One of the most exciting safaris East Africa can offer is the magic encounter with the primates closest to man, the mountain gorillas.
3 days Bwindi Gorilla Safari
Rwanda Gorilla Safari, 3 Days
There are about 650-700 mountain gorillas remaining in the world. In 2006, a new survey was carried out to update the gorilla population. The numbers are shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, which are all part of the Virunga Conservation Area.
Uganda has another forest, Bwindi Impenetrable, which is the Ugandan gorilla sanctuary. Some of the gorilla families have been habituated for tracking in the forest in search for the beautiful primates. There are 6 families in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable, 5 in Rwanda Parc des Volcans and 6 in Congo Virunga National Park.
Mountains gorillas are peaceful vegetarian animals. Their diet mainly consists of foliage. They mostly enjoy the tender bamboo shoots, as well as the bark of eucalyptus trees. The gorilla family is led by the male silverback, who is actually very knowledgeable about the medicinal plants and herbs. After eating the gorillas take a resting interval of a few hours before feeding again. When resting the children are playing around. In the evening the group, which has not a fixed location, will form a nest for spending the night. The nest is made by bamboo sticks and other broad leaves to provide a blanket against the cold. Gorillas can live up to 45 years and the silverback weighs about 200 kg while the female between 80 to 120kg.
The Lowland gorillas, the species of the Gorilla Gorilla Graueri, can be found in Kahuzi - Biega National Parc (KBNP) in Congo. After many years of insecurity in the region, now the management of the national park is reviving the tourist activities. There are about 300 lowland gorillas estimated. It is possible to visit some of the families through walking in the forest of the park following the direction of the ranger.
Acacia Safaris offers to you a comprehensive gorilla safari packages to see Mountains and Lowland Gorillas in Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.