“With the sounds and smells of nature all around you, you can immerse yourself in the experience, getting the chance to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat.”
Top Reasons to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking is one of the most amazing things you will ever do, allowing you to get up close and personal with some of the most magnificent mammals on the planet. A leading tourist activity in Uganda, this country is well-equipped when it comes to gorilla trekking. Offering an expedition unlike anything else, you’ll get the chance to try and see gorillas, chimps, golden monkeys, and more as you foray through the wildlife. With the sounds and smells of nature all around you, you can immerse yourself in the experience, getting the chance to see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. If you’ve had gorilla trekking on your bucket list for a while, or are wondering whether or not it’s something you’d like to do, we’ve put together some top tips for your trip.
Admire the gorillas (and other creatures) from a distance
There’s nothing like trekking the luscious forestland in Uganda, looking out for gorillas. Yet it’s important you remember that you are in their environment and as such, need to treat it with care. Always leave a distance of at least 7 meters between you and the gorillas, don’t trek if you are ill (as this can be passed to the gorillas), keep your voice down, and avoid eye contact with gorillas. This is all to avoid the gorillas feeling threatened or causing them any harm.
Decide on your budget and the experience you want
When it comes to Gorilla trekking, there are a host of adventure packages to choose from so you want to select the right one for you. Peruse the different options and think about what you want to spend, how long you want to go for and the sort of accommodation you want. Some experiences come with more luxurious accommodations or additional activities, while others are ideal as an add-on to a Kenya safari. Weigh out the pros and cons of each and how they fit your expectation and what you want to spend.
Visit in the dry season for the best experience
The best time to go gorilla trekking is mid-December to early February or between June and September as these are the dry seasons. While you can still go any time of year, it’s not so much fun when it’s the rainy season. The only benefit to going in these other months is that it can be a bit cheaper and also less busy! We always go in September as it is still the dry season and Uganda seems less crowded.
Take careful consideration with your packing
When going gorilla trekking you’ll not only see gorillas but also might catch a glimpse of chimps, golden monkeys, and other incredible wildlife. Because of this, you want to bring a good camera for photos alongside sensible clothing and footwear. Bring a drink to stay hydrated, snacks, and bug spray to ward off any unwanted insects. Your guide can give you more information and tips on what to bring.
These are just a few top tips for when it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda. To book your own gorilla trekking experience, take a look at our website lftadventures.com – we would love to help you put together the trip of a lifetime.