Total World Population of Mountain Gorillas increases to 1069-Uganda gorilla safaris
Mountain gorillas are the only apes facing population increase and the progress is a steady one. With strong conservation efforts, Mountain gorillas have increased from about 880 to 1,069 in just two years. After the mountain gorilla population census of Virunga massif in 2018, the total world population of mountain gorillas increased to 1004, this was a step to success. On the 16th of December 2019, the Bwindi population of Mountain gorillas was declared in accordance to the December 2018 census and there was an estimated total of 459 mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park alone. This means an increase of the total world population of Mountain gorillas to a total of about 1069.
The announcement was done by the outgoing minister of tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities Minister Prof. Ephraim Kamuntu. Mountain gorilla families have increased from 36 groups to 50 gorilla families. The total mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest alone have increased from 400 to 459 as of the December 2018 census.
- Globally the total of mountain gorillas has increased from an estimate of 1,004 to 1,069 in number.
Thanks to the Uganda Wildlife Authority and conservation partners, this is a success story for the Uganda Tourism industry. If there’s a perfect time to go for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda then its now when the population is much more facing success and no threats are putting them at a high risk of extinction
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is the popular gorilla trekking destination in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is automatically the most undertaken activity for many tourists. Bwindi forest, is home to mountain gorillas though those in the park are regarded to as the Bwindi population. This is because they are known to have different behaviors like climbing trees, eating more and trekking longer distances compared to the population in the Virunga Mountains.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest, and is located along Congo border next to Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Rift Valley. The jungle forests covers 331 square kilometers and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost 459 mountain gorillas as of the latest population census which is the highest population of mountain gorillas in a single habitat. About 19 gorilla families are fully habituated and can be trekked on a Uganda gorilla safari. A minimum age of 15 is allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi and 8 people trek a single gorilla family.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi is done in the four sectors of the park. The sectors include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Each of these sectors has several habituated gorilla families that tourists are allocated to trek. Allocation of which sector an individual is meant to trek is dependent on which sector they are allocated by the Uganda Wildlife Authority during the time of booking the gorilla trekking permit.
Cost of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
As of 2019, Foreign non-residents require US$ 600 for each gorilla permit in Uganda. Foreign residents require US$ 500 for each gorilla permit in Uganda. East African residents require UGX 250,000 for a single gorilla permit. Effective 1st July 2020, Foreign non-residents will require US$ 700 to purchase a Uganda gorilla permit. Foreign residents will require US$ 600 to buy a Uganda gorilla permit. East African Residents will still be able to purchase a gorilla permit.
Best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi
The best time of the year for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is during the dry season months of June –August and December –February which makes it easy to go through the trails. It is best advisable to track gorillas during the dry season since it’s easy to trek gorillas as well as view wildlife.
Note: the dry season is actually the peak or high season therefore early booking is recommendable since permits can easily get fully booked as well as accommodation.
Uganda gorilla safari packages
To help you better plan your gorilla trekking safari, here is a list of top gorilla packages in Uganda and Rwanda that you can choose from;