In the whole world, the magnificent mountain gorillas are only found in three countries of Uganda in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, Rwanda in volcanoes national park and Democratic republic of Congo in the virunga national park. Presently, there are approximately 880 mountain gorillas’ shares among these three countries (the virunga conservation area. Mountain gorillas do not live in captivity and zoos, therefore they can only be tracked in the tropical rain forests where they live.
A gorilla trek is not a walk with in the park but the terrain can be tough to navigate and all trackers need to be physically fit, hiking to find mountain gorillas in the jungle is quite tiresome, needs one to be commitment since it involves hiking through the deep thick rain forests that have much undergrowth and several other wildlife.
Mountain gorillas just like other wildlife keep moving and cannot be found the place they were the day before which makes time for gorilla trekking unpredictable hence the necessity to ready a handy guide your gorilla safari in Africa so that travellers have a good idea of what they require for a successful gorilla encounter.
Trekking may take several hours depending on where the gorilla family is located that very day, this makes it difficult for trackers with carryon bags which may be heavy for them. Mountain gorilla trackers are therefore required to hire porters who are local people in the countries they trek from, these porters help in carrying the bags and packs for the tourists through the deep thick forests which are sometimes muddy and slippery especially during the rainy season. Besides making it easy for trekkers, porters earn income since they are paid 20$ per day which income they use to support their families, pay school fees for their children and improve their standard of living, it also creates peace by resolving conflicts from local people who suffer with great poverty. Therefore, all trackers should hire these porters for easy tracking and with the intension to support these local people. Your porter remains with you throughout the trek and will help you cross the trickier parts of the trails and get anything from your bag that you may need.
since gorilla tracking involves hiking through the deep forests sometimes slippery, trackers are require to have walking sticks to make tracking easy, walking with a stick flees a tracker giving him/her balance especially when it raining and the ground is muddy saving time for the trekker with no hassles in the jungle. Also these walking sticks are made by local people and in buying them; local livelihood and standards of living improved all contributing to the final tourism experience after tracking. These sticks can be purchased before the trek and sometimes are available at the lodges and hotels near the national parks, tourists should endeavor to get them for east trekking.
In conclusion therefore, for all travelers coming to trek mountain gorillas in either Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, virunga national park in the democratic republic of Congo and volcanoes’ national park in Rwanda, it is important to know that one hour spent with the gorilla family does not make the tracking complete, they should know that getting to these gorillas takes more hours depending on the location of the family, porters and walking sticks are so much important saving time and energy for the tourists and on the other side supporting local people who provide these services (porters and sellers of walking sticks).