Are gorilla safaris safe? – The instant response is, mountain gorilla safaris are safe and a must include in your bucket list. Mountain gorillas trekking safaris is a popular activity and perhaps a must include when planning an adventure to East Africa. Mountain gorillas are the most endangered of all the gorilla species and up to 1000 individuals are left worldwide. These massive primates are a joy to watch in their natural habitat and many have testified the activity being life changing. Despite being large, gorillas are generally shy, gentle and peaceful in nature. Gorilla safaris are thus safe and guarantee an incredible experience to have in a life time.
Are gorilla safaris safe? Before gorilla families are opened up for trekking, they go through the habituation process, where they are carefully exposed to humans in the wild. Mountain gorillas are vegetarian in nature a main reason as to why they live in densely forested areas and spend most of their time in the jungle eating. However mountain gorillas are muscular, intelligent and strong and can be trained and they can get very close to humans. Mountain gorilla trekking can be done in only three countries of Uganda, Rwanda and D.R Congo. The safari experience is different even if you visit the same gorilla family different times.
However, this does not erase the fact that gorillas are wild animals and just like any other wild animal; they also tend to become suspicious of some scenarios that happen. When gorillas become suspicious of anything, they tend to react in a defensive way.
Rarely, mountain gorillas can become of great threat most especially when they feel disturbed, say in their territories. They may react by charging aggressively and once the approach, they, aggressive and vigorous bite, thumping, breaking ribs, dragging and if the person is not rescued in time it may lead to loss of life.
Tourists are however always required to keep a seven meter distance while with the gorillas and should not touch the gorilla. For a successful gorilla safari experience just like how many have succeeded, it require you to follow the trekking guidelines that will be offered or explained to you during the briefing process before embarking on your trekking safari. Acacia safaris limited has well planned gorilla trekking safari package to both Uganda and Rwanda that guarantee safety and exceptional safari experiences.
Gorillas are social animals and can get accustomed to the presence of humans. The fact that they share 98% of their DNA with human beings only proves that they are more like us. Your gorilla safari will offer fascinating memories that you will live to remember for a life time.
Gorillas are more tamable and can really associate with human. Despite mountain gorillas being wild animals, they can indeed be trained and they get very close to humans just like Dian Fossey who lived with mountain gorillas and had this to say “I feel more conformable being with gorillas than being around people”. These massive primates have great intelligence and can differentiate between individuals.
Just like all other living things, gorillas have got some fears, they do not like certain reptiles such as chameleons, caterpillars. They are also afraid of water and will cross streams only if they can do so without getting wet, such as by crossing over fallen logs. Gorillas are also known to dislike rain.