Tips for One Day Gorilla Trek

Wake-up Time for a 1 Day Gorilla Trek in Uganda from Kigali

Are you wondering how you can trek gorillas in Uganda when you are in Kigali? Perhaps you wish to track mountain gorillas in Uganda starting from Kigali and you are wondering how best you can get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park. For starters, no need for you to worry about the fact that it is possible for you to be part of this life-changing adventure even when you are in Kigali.

The one-day gorilla trek is the best package for visitors with limited time in Africa. Starting your trip from Kigali means that you have to get up early enough so as to catch up with the early morning briefing on dos and don’ts that every visitor must observe while in search for the rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Some of the important measures that will be briefed to you include;

  • Keeping a distance of 7 meters away from gorillas at all times
  • No tracking gorillas when you are sick
  • Only 8 visitors are allowed to track one habituated group
  • No leaving rubbish in the forest, keep around your group
  • No eating, smoking or drinking in the forest
  • No touching gorillas
  • Observe the 1 hour of magical encounter
  • Always keep your voices low while in the forest
  • No flash light camera is allowed when taking photos of gorillas and if your camera has, please you are advised to turn it down before taking photos otherwise this may irritate these creatures a behavior that may cause harm to you.

By observing these measures, this will help safeguard not only gorillas but also you the visitor while in the wild as human beings are considered to be foreigners in these creatures’ habitats.

Your gorilla journey begins early in the morning at around 4:00 am; head off to cross the border area to Uganda to either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga National Park. The one-day gorilla safari is a budget trip and you hit the road to your respective trailhead ready to catch up with the early morning briefing on gorilla trekking measures.

Bwindi National Park is composed of 4 main trailheads where gorilla treks always kick start and these include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Amazingly, each of these sectors/trailheads feature habituated groups where treks are done.

Gorilla Groups in Each Sector

  • Buhoma Sector: Habinyanja, Mubare, Katwe, Rushegura
  • Ruhija Sector: Bitukura, Kyaguliro, Oruzogo, Mukiza
  • Rushaga Sector: Mishaya, Nshongi, Busingye, Kahungye, Bikingi, Bushaho and many others
  • Nkuringo Sector: Nkuringo and Christmas.

After the briefing, you hit the jungles to search for the group that is assigned to you. Note that, gorilla trekking entirely involves you hiking through the rainforest/dense vegetation and steep slopes while in search for these great apes in the wild.

You will be accompanied by one of the well-trained and experienced park ranger guides. For anyone who is in need to take part in this primate experience, you must be physically fit to make a complete hike.

This thrilling primate adventure may last you about 2-8 hours depending on a number of factors some of which include;

The nature of the habitat, location of gorillas in the course of the day-where if it is during dry season which is characterized by limited food supply these creatures tend to move for longer distances in search of what to feed-on compared to the wet or rainy season when there is plenty of food for them to eat and makes them keep around.

The other factor is your physical wellness which is equally very key as the trek takes you through dense vegetation and steep slopes.

Remarkably, once you find a habituated group that is assigned to you, you have only an hour to strike your imaginations with these beautiful creatures. It is during this period that you have a chance to take as many photos as possible, explore more about their body gestures, general behavior among other incredible things.

What to pack for gorilla trekking?

When planning for the gorilla trek, you need to put into consideration what items to pack. Among the items you need include the following;

  • Good waterproof hiking boots
  • Camera with no flashlight
  • Gardening gloves
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Long sleeved shirt or t-shirt
  • Trousers
  • Socks
  • Bottled water
  • Energy giving snacks a mention but a few.