Why are Gorillas found only in Africa?

Why are mountain gorillas found only in Africa, where to go for mountain gorilla trekking in Africa, best places to trek mountain gorillas from in Africa.

Gorillas are the largest primates that share about 98% DNA with humans which brings them man’s closest relatives after chimpanzees and bonobos. They are gentle and display many humans like characters and emotions.

Gorillas have emotions that they display according to how they feel including showing happiness and sadness. Gorillas are large with broad chests and shoulders, large human-like hands, and small eyes.

Mountain Gorillas live in families or groups in tropical forests of Africa surviving within groups or families led by a dominant silverback.

Why are Gorillas found only in Africa? Mountain gorillas only live in their natural habitat and these are dense tropical forests. These habitats act as a refuge from their threats and also offer all the food needed by the gorillas each day. they are endemic to these areas and there are no mountain gorillas surviving in captivity. Mountain gorillas live in these dense African tropical rainforests because of the abundance of food, favorable weather among other factors.

The gorilla diet is specific and requires many tons of food daily and that’s why the tropical rainforests offer the best provision. With the weather conditions in Africa, the tropical forests offer great habitat as there is enough food to feed the gorilla population.

The weather conditions are not extreme in Africa like winter or summer, therefore, making the forests able to flourish all year round. This is why mountain gorillas only live in Africa especially in the tropics near the equator.

Where to trek Mountain Gorillas in Africa

To have a trekking experience and see the giant gorillas, one needs to visit any of their natural habitats. Mountain gorillas can only be seen in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Here are the four national parks that host the mountain gorillas;

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest and is located along the Congo border next to Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Rift Valley.

The jungle forests cover 331 square kilometers and contain both montane and lowland forest and are accessible only on foot.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost 480 mountain gorillas that is almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. About 19 gorilla families are fully habituated and can be trekked on a Uganda gorilla safari.

  • Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park well known as Parc National des Volcans is located in the north-western province of Rwanda in a small town known as Musanze.

The park harbors the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda that is always available for tourists who would love to carry out gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda.

Volcanoes National Park borders Congo’s Virunga National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda.

Volcanoes National Park has several habituated mountain gorillas and is known to be easier to have trekked than the Bwindi gorilla population.

Mountain gorillas of Rwanda are known to move for shorter distances and therefore this makes them easier to trek than those of Bwindi that move for longer distances and make trekking difficult.

  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and home to mountain gorillas with 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group.

The park is located in Southwestern Uganda. Tracking the Nyakagezi gorilla group is amazing with the fact that this group is big and social compared to many other habituated gorilla groups.

  • Virunga National Park

Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is also home to Mountain gorillas. The park is home to habituated gorilla families that can be trekked.

To reach the park, tourists usually arrive via Rwanda then connect to Congo by road. Trekking gorillas in Congo is very affordable as permits are the cheapest of all those in Africa.

The above national parks are the top mountain gorilla trekking spots in Africa. The only way of seeing these gentle giants is by undertaking a Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, gorilla trekking tour Rwanda or Congo gorilla trekking safari.

Gorilla trekking/tracking in UgandaWhy are Gorillas found only in Africa?

Gorilla trekking is a popular safari activity on most travelers’ bucket lists and there are only three destinations where it happens. The gorilla trekking countries in clude Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda has two National Parks. Uganda gorilla trekking safaris are done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in South western Uganda.

In Rwanda, Gorilla trekking is done at Volcanoes National Park. while in the Democratic Republic of Congo, gorilla trekking is done in Virunga National Park. to Trek gorillas in Africa, you are required to first acquire a gorilla trekking permit which is a legal document that will grant you acces to gorilla trekking premises. Difeerent gorilla trekking destinations have different prices for gorilla trekking permits. To trekk in Uganda, you will pay about $700 for a normal gorilla permit and about $1500 for the gorilla habituation permit.

Rwanda gorilla permits ar more expensive than those of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwanda gorilla permits are sold at $ 1500 for a normal gorilla trekking experince per a person per a trek.

Note: A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is only issued to individuals above the age of 15.

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