Is Gorilla Trekking Worthy the Money?
Is Gorilla Trekking Worthy the Money? Yes, and the answer remains yes! Gorilla trekking is worth the money ,energy and time spent. Has we see travelers who have experienced or engaged in gorilla trekking can witness with us that the experience of watching these endangered mountain gorillas is very worth the effort ,money and time spent planning the gorilla trekking vacation. However, this mainly proves to those have not yet done it and are wondering if gorilla trekking is worth the money used in the entire gorilla trip.
Gorilla Trekking permit –Fees
Gorilla trekking is done in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. In Uganda gorilla trekking can be done in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park, Volcanoes National park in Rwanda and Virunga in Congo.
A traveler can’t go to trek mountain gorillas without having a valid permit and notes that ,each country has different prices .Therefore ,Uganda’s gorilla trekking permit costs USD700 per person for Foreigner nonresident and USD600 for Foreigner residents ,USD1,500 per person in Rwanda and USD400 per person in Congo .This money you pay as your trekking permits supports a lot of things such as protection and conservation of these great mountain gorillas from poaching ,supports locals surrounding the community ,builds community schools as well as construction of road. Note that, 10% profit from the money collected from the permit goes to the local communities
While urging with the money spent in gorilla trekking the USD700 and USD1,500 spent on purchases of gorilla permits seems to be a lot of money unlike the request that you look at as an investment into protection of the mountain gorilla in their nature environments of Bwindi Impenetrable national park ,Volcanoes national and Virunga national park and to the surrounding communities including the original people of Bwindi ‘’the Batwa people –Batwa pygmy community ‘’.Gorilla trekking is an experience that is worth the money.
It is worth the time spent?
Gorilla trekking is an hour official time allocated for trekkers to spend viewing a group of habituated mountain gorillas. This is quite memorable and magical of the one hour of your life time experience since they cannot fit in the zoos, mountain gorillas can only be seen in the wild forested Virunga massif that straddles across three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Why are no Mountain gorillas in the Zoos? The reason is that, they have never survived in captivity and are born free and only live free. Primates lovers and those want to witness this incredible life time experience, can only visit them in their habitats such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the top visited destination for encountering Gorilla trekking since it hosts high number of them, then Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
Why is gorilla trekking strictly a ‘’1hour’’? The one hour was designed for trackers who engage in trekking mountains, because this one hour given to observe the life style of the giant ape as they spend their day in the jungle. It is only one hour because it helps in minimizing the chance of infections like cold ,flu ,measles and all this is because they carry up to 98% to human DNA.
Gorilla Habituation; This is also an activity which can only be done in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park that allows visitors up to 4 hours to spend with the gorillas and costs USD1,500 per permits.
How long does it take –Hiking hours
Trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can take to 5 to 8 hours in total but depending on their movements. Some time it may last the entire day, you need to go with packed lunch, comfort hiking shoes and enough mineral water bottle. Yes, hiking might seem to be tough but very rewarding and the experience is worth it. If you feel like you can’t hike with your language, book a porter at a small fee to help you carry them.
When is the best time to go?
Gorilla trekking can be done all year -around, it’s very important to know which season is the most favorable, dry season offers a lot different from when you opt to go gorilla trekking in the rainy season months when the ground is slippery among others.
Book now your Gorilla trekking is such a thrilling activity to do and quite unforgettable experience that has attracted millions of people to come be part of this memorable life time encounter which is worth the money. If you don’t hesitate, please book now a gorilla trekking tour in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo and get to embark on one of the memorable experience in day to day life.