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Uganda Gorilla Trekking Silverback

Silverback Gorilla

An adult/Older male Gorilla is called a Silverback, usually more than 12 years of age and named because it has these characteristics of having patches of Grayish white/ silver hair on its shoulder and back as it ages.  Silverback Gorillas have gotten large canines that come with maturity. Now Blackbacks are sexually mature males of up to 11 years of age Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Silverbacks weigh 350 pounds, the subspecies Eastern lowland gorilla silverbacks (Gorilla beringei graueri) have an average weight of 16- 160 kg (350 pounds). Silverbacks of the Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) subspecies have average body weight up to 195 kg (430 pounds). Generally, only silverback males become the leader of a troop.

Where to find the Silverback Gorillas in Uganda

Approximately 1000 mountain gorillas that remained and stayed in Central Africa of which 1/2 of this number resides in Uganda( Bwindi Impenetrable Forest).Therefore the best destination for a Gorilla trekking safari is Uganda and so it’s still the best place to find/trek Silverbacks -Bwindi Impenetrable National Park any day.

Gorilla Trekking permits are a crucial requirement for tracking Silverback Gorillas in Uganda and they go for $600 and booking must be done in advance before your Uganda tour all because they are limited and hard to secure for close dates.

Best time to see Silverbacks                                                                                                              

During the dry seasons (High seasons) of the year which include months of June – August & December – February. In these months the parks are not too wet and remain/stay dry for your tour and a few activities like Game viewing can clearly be done. So any time you would want to visit Uganda, we would without a doubt recommend you the above 2 seasons. But you could also try out the rest of the months because the weather could be uncertain and unpredictable but can still be wonderful for your tour.