Gorilla trekking is a wonderful encounter that allows you to get up close to these gentle giants of the jungle in their natural habitat. There are only three countries where you can trek mountain gorillas, Rwanda promotes its adventure as a high-end gorilla trekking destination, Uganda the premier destination for visitors who want affordability and the Democratic Republic of Congo for those that have love for extreme adventure.
In Uganda gorilla trekking activities are carried out in two different parks Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, in Bwindi there are 18 gorilla families active for trekking daily and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to only one habituated gorilla family and also home to the rare endangered golden monkey, so in total Uganda has 19 gorilla families, only 8 tourists are accepted to trek each gorilla family – 152 gorilla permits are available for tracking daily. The cost of each gorilla in Uganda is US$ 700, but recently the Uganda wildlife authority put a promotional Pandemic price which was reduced from US$ 700 to US$ 400 valid up to 31 June 2021.
In Rwanda Gorilla trekking activities are carried in only Volcanoes National Park, there are 10 gorilla families in Rwanda, 80 gorilla trekking permits are available daily, and the cost of each gorilla trekking is US$ 1,500 per person.
In Uganda Gorilla Habituation Experience is currently the biggest tourism activity in Uganda. The strong demand for Gorilla habituation, therefore, offers the possibility of sustained wealth generation from wildlife for Uganda. In Rushaga area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the only place where travelers can habituate mountain gorilla in their natural home, each gorilla habituation permit in Uganda costs US$ 1,500 per person, and there are only two gorilla families undergoing habituation that adds up to 8 gorilla habituation permits available daily, we highly recommend travelers to book their gorilla habituation permits in advance at least 6 months or 1 year to the day you want to visit the gentle giants.
Ugandan accommodation is generally affordable, but there are still some fantastic options, including Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge and Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Mount Gahinga Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge which are among our favorites. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in a remote corner of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is unrivaled for breathtaking views, exclusivity, and something a little different.
When it comes to where to stay, both Rwanda and Uganda have some fantastic options, but there is a growing push in Rwanda to the highest level of luxury accommodation, with the opening of Wilderness Safaris’ Bisate Lodge, the forthcoming Singita Kwitonda Lodge, and the recent addition of One & Only Gorilla’s Nest, These high-end lodges join Sabyinyo Lodge and Volcanoes Virunga Lodge, both of which are great choices for those looking for a more accessible, but still comfortable stay.
In Uganda, the drive time from Entebbe International Airport to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park will take 8-10 hours. However, for some travelers who have very few days on safari or visitor who do not want to spend so much time on the road to go gorilla trekking in their natural habitat, there are small airplanes for travelers who can fly to Kisoro Airstrip from either Kajjansi airstrip or Entebbe International Airport for about 1 hour and a 2 hours -40 minutes road trip to either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park respectively.
In Rwanda travelers to Volcanoes National Park, the drive time from Kigali International Airport to the park is only two hours to your reserved lodge near the park environs. There are no lodging facilities in the park environs.
Besides gorilla trekking in Uganda, there are so many activities do on your safari to the pearl of Africa, the country is not only the home of the giant apes, Uganda is the primate capital of the world – the chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park, tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, abundant birdlife, the big five, the longest river in the whole world – ranked second in rafting experience on the planet, there are 10 national parks where visits can see wild animals in their natural habitat, remarkable boat cruises on the vast lakes and rivers in the country among other excursions.
In Rwanda, visitors can do visit Akagera National Park for game drives, Nyungwe National Park to trek Chimpanzee and Lake Kivu for relaxation, and boat cruise on the lake, Rwanda is a small country, we highly recommend visitors with a few days for holidays to visit Rwanda, why? In Rwanda, you can do chimpanzee trekking, gorilla trekking, golden monkey trekking, big five, and a boat cruise Safari in just six days and back home. Rwanda is a perfect place for travelers who have little time on Safari! For more info about when, where to go gorilla trekking kindly contact Gorilla Tracking Africa so we can tailor your once-in-a-lifetime experience with the gentle giants.