When you compare Gorilla chimp treks experiences, gorilla trekking is a more organised activity both in Uganda and Rwanda. Chances of seeing these Gorillas is 90%. Gorillas live in families/groups under the leadership of a dominant male called a silver back.
In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the activity is so organized early in the morning. An advanced team goes to the forest to look for where the Gorillas would have slept the previous night. Once the rangers team finds the Gorillas. They communicate to the park headquarters to locate them for the Guides who maybe taking the tourists to the forest.
At this point, tourists plus their guide will start the trek to look for gorillas starting from where they slept the previous night until they find them. Once the tourists have encountered the Gorillas, they have to use only one hour to observe, watch and take photographs.
Chimpanzee trekking on the other hand is not as organized as gorilla trekking. The chances are very high while in Kibale Forest, Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu forest. The same process of having an advanced team locate them first applies to Chimps too.
Chimpanzees live in communities of around 100 individuals or more. During day communities break up into smaller parties to reduce on the food competitions. 6 people trek one party/ group. Just like Gorillas, tourists spend only one hour in the chimpanzees’ presence while taking photos and watching them play.
The family of habituated gorillas is trekked by a maximum of 8 people in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga, while Chimpanzee parties in Kibale National Park are restricted to only 6 people. While the gorilla family can only be receive a maximum of 8 people PER DAY, Chimpanzee trekking happens twice in a day (morning- AM and afternoon-PM).
Taking a close look at chimp trekking in Kibale National Park, a maximum of 18 people do trek chimps both in the morning and in the afternoon. It is normally an arrangement that 6 people trek one chimpanzee party thus 3 parties for 18 people.
The fact that chimpanzees keep on breaking into small parties and regrouping. At a given point, you may find yourselves trekking the same party (18 people) joining up together. This tends to cause confusion among the tourists if not briefed very well. This sometimes leads to congestion and kills the whole Eco experience as expected by the tourists.
Gorilla chimp treks experiences are amazing; Mountain gorillas tend to be on ground in most cases and depending on the height of the vegetation, they are better seen compared to chimpanzees which are in most cases up in the trees (Not all the time though; so many people have found them on ground). Make sure you enjoy your African Trip with your very own HOME TO AFRICA TOURS AND TRAVEL.
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