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Amazing Facts about Gorillas in Africa

How can you differentiate a mountain gorilla to other gorillas?

On the look, the mountain gorillas are more grey than brown, are covered with longer hair and their faces are more thickly covered in hair. Silverbacks are the mature dominant males for a family that includes a group of females with or without infants and juveniles.

Gorillas are interesting creatures to watch in the wild and are grouped in two classes that is; Eastern and Western gorillas. Mountain gorillas comprise of Eastern gorilla species whereas lowland species comprise of Eastern lowland gorilla and Western lowland gorilla.

Mountain gorilla silverbacks weigh over 220 kilograms and measures 190 centimeters high with large bodies that cannot allow any loss of warmth from the skin. They also keep moving throughout daylight as they feed on vegetarian diet.

Western lowland gorillas are less important and lighter compared to others. Males weigh around 180kgs and 170cms tall whereas the females are much smaller. They are herbivorous but also reptiles and insects that pass them and can be considered as omnivorous animals.

Lowland gorillas on the other hand were the first gorillas and now live close to the swamp lands and woodlands of western Africa. Mountain gorillas are openly found around both thick and thin forests and in lowland swamps.

How many Gorillas remaining in the world now?

The last recorded population of gorillas in 2013 showed that there were only 400 gorillas in Virunga region and only 480 gorillas in Bwindi which makes a total of 880 gorillas. Today, the population may be more than 880 Mountain gorillas including the habituated groups open gorilla safaris in the different countries where .

Where do the gorillas live?

Gorillas live in the Virunga region that covers Uganda, Rwanda and D R Congo in Africa. A greater part of the gorillas is seen in the volcanoes of Visoke, Karisimbi, Mikeno, Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabinyo. Mountain gorillas stay in steep environment less than 13,000 feet high. Gorillas spend maximum of their time in the woodlands and bamboo plantations.

Which gorillas do you see in zoos?

Most of gorillas in zoos are lowland gorillas. Attempts were made in 1960s and 70so as to capture live mountain gorillas but none survived as many adult gorillas were killed while trying to obtain live babies. Lowland gorillas have been kept and even bred successfully in captivity though they end up affected by stress and disease.

At what time and where is it possible to track Mountain Gorillas?Most mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and in Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. Less gorilla trekking activities are done in the DR Congo because to political instability issues. Most tourists trek gorillas in Uganda and in Rwanda. Usually annual weather conditions support gorilla trekking throughout the year though some days are cooler than other days. Trekkers are constantly advised to come along with Tracking gears like jackets and hiking shoes to shun irregular weather situations.

How can I visit the gorillas?

There are several online based tour operators that organize gorilla safaris to Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. Usually few numbers of people book gorilla permits in advance in order to visit gorillas. Gorilla trekking is physically exhausting and requires one to be bodily fit and impartially ready for walking on steep forested trails.

How is it safe to visit Gorillas?

The gorillas are calm and gentle creatures and rarely react to the visitors aside silverbacks behaving in an intimidating manner. Tourists are always advised to follow strict rules from the park rangers and guides in order to minimize the risk of human disease transmission to gorillas and also avoid causing stress to the animals.

What are the main threats to mountain gorillas?

Previously poaching was a serious issue and still is a threat to mountain gorillas aside deforestation and disease spread from the neighboring communities. Gorillas have a low reproduction rate since females obtain their sexual maturity at 10 years and above. That means they produce once after four years. On the other hand, the male gorillas become sexually active at 15 years. There is also high infant mortality rate at 40%.

How close can one be to a Mountain Gorilla?

Strictly one is authorized to observe a distance of 7 meters from the mountain gorillas despite the fact that gorillas continually move closer to the visitors. You are advised to switch off the flash light when snapping them. Visitors are also not permitted to touch the gorillas.

At what age must you be to track Mountain Gorillas?

One must be 15 years of age and above to be allowed to trek mountain gorillas. This applies both in Uganda or Rwanda. Usually when booking for a permit, one provides the date of birth and year to confirm their legibility to track gorillas.

When do the male mountain gorillas develop silver hair on their backs?

A male mountain gorilla is acknowledged as a silverback when it has reached maturity. Adult male gorillas later build up a silver-colored hair on their backs and can easily be with their unique color and size.

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Michael T 06/June/2021

Above & Beyond
Review of: 3-Day Gorillas trekking and Batwa Experience
Sedrick went above and beyond to accomodate our request for an itinerary alteration due to our compressed time in Uganda. He also compeltely took care of scheduling our covid 19 testing and drove us to the site on arrival.

Our driver/guide Ben was also outstanding!

**We highly recommend using a porter during gorilla trekking as their are some complex parts to the trail/terrain. This also benefits the local people by providing them work.**

David 24/June/2021

Seeing Lots of Animals and Uganda
The schedule suited my time in Uganda exactly and was a great opportunity to view some of the top wildlife and natural wonders of the country. Lodgings range from mid-range to near upscale and are in beautiful locations. Food is good and ample. My driver, Stanley, was expert at spotting wildlife and, very importantly on the Ugandan roads, a careful and skilled driver. You see various parts of the country on this tour, and due to distances, be aware you'll spend quite a few hours on the road. One thing they might add is an itinerary going into more detail ahead of time on each day's activity and suggested things to bring. I was concerned about the needed COVID test for return home, but they took care of arranging that, and it turned out successfully. Overall the tour was a real highlight and is highly recommended.

Justo Nov 18, 2019

I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019
Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018
I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019
My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019
Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .