Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is done daily after purchasing a gorilla trekking permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. You are advised to book your permit for at least 3 months prior to secure your day especially if you prefer a certain location.
Only 8 individuals from 15 years of age are permitted to visit a gorilla family per day. You need to be in good health otherwise you will not track because humans and Gorillas can easily pass diseases to each other.
You will be briefed by your guide way before tracking and advised to stay at least 8m from the gorillas, do not use flash photography, and do not look directly in the eyes of the gorilla for an extended period of time.
You need to wear long-sleeved pants and shirts to avoid scratches as you trek through the forest, carry a rain poncho, seasoned boots, lots of water, lunch (sometimes it takes an entire day to locate them), and finally consider hiring a potter because the terrain can be difficult.