Gorillas live in the mountain and swap forests of the Volcanic mountains of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. It’s hard to guess the natural predators of Gorillas given the size and power of a male Gorilla and their natural habitats. Gorillas share shelter with forest elephants, African forest buffalo, leopard and several birds like African gray parrots. This does not actually mean that Gorillas have no threat at all or they are out of trouble.
It’s hard to guess the natural predators of Gorillas given the size and power of a male Gorilla and their natural habitats. Gorillas share shelter with forest elephants, African forest buffalo, leopard and several birds like African gray parrots. This does not actually mean that Gorillas have no threat at all or they are out of trouble.
Leopard is the only predator that is believed to have the capacity to kill an adult male Gorilla(Silverback) though not easy still. The leopard feeds on meat from several animals and Gorilla can be prey for the leopard. The physical energy and capacity too alert the whole family in a very short time on the threat and this gives the gorillas the highest chance to survive without falling prey to predators.
Where to see Gorilla in the World
Gorillas live in the Virunga mountains of DR. Congo in Virunga National Park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. Most of the Gorillas in the forest have been habituated and they can be visited by tourists from all over the world. They live in large families headed by adult males called Silver backs. The silver back directs the family on the activities and determines the routes for the whole Gorilla family each day. Shoebill safaris will help you design a program for your African holiday including a visit to the home of these humble forest giants.
Trekking gorillas in the park starts early in the morning with briefing at the park headquarters by the park staff on the clear guidelines for this fascinating activity. You will then be led to the natural home of these forest giants in search for a habituated family. On finding the Gorillas, you will spend one full hour with them as you learn their behaviors and taking pictures for memories of this great encounter with the largest primate in the world. the activity may take you 2-6 hours depending on the location of the gorillas since they keep moving in search for food. The trekking hours are 7:00am to 7:00pm, visitors are not allowed to stay in the forest before or after that time. Uganda has the highest chances of seeing gorillas due to the high number of habituated mountain Gorillas, Rwanda has 10 habituated Gorilla families.
Cost of Gorilla Permits
A gorilla permits costs 600 USD in Uganda, 1500 USD in Rwanda and 400USD in DR. Congo. These permits are only issued by the responsible government body in charge of tourism. Uganda Wildlife Authority(UWA) for Uganda and Rwanda Development Board for Rwanda (RDB).
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