A remote pocket of rain forest in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest of Uganda is home to half the world's population of endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi Park is now the most popular region for gorilla safaris in Uganda and has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site.
This park is made up of about 200 square miles of dense rainforest and thick jungle vegetation – an ideal habitat for the mountain gorillas. You can check online for more information about the gorilla tramp.
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The other park that offers great opportunities for Uganda gorilla safaris is the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This part is situated on the extreme southwest corner of Uganda on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains that also border Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Rewards of Uganda Gorilla Safaris
The search through the dense rainforest could take anything from 1 hour to 4 hours, depending on where the Uganda gorillas choose to move to on that particular day. Although they do have daily habits, they are constantly on the move in search of food, so do not stay long in one particular place, unless it is to rest for the night.
Visits to the family groups of gorillas are usually limited to 8 people per group and the visit typically lasts an hour. The trek is quite challenging, but once you come into close proximity with these gentle distant relatives of ours, the labors of the journey are soon forgotten.
Sitting in quiet observation of the Uganda gorillas as they go about their daily life, playing, eating and caring and raising their young, is a truly magical experience.