What are the main differences between trekking gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda?

Mountain gorilla trekking is a skillful organized and well-built ecotourism adventure. It is the number one tourist attraction in both Rwanda and Uganda, where you will stay, since there is a good range of accommodation choices that are available to you. You need to take a deep breath and enjoy the final guide to mountain Gorilla trekking. The ranger guides are also well trained and will automatically look after you and will feed you with enough information about gorilla trekking. These know about the gorilla population and speak English in Uganda and those of Rwanda, speak French.

The merits of tracking the mountain gorillas in Uganda

The drive from Kampala to Bwindi is so lovely and this takes a full day of travel. Though you are tracking the mountain gorillas in Bwindi buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Mgahinga National park, you will also enjoy a scenery view enroute. The gorilla permits in Uganda are cheaper and UWA offers off peak season discounts. Uganda has got lots of things to offer before or after your gorilla trekking safari. Rwanda and Uganda are so near to each other , however , you could also track the gorillas in Rwanda and also drive to Uganda for the rest of holiday in East Africa and vice versa

The merits of tracking the gorillas in Rwanda

Rwanda‘s claim is that you can fly in and do the gorilla trek in just one day and then fly back the same night . I would also recommend this though for those who don’t have enough time. The drive from Kigali airport to volcanoes national park is only 2 hours but the drive is not as scenic as Uganda. Though the roads are better and gorilla trekking in Rwanda includes, a more relaxed drive. Even though gorilla trekking permits cost much more in Rwanda, you can save some money by having a shorter trip. So in Uganda, you need a minimum of two nights, thus increasing the price.

Rwanda or Uganda, which is the best destination for gorilla trekking.

We highly recommend gorilla trekking in both Rwanda and Uganda. Both of these experiences are so amazing. I also liked riding through the rain forest in Bwindi and the bamboo forest of Rwanda. I have known many people who have tracked mountain gorillas and have continued to go back since the experience is so different and exciting. On the other side, some travelers decide that since they are traveling to East Africa, why not trek both Rwanda and Uganda mountain gorillas.

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The eventual guide to trekking the mountain gorillas

This eventual guide to gorilla trekking is intended to help you chose where to go gorilla trekking, where to stay, what to pack and also explain how the entire trek will support the mountain gorillas as well as the local people. I will also share some thoughts on the other activities you can do in Rwanda and Uganda as part of your gorilla trekking tour. All the information that is confined in this guide is based on my individual experience with trekking the gorillas, and also supporting the conservation and tourism in Rwanda and Uganda. I might not guarantee that each and every fact is 100% true, but I have tried my best to come up with this guide.

You can meet the beautiful mountain gorillas at Kinigi which is the base for gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes National Park. There are also over 880 mountain gorillas that live in the mountains that span Uganda, DRC AND Rwanda. This activity is a must for the eco- tourist’s travel list, tracking the mountain gorillas which is a unique wildlife adventure. Each and every meeting with the gorillas is different.

“There is no one who looks into a gorilla’s eyes which are so intelligent, gentle, and vulnerable and can remain unaffected, for the gap between apes and the human disappears; we also know that the gorillas still live with us. Do these species even recognize this ancient connection?- George B. Schaller, Gentle gorillas and National Geographic.

The activity was so low when I first tracked the gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The main highlight of this trek was seeing a baby gorilla hanging from one arm in the moss covered trees above us. The hike through the tea plantation and the mist covered slopes of the jungle like the forest were the magic part of the whole experience too.

The next gorilla adventure experience in Rwanda was also fantastic. There was much more going on and it became a very busy hour for us. We also saw the twin baby gorillas that were playing with their mother. The huge adults also sat chewing in the bamboo above our heads.  Also at one point, the whole gorilla family then decided to walk through our anxious tittering group and we bordered back into the bush, as they brushed right past us.  We also saw the silverback making out and this activity was accompanied by many gorilla farts.

More so, gorilla trekking is not a low priced adventure, however the receipts from the gorilla permit transactions have made a high and a sustainable effect on the ability of these fantastic creatures to survive.

These endangered species have remained under a constant watch throughout the year. Their health and security is highly monitored as well as their population in Uganda and Rwanda have increased from their reduction levels of 254 in 1980s to over 880 endangered mountain gorillas in 2017  By taking up a gorilla trek, you are also contributing to their own survival. You can also follow the gorilla trekking rules that are listed in the eventual guide to trekking of the mountain gorillas.

 

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