Ugandas dense forests are home to over half the worlds 1,000 or so mountain gorillas.
The rest live in the neighboring Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Its therefore little wonder that Uganda has been listed as number 16 on the top 19 destinations to visit in 2019 by National Geographic Traveller.
The steady growth of Uganda’s gorilla population is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories, with tourists playing an important role.
Almost 20 families can now be visited by guided groups of up to eight.
Trekking fees raise funds not only for gorillas and their habitat, but also for Uganda’s other national assets including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, home to chimps, giraffes and hippos.
Other indulgences you cant miss include exploring Bwindi’s bird watching trails, cycle routes and craft scene after your gorilla trek.
The US-based magazine says when Rwanda doubled the price of its gorilla trek permits from $750 to $1,500 (572 to 1,144) in 2017, Uganda responded by freezing its own rates at $600 (458) until mid-2019.
What you need to know about gorillas
Gorillas display uncanny human characteristics. The close-knit family groups are headed by a silver back – a mature male – who selects places for the group to eat and sleep, and has many privileges, including the right to feed first. This privilege pays off for the rest of the family, as if the group is threatened, the silver back – weighing up to 120kg (260lbs) – will defend them to the death, if necessary.
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