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The best place for gorilla trekking in discussed below
Uganda is one of the best places for gorilla trekking. Mountain gorillas are closely related to man can only be found in Africa. These beautiful, giant and gentle apes cannot live and survive in a zoo. There are less than 1000 mountain gorillas in the world and Uganda has half of this population in its two national parks.
Best place for gorilla trekking in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Impen etrable National park is one of the best places for gorilla trekking with many habituated gorilla families in different sectors of the national park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has three different sectors where gorilla trekking takes places. These are the Southern Sector known as Rushaga and Nkuringo with about 8 gorilla families, the Eastern sector commonly known as Ruhija with about 3 habituated gorilla families and the Northern Sector known as Buhoma with about 4 habituated gorilla families. Buhoma was the first sector where the first gorilla habituated family and trek took place in 1993.
Mgainga Gorilla National Park– Mgahinga National Park is also one of the best places for gorilla tracking in Uganda. It is the smallest national park of Uganda’s 10 national parks but it should not be overrated. There about 2 gorilla families open for gorilla trekking in this small paradise. Although Bwindi Impenetrable is more popular for gorilla trekking, Mgahinga gorilla national park is also an excellent park for the trek and the experience is as great.
Rwanda is also one of the other best places for gorilla trekking. The best and only place for gorilla trekking in Rwanda is Volcanoes National Park. It has different habituated gorilla families open for gorilla trekking throughout the year. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be combined with bird watching, hiking one of the volcanic mountains among others. The park can be visited on a 2 days gorilla trekking safari for people with little time.
Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC is one of the best places to visit mountain gorillas in Africa. Mountain gorillas in DRC can only be seen in Virunga National Park which has 8 habituated gorilla families. The country is also home to low land gorillas. It should be noted however that DRC is still not stable as far as security is concerned and many insurance companies do not cover travellers while visiting DR Congo. Travelers should also first consult with their governments to confirm if they are allowed to visit the park.
The cost of gorilla trekking Permits
In Uganda, national parks are managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority who determine the prices for the gorilla permits.
The cost of the permits are USD 700 a permit per person for foreign non-residents, 600 USD for Residents and 250,000 shillings for East Africa
The cost of a gorilla permit in Rwanda is 1500 USD per person
The cost of DR Congo is 450 USD per person.
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