In 2021, mountain gorillas continue to flourish in the wild with no grave harm caused yet by the presence of the novel coronavirus in the world. Though there isn’t yet the latest census for 2021, there is an estimate of how many gorillas are left in the world.
Gorillas predominantly inhabit the tropical forests of central and sub-Sahara Africa and are typically herbivores and fall in the group of the great apes.
Gorillas are divided into two major species; the eastern gorilla and the western and these species are basically divided into either four or five subspecies, and they are one of the largest living primates.
Gorillas are the largest non-human primates with heights ranging between 1.25-1.8 meters with weights between 100-270 kgs.
Gorillas have large arm spans which enlarge to about 2.6 meters depending on species and sex. A gorilla has a lifespan of 35-40 years and has a bite force of around 1300 pounds per square inch.
Mountain Gorillas were once were once expected to be extinct by the millennium, however great conservation efforts have yielded great results with large numbers of Mountain Gorillas dwelling in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga, and the Virunga Massif, a chain of volcanoes that stretch on 174 square miles across Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mountain Gorillas have greater challenges to their survival which include human development, diseases, illegal, snares set to kill wild antelopes, which can also be lethal to gorillas. The increasing climatic changes on the natural habitats, all together affect the Mountain Gorillas
The number of wild Mountain Gorillas in the wild grew to more than 1,000. The surveys that were conducted in 2015 and 2016 announced positive results with an increase in the number of mountain Gorillas from 480 in 2010 to 604.
With the increasing number of mountain gorillas left in the world, these are the only great apes that are increasing in number. Plan to have a gorilla tracking tour in Uganda or Rwanda gorilla tour and have an experience of sharing the natural habitat with mountain gorillas for 1 hour.
3-Day Gorilla trekking Uganda – a perfect short Uganda gorilla trek
Gorilla trekking is one of the top Uganda safari activities in the country and the 3 days gorilla tour itinerary is a popular option. The 3-day gorilla trekking Uganda itinerary offers a short gorilla holiday customized just for the purpose of tracking gorillas.
Bwindi forest is about 493 km from Kampala Uganda’s capital and Mgahinga Forest is about 494 km. The estimated driving time from Kampala to either park is about 8 to 9 hours.
This means that an individual needs almost a full day to transfer from the capital to the park and another to return. Here are the detailed itineraries on the short 3-day gorilla trekking Uganda
3-Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda – Bwindi itinerary
Day 1: Depart from Kampala, stopover at the Equator for photography at the world’s centerline. Continue with the journey through the western Uganda highlands till Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Arrive and check in at a booked hotel near the park. Accommodation is based on the allocated sector for trekking.
Day 2: After early morning breakfast, head to the park headquarters for a briefing from the park guides. Thereafter head to the jungle for gorilla trekking that starts from 8:00 am.
Head to the forest for a trek that lasts about 2 to 4 hours or more depending on where the mountain gorillas have spent their night. After meeting with the gorillas, you spend a maximum of 1 hour in the presence of the gorillas.
After an encounter with the giant gorillas, you trek back to the start point. Remember to carry some drinking water and snacks or foods to keep you energized. Receive a congratulatory certificate at the park headquarters and then transfer to the hotel or lodge for an overnight stay.
Day 3: On the last day of the trip, have breakfast then return to Kampala. The drive lasts more than 8 hours and therefore you will have lunch. Arrive in Kampala in the evening for drop off at a hotel or place of residence.