Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Gorillas Factfile: Observation by Sardius Team
Gorillas are large, quiet, gentle apes that live in Africa. Although
gorillas are frequently portrayed as aggressive, dangerous killers,
they are really shy, peaceful vegetarians. Because of massive loss
of habitat, these majestic primates are in great danger of going
Gorillas have very long arms (the arms are longer than the legs),
and a short, bulky body with a wide chest.
Hair and Skin:
Gorillas are covered with brownish hair on most of their body
(except their fingers, palms, face, armpits, and bottoms of their
Gorillas have a very large head with a bulging forehead, a crest on
top (it is called the sagittal crest, and is larger on male
gorillas), tiny ears, and small, dark-brown eyes. Gorillas have no
tail. Adult gorillas have 32 teeth, with large molars (flat teeth
used for chewing food) and large canines (pointy teeth used for
biting), which are especially large in the male gorillas. Gorillas
each have a unique nose print (like we have unique fingerprints).
Gorillas have senses very similar to ours, including hearing, sight
(they seem to be slightly nearsighted and to have color vision),
smell, taste, and touch.
Hands and Feet:
Gorillas' hands are very much like ours; they have five fingers,
including an opposable thumb. Their feet have five toes, including
an opposable big toe. Gorillas can grasp things with both their
hands and their feet.
Male gorillas are much larger than the females, and are almost twice
as heavy. Adult male gorillas are called silverbacks because they
have a saddle-shaped patch of silver hair on their backs after they
are about 12 years of age.
Gorillas Height Weight
Female 4.6 ft (1.4 m) 200 lb (90 kg)
Male 5.6 ft (1.7 m) 400 lb (180 kg)
Gorillas are predominantly herbivores, eating mostly plant material.
They forage for food in the forests during the day. They eat leaves,
fruit, seeds, tree bark, plant bulbs, tender plant shoots, and
flowers. They have been known to eat various parts of over 200
different plant species. Occasionally, gorillas supplement their
diet with termites and ants.
Gorillas rarely drink water; the water contained in their diet is
apparently enough to sustain them.
An average adult male eats approximately 50 pounds of food a day.
INTELLIGENCE AND LANGUAGE
Gorillas are very intelligent and can learn extremely complex tasks.
Some gorillas have been taught sign language by people; these
gorillas learned how to form simple sentences and communicate with
Gorillas have never been observed using tools in the wild, although
they have been taught to use them in captivity.
STSU 069 6 Days –
Day 1 Arrive Entebbe / Kampala
On arrival , you will be transferred to the hotel and spend most of
the day at leisure and overnight Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2 Kampala – Lake Buyonyi
Whole day exploring lake Buyonyi taking with you picnic lunch. The
lake is dotted with small Islands whereby the main Island was
converted to a colony by a Dutch leper until 1969. Dinner and
overnight at the Island camp.
Day 3 Lake Buyonyi / Bwindi National Park
In the morning you will have a chance to take a canoe or fish on the
lake before embarking on a drive into the mountains to the famous
Bwindi forest. Bwindi means “a place of darkness” derived from the
thick vegetation of the forest this almost impenetrable and this is
where your tour gets more excited. Rest off the day at leisure,
dinner and overnight at the Buhoma luxury tented camp.
Day 4 Bwindi National Park
Full day in the forest searching for the mountain Gorilla these
creature are very magnificent. They move in groups. Enjoy a picnic
lunch before trekking back to camp. Dinner and overnight at the
Day 5 Bwindi – Entebbe
After your exciting forest tour drive back to Entebbe with lunch
en-route . dinner and overnight at an hotel.
Day 6 Entebbe – Depart
Transfer to the airport fro your departure flight.
STSU 070 6 Days Gorilla Trekking and Chimpanzee Safaris
This trip starts in Kampala, Uganda and travels south through Uganda
to Rwanda finishing back in Kampala. Guided gorilla trekking
Chimpanzee tracking Lake Bunyonyi Trekking in the Verungu Mountains
in the Parc de Volcans in Rwanda in search of the mountain gorilla
is one of the most memorable experiences that will stay with you
forever. Once found you can sit meters away from these magnificent
endangered creatures. A visit to see the gorillas will help to
ensure their continued survival in their natural habitat.
Day 1 Kampala Departure Point: Bukoto, Blue Mango Hotel, Old Kira
Rd, Kampala. Check In Time: 8:45am Departure Time: 9:30am After
checking into the hotel you head off to the Ngamba Chimpanzee
Sanctuary. Situated on an island 23kms from Entebbe, the sanctuary
is beautifully forested which provides a safe environment for the
orphaned chimpanzee that now regard this as their home. (L; D)
Day 2 Kibale National Park An early start sees you heading southwest
to Gorilla country. Sir Winston Churchhill named Uganda "The Pearl
of Africa" and never a truer word has been spoken about this
beautiful country. The scenery is green and the people are extremely
hospitable. The landscape varies from fertile green areas to snow
covered Ruwenzori Mountains in the west to semi - desert parts in
the north. (B; L; D)
Day 3 Parc de Volcansin This is an easier day as we cross the
Ruwenzoris and head into Rwanda and check into our hotel. It is
situated on the edge of the Parc de Volcansin the foothills of the
volcanoes of the Virungus. (B; L; D) }
Day 4 Kisoro After a briefing by the park ranger, we head off in
search of these magnificent gentle giants, the mountain gorilla.
Optional Excursion: Gorilla Trek cost from US$250.00 - US$375 per
person. The time taken to trek and find the gorillas can be long and
tiring, although once in their presence the effort is more than
worth it. The mountain gorilla (Gorilla Berengei) is one of our
closest living relatives and it is thought that only about 600 still
exist! Late afternoon sees us cross over into Uganda. The experience
of trekking the gorillas is one of the greatest highlights that
anyone can have in Africa. (B; L; D)
Day 5 Lake Bunyoni A leisurely day sees you make our way to lake
Bunyoni, where you can relax or swim, windsurf, go cray fishing,
whatever takes your fancy from the many amenities there. (B; L; D)
Day 6 Kampala Heading in a northeasterly direction we make our way
back to Kampala where the trip comes to end. (B) Optional excusion
Gorilla Trek US$225 - 375 Entrance into park and transfer to and
from gorilla trekking point US$25 - 30 Please note: This itinerary
should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day
depending on road conditions, weather, political situations, and
group decisions. Due to new tourism laws in some of the countries
there may be a truck and crew change during the trip. All prices &
Local Payments are subject to change with prior notice.