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Visiting endangered silverback mountain gorillas can only be done in the Volcanoes national park – Rwanda, Bwindi & Mgahinga national parks in Uganda and Virunga national park in Congo. The 1 – 5 hour hike for a life changing encounter with a gorilla family is administered in a very organized and strict manner so as to protect the endangered species.
Very advisable to visit more than 1 gorilla group for a different gorilla encounter if you can afford it, or better to cross to the different gorilla parks – since its most probably the only time you will ever see mountain gorilla in Africa.
Mountain gorilla groups can comprise of members between 10 and 30, with a fully grown male silverback gorilla which is the head of the group. Hikes to see Gorillas into the Bwindi national park, Volcanoes National Park and the Virunga NP start with a brief orientation at the park offices, where groups of 8 people are guided up the forest with the assistance of a tracker guides and porters to track an individual gorilla group. Depending on the different starting points where the group starts their hike, trekkers may encounter large plantations, fields of pyrenium crops for locales. On your hike your tracker guide describes the surrounding flora and how the indigenous Batwa tribes use it for local medicine and food.
Because the gorilla families constantly move around the forest searching for food, a hike could last from 1hr – 5hrs, depending on their current location in the forest. When you finally meet your gorilla family, surprisingly the gorillas will be playful and relaxed at your presence. The primates will be playing and eating, not affected by arrival of questioning human audience. The guides use certain vocalizations around the mountain gorillas that researchers for example the late primatologist Dian Fossey found to communicate a message of harmony.
Sensing lack of danger, mountain gorillas will come out from their perches and rub past you as they play or look for bamboo stalks and other plants that silverbacks feed on which include berries, herbs, celery, nettles, thistles and succulent.
Infants and Juvinile gorillas will freely roll past visitors or even touch pants legs if they get close enough. The most fundamental memory about this adventure is watching their human-like emotions and mannerisms.
Bwindi national park has 12 habituated Gorilla groups open to visitors for tracking. Among these are; Buhoma section – Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura Groups, The Ruhija section comprises of Bitukura and Oruzogo groups while the Nkuringo is the only group in the area and Rushaga region has Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza and Busingye groups. Mgahinga national park yet has one group open for visitors called the Nyakagezi gorilla family. This group to roam across the 3 country borders but 3 countries, but later settled in Mgahinga national park.
Volcanoes national park is home to 10 habituated gorilla families open to tourists each single day. Habituated gorilla families in Rwanda include; The Susa group which was originally studied by Dian Fossey and inhabits the slopes of Mt. Karisimbi together and Susa B – the Karisimbi group that broke away from Susa. The Sabinyo group is the smallest, easy to trek family located along the slopes of Mt. Sabinyo, The Amahoro group also called the most peaceful of all families and Umubano group which broke away from Amahoro. The Kwitonda group, Hirwa family, Bwenge, Agashya group and Ugenda are all part of the gorilla groups in Volcanoes national park.
Bwindi national park is mostly at 1500 meters – 2000 meters while Volcanoes national park is at 2500+ meters. This means that climbing will be harder in Volcanoes given its altitude.
Price of the trekking permit differs in the different destinations; Rwanda sells its permit at $750, Uganda sells at $600 during the peak seasons. In the low season, uganda gives permits at $350.
Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park is 2 hours drive from the capital Kigali while Bwindi national park is 8 hrs drive from the capital Kampala. This means that it is more costly to reach Bwindi from Kampala than it is from Kigali to Volcanoes. Although tourists can access Bwindi national park from Kigali crossing via the Cyanika border through Kisoro to Uganda’s Bwindi national park on a 3 hours drive.