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Gorilla Trekking Tips, Recommendations & Advice

When going on a gorilla trekking safari, it’s very advisable to know the gorilla trekking tips and follow advice on gorilla trekking in order to enjoy the lifetime adventure. Some of the gorilla trekking tips and advice can be seen below.

Gorilla Trekking Tips

Tourists going for gorilla trekking must always book their permits in advance of three months especially during the peak season due to high demand and this applies to all the three countries where gorilla trekking is done.

While booking gorilla permits, tourists are advised to book with the organizations responsible for selling permits or use a trusted tour company.

Mountain gorillas leave on higher elevations of tropical and sub tropical rain-forests that sometimes receive rainfall even in the drier months. You will be advised to come with rain coats, warm clothes, and water proof hiking boots, jackets and garden gloves among the rest.

For budget travelers, the best time for trekking gorillas is in the wet season when Congo gorilla permits cost only $200 and some hotels in Rwanda and Uganda gorilla national parks give discounts on their rates. Though the trekking during this time is very challenging, sometimes gorillas are easily found because food is very abundant during this time so they will not have to move on high elevations in search of food.

Luxurious and mid-range travelers can visit Rwanda, Congo and Uganda during the dry season when it’s very convenient as the roads are easily accessible and the trekking trails are not muddy and slippery; it’s also the best time to visit other national parks in the country.

When visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking, tourists should endeavor to book accommodation within the sector in which they have obtained permits because you can spend a lot of time moving form a lodge in one sector to trek in another sector.

When going to trek mountain gorillas or booking a permit, people with disabilities should inform the park headquarters in advance or a tour operator about the situation in order to make it easier to book sedan seats or bamboo stretchers in advance and make it easy to allocate a near gorilla family for you.

While trekking mountain gorillas, it’s very good to follow the gorilla trekking rules and regulations to avoid making gorillas feel insecure and they attack you.

When planning to go for a gorilla trekking adventure, travelers should involve in physical fitness exercises because gorillas live on high elevations that require hiking and physical fitness is essential.

Rwanda and Uganda share the same climate zone in their gorilla trekking national parks, mountain gorillas can be visited all year round but some months are more convenient than the rest so the best time for gorilla trekking is from June to September and December to February.


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