorilla safari experience.

Mountain gorilla permit prices differ depending on the national park you are to trek mountain gorillas from, the cost of gorilla permits for volcanoes national park is $1500 whereas Uganda national parks are $700 for foreign non-residents and $600 for foreign residents. DR Congo has the cheapest gorilla trekking permits purchased at $450 in the high season and $200 in the low season.

How can you obtain a gorilla trekking permit after pressing my booking?  Kindly contact Africa Adventure Vacations Limited for any information you need in preparation to plan your gorilla safari, for example, desired trekking dates, months, and the year, you have to also select a country of our expertise either Uganda, Rwanda, or DR Congo. After you have checked with us, we will have to contact the Uganda wildlife authority a body in charge of national parks to check the availability of the gorilla permits on the days you submitted to us, and after we shall get back to you for confirmation. We accompany it with the invoice so that payment is made to our account so that we purchase for you a gorilla permit in advance and send scanned copies to you.
You will also send us your passport scanned details as a requirement for the Uganda wildlife authority to print out and issue a gorilla trekking permit.

What to bring for gorilla trekking

When intending to trek mountain gorillas in the dry season, you need to pack everything you pack even when it’s a wet season because these national parks are made up of tropical rainforests therefore you cannot predict rainfall. You should come along with waterproof hiking boots, long-sleeved cloths, garden gloves, insect repellents, a hat, sunglasses, enough drinking water, and energy-giving snacks.

If you are planning to trek mountain gorillas in the dry season you are strongly advised to book your gorilla trekking permit in advance like 3-4 months before the actual date reason being there is a very high demand for permits in that season.