The Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek in Uganda
The Easiest Gorilla Families to Trek in Uganda are what most travellers intending to do gorilla trekking safaris ask for. Many travellers who do engage in gorilla trekking safaris usually find it challenging if not hard to trek gorillas in their natural habitat which consists of lush rainforests and high altitude areas mountainous in nature. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda usually take anything between 3-8 hours of gorilla trekking, quite a long time of just hiking and hiking in the search of the gorillas that are very mobile. Travellers therefore often times wonder and ask themselves if there are easier treks to see mountain gorillas, and thus ask for the easiest gorilla families to trek in Uganda.
Travellers have over time been led to think that there are some gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park that are too hard to trek while others are much easier to trek. In the same way travellers have a misconception that Rwanda gorilla treks are much easier than Uganda gorilla treks. The truth however is that there are gorilla families that involve shorter hikes, mostly due to the difference in the terrain between Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganda, but doesn’t necessarily mean that all gorilla families in Rwanda are easy to trek. In Uganda too, there have been instances where travellers engage in gorilla trekking only to find the gorillas within just a few minutes, thereby giving trekkers an early encounter and interaction with the mountain gorillas.
When travellers ask about the easiest gorilla families to trek in Uganda, the Rushegura gorilla family sometimes called the R-Group is considered by many that have trekked it as one of the easiest gorilla families to trek in Uganda. During some seasons though, the same Rushegura gorilla family in Buhoma sector of Bwindi has been hard to trek for the fact that it does move further into the rainforest thus proving hard to trek. Bitukura gorilla family in Ruhija sector of Bwindi as well as Nshongi gorilla family in Rushaga gorilla sector have also been considered relatively easy to trek since they are near the starting point of gorilla trekking in each sector. These observations are however variant from one traveller to another.
It is safe to say that there are no easy or hard gorilla families to trek. This is because gorillas move every single day, they are highly mobile primates that they do not even sleep in the same area as before. Whereas the gorillas may be in an easy to reach or access place today, it is not guaranteed that they shall be in the same place the next day, thereby bringing the variations on easiness or difficulty of each gorilla family. All advice therefore on the easiest gorilla families to trek is purely based on history of the gorilla families as well as previous experiences. Travellers are reminded that gorillas are in their natural habitat and not the zoo that they shall find them where they were last left; they roam their territory in either Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Instead of wondering about the easiest gorilla families to trek in Uganda, travellers are advised to simply ease their gorilla trekking experience. This can be done by having the essential gorilla trekking equipment like sturdy hiking boots and comfortable clothing, as well as have a walking stick which will ease the movement and stability on the slippery or muddy grounds. Also doing some fitness activities like jogging on a hill or skipping, as well as preparing yourself mentally should be good enough to prepare you for the gorilla trekking experience.
Seeking the services of a well-informed tour company to arrange and prepare you for your Uganda gorilla safari is important. Some tour operators do make the mistake of booking travellers in distant accommodation facilities from the starting point of the gorilla trek. Some even book accommodation in one gorilla sector of Bwindi while they are to trek in another gorilla sector. This has travellers spending more time on a transfer to the start of your gorilla trek.
Gorilla trekking is a strenuous activity which involves travellers trekking through the tropical rainforest, slippery steep slopes, water puddles, and small rivers in search of the allocated gorilla family for an encounter. The ability to do gorilla trekking is largely dependent on one’s physical fitness and mental preparedness, for what is hard for you may be easy for another traveller. Dwelling on knowing what the easiest gorilla families to trek in Uganda is not important since it is not guaranteed, simply prepare adequately for it, as well as pack right for gorilla trekking safaris. Be sure to seek the services of a reputable tour operator for the best and memorable gorilla safaris.