Don’t miss out on this incredible discount – lowest it’s been for several years.
The mountain gorilla, of which there are only 780 remaining, is one of man’s closest living relatives. A visit to these gentle giants in their natural environment is a unique and wonderful experience – one never to be forgotten.
Special Offer for 2 months only
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has cut all gorilla tracking permit prices to only $350, for trekking in April and May 2014.
The discounted prices for Uganda gorilla trek permits are:-
Foreign Non-residents = $350 (instead of $600 from January 2014)
Foreign Residents to $250
Ugandans – 100000 UGX
This temporary price reduction is to encourage more tourists and local Ugandans, to the gorillas during the low season months (Rwanda has maintained its gorilla tracking permit price at $750).
Why it is cheaper to go in April and May?
In Uganda, the rains generally come in March, April and May, and so many tourists try to avoid these months, for fear of getting muddy and wet while tracking the gorillas.
However, during these months, because of the rains, there is plenty of food for the gorillas lower down the slopes. As it’s much colder on the upper slopes, the mountain gorillas keep on the lower slopes where they find it warmer and get food easily.
So if you do decide to track the gorillas during these months, it’s likely that your trek won’t need to be such a long one, with many trackers finding the gorillas after only a 2 hour hike.
Whatsoever the case and explanation may be, experience shows that mountain gorilla trekking can be done any time of the year and you will most likely get the same experience.
Where else can I see Mountain Gorillas?
Mountain gorillas are only found in DR Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, and the total number of this critically endangered species is estimated at 780. Almost half of these are believed to be in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the rest living in the Virungas (Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’s Virunga National Park).
To protect the gorillas, only 8 people can visit a given gorilla family per day. In Uganda, 10 families have been living in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP, 9 of which are available for tracking and 1 is dedicated to research. Therefore, there are 72 permits available per day.
The park rangers monitor the gorillas on a daily basis and have a fairly good idea of where they are at any time. However, they are free roaming animals, and their sighting cannot be guaranteed.
What to Wear on a Gorilla Trek?
Put on your sturdiest walking shoes, thick trousers and a long-sleeved top, to protect against stinging nettles. It’s often cold when you set out, so start off with a sweatshirt or jersey – the gorillas are used to people, so it makes little difference whether you wear bright or muted colours.
During the rainy season, a poncho or raincoat might be a worthy addition to your daypack, while sunglasses and a hat are a good idea at any time of the year. Binoculars are not necessary to see the gorillas. An additional pair of old gardening gloves may also be helpful to protect your hands, as you are grabbing hand fulls of thorny vegetation. You may well feel like a snack during the long hike, and should certainly carry enough drinking water – at least one litre.
Whatever clothes you do decide to wear, they will get very dirty as you slip and slide in the mud – especially in the rainier season.
Carry as little as possible, and ideally in a waterproof bag of some sort. Make sure your camera is well protected, and if your bag isn’t waterproof, seal your camera gear in a plastic bags.
Where does the Gorilla trekking permit money go?
The ever-growing number of tourists trekking each day plays a vital role in the Gorilla’s survival. For years they have been ruthlessly hunted for their hands and heads, which have been sold as ashtrays and lampshades! In addition, large numbers have been killed whilst trying to protect their babies from the poachers who sell them to zoos, where they have never lived long.
100% of the gorilla permit cost is used by the park authorities to finance patrols, that are instrumental in protecting the gorillas from poachers and their lethal snares, and on promoting these wonderful animals.
So, if you can get away this April or May, this could be the perfect excuse you need, to arrange your trip today. Come and see these magnificent creatures in their natural habit, for your trek of a lifetime !!
Overland Tours with Optional Gorilla Trekking
14 day Gorillas & Game Parks – Nairobi – Uganda – Nairobi
24 day Gorillas Game Park – Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam, or Dar Es Salaam to Nairobi
35 day Gorillas Southern Discoverer – Nairobi to Victoria Falls, or Vic Falls to Nairobi
46 Day Northern Trek or Southern Trek – Johannesburg to Nairobi, or Nairobi to Johannesburg
56 day Great African Trek – Cape Town to Nairobi, or Nairobi to Cape Town