Whether you are seeking a Gorilla Trekking adventure or cultural safari,we share your passion for new experiences. Thrill your senses on your Gorilla Trekking safari in the wild as one of the most majestic and mesmerizing experiences as you gain a fascinating insight into the rich lifestyle and livelihood of these elusive gentle animals. Gorilla Trekking is one of the most thrilling activities and the main reasons tourists visit Rwanda, Uganda and D.R.Congo as they seek the famous mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Journey through the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and admire the endangered mountain gorillas, the vegetation and the beautiful mountains in Virunga massif as the main habitat of these gentle creatures. Mountain gorillas only live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the D.R.Congo.
Though mountain gorillas can also be viewed in Virunga National Park in D.R.Congo, they are more preferable to visit in the alternative parks in Uganda and Rwanda since there habitats in Congo are politically insecure posing fear to travelers.
Volcanoes National Park located in the Virunga Massif/ Virunga volcanoes is the only place in Rwanda where you can view these gentle creatures and is located 3 hours drive from Kigali in the northwest of the country, on the border with the D.R.Congo and Uganda.
Volcanoes National Park is home to over 150 habituated gorillas split into 11 gorilla families issuing 96 gorilla trekking permits every day alongside several wild ones that are not habituated for the gorilla tracking exercise.
Rwanda presents itself as the location offering high end gorilla trekking with a gorilla safari in Rwanda being rated the most expensive travel experience compared to the other two counterparts, this is a tourism strategy attracting the most exclusive resorts and promising higher income to the local communities.
For luxury travelers that prefer more intimate and high-end experiences, Rwanda is your best choice with the most exclusive and stunning lodges. However, the permits are significantly more expensive compared to Uganda at 600 USD and a Gorilla Habituation Experience lasting 4 hours at USD 1500.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda can be experienced in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park that are as well part of the Virunga Massif together with the Virungas National Park and Volcanoes National Park. Uganda is home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas with the gorilla trekking permits more affordable compared to Rwanda.
Gorilla Trekking Parks are found in southwestern Uganda which is over 12 hour drive away from the entry point- Entebbe International Airport or enjoy a 3 hours scheduled flight over to the beautiful landscapes to cut the long hectic drive to the gorilla parks.
The Parks in Uganda offer other opportunities including Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, mountain climbing, Batwa visits, visit to the local medicine man, visit the local villages and the visit of Queen Elizabeth National Park for its tree climbing lions.
Unlike Rwanda, Uganda Gorilla permit is affordable at $600 per person with a range of affordable accommodation options to carter for all the economic groups of travelers and domestic flights you can take to get there from Entebbe.
Visiting Uganda, will not only offer you a gorilla safari but will also offer a wildlife safari, chimpanzee trekking, mountain climbing, with spectacular birding opportunities in most of the Ugandan parks compared to Rwanda that has less to offer to traveler.
Both the countries- Uganda and Rwanda, each of the countries have an added advantage over the other thus we can choose which one offers the perfect Gorilla Trekking experience.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest requires more physical fitness and stamina though for most people this makes the experience more exciting.
In Rwanda on the other hand, gorilla tracking is done on the side of a volcano, and the tracking is a bit easier and you are assigned a group based on your physical abilities.
On your safari to Rwanda you can go chimpanzee tracking, or golden monkey tracking, Nyungwe forest canopy walk, visit Akagera national park, or hike the Congo trail in addition to tracking gorillas while your Uganda safari has a host of things to do including chimpanzee tracking, visit some of the game parks such as Queen Elizabeth national park and go on game viewing drives, or bird watching, see some tree climbing lions, go white water rafting on the Nile, enjoy some mountain climbing and enjoy a bit of cultural tourism. Both countries are destinations rich with tourist sites and activities. So you can go for your gorilla safari in whichever one feels right and more adventurous for you.
The real tracking procedure and experience may be almost similar except for both Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a few add-ons onto the activity like guests being given a cup of coffee or tea at the briefing center and are also given some cultural entertainment.
It is important to note that the choice of the country to track gorillas from will depend on one’s budget, time schedule and one’s additional interests apart from the gorilla safari which will vary from one individual to another.
Virunga National Park in D.R. Congo also offers Gorilla Trekking though it was closed in May 2018 after the kidnapping of two British tourists and their driver and the killing of their guide. The insecurity in the country renders it not safe to visit due to its political instability over years since the country descended into civil war and unrest and also making gorilla conservation efforts far tougher than in Uganda and Rwanda.
Virunga National Park has six habituated families in the DRC although this number is always in flow as new families can be created from spin offs from the existing ones.
Gorilla trekking permits in the D.R.Congo costs USD 400 which is way cheaper compared to the two alternatives in Uganda and Rwanda
Virunga National Park, Africa most Bio-Diverse Park is one of the best-managed Parks in Africa and one of the oldest National Park in Africa. But due it’s political unrest the well-being of our Clients is foremost on our mind.
The USA and UK do not recommend their nationals traveling there with strong advisories as your Travel insurance becomes null and void in most cases.
Most travelers that come to Uganda and Rwanda are here to visit the gorillas in their natural habitat and the choice of which country to visit is up to your with some of the defining factors mentioned above to guide you to make a choice on which country to visit depending on the price, time of travel and what other add-ons your would love to include on your safari, at the end of the day the Gorilla Trekking adventure is a very thrilling activity.