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Is Gorilla Trekking Safe in Uganda, Rwanda, Virunga Congo?

One of the most important things for tourists traveling to another country is safety. Before exploring to any destination know the world one must know about the safety of a country they are going to. Gorilla trekking is one of the most sought tourists activities in Africa and the most expensive so you wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money and go to an insecure place.

Is Gorilla Trekking safe?

Gorilla Trekking Safety in Uganda

Uganda is one of the countries with mountain gorillas, the country hosts half of the mountain gorilla population in the world at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Its is safe to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda as the country is politically stable and you will also have an armed game ranger to lead your group of eight people in the jungle. The rangers are familiar with mountain gorillas and will look out for any warning signs and end the visit early just in case gorillas want to charge.

Uganda also introduced tourism police that always patrol the gorilla national parks day and night making sure there are no unusual activities taking place, they also camp in the bush and make sure tourists coming to the park are safe.

Safety in Rwanda

Rwanda is also among the safest country’s in Africa, ever since the end of the Rwandan genocide the country has been politically stable hence you can trek mountain gorillas with out feeling insecure. Rwanda also provides armed game rangers who lead the gorillas trekking.

Safety in Congo

Congo is one of the countries where mountain gorillas are found, Congo is not politically stable from time to time so trekking mountain gorillas in Virunga national park in Congo must be planned well. Before you go for gorilla trekking in Congo ensure that you check the current situation of the country.

In conclusion, safety during gorilla trekking will also start with you as an individual, there are sets of rules and regulations given during the briefing before you go to search for gorillas in the wilderness. You must always be keen by observing the rules and regulations while in the presence of mountain gorillas to avoid gorillas charging at you, though gorillas are gentile animals they can also become wild when disturbed. Most lodges in national parks also have armed security men that protect the lodge and visitors from any harm.

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