The most frequently asked question for gorilla trekking in Uganda is the guarantee for chances of meeting face to face with these forest giants. Since the start of gorilla trekking activity in 1990, no visitors have failed to see these apes on their trip to the impenetrable forest or Mgahinga National park. There’s no guarantee by anyone about the chances of the mountain Gorillas because gorillas are wild animals that are not kept in one place but keep moving to different parts of the forest in search of food. This often makes their location uncertain each day because of this movement of these primates.
Park rangers use radio calls to link up with each other. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is divided into four different sectors where gorilla trekking takes place; namely; Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma, and Nkuringo with several gorilla families, hence making it easier for tourists to track groups from specific sectors. Uganda wildlife authority has put ways to know the location of these creatures in the forest and this has always made finding gorillas easy in the forest. Some of the measures put to ensure that visitors see the gorillas in Uganda include the following;
Trackers always confirm the location of a gorilla family
A team of trackers has to go into the forest before the visitors begin their journey to find the exact location of a particular gorilla family. Their pre-tracking activity is done basing on the last location where the gorillas nested the previous night. This is normally done to reduce the time spent by visitors in tracking, instead, the first team of trackers communicates to the team of trackers with visitors on the location of the gorilla family.
Allocation of gorilla families according to the trackers’ capacity
Different gorilla families live in different sections of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, some are near and others are far from the starting point. The trackers’ ability to hike in the forest and move will determine which gorilla family to visit. The sickly and elderly people are given an opportunity to track gorillas in lowland areas. Travelers make a choice of which gorilla family to visit and are always encouraged to be open to the park organizing team that help them book gorilla permits to ease allocation of gorilla tracking.
In conclusion, Uganda is the best place for gorilla trekking because of the largest number of gorilla families that make your chances of meeting face to face with gorillas so high. You can, therefore, be assured of a chance to see the gorillas on your trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. In case you are unable to see them, the park management reschedules your gorilla trekking to have the experience.