Are gorillas dangerous to people?

Are gorillas dangerous to people?

Is it possible for gorillas to be dangerous to humans?

Gorillas are often shy and hesitant when it comes to approaching humans. They will only attack if they are shocked or intimidated, or if a person acts in an inappropriate manner. It is possible for the silverback male to retaliate by howling and charging at the human with horrifying force if the human makes an unexpected movement. This implies that he sprints directly at the victim at high speed and stops directly in front of him, sometimes at a distance of less than one meter between them. He has nothing to be afraid of if the individual subsequently acts submissively by stooping down and staring at the ground. However, if the fugitive chooses to flee, the enraged gorilla is roused even further: he will track down the fugitive and bite him in the body part he can grip first, which is usually a leg or buttock. The most common outcome of such an assault is a serious wound.

Mountain Gorillas are considered to be deadly creatures, and this is a question that many people ask themselves everytime they go Gorilla trekking or before they go. Gorillas (or mountain gorillas) are a wild primate species that may be found in Africa in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mountain Gorillas, the biggest primates on the planet, live in close proximity to humans on 98 percent of their territory. Mountain Gorillas live in the mountains of the rain forest, where they may be seen in groups. In Uganda, there are 12 gorilla families that have already been habituated; the 11 families live in four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which is the country’s oldest and largest national park, and the sectors are Rushaga, Ruhijah, Buhoma, and Nkuringo. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the country’s oldest and largest national park, and it is home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas.

When it comes to people, mountain gorillas are extremely timid and reserved creatures. They will always attack, but only when they feel threatened or if one individual acts in an inappropriate manner.

A huge yell, thumping their chests, and bluff charges are all used by the silverback male mountain gorillas while they are hiking the mountain gorillas when they detect any unexpected activity. With great speed, the gorilla will come to a halt in front of the human after just one meter of space has been established.

However, a person may misbehave and respond inappropriately, and we urge one to do so if assaulted by a gorilla. Make a crouching position and stare at the ground, following which you should demonstrate interest in grooming the gorilla’s hand while smacking your lips until assistance comes.10 Days Gorilla Trekking & Wildlife Safari

Do not run away since doing so may provoke the gorilla to attack you and even more since gorillas are stronger than any human and they want to feel like giants all the time. When you try to flee, the mountain gorilla will bite you. He may bite your leg, buttocks, or hand, which will result in a large cut on your body.

Karuma falls – Facts, Location, Attraction & Accommodation

Karuma falls – Facts, Location, Attraction & Accommodation

Karuma Falls, Visit Karuma Falls and Murchison Falls- What you need to know, how to get there & Karuma Falls Accommodation

Karuma falls is known to be one of the most attractive Murchison falls national park destinations.

Karuma falls has a name derived from the Luo local language meaning ‘Great Spirit‘. The local people believe it is the spirit that positioned the rocks on which the water hits to form the white waters of karuma falls.

These roaring waterfalls found on the beautiful Victoria Nile are among the most impressive and leading tourist attractions in Uganda.

The stunning Karuma Falls are located on the eastern border of the Murchison Fall National Park which is the largest reserve in Uganda, and just an hour drive from the district of Gulu in north-western Uganda. The park is managed by the Uganda wildlife authority.

Murchison Falls Conservation Area is one of the oldest and is the largest, protected area in Uganda.

It is comprised of Murchison Falls National Park, Bugungu Wildlife Refuge and Karuma Wildlife Refuge.

Currently, the national park itself encompasses 3,893 Bugungu Wildlife Refuge (501 and Karuma Wildlife Refuge (678 are adjacent and act as buffer zones for the park.

Around the falls are a broad diversity of birds, buffaloes, antelopes, monkeys, lions, baboons, elephants, leopards, Uganda Kobs, Hartebeest as well as giraffes.

The falls are situated at the place where the main road of Masindi-Gulu crosses the great river Nile, about 110 km northeast of the town of Masindi and only 70 km south of the town of Gulu.

These 2 districts are connected by the Karuma Bridge, constructed in 1963 to assist cotton farmers within the West Nile.

The Karuma falls aided the construction of the Karuma Power Station by providing the water pressure, the power station provides 750 Megawatts of hydropower.

The project was implemented by the government of Uganda with the aim of increasing the power supply in the country.


Getting to the Karuma Falls:

The distance from Kampala to Karuma falls is 297 km and it is just a five hours drive from Entebbe International Airport.

Karuma falls is found along the Kampala -Gulu highway at the point where the road crosses the River Nile.

The falls stretch on an area of approximately 97 kilometers by road northeast of Masindi town.

On the other hand, karuma falls is 77 kilometers south of Gulu the largest city in the northern region of Uganda.



Accommodation around Karuma falls depends on your budget. These are some of the lodges and accommodation facilities around Karuma Falls:

Red chili camp, Boomu women’s group camp, Uganda wildlife campsite, Pakuba safari lodge, Nile safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Baker’s lodge, and Yebo safari lodge.

Karuma falls - Facts, Location and Accommodation for a memorable Safari

You can visit the falls as a supplement activity to your Murchison falls national park safari.

The sounds at the falls really show the liveliness of nature.

You can take a lot of photos at karuma falls. Perhaps you can also visit karuma town and enjoy the road trip while learning about the culture of the local people in the area.

If you love trying out new things, you can try sport fishing at these falls, it will be a memorable adventure for you.

You can include these falls on your Murchison Falls Safari to add to the adventure.

If you would like to book a safari to Karuma Falls, Friendly Gorillas Safaris is your number one tour operator. Click here any inquiry.