The 2018 Mountain Gorilla census results are out. Uganda Wildlife Authority and other officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and antiquities released them on 16th December 2019.
The mountain gorilla census results have caused a lot of excitement as the results show that the population of these gentle giants is still on the rise. In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, the population of mountain gorillas is now at 459. There are 50 groups with 13 solitary individuals. In 2011, there were 400 mountain gorillas living in Bwindi. This shows a tremendous increase in the numbers of the gorillas in Uganda. This is a great conservation milestone for Uganda and other conservations agencies across the world.
The global population of mountain gorillas stands at 1,063 living in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. With more conservation efforts, the mountain gorilla population is expected to increase more in the coming years.
Mountain Gorilla tracking was one activity introduces to help in the conservation efforts of these majestic animals. Therefore, gorilla trekking is the most sought wildlife experience in Uganda. An African safari would be considered incomplete if you visited either Rwanda or Uganda and did not trek through the thick jungles to see these amazing creatures.
In Uganda, mountain gorilla trekking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. Rwanda has one mountain gorilla home; the Volcanoes National Park while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, mountain gorillas are in the Virunga National Park.
To do a gorilla trek, you need a gorilla trekking Permit. Now, gorilla permit prices vary in the three countries where the mountain gorillas live. Currently in Uganda, a gorilla permit goes for US$600 (but will increase to US$700 with effect from July 2020). In Rwanda, one gorilla permit costs US$1500 while in the Democratic Republic of Congo; a permit goes for US$400.
There are a limited number of gorilla permits available daily, so advance booking is always preferred.
Chigo Tours offers different options of mountain gorilla trekking safaris, both short and long depending on one’s interests. Customized gorilla tours are also available to suit an individual’s interests and schedule. Do contact us and we’ll organize a memorable gorilla tour!
The best time to trek the mountain gorilla in Uganda is during the dry season months – from mid-June through October and Mid-December through March. However, the dry season months also happen to be the peak tourist seasons, so the permits tend to be more competitive. Therefore, advance reservation is very important.
Still, we must point out that gorilla tracking can be done all year round. Permits are always available in the off-peak (rainy) season and some luxury lodges do offer discounts!
In Rwanda, the best time to go for a gorilla trek is during the short dry season from mid-December to February. And over the long dry season months of June to September. These periods offer by far the most favorable hiking conditions.
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