Contributing to the conservation of gorillas in Uganda
In collaboration between Wild Wonderful World, Gorilla Org and Sapmok, we are excited to offer YOU a unique opportunity to join us on a weekend-long Gorilla Conservation expedition! Come face to face with wild mountain gorillas on foot in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda and visit projects to see first-hand what is being done to save these gorillas from extinction. Talk to reformed poachers, learn how sustainable bee keeping is protecting gorillas in the wild and join a class of local school kids as they learn about conservation at school. This is a journey with purpose that combines an unforgettable wildlife experience with the opportunity to contribute to a future in the wild for these incredible apes.
Mountain gorillas are among the rarest and most endangered animal species on our planet, with as few as 1000 existing in the wild today. They are found only in Africa and are distributed into two populations; The first in the Virunga volcanic mountains of East Africa within three national parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda, Volcanoes in north-west Rwanda and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The second population is found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Mountain Gorillas: What are the Threats?
Poaching, habitat loss, disease and war are the four key threats to gorillas in the wild. Rapidly expanding human settlements and the use of slash and burn agricultural techniques are having a devastating impact on gorilla habitats. The issue is exacerbated by European oil & gas producers who have recently been granted permission to search for deposits in Virunga National Park – any development would be disastrous for gorilla populations in the area. The increased fragmentation of forested areas has resulted in the isolation of Gorilla groups from each other, reducing genetic diversity and increasing their susceptibility to disease – 20% of gorilla deaths are caused by human disease. Then comes the issue of war – Gorillas can be killed by land mines placed along forest paths and with war comes the increase of gorillas killed for meat by displaced peoples. The abduction of infant gorillas for sale in the illegal pet trade is also a major issue.
Gorilla Conservation: How do we save gorillas from extinction?
For more than two decades, The Gorilla Organization has worked to save gorillas from extinction. Working on the frontline of gorilla conservation in Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, their innovative community-led approach to conservation builds a better future for gorillas and the people they live alongside. As well as supporting protective ranger patrols, their projects include organic farming, tree planting and gorilla-friendly beekeeping. All of these give impoverished communities the opportunity to earn a sustainable income without having to rely on the natural resources found in the gorillas’ forest home. At the same time, conservation education projects help to spread the message of gorilla conservation to communities across Central and East Africa. It is a multi-faceted approach to a multi-faceted problem, and we are proud to support Gorilla Org in their efforts to save Gorillas from extinction.
Gorilla Conservation Expedition: Fast Facts
Help save Mountain Gorillas from Extinction! Join us for this once in a lifetime conservation expedition – Trek to see Gorillas in the wild; learn about their behaviour, environment and threats to their existence. Contribute and assist The Gorilla Organisation with their conservation efforts in Uganda and see first-hand how your donation will be used to save Gorillas.
- 2-night, 3 days expedition over a weekend
- Fly into Rwanda and travel overland to Uganda
- Visit Gorilla Org projects including reformed poachers’ gardens, bee keeping project, school and tree planting initiatives.
- Trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest
- Enjoy a boat trip on Lake Bunyoni, the second deepest lake in Africa
- Price: ZAR45,000 per person.
- Price includes a ZAR15k donation to Gorilla Org
- Limited spaces available – maximum 7 guests per expedition (Minimum 4)
- All flights and transfers based on a return to Johannesburg.
- Ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 safari Land Cruiser.
- En-suite accommodation on a full board (3 meals daily) and sharing basis (Twin rooms).
- One Gorilla trekking permit per person.
- Visit to Gorilla Org projects and evening talk from a Gorilla Org representative
- Rate inclusive of all government taxes and levies, and Park entrance fees
- Privately guided by Wild Wonderful World
- Items of a personal nature
- Visas (East Africa Multi Entry Visa)
- Telephone calls
- Curio shop purchases
1-3rd May 2020
12-14th June 2020
18 -20th Sept 2020
6-8th Nov 2020
*Dates may change, subject to availability of gorilla trekking permits
How to book a space on the expedition
To request further information and to book a place one of the expeditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, preferred dates and number of people interested in travelling. A 40% deposit will be required to secure your place, and the balance will be due 60 days before travel.