Are there Easy Gorilla Families to Trek in Uganda?
Which are the Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?
Which are the Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek in Uganda? I want one of the Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek is a request that we often receive from those that are concerned about their level of fitness and Gorilla Trekking, especially after reading the rash of misinformation one finds written by armchair experts who at times have not even trekked Gorillas themselves but base their opinions on other wrongful ideas.
This is the Reality: No one, including Uganda Wildlife Authority, its rangers, tracker, and no Tour Operator, can guarantee you an easy Trekking Day.
Gorillas move each day – one day, they are in an easier-to-access place, and the next day they are upon a steep ridge. Their home territory is usually a six-kilometer-wide area where they roam.
All advice about the most accessible Families to trek is based on the history of the experience with the families that have been easier to trek. The reality is that you are trekking in the wild, and the habits of a gorilla group can change.
Trekking the gentle giants of the forest is not in a staged setting like a zoo, and they are only found in the Wilderness in Mgahinga Gorilla Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Gorillas, like their close relatives, are not predictable. A group that was predictable as a more accessible group to trek may move to a new area that is more challenging for trekkers.
Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek? Unlike in the past, Permits are issued by area in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You are assigned a Gorilla Family based on age, fitness level, your preferences. Some want a challenging Trek on their Gorilla Encounter. Typically things work out fine, and Trekkers get what they ask for.
It is essential to recognize that there is no guarantee. Gorillas move each day. They do not follow trails, and they do not need to. They are Gorillas. The daily movement of gorillas is based on the search for food and territorial fights with other gorilla groups.
We use history and the past as indicators of an easy or challenging group to trek. However, a gorilla family closer to the trailhead yesterday might have moved far away today, and they usually carry less than three kilometers a day.
Each day is different when it comes to Gorilla Trekking, and no one can guarantee an easy or even hard Gorilla Trek. We go by history.
Gorilla Trekking is often Perception versus Reality:
Which are the Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek in Uganda? You, having never trekked Gorillas, know little about Gorilla Trekking. You have perceptions and ideas based on Nature Films where Richard Attenborough encounters the Mountain Gorillas, or you were inspired by the movie “Gorillas in the Mist.”
The reality is that your encounter with the gentle giants is yours. When you trek Gorillas, you are an observer, and on the more extended Gorilla Habituation Experience, you are a participant in the Habituation Process.
Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek? Everyone involved in your Gorilla Trek will do their all to make it one of your memorable life experiences. Use a porter to assist you, along with a walking stick.
That small investment makes your trek more accessible and comfortable and allows you to focus on the Trek and the Gorilla Encounter and not on what to do with the discomfort of your daypack. Wear the proper boots and suitable clothing and have the right Gear. Gorilla Trekking Wear is about your protection, keeping you comfortable on the most critical day in your life.
Age is not a deterrent to Gorilla Trekking. We have had many clients who were well into their 70s. Disabilities can be overcome by using a Sedan Chair and porters.
For most – easy or too challenging gorilla trekking on the actual Trek becomes a non-issue; the experience takes over, and the Encounter is far better than expected. You can nurse your soreness with Uganda Waragi with Krest Bitter Lemon or have Nile Special Beer, the stories of the day begin to flow, and the word fabulous is often injected in the conservation, little if any lamenting how challenging the trek was.
That is our experience as a Gorilla Tour Operator. We know Uganda, and we know all about mountain gorillas, and they are our passion, and we live here and work here, and yes, Trek Gorillas ourselves to see what you will experience.