Reviews: Gorilla Trekking Safari
Below are independent comments from 40 of our travellers who have done this activity and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
"Brilliant Climax to my Trip"
The SilverBack was very regal, with great presence ,you certainly knew who was boss. The younger family members were huge fun,interacting and playing and the mothers were often busy grooming some of the younger ones.
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Early start for Gorilla trekking. Be down at reception at 6.00am, they put gaiters on you, give you a snack bag to take for the trek and provide gloves [ for gripping the undergrowth and in case of nettles.] Quick breakfast [cooked or continental] Then off to the Park Centre to be allocated the Gorilla family [ one of ten that are habituated to humans.....they also have another ten families for research only] that you will be visiting. You can specify easy, medium or more difficult treks but as the Gorillas move about from one day to the next there are no real guarantees.
I did 2 treks the first was about 90-120mins but not much elevation and we saw about 20 Gorillas including a three day old baby. The next day it was a shorter trek but much steeper and the landscape and vegetation were different so it was a nice contrast. On that occasion we saw about 16 gorillas who were much more active and were interacting, grooming, playing, climbing trees and eating bark from the trees.
It was all first rate and thoroughly enjoyable and very memorable.]" Read more about this whole safari
Seeing the gorillas was a wonderful experience and the local guides, porters and trackers were all excellent.
The second trek was outside the comfort zone of us both although more so for one of us. It was steep, slippery (although not wet) and a tangle under foot. If it wasn't for the porter it would have been almost impossible, and the standard payment of $10 was well earned by the porter (although we gave him more) who was exceptional.
However all things considered we are very glad we saw these wonderful animals, particularly the young ones. In one instance the head tracker facilitated our seeing a young gorilla with its parents." Read more about this whole safari
"An amazing experience"
"Gorilla Trekking Safari review"
My two days were very different. Day 1 we trekked 3 hours as the group had moved, and climbed 2000 ft to 10250 ft. V tiring! Then we saw a few gorillas, one or two at a time.
Day 2 I was "awarded" an easier trek. It was: just a third of the distance. And we got to see three times as many gorillas too. Most thrilling was family groupings of up to six at once, and a 3 month baby.
One person had injured her foot earlier, and was carried up by four porters on a stretcher. It worked very well.
We saw buffalo poop and hoofprints, but we saw no buffalo. There was arranger with a gun just in case." Read more about this whole safari