Gorilla tracking in Uganda- Gorilla Safaris
The distribution of gorillas in Uganda is limited to two national Parks – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park both found in an averagely 10 hrs south western of the capital city Kampala. Bwindi National Park – over 300 sq kms of pristine semi- tropical mountain forest is believed to be the oldest living forest in Africa with some sections believed to have survived the last ice age! With the highest point of slightly above 2700 m in elevation has several tracking points.
Buhoma which doubles as the park headquarters, Ruhija tracking point east of the forest, Rushaga and Nkuringo tracking points south of the forest! An estimated number of gorillas in the Bwindi eco system is about 500 individuals a figure that is slightly more than 50% of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas in the wild.
Each tracking point has several habituated gorilla families and the total number habituated gorilla families is 15 giving opportunity to over 120 trackers per day excluding two gorilla families reserved for the gorilla habituation experience.
Gorilla habituation experience is done only on the southern section of Bwindi costing $ 1500 per permit limited to 4 hrs with the great apes instead of the mandatory 1 hr for the normal tracking! Permits are subject to availability for both activities but in case if the habituation, only two groups are reserved and only 4 trackers per group