Uganda Mountain Gorillas are a sub-specie of the eastern gorilla, the Uganda Gorillas are a special species, characterized by their fur muscular bodies, gentle brown eyes, the animal species is a herbivorous feeding on plants of the forest, fruits, mushroom, and roots, it is a rare occasion that you find them feeding on small insects like termites and small animals for a meal. Uganda gorillas live in two ecosystems Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park both are situated in the southwestern corner of the country. Gorillas live in families of up to 20 members led by a fully grown male alpha adult known as a silverback, baby gorillas live in the care of their parents up to the age of 2 years, Gorillas just like any other primates as they mature they get to make their own families and groups keep breaking up while creating territories.
Uganda Mountain Gorillas can be visited all year round but best during the dry season between June- September, and December – February, this is considered a peak tourism season as well because it is a greater advantage to visit the national park due to fewer disturbances like slippery roads. Gorilla trekking has strict gorilla trekking guidelines put in place while with the gorillas, the 7-meter distance rule is to protect both the primates and trackers in case of any communicable disease, and it helps to give them peace while you watch them. Trekkers ought to be above the age of 15 years. Children below 15 are to be granted permission from the Uganda wildlife authority and consent from parents. Gorilla permits price according to the Uganda wildlife authority tariff plan are USD 700(Foreign nonresidents), 600 USD (Foreign residents), and 250,000 UGX (East African citizens).
Gorilla safaris can be combined with wildlife tours, most of the conservation areas in western Uganda interconnect, so if you may choose a trip it can go around 3 parks on the same itinerary The Bwindi impenetrable national park is placed approximately 9 hours’ drive from Entebbe international airport, it can be accessed by road through the Mbarara-Masaka Highway, Charter flights can be organized by the aero link to the destination landing at the Kisoro airstrip, there is available accommodation around and in the park ranging from the budget facilities to Luxury.
Besides gorillas in Uganda, the country boasts of 13 primate kinds living in distributed ecosystems and conservation areas, it is blessed with wildlife including the so-called Big five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and Rhinos)