Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda- Trekking tours throughout the year
In Uganda, gorilla trekking occurs in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. However, there are several gorilla groups available for tourism. In Bwindi impenetrable forest for instance, the groups are according to the sector. Habiyanja, Mubare and Rushegura groups are in Buhoma. This is in the north of the park. On the other hand, Bitukura, Oruzogo, and Kyaguriro gorilla groups are in the Ruhija area.
Rushaga in the south has six gorilla families namely; Shongi, Mishaya, Bweza, Rukara, Mikeza and Kahungye. However, the Nkurigo sector is in the south west of Bwindi forest. The sector has only the Nkuringo gorilla family.
The Gorilla habituation experience
There are two families available for the gorilla habituation. In fact, this occurs only around Rushaga and Nkuringo areas.
In Mgahinga national park, only the Nyakagezi gorilla family is habituated. “Big Mark” heads this group. There are other 5 silverbacks in addition to Mark. Therefore, gorilla permits are limited to 8 persons per day.
You can choose the Gorilla group (family) you want to visit. However, this depends on your level of fitness. Some groups live far deep in the forest, while others roam nearby. Your Driver/Guide arranges for you the most appropriate gorilla family. So then it is collaboration with the park office at the briefing point.
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda
In Rwanda, gorilla trekking is only in the Volcanoes national park. Here, there are 10 gorilla families. These include Sabinyo, Susa, Amahoro and Hirwa. There is also Kwitonda, Agasha and Bwengye. And Karisimbi, Umubano and Titus.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda and Rwanda
In Uganda, chimpanzee trekking is in Kibale forest national park. Otherwise more trekking is in Kalinzu forest or Budongo. Kyambura gorge is the other place for Chimpanzee trekking.
Kibale forest is indeed the main chimpanzee habitat in Uganda. It is a tropical forest on the northern side. On the contrary, the south is mainly woodland Savannah.
Generally, forest occupies 77% section of the park. There are 13 primate species in namely the Chimpanzees, baboons and Poto. Others are the red Columbus monkeys, red tailed and Black and white colobus. The L’Hoest’s monkeys and Grey Mangabey also live in Kibale forest.
In Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking is only in Nyungwe Forest. This is a true rain forest. It receives 2,000 mm of rain annually. Nyungwe forest is one of the oldest forests in Africa. The forest has a high level of diversity.