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Why trek mountain gorillas

Our website is dedicated to providing all information concerning gorilla trekking in Rwanda and Uganda. Many people have trekked mountain gorillas and others have not done so. Its for this reason that in this article, we will try to highlight reasons why you should part with USD500.00 to come to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park or Volcanoes National Park for gorilla trekking.

Mountain gorillas are not only giant apes, but they are also endangered. By you coming to Uganda or Rwanda to trek mountain gorillas, you are contributing to their conservation. Part of the money paid to acquire a gorilla permit is used in conserving the few individuals of mountain gorillas left in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo since there is a joint conservation program in the virunga region.

Gorilla trekking is a lifetime experience. I have tracked gorillas twice in both Uganda and Rwanda but I still want to do it again since the two experiences with gorillas in both countries exceeded my expectation. They do the un expected and your one hour with them will be full of joy and excitement. Take photos and fill your album for the future.

When you come for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park and Volcanoes National Park, it helps these countries to earn foreign exchange which is lacking in these countries. It should be noted that tourism is an invisible export and it is the leading foreign exchange earner in Uganda. When such monies are received, then countries use it to import essential goods and services for the welfare of its people. The good thing with this, people come and take photos and experience without harming our gorillas.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda has created employment to many people. From the day you enter, Uganda or Rwanda, some one earns from your visit. You will have to pay for a ticket to come to both country and this means that someone employed at Emirates, KLM, Turkish Air, Rwanda Air or Kenya Airline earns some money. In Uganda or Rwanda, you will need to be accommodated at a given Lodge or Hotel meaning that waiters will be paid salary and allowances to cater for your stay. You will need to eat food and thus it has to be bought locally. On the day you track gorillas, rangers and guides will escort you and they have to be paid. You could have booked your tour through a local tour operator and by doing so, tour consultants and guides who worked on your inquiry have to earn something. In other words your coming for gorilla trekking in Uganda or Rwanda has a trickle down effect that benefits the host countries. All people that benefit from your visit will in turn pay taxes which are then used to provide salaries for civil servants and services such as water, electricity, security, health among others.

African Countries need to develop and reduce over depending on foreign countries and the only way you can contribute to this is to visit Uganda or Rwanda for gorilla tracking as well as appreciating their other wildlife and culture. Contact us for more details.

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