Gorilla trekking - do you need to be fit?!


Feb 22nd, 2006, 01:55 PM
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I can't remember where I read this, could have been in either Michael's, Sandy's or Wayne's report on their treks, but I read somewhere that the guides go out the night before to find the gorillas. (I guess so they know where to bring the people the next day). Based on this info, if it is true, could you ask for the easiest trek before you get assigned to the groups?
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 02:10 PM
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In Rwanda, there are trackers in the volcanoes from dawn to dusk each day patroling the different gorilla groups.
They then relay the location of the groups down to the guides at the Park Headquarters.

Upon your arrival at the headquarters in the a.m., you can ask around to find out what group may be the easiest to see/easiest to get to.

During your trek, the guides are in constant contact w/ the trackers who will let them know where the gorillas are, if they've moved, in which direction, etc.

The trackers and guides then do their best to keep the tourists on target to make the trek to that group.
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Feb 22nd, 2006, 02:49 PM
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As for asking about the easy groups, I had the same experience as Divewop in Rwanda.
You could pick your group the morning of the trek. In Uganda, the permits for the specific groups are bought in advance. It is possible you could swap with someone the morning of the trek and once I was even re-assigned last minute to a different group than my permit. But as a rule in Uganda the decision is made well in advance of knowing where the groups may be.
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Feb 27th, 2006, 04:34 PM
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To Waynehazle,

That is one of the best Gorilla photos I have ever seen.
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Feb 28th, 2006, 12:26 PM
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I was told by several guides how lucky we were that day.

I was really glad that the gorillas came so far down that the local kids could see them. Unfortuantely, you must be 15 or older to go up to see the gorillas.

And though the price is supposed to be very cheap for a natrive to go and see them, veyr few do. All they see are these outsiders driving through their town to go see these animals they never see.

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