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New Gorilla Trekking Families in Uganda

New Gorilla Trekking Families in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking Families – The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has unveiled five newly habituated gorilla families for tracking, marking a milestone in wildlife conservation efforts. This development provides travelers with additional opportunities to partake in one of the most awe-inspiring wildlife encounters globally, showcasing Uganda’s commitment to sustainable tourism and gorilla conservation.

Over the past four years, a dedicated team at UWA meticulously conducted the habituation process for these five gorilla families. Their unwavering commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism has been instrumental in achieving this feat. The addition of these new families not only enhances Uganda’s wildlife offerings but also signifies significant progress in mountain gorilla conservation efforts.

The 5 new Uganda gorilla families are spread across several parts of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 

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Buhoma Area: Binyindo & Muyambi
Rushaga Area: Rwigi & Tindatine
Nkuringo Area: Posho

With these new families, UWA now has 24 gorilla families that can be tracked. This is a total of 194 standard gorilla trekking permits.

Gorilla Habituation Experience Permit

Gorilla habituation permits remain limited to four per day, allowing tourists a special opportunity to visit and observe wild mountain gorillas. All tracked gorilla groups have undergone the habituation process, ensuring a safe and enriching experience for visitors.

Introduced as a pilot program by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in 2016, the mountain gorilla habituation experience offers tourists a more immersive encounter with these majestic creatures, providing deeper insights into their behavior. Unlike traditional gorilla treks, the habituation experience allows for an extended period of time spent with the gorillas, fostering a better understanding of their habits and social dynamics.

During the experience, tourists accompany rangers and researchers for up to four hours, during which UWA rangers conduct detailed studies of gorilla nests and trails to gain insights into their behavior. This adventure requires navigating through the dense jungle to keep pace with the gorillas as they forage for food, providing an exhilarating and demanding encounter with these incredible animals.

Where is Gorilla Trekking Done in Uganda?

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Gorilla trekking in Uganda is primarily conducted in two national parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, is home to approximately half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, making it one of the best places for gorilla trekking experiences. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, also situated in the southwest, offers a smaller but equally rewarding gorilla trekking experience, with a portion of the park’s gorilla population habituated for tourism.

Both parks offer visitors the opportunity to embark on guided treks through the dense forests in search of habituated gorilla families. These treks provide an unforgettable opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat and contribute to the conservation efforts aimed at protecting Uganda’s gorilla populations.

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