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Gorilla Gifts

Gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They are ground-dwelling and predominantly herbivorous. They inhabit the forests of central Africa. Gorillas are divided into two species and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is 98%99% identical to that of a human, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species. Gorillas live in tropical or subtropical forests. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations.

Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop (group size ranges from 5 to 30) and is in the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop. Blackbacks may serve as backup protection.

What to Expect on a Gorilla Safari

A gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda will still be one of the top adventurous safaris in Africa because of the fact the the gorilla is found in only 3 countries. The mountain gorilla is so endangered that its survival to the next century is very questionable.

The recent killings of the mountain gorillas in the Virungas of Congo had reduced the number of gorillas further. Tracking the gorillas of Uganda can be done in Bwindi forest National park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi is widely termed as impenetrable because of its thick thickets and rather impassable routes. The tropical rain forest is home to these gorillas and other species.

Forest birding and nature walks around the park is also adventurous. A permit to see the gorilla of Uganda and Rwanda costs USD 500, part of which goes to the conservations efforts of these endangered apes.

Gorilla tracking is done on a daily basis with different tracking groups, the Mubare , Habinyinja, Nkuringo and Rushegura. Its very important to book your permit at least 3 months before your safari to Uganda. A gorilla permit is paid separately at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices through your tour operator.Note that UWA does not allow payments by credit card hence making it hard to book it by yourself. The one hour spent with the the gorilla has always made it the best adventure ever in Uganda and probably, East Africa. The gorilla with its big romantic brown eyes is too exciting.

The Silver back, head of the family affirms that in every home, there is need for a head of the house. You can supplement your gorilla trekking tour with a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you can see wildlife at its best, or visit Murchison Falls National Park for the falls viewing. Cultural tours and Rwenzori mountains hiking can also be done after your gorilla safari in Uganda.

About the Author
Richard Dicksons is a freelance Writer in Africa, You are encouraged to visit his website, here, Uganda Safaris Africa, and another interesting one South Africa Guide or Tanzania Safaris and Travel Guide




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