Is Uganda safe for Gorilla Tracking?

This is one of the most frequently asked question by very many travelers opting to come for gorilla tracking on an African continent particularly Uganda. Many tourists are not sure how safe Uganda is as regards to gorilla tracking which involves moving deep into the forest to meet these cousins of man.
Gorilla tracking is one of the most safest and protected tourist activities in Uganda full of amazing adventures which are breathtaking. While on a trek, each group is provided with a well trained armed ranger guide who ensures members’ safety while in the thick forests searching for the primates. There is also a new established Tourism Police which also helps to ensure safety and security for Visitors as they embark on their visit to Uganda. Although mountain gorillas look aggressive, they are considered one of the peaceful animals, they are habituated to human standards and they can be tracked safely in their natural habitat without any harm caused to human beings.

Uganda is known as one of the few countries in the world to harbor these endangered species and more so housing the highest percentages of these apes. Out of the 900 individuals left in the world, Uganda hosts over 480 individuals living in the tropical rainforests of Bwindi impenetrable and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park has 11 Mountain gorilla families which are ready to receive visitors every day and two gorilla families for research purpose. Mgahinga has only one gorilla family called Nyakagezi which is commonly known for its unstable nature. The leader of the group likes travelling to neighboring countries of Rwanda and DR. Congo in search for new adventure. It’s better to confirm group availability before you book tracking this gorilla family.

Mountain gorilla tracking is regarded as the most done and memorable tourist activity done on earth. Uganda benefits a lot form the gorilla as over 60% of tourists to Uganda come directly to see gorillas in their natural habitat, the local community also befits as 20% go direct to the local community to improve their welfare. Other bodies like the lodge, the tourism industry, tour companies, workers and ranger guides also befit direct from the mountain gorillas and all these stakeholders are accountable for the wellbeing of tourists and their safety while in on a gorilla trip to this East African country.

Previously Uganda was considered unsafe due to Kony’s soldier who used to kill people in the north; however this no longer the case kony as was over powered and security was settled in the country. Uganda is safe without any political insecurity and it is known as one of the safest countries in Africa. Right from your arrival at Entebbe international airport, everything works well. A visitor does not have to worry about his/her luggage due to the assured security and mostly the culture of the nationals of not stealing from guests. This makes Uganda Tours more safe and generally the best when it comes to choosing where to go for either holiday or a safari.


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