Many people who have got the chance of meeting close with these endangered mountain gorillas appreciate the one hour allowed to stay with these rare apes. A magical encounter with these giant apes is a truly life adventurous experience one should not love to miss. The one hour with these apes is regarded as the most sensitive, awesome and exhilarating of your life staying with these mountain gorillas in a distance of about 7 meters while studying as well as taking photography in a group of armed ranger guide is a true privilege and, if everyone could do it just once, the world would be a better place. Thanks to the work done by the ranger guide who monitor these giants daily, the tourism industry and the people neighbors the park, some people are worried that meeting these giants in their natural habitat might be causing disturbance or exposing them to human disease but in truth without sight-seeing the gorillas perhaps wouldn’t be here at all, it’s the only thing that guarantee their survival.
There are only 880 mountain gorilla individuals left in the world and among these over 480 mountain gorillas live in Uganda shared by Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park, however the majority of people prefer to track in Bwindi national park as the park has over 11 gorilla groups which are readily available for tracking in each day, while Mgahinga has only one gorilla family called Nyakagezi, this gorilla group sometimes migrate to Rwanda and the DRC in search of new adventure, so in case you’re going to track in Mgahinga its advisable to inquire from your travel company organizing your safari to be assured of group availability. About 310-340 mountain gorillas are shared by Rwanda (Volcanoes national park) and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga national park)
Whenever mountain gorillas are mentioned many people’s mind rush direct to the Virunga Volcanoes, its true mountain gorillas rotate in these areas over 38 gorilla families and about 18 solitary silverbacks are distributed across three different protected areas that’s Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda the Virunga park in the DRC. Tracking, mountain gorillas in the DRC was a little difficult due to some insecurity, however the country is recovering steadily and tracking can be organized in this area. Uganda and Rwanda are considered to be the hotspot for gorilla tours as these countries are considered safe compared to Democratic Republic of Congo. The park houses other forest dwellers like mammals species, various species of birds, butterflies, and over 1,000 different flowering plants, so as you walk the trails, you are greeted by a discord of animal sounds at every turn, however the case may be mountain gorillas is the star attraction that live in the forest. Tracking mountain gorillas is considered as a tough activity as meeting these giants may go from a half to full day in the jungle, so a reasonable degree of fitness is needed as well as tracking gears such as sturdy pair of walking shoes, long sleeved shirts or blouses, walking stick battled water and sometimes packed lunch. Searching them may sometimes involve passing through muddy and steep slopes, however ounce these apes are met you will forget all the troubles you’ve gone through and utilize the one hour you are allowed to stay with these animals.
Tracking begins early in the morning with a short briefing from the park wardens or rangers about the dos and don’ts while with these animals, after escort the trackers, guides, armed guards and porters to the jungle to meet these giant apes. Standing in the heart of apparently limitless jungle, with a family of the largest primates in the world, is one of life’s greatest preferences. Your perfect hour the maximum time allowed with gorillas goes so fast. But life will never be quite the same again.