What are advantages of trekking mountain gorillas twice?

March 28, 2022
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Most tourists who have got an opportunity of visiting mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda usually ask for more time with these amazing apes in their natural habitats. They are found in the southwestern parts of Uganda which includes Mgahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Parks, in the North of Rwanda there is Volcanoes national park and Virunga found in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Tracking mountain gorillas is an exciting tourist activity that deserves to be experienced not only once in a life time, out of experience from our very own Journeys Uganda team that has visited mountain gorillas of both Bwindi and Rwanda Forest Parks more than once, this article is a handy guide on why tourists should visit mountain gorillas twice or more times.

Travel to African involves lots of opportunity cost and travel bills, so while planning for your holiday or vacation to Africa it is imperative to start preparing in advance mostly if you are including a Gorilla tracking adventure which visit will leave you mesmerized and the best wildlife encounter Africa has to offer.  A Gorilla tracking ticket is more expensive than other wildlife safari activities that Uganda and Rwanda have on plate, so when you are planning to trek African Mountain Gorillas, try as much as possible to spend more time and adventure deeper as you enjoy this activity that will stay a life time in your ticked off travel bucket list.


Some tourists trek mountain gorillas twice because they have a thought of missing them after the first tracking attempt so this implores them into booking another trekking permit. The chances of seeing mountain gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda are very high and over 90% as the gorilla tracking activity is arranged putting into consideration the value of your money as first priority, so after paying and your travel expert books a gorilla permit expect to see the endangered mountain gorillas either in one trek, two or more but with different experiences.

For this to happen successfully take note that you will need two different tracking days since visiting gorillas by tourists takes one hour and is done only once every day by a group of 8 tourist at most, in essence, if you are looking at only Gorilla tracking in Uganda or Rwanda, at Journeys Uganda we recommend 4 to 5 days depending on which park you chose to visit.


Advantages of trekking Mountain gorillas twice or more times.

One of the reasons why you should book mountain gorilla trekking permits twice or more times is that you get a great opportunity to have more time with these unique gentle apes in their natural habitat. The first trek helps you to slake the interest in seeing these giants in the recommended 7 meters distance which you know but the gorillas do not, this will over whelm you the breath taking sceneries, the un expected time lag you spend to reach the gorillas that many a time seem longer than reality, in the second trek you will be less anxious, perfect and a little experienced in tracking mountain gorillas which will give you a deeper analysis in you interaction with them in the forest and thus enhance your personal experience and appreciation of their living as it offers greater understanding of their intricate social structures, markings, physical appearance and behaviors.


Another reason for booking mountain gorillas twice is that you get a chance to trek and experience different gorilla family which are in different number and sectors, note that just like humans, in different families, so are the gorillas as they do not behave alike. For Gorilla tours to Uganda in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, you have that chance because this park is divided into four major tracking sectors. After booking your gorilla permits expect to immerse your dream of encountering with these unique endangered apes that will create everlasting memories.


The third advantage of trekking mountain gorillas twice is that you get two hours with the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and also have a chance to compare and contrast the two mountain gorilla groups you visited and the experience encountered in each gorilla family, for the photographers as per our expert safari guides, clients always get better shots on the second visit as the first one comes with lots of excitement for seeing these giants for the first time, the second visit after reviewing prior photos will give chance for using the appropriate lighting under the forest cover with no flashes on.

Another reason why one should book more than one trekking permit is that you get everything you expect on your gorilla trip that you may have missed in the first trek, this is why it is important to try the second trek. Journeys Uganda is always available to help you with such things so send us an email, we check for the availability of mountain gorilla permits and secure them for you until you come and enjoy the experience of trekking mountain gorillas twice or more times. For spending more time with these primates in their natural habitats, we advise doing a gorilla habituation experience which allows spending four hours after meeting a gorilla family.

Best time to go gorilla trekking

Gorilla parks can be visited at any time of the year but the most recommended period in Uganda and Rwanda is during the two dry seasons that are between June-August and December-February when conditions favor the tourists for trekking the endangered mountain gorillas as well as the chimpanzees. Also, other wildlife national parks are good to visit at such times. However, Uganda being surrounded and with fresh water bodies coupled with tropical rainforests, weather is unpredictable as it can rain anytime of the year so this is why you are advised to come for a gorilla tracking safari when well-prepared through doing the right packing and coming along with the appropriate gears that will facilitate this activity from the beginning to the end.

 Packing list for trekking mountain gorillas

Packing list is also among things one should consider while preparing for gorilla trekking as listed below.

Long-sleeved clothes protect you from tropical insect bites because this activity is carried out through hiking in thick forests.

Hiking boots make you comfortable while hiking on muddy and slippery boggy mountain slopes.

A walking stick will be provided at your lodge, the park offices or the gorilla tracking starting point.

Other items you need to put in your bag are insect repellent, a hat, waterproof jacket, enough drinking water, snacks, and packed lunch, a camera with extra batteries, garden gloves among others.

Journeys Uganda is the best tour operator one should book with, because we are experts in organizing gorilla trekking tours in either Uganda or Rwanda, we also help you to secure gorilla permits once you confirm with us, for more formation about gorilla tours in Africa contact us.

Reasons for booking with Journeys Uganda.

Traveling to a new safari destination is so exciting and it is one of the greatest experiences one can ever encounter. You get a chance and exposure to different cultures, food, and natural habitats out of your usual environs that will create everlasting memories in a foreign land. Journeys Uganda is a certified travel agency in Uganda that understands the customers desire to have an unforgettable experience and is well equipped to deliver just that. At a very affordable price, you could visit Uganda and experience the best that the Pearl of Africa has to offer.


Book a double gorilla trek

Finally you are at your decision making level to either track the gorilla once or twice, will you book with Journeys Uganda? Note that no matter where you are on the path to planning your dream gorilla safari, it is our pleasure and honor to assist you along the way in making that dream safari a reality. Your interests and your search for integrity and authenticity have, perhaps, led you to JOURNEYS. Your travel satisfaction is our goal. JOURNEYS is the company you keep. We are just for you so it’s about us and you, we emphasize that the double gorilla trekking experience is incomparable and we highly recommend it to most of our travelers thus don’t hesitate to reach out to our travel consultants at info@journeysuganda.com to help answer all you questions about this gorilla safari.


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