Day 6: Gorilla trek
Gorilla trekking (clothing & equipment list included in Uganda Information e-mail) After breakfast take a short drive to Park Headquarters, meet with excellent local guides and trackers who will give a talk on the ethics of Gorilla trekking. Then clients hike into the forest to where the Gorillas were seen the night before, and then they are tracked from that point. The trek may take 1 to 6 hours to altitudes in excess of 7,500 feet over rough and at times muddy terrain.
Although the hike can be physically demanding the beauty of the forest and surrounding scenery make the trek worthwhile. Once the Gorillas are located all fatigue is forgotten, as the experience is often described as being the most profound natural history experience in the world.
Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras and plenty of fast speed film are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes’ notice, hence waterproof clothing is a good idea, and also zip lock bags for cameras and film. Weather changes in a matter of seconds and it may rain any time. It is advisable to carry along water proof clothing. zip lock bags for cameras and photo films.