Common mistakes to avoid on a gorilla safari
Are you planning a gorilla safari? Avoid any of the common mistakes which most travelers made on their gorilla tours. Tourism statistics clearly indicate that gorilla tourism is the most done venture, which attract the highest population of travelers from all parts of the world. Presently, gorilla safaris have become a dream for all travelers and a closer look into the brown eyes of an adult silverback is all they want on a safari to Africa. An encounter with the critically endangered mountain gorillas is an experience of its own kind only done in too regions i.e Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in south western Uganda and Virunga conservation area which comprise of Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Virunga national park in Congo and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. All travelers inquiring gorilla tours in future are required to book as early as possible, book gorilla permits in time, contact trusted travel operators. Below are common mistake you should avoid to ensure an enjoyable gorilla trekking experience:
Do not forget your gorilla permit
Also known as a gorilla pass, a gorilla permit is a must have for any traveler going to see mountain gorillas. No one is allowed to see mountain gorillas without a valid permit, which bears his/her names. Gorilla permits are issued out by respective government bodies, which are Uganda wildlife authority in Uganda, Rwanda development board in Rwanda and the management of Virunga national park. Also, travelers are always reminded to book for permits as early as possible, roughly 6 months before to secure the permit.
Do not choose a gorilla family you cannot trek
Most travelers have fallen victims of selecting gorilla groups they cannot reach up to. Mountain gorillas live in different families situated in different areas of low and high altitudes. Fortunately, a traveler has a choice on which gorilla family to trek depending on his/her fitness to hike. On the actual day of trekking, travelers are grouped into groups of eight each of which is allocated a gorilla family. The gorilla family allocation is usually based on age of the traveler and physical fitness. Ifs fortunate that a traveler is free to choose which family he wants depending on how fit he or she wants.
Do not book far away lodges
Staying near the briefing point and the trekking starting point is an added advantage, which save travelers energy and time. Travelers are also reminded to book lodges close to the briefing point, which enable them to get there in time. The best example in this point is Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where lodges are scattered in all the four sectors of the park in the north, south and west. You are therefore advised to book a lodge in the respective sector you are trekking in. much as travelers can sleep in one sector and trek in a different one, sleeping in a lodge in the sector you are trekking is highly advisable to avoid getting tired unnecessarily.
Do not ignore hiring a porter
Much as it’s not compulsory, hiring a porter is an indirect way of preparing for a memorable trekking experience. Porters are local people who help to carry traveler’s baggage hence easing their hiking with no difficulty. Besides carrying your backpack, porters provide support to travelers in the sliding, slippery grounds, which stop them from falling. Interestingly, porters are hired for as low as 10 dollars for the whole day which money they use to support5 their families and improve their standards of living. Also hire a walking stick from the briefing point, which also ease your movements.
Carry other travel documents
Besides gorilla permits, travelers are reminded to carry other related documents for clarification. These include passport photos, visas and medical letters that provide details about the traveler. The information on both documents should be similar such as the date of birth, sex and origin among others.
Travelers are also reminded to dress right fro the jungle if they are to enjoy their stay with the gorillas. In most cases, gorilla habitats are, rainy, muddy, slippery, cold, wet and impassable despite the season, which make hiking quite difficult. The recommended dress code includes hiking boots, hand gloves, long sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sweaters for the unpredictable weather conditions. Travelers are reminded to avoid short trousers and armless shirts which exposé them to extreme coldness and being hurt by thorny bushes.
In conclusion, gorilla trekking is the best wildlife experience you should not miss out. Book a gorilla tour to Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, follow the rules and regulations and enjoy a lifetime experience with mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.