Seeing Gorillas on a forest walk
- February 7, 2016
- Posted by: Africa Safaris
- Category: Travel News
There several tourist activities that can be done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park besides gorilla trekking. This has been done to cater for the interests of different tourists who visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Among the activities are forest walks and seeing gorillas on a forest walk is a possibility. Such activities include forest or nature walks, bird watching and batwa experience. The fact that these activities are conducted with in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are chances of seeing gorillas on a forest walk or birding trip. This however is not allowed and should you be caught, you will be disciplined and penalized by Uganda wildlife Authority.
Seeing gorillas on a forest walk is forbidden
In each sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park such as Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo, Uganda Wildlife Authority has designed trails to allow tourists appreciate nature in the forest by walking on these predesigned trails to see birds, other primates, butterflies, and identifying trees species with in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. That notwithstanding, some tourists book such activities with a hope of seeing gorillas in a forest walk. They also think that by doing so, they would have saved a lot of money since a forest or nature walk costs USD70 per person compared to USD600.00 per gorilla permit to trek mountain gorillas. Encounter Africa safaris warns all those who think that there is a short cut to seeing gorillas on a forest walk that Uganda Wildlife Authority will punish them for breaching the rules and regulations of gorilla trekking.
Of course mountain gorillas are free ranging and their movements are not controlled. With improvement in communication, Uganda Wildlife Authority guides are normally in the know of where mountain gorillas are and should be able to streamline all activities in the forest. Seeing gorillas on a forest walk is therefore not an option and for those interested in trekking the rare mountain gorillas should follow the right procedures where one has to book a gorilla tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National park including a gorilla permit, transport and accommodation. For more information on penalties one could be by seeing gorillas on a forest walk, contact Encounter Africa Safaris