Mountain Gorillas Uganda

Mountain Gorillas UgandaThe Best Place to See Mountain Gorillas – trekking in Uganda

Mountain Gorillas Uganda

Mountain Gorillas Uganda – mountain gorilla population of Uganda is spread across Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi is home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population make it The Best Place to See Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla trekking is also practiced here, especially since the local police began using better security methods, making the place safer for tourism.

Uganda is famous for holding most of Africa’s undeniable beauty, and it is believed that if not for the conservation methods used at Bwindi to save this species from extinction, mountain gorillas would have died out by the end of the twentieth century

Congo Mountain Gorillas

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the only three countries in the world where mountain gorillas can be found.

These apes are kept in the Virunga National Park, which is situated in the Albertine Rift Valley.

Surrounded by cloud forests and volcanic slopes with rich vegetation, this valley is the natural habitat of mountain gorillas, making it an excellent spot to build a conservation center for these primates.

Virunga Mountain Gorillas

In 1979, the Virunga National Park was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List because of its remarkable biodiversity. However, due to war in DRC for over 14 years, the government of this country could not pay attention to the park. A rise in poaching of mountain gorillas landed the park on the List of Heritage in Danger in 1994, and its status has remained unchanged ever since.

The locals depend greatly on wildlife-based tourism for their welfare, but political instability caused a sharp decline in tourism, so gorilla trekking cannot be done.

Moreover, rebel groups throughout the area put pressure on park rangers, who risk their lives to protect the animals living in the park. The discovery of oil in the area has also threatened the future of mountain gorillas because that oil is located under a vast piece of land which mountain gorillas live on.

The Best Place to See Mountain Gorillas

DRC is safe, but Uganda and Rwanda are both prime locations for gorilla trekking safaris. Once the trekking trip begins, the tourists are put into groups, each with a tour guide, and they hike uphill towards the place where the mountain gorillas are found. There, the tourists are allowed to spend only an hour with the gorillas, as these apes are habituated to being around humans for very short periods of time.

Gorilla trekking is thought to be easier in Rwanda due to thinner vegetation as compared to Uganda, where the dense vegetation makes the hike tougher. There is no difference in the climate, as both Rwanda and Uganda are located at the Equator and do not experience any distinct seasons, so trekking can be done all year round.

The main difference between a trekking trip in Rwanda and a trip in Uganda is that if you choose Uganda, you can pre-book the family you are to meet before you actually begin the tour. In Rwanda, you choose the family in the morning before the hike. Also, the permits in Rwanda are much more expensive than those in Uganda.

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