Gorilla tracking is done on foot, in Uganda and Rwanda, as well as in a few other places in central Africa, and participants should therefore be reasonably fit to walk for some distance through the rainforests. In general, in Uganda, the gorillas are often only found further into the forest, and move in groups of between ten and twenty gorillas. Their group will usually have at least one silverback (an alpha male). Gorilla tracking in Uganda is fairly challenging due to the longer distance that needs to be covered in order to find the gorillas, but it is wonderful to see so much of the forest if you can manage it. In Rwanda, families of gorillas are quite often nearer to park’s entrance and shorter walks are often required in order to see them. They are usually in groups of between nine and thirty-nine gorillas. Of course, no one can guarantee where the families will be at the time of your visit.
When you have found a group of gorillas in the forest you will stop and be able to admire them from between 7 and 10 metres away and quietly watch their activities. Amazingly enough, they often come quite close to visitors, perhaps curious as to our intentions, and this is such a profound experience. Before you leave for the forest, you will be briefed on how to deal with situations like this one, and you will always have a trained expert with you to ensure your safety. In addition, the gorillas that you will see are habituated. This means that they have spent two to three years becoming familiar with people around them before they were allowed to be visited by tourists.
To organise a gorilla tracking adventure in Rwanda or Uganda can be quite tricky. There are permits involved, only a certain number of people may see the gorillas on any given day and the prices for accommodation and the whole gorilla experience can vary considerably. This is due to the differences in the services and facilities available. In order to get reasonable prices and accommodation that will best suit your needs, it is best to speak to one of our travel consultants. It will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life, provided that it is well organised.