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African Expert has a variety of scheduled tours as well as private tours through Uganda & Rwanda so that trekking gorillas (and chimpanzees) is made easy.
One of the most moving experiences that anyone can experience in their lifetime is to come face to face with a mountain gorilla. It is an encounter that will stay with you forever and an exclusive and powerful experience. There are only a few habituated gorilla groups in Uganda and Rwanda, none of which are easily accessible - meaning that only a very limited number of people have the opportunity to obtain gorilla permits each day. A gorilla permit allows you to enter the protected area in a strictly controlled group for gorilla observation from a short distance.
A number of well known biologists, in particular Dian Fossey brought the plight of the gorilla to our attention. Prior to tracking the gorilla in the field, very little was known about these creatures. The pioneering wildlife researchers soon discovered that gorilla trekking and observation was not easy and that has not changed.
6n order to enjoy this expedition you need to be quite fit as the mountain presents its own challenges in terms of un-trodden paths, steep hillsides, wet vegetation and in places slippery mud. The trek from the base camp into the national park itself is through villages and is rewarding for the children who come to say hi and the unexpected cultural interaction this offers. The actual trek to find the gorillas is usually between 2-3 hours but can be as long as 8 hours. Regardless of the time it takes your guides to locate the gorillas, you have a guaranteed one hour to observe them in their natural habitat.
The accommodation in the region ranges from budget through to the most luxurious and there are safaris of all styles to take you to the gorillas and other attractions in the region. The cost of a Gorilla Permit is either USD600 or USD1500 per person per trek.
Please book well in advance to reduce the risk of missing out on permits.
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