Gorilla tracking is one of the most popular and interesting tourist activity done in Uganda, Uganda is among three countries in the world that host these endangered apes the rest is Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo. Uganda is regarded as one of the most gorilla safari destination in the world, housing the highest number of these remaining apes in the world, out of 900 mountain gorillas left in world, Uganda inhabit over 480 individuals living in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Gorilla tracking is the most protected activity in Uganda, your well being and safety is on every one’s mind while on gorilla safaris adventure in Uganda in both parks.
Gorilla Trekking Activity
Safety is the greatest factor to every one wishing to see these apes asking how safe it to sit among these looking tough animals is perhaps in their natural habitat. You should not be worried, Uganda is one of the safest countries in Africa and Uganda is politically stable and its one of the safest countries for gorilla tracking. Arranger guide who is well armed lead the tracking session in a group of eight members, and gorilla are monitored time to time by the ranger guide, they are habituated to human standards which means they can be tracked safely in their natural habitat without any harm caused to human. Ounce you confirm your gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, the government of Uganda, the ministry of tourism, the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the local communities near the parks, lodge and tour operators are all responsible for your safety and wellbeing while Gorilla Trekking in Uganda. Lodges provide 24/7 security to ensure safety while at the facility.
Safety Tips for Gorilla Trackers
- Keep your voices low during the trek
- Follow the Ranger instructions when you are with the gorillas
- Keep the required distance – 7 metres from the gorillas
- Don’t take pictures with flash
The Uganda Tourism Police
There is also anew established Tourism Police which also help to ensure safety and security for Gorilla Visitors There are presently 11 gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable national park and two gorilla groups for research purpose; one group is present in Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. However the leader of this family likes traveling in search of new adventure and most of the time they cross borders in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo so it’s better to ask the group presence before you book tracking with this family.
Mountain gorillas is one of the great source of income to the government of Uganda, eight visitors per group each paying US$600 for a permit totaling 4800 USD plus per day and this is just for one group. The money got from this activity has benefited the local community as about 20% goes direct to them to building up the infrastructures around the park benefiting the villages around the park.
Safety at Lodges
Lodge owners also benefit a lot as a number of travelers occupy these lodges especially during the high season, employees who work in these lodges, Uganda wildlife authority, ranger guides, and
Safety Within Local Communities
various community projects that directly benefit from the project also directly benefit from the tourism as they organize village walk to meet the local community, they purchase their locally made items like crafts, weaves, organize bicycle rides, birding walks and
- Follow the guide’s advice at all times
- Ask the locals if you want to take their pictures
- Ugandans are very hospitable people. Interact with them.
- Dress decently – Don’t dress in a way that is provocative to the local people.
Are you Safe with Tour Operators
of course the tour operators all benefit from the tourists visiting the mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park.