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Discover the Thrill of Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Unforgettable Uganda Gorilla Safaris

Undertake any of our gorilla safaris in Uganda/Mountain gorilla tours in Uganda and enjoy unforgettable gorilla trekking in Uganda. The best Uganda gorilla safari is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest most known for the best Gorilla treks in Africa.

As per gorilla facts, trekking and seeing the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Parks is 100% guaranteed, on all our remarkable Gorilla trips in Uganda that take you for unforgettable gorilla trekking.

Uganda Gorilla trekking is an outdoor Uganda safari activity involving hours of hiking/walking through steep & dense rainforest jungles searching for Mountain Gorillas. In Uganda, the search for habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi Forest & Mgahinga Gorilla Parks.

Trekking Gorillas starts at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing on safety and gorilla tracking rules. After the briefing, you are allocated a family to trek and placed in a group of 8 people.

Contact us for trustbale advice about Gorilla Safaris in Uganda & Popular Uganda Gorilla Safari Packages.

Top 18 Uganda Gorilla Tour Packages 2023/2024

Our affordable tailor-made gorilla safaris in Uganda enable you to go gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. For over 12 years we have organised eco-friendly Uganda gorilla tours that suit your desired experiences and give you value for money.

A Comprehensive Guide to Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Discover your most amazing Gorilla tour in Uganda or Gorilla trek to add to your exceptional African wildlife, communities, and amazing scenery viewing tours.

Uganda Gorilla Safaris & Tours, Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Trips

According to the 2010 census carried out by the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP) together with its partners, Uganda protects the highest number of endangered Mountain Gorillas in the world. Thus, enjoy a 100% guarantee of a trek to view the rare endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.

There are over 456 Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest and 480 spread in the Virunga Mountains region which also covers Mgahinga National Park in Uganda. Other national parks in this region are Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park to see Rwanda gorillas and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Thus, Uganda protects half of these last remaining gentle giants, providing the best Gorilla habituation experience and trekking destination.

With our 12 years of experience in organizing custom-made Gorilla tours, book with us your Gorilla safari today for an amazing experience!

What Classification Do Gorillas in Uganda Belong to?

Uganda protects the Mountain Gorillas that are endemic to the highlands of Eastern Africa.

Uganda Gorilla Travel Guide

What is the Physical Description of Mountain Gorillas? | How do Mountain Gorillas in Uganda Look Like

The Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are very calm gentle giants with thick long fur that keeps them in cold environments.

The male Mountain Gorillas weigh about 195kg and are 168cm tall while the females weigh about 100kg and they are about 140cm tall.

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Uganda Mountain Gorilla Trekking National Parks to Visit on Your Uganda Safari | Gorilla Trek Parks in Uganda

Tourists on a Uganda safari visit one of the two Gorilla national parks for Gorilla treks and they include,

1.     Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

2.     Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

However, Gorilla habituation adventure only occurs in Bwindi NP and your best tour operators can lead you there for their experience.

Other national parks for wildlife safaris in Uganda to add to your Gorilla trek in Uganda

1.      Kibale Forest Park

2.      Murchison Falls National Park

3.      Queen Elizabeth National Park

4.      Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda

5.      Lake Mburo Park Uganda

6.      Rwenzori Mountains NP

7.      Mount Elgon NP

8.      Semuliki NP Uganda

9.      Kidepo Valley National Park

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Gorilla Families in Uganda | What are the Gorilla Families that are Found in Uganda?

3 Days Gorilla Trekking From Kigali

Below, we look at these families in the only two national parks to see the Mountain Gorillas ie Bwindi and Mgahinga parks during a gorilla tour in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest | Bwindi Gorilla Trekking Groups

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What is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Famous For? | Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi is famous for protecting the Mountain Gorillas in the beautiful scenic natural habitat.

Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Park is a natural habitat of 19 habituated families in the 4 Gorilla tracking sectors which are Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Nkuringo for amazing gorilla tracking tours in Uganda. There is one more family in the park in the process of Gorilla habituation experience.

Gorilla Groups in the Buhoma Sector of Bwindi

The Buhoma sector in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest is the most famous sector of the park with 5 Gorilla communities.

Gorilla treks are famous in the region because of the well-developed trails, the relatively lower altitude, its easier access from Kampala City, and the beautiful lodges.

This sector provides 32 Gorilla permits each day to trek Gorillas, even though it is possible to use your permit to trek in another region.

The Gorilla groups in this sector include  

Mubare Gorilla Group: This is also called the “M” group, and it is the first family to be habituated in 1991 even though it was first tracked in 1993. It was named after the Mubare Hills and it has about 9 family members.

Habinyanja Gorilla Group: Also called the “H” group, this family was habituated in 1997 but first trekked in 1999.  The name “Habinyanja” was given because of the trekkers who found them first near a swamp means “Nyanja” in the local language. The group has about 18 members.

Rushegura Gorilla Group: The “R” group which separated from the Habinyanja group has about 21 members and it was habituated in 2000 even though the first visit was in 2002.

Katwe Community: This family was opened for Gorilla treks in 2018 after 3 years of undergoing habitation and it has about 7 members.

Muyambi Group: This is the newest family that was first trekked in 2019. Separating from the Mubare family, it has 7 members.

Gorilla Groups in Ruhija Sector of Bwindi

This sector in the Eastern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest park is easily accessed through the Kabale District or Buhoma sector which also connects to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Therefore, Bwindi Gorilla Park through Ruhija and Queen Elizabeth NP through the Ishasha sector protect two endangered animal species which are Mountain Gorillas and the tree climbing Lions.

The sector provides 16 Gorilla permits with about 4 habituated Gorilla groups. They include

Bitukura Gorilla Family: It was named so because it was noticed around River Bitukura. Habituating this family began in 2007 and in 15 months, travelers started trekking Mountain Gorillas in this family. They have about 13 members who like feeding around the Ruhija Tourism Station.

Oruzugo Gorilla Family: Trekking this family started in 2012. Their big size and their playful juveniles and toddlers make them a fun family to various visitors. There are about 19 individuals in this group and visitors in other sectors like Buhoma usually come to trek them because of the few accommodation choices in Buhoma.

Kyaguliro Gorilla Group: Habituating this Gorilla family began in 1995 and 2015, and there are about 4 individuals in the group.

Mukiza Gorilla Group: This group split from the Kyaguliro group and they have about 15 members.

Gorilla Groups in Rushaga Sector of Bwindi

This region in the South of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park has 7 Gorilla groups. It began in 2008 as the sector with the highest number of Gorillas, availing about 48 Gorilla permits.

The ragged nature of the park provides amazing scenic views as you trek Gorillas. You will also be able to view some Virunga Mountains like Mount Gahinga, Sabyinyo, Muhavura, and Bisoke.

It is also the sector where you can have the Gorilla habituation experience.

Let us look at the Gorilla groups in this sector –

Nshonji Family: It was once the largest group in the park but its members split. The group was formed in 2009 and has about 25 members led by Nshonji.

Mishaya Group: It separated from the Nshonji Gorilla Group in 2010 and has about 7 members.

Kahungye Gorilla Community: Tracking this family began in 2011 and it has about 14 members, led by an alpha male called Rumansi.

Busingye Gorilla Group: This Group separated from the Kahungye family in 2012 and it has about 12 individuals.

Bweza Gorilla Group: This group broke off from the Mishaya family which had also earlier broken off from the Nshongi community. It has 12 Mountain Gorillas available for Gorilla tracking since 2014.

Bikingi Gorilla Society: These were former members of the Mishaya family and when they were found with other wild Mountain Gorillas, authorities put them under Gorilla habituation.

Rwigi family: This is the newest group in Rushaga that separated from the Kahugye family. They were named after “Rwigi”, their leader.

Gorilla Groups in Nkuringo Sector of Bwindi

This region in the South of Bwindi Uganda, along the Nteko Ridge, is a beautiful scenic destination with the Kashasha Valley.

Nkuringo which began in 2004 means a round hill, referring to the round forested hills in the area.  It provides 24 Gorilla permits each day but trekking in the region will require good physical fitness.

There are 3 Gorilla families in the Nkuringo sector and they include

Nkuringo Gorilla Group: This was the first Gorilla community to be habituated in the Southern region of the park in 1997. Their leader died in 2020 due to poaching and the group has 11 members that are a bit challenging to trek but rewarding upon meeting them.

Bushaho Gorilla Community: With about 8 members, the Bushaho group was opened for Gorilla tracking in 2016.

Christmas Gorilla Community: This family has about 9 members led by a silverback called Christmas who was called “Christmas” because he was born on Christmas day.

Gorilla Families in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park | Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Gorilla Group

Mgahinga National Park only has one stable family called the Nyakagezi family that you will find on the slopes of Mount Gahinga which is one of the Virunga Mountains.

Nyakagezi Gorilla Community: This is the major family in the park that was habituated in 1991 and first trekked in 1994.

Hirwa Group: This is a transboundary family that moves between Mgahinga and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

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Easiest Gorilla Family to Trek in Uganda

Rushegura Gorilla Family commonly known as R-Group has been accepted as an easier group due to the fact that the starting point is in Buhoma and its territory is in the same region.

In most cases, it is true that tourists have had to trek it easier than other gorilla groups but in some seasons, this group can travel very far and becomes as hard as any other so-called hard groups.

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The Gorilla Experience in Bwindi and Mgahinga Parks

5 days Uganda Safari - Gorillas Wildlife Tour Kigali

The Gorilla experience in Uganda involves both the Gorilla habituation experience and trekking.

How is Gorilla Tracking Done in Uganda

This activity begins at 8:00 a.m. with a briefing at the park headquarters about the guidelines for the Gorilla tracking. You will then go deep into the jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a thrilling Gorilla watching trek where you will view the endangered Mountain Gorilla groups and spend an hour with them as you study their majestic features and take their photos.

Upon returning to the park headquarters, you will be awarded a certificate for this achievement.

Gorilla Habituation Experience

Gorilla Habituation Experience in BwindiThe Gorilla habituation experience is an adventure that is like trekking Gorillas but only different in the cost and the amount of time spent with the Gorillas.

Gorilla habituation experience only occurs in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Are Gorilla Sightings Guaranteed? | Is Sighting Gorillas 100% Guaranteed on Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda in Africa?

Finding and viewing the Mountain Gorillas is 100% guaranteed during all the Gorilla watching safaris in Africa. This is unless forces out of our control occur, for example, a life-threatening happening that has also never happened.

Our 12 years of experience in crafting tailor-made Gorilla watching adventures in Africa will ensure that your Gorilla tracking adventures are a success.

Categories of Gorilla Tours in Uganda

The Short Gorilla Safaris & Tours

We arrange short Gorilla tours both in Uganda and they range from 1 to 6 days itineraries. This is for visitors whose time to watch Uganda Gorillas is limited.

Luxury Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

Luxury Gorilla tours in Uganda are some of the best ways to enjoy memorable gorilla-watching safaris in Africa.

You will sleep in the high-end accommodations where you will enjoy many add-ons from your tour operators while on your African safari.

During these luxury Gorilla tours in Uganda, you are free to use internal flights that will connect you to the various safari destinations or be driven in luxury 4×4 safari land cruisers or jeeps.

Budget Gorilla Tours in Uganda

Uganda provides many budget accommodations at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga NP for a memorable budget Gorilla trip adventure with a single night beginning at about 120$.

You can only use road transport mostly in a 4×4 safari van or omnibus.

How to Prepare for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

To prepare to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda, you are advised to book your Gorilla permit in advance for the gorilla-watching safari.

You are advised to prepare physically so that you are physically fit, to make the Gorilla trek less challenging while climbing mountainous landscapes to search for Gorillas while you also slope down.

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Below are other ways to prepare for your trekking trips in Uganda

1.     Choosing the right tour package

2.     Booking a Gorilla permit

3.     Packing right

4.     Dressing right

5.     Following the guidelines for the Gorilla experience

Let us look at these important factors below

Most Popular Gorilla Tour Packages for 2023/2024

With the right package, enjoy affordable costs to allow you to view Mountain Gorillas in Uganda.

Below are the best packages for your safari

a)    2 days Gorilla Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

b)    3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Holidays Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park Safari

c)     3 Days Gorilla Watching Safari – Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

d)    4 Days Uganda Safari – Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Queen Elizabeth Park Wildlife Tour

e)     5 Days Uganda Safari – Gorilla Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale Forest

f)      6 Days Uganda Safari – Wildlife at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Trek Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Chimpanzee Trek in Kibale Forest

g)    7 Days Safari in Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife, Trek Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi National Park, Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest and Lake Bunyonyi relaxation

h)    10 Days Uganda Safari Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Wildlife, Chimpanzee Tracking and Community Tours

Uganda Gorilla Permits | What is a Gorilla Trekking Permit?

To track Gorillas, you need a Gorilla trekking permit. A Gorilla permit is a document given by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) that allows a traveler above 15 years to trek Gorilla families in either Bwindi or Mgahinga.

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How Do I Book a Gorilla Permit in Uganda?

You can book a Gorilla permit or Gorilla permits in Uganda at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices or an office in a park headquarters or have your trusted tour company or tour operator book it for you online.

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How Much is a Gorilla Permit in Uganda?

The cost or price of one Gorilla permit is US$700 for non-residents, $600 for foreign residents, and UGX 250000 for a citizen of East Africa.

Lucky travelers may sometimes get discounted Gorilla permits especially if they travel in the low season. Note that the Gorilla permit cost is inclusive of park entrance fees.

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How Many Gorilla Permits Are Available in Uganda?

Uganda sells 160 Gorilla permits each day because each gorilla family receives 8 Gorilla permits every day for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla Parks.

Some seasons may allow you to get discounted Gorilla permits, especially through a tour company.

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Do I Need to Book a Gorilla Permit in Advance?

Yes, booking a Gorilla permit in advance is important because the permits are always in high demand, especially in the high season. Booking late will make you at risk of missing your trekking adventures or spending more.

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What is the Gorilla Permit Cancellation Policy in Uganda?

Every Gorilla permit given by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has an expiry date and sector where you will be trekking the Gorillas from.

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Gorilla Trekking Uganda Price | How Much Does a Gorilla Safari in Uganda Cost?

A 3-day Gorilla safari cost in Bwindi National Park begins from about $1,250 per person, inclusive of the permit costs.

However, your cost will depend on various factors which include among others the number of people, and the choice of accommodation to use, etc. Luxury trips usually have an additional cost of about $400 to $700 per person.

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Why is Gorilla Trekking so Expensive in Uganda?

To go Gorilla trekking in Uganda is relatively expensive mainly because of the high costs of conserving these endangered Gorillas. However, tour operators provide options to allow you to plan well for the safari.

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What to Pack for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Trip | Gorilla Trekking Packing List

There are many important things to pack when going for your Gorilla safari including a camera, travel documents, insect repellents, clothes and shoes, sunscreen, etc.

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What to Wear for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda | Gorilla Trekking What to Wear

We advise that you wear ecofriendly clothes and hiking boots that blend with the nature around you for example those that are colored in Brown, Green, Grey, and Khaki during your Gorilla trip.

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How Many People Are Allowed to Track a Gorilla Family or Group?

Only a maximum of eight (8) people per day are allowed to track a Gorilla group or group to see the Uganda Gorillas.

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Gorilla Trekking Uganda Age Limit | Why is the Minimum Gorilla Trekking Age Limit 15 Years?

The minimum age to trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda is 15. This is because individuals below 15 are considered vulnerable people and thus not allowed to do a Gorilla trek in Africa.

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Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations

These are guidelines that govern the trekking experience to keep it safe for both the primates and the trekkers.

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Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda | Rwanda and Gorilla Trekking Uganda

Uganda trekking and a Rwanda Gorilla trek are both amazing and beautiful for your experiences. However, various factors will determine your best experiences in either destination as both of them unique experiences.

Below, we look at the various factors that will allow you to choose between Uganda or Rwanda for your Gorilla trek

The Cost of Trekking: The cost of the adventure is $ 1500 in Rwanda and $ 700 in Uganda, thus making Uganda a cheaper destination for this destination.

Terrain: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has thick vegetation that makes navigating the forests quite difficult. Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park has a quite steeper terrain that is more challenging to hike than Bwindi Park.

Other wildlife adventures: Uganda also offers more wildlife safari adventures because the country has more savannah parks and thus more wild animals than Rwanda. This will therefore give more alternative experiences for your tour. However, you can only add Rwanda’s Akagera National Park to Gorilla Adventures in Volcanoes National Park.

Is It Possible to Do Double Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda?

Yes, it is possible to do a double trekking in both countries. You can easily achieve this by getting an East African tourist visa that allows you entrance into both countries.

Where to Stay When Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

Rwanda Accommodation, Lodges & Hotels in Rwanda

Uganda boasts a wide range of safari lodges from luxury, midrange, and budget in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Below are some of the best lodges to stay in during your Gorilla trips.

Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Luxury Lodges in Bwindi

1.     Buhoma Lodge

2.     Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

3.     Chameleon Hill Forest Lodge

4.     Gorilla Safari Lodge

5.     Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Midrange Lodges in Bwindi

1.     Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge

2.     Gorilla Mist Camp

3.     Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

4.     Gorilla Valley Lodge

5.     Silverback Lodge

Budget Lodges in Bwindi

1.     Bwindi View Bandas

2.     Buhoma Community Rest Camp

3.     Ruhija Community Rest Camp

4.     Trekkers Tavern Cottages

5.     Broadbill Forest Camp

Accommodation in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Luxury Lodges in Mgahinga

1.     Mount Gahinga Safari Lodge

2.     Chameleon Hill Forest Lodge

Midrange Lodges in Mgahinga

1.     Mutanda Lake Resort

2.     Lake Chahafi Resort

3.     Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge.

4.     Lake Mulehe Safari Lodge

Budget Lodges in Mgahinga

1.     Amajambere Iwacu Community Camp

Best Tour Operators for your Gorilla Tours

Below are some of the best local operators to use when you go Gorilla safari in Uganda

Prime Uganda Safaris

Wild Gorilla Safaris

Other Primate Tracking Safaris in Uganda

One 1 Day Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Tour, Half Day Chimp Ngamba Island Tour Uganda on Lake Victoria

Apart from the Gorilla treks/Gorilla tracking, you can also track other primates in Uganda like Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth NP (also a home for tree climbing Lions), and Budongo Forest next to Murchison Falls National Park.

Golden Monkey Trekking & Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Golden Monkeys Trekking in Uganda

Apart from wild Mountain Gorillas, other famous primates in Uganda are Golden Monkeys and Chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda is best done in Kibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth Park where you can also see the tree climbing Lions, and Budongo Forest next to Murchison Falls National Park.

Golden Monkey trekking/ Golden Monkey tracking to see the endangered Golden Monkeys can also be done in Uganda at Mgahinga National Park.

Most Common Frequently Asked Questions about Trekking with gorillas in Uganda

Is Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Worth it? | Why Should I Visit Gorillas in Uganda?

To trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda is an amazing primate-watching experience that will make your safari memorable, thus a must not miss experience.

Mountain Gorillas rank among the rarest but most amazing gentle giants in the world. These apes are indeed the most treasured wildlife of the country.

How Difficult is Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Trips | Gorilla Trekking Difficulty

Uganda Gorillas live in mountainous forested areas and the Gorilla treks in Uganda to look for these gentle giants can go up to 8 hours you will pass through the dense vegetation, and muddy hillsides, especially in the wet season while climbing altitudes of about 3500 meters a.s.l. Despite this, even the old citizen can trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda on several gorilla tours in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Park.

How Long Does Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Take?

A Gorilla trek to watch the primates usually takes about 1 to 8 hours, but seldom times, the whole day.

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Gorilla Trekking Uganda Best Time to Go | When is the Best Time to Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

Although Gorilla treks can be done all year round in Uganda, the dry season is always the best time of the year to go Gorilla watching in Africa.

The dry season in Uganda begins from June to September and December to February and it is the busiest season to trek Mountain Gorillas in Uganda & Congo as well as a Rwanda gorilla trek.

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Is it Safe to Visit Gorillas in Uganda? | Is it Safe to Trek Gorillas in Uganda?

Yes, a Gorilla safari in Uganda as you will experience the best security from park rangers in the different destinations including Bwindi National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla Park. It is very safe to go trekking Gorillas in Uganda.

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How Do I Book a Gorilla Permit in Rwanda & Congo?

You can buy your Rwanda Gorilla permits at $1500 from the Rwanda Development Board and you can purchase your Congo permits at $400 from Virunga NP offices to be able to do gorilla tracking. The Gorilla permit cost in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the same for trekking gorillas both Mountain and Lowland Gorillas.

Alternatively, you can have your tour operator purchase tour Gorilla permits during your gorilla trekking holidays to enable you to do gorilla tracking.  

In conclusion, a Gorilla trip to discover the amazing gentle giants in Uganda is an adventure of a lifetime for your safari. Discover these endangered species and get to contribute to their conservation.

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All Uganda Gorilla Safari Frequently Asked Questions

As you plan for gorilla trekking in Africa or African wildlife safaris, read through the common gorilla safari frequently asked questions & African tour FAQs below to plan your trip even better.

It is an incredible African safari experience involving travelers walking through dense tropical montane forests of central Africa in search of habituated gorilla families until they find them. After finding the Gorillas, they spend an hour with them in their natural habitat, learning about their behaviors, habits, and lifestyles, taking photographs, and recording the moments. Read More

You can trek and see gorillas in Uganda, found in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where gorillas trekking in Uganda is done. Read More

Trekking gorillas in Uganda is such a thrilling primate-watching experience that any visitor on Uganda safari shouldn't miss out. Gorillas are among the Earth's rarest and most majestic creatures (gentle giants/ apes) and encountering them while on tours in Uganda will make you one of the luckiest people in the world. Read More

A day of gorilla trekking in Uganda typically starts with a pre-gorilla trek briefing where visitors are told the history of Gorilla conservation in Uganda and introduced to the trekking rules and regulations for their safety and for the safety of the endangered mountain gorillas.. Read More

Gorilla seeing in Rwanda vs Uganda & Congo

Travelers who wish to go on gorilla trips in Africa always want to compare gorilla trekking in Uganda Vs Rwanda and Congo. Here is a comparison between the two countries to guide your choice. Read More

Gorilla Trekking Difficulty

Gorillas of Uganda are found in mountainous-forested areas and gorilla treks in Uganda in search of these great apes can go up to 8 hours, scrambling through dense vegetation up steep, muddy hillsides, sometimes to altitudes of more than 3500 meters. Read More

A gorilla trek usually lasts from 1 to 8 hours (sometimes a full day). Therefore, meeting gorillas depend on how far the group has moved since it was last observed nesting up the previous evening... Read More

To prepare for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo in Africa, book your Gorilla watching safari in advance with a gorilla permit, work on your fitness levels, and choose jungle fit attire as the gorilla trek involves climbing mountainous landscapes in search of the gorillas as well as sloping down. Read More

Below are gorilla trekking rules and regulations every trekker must observe. Read More

The minimum age limit for trekking with gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo Africa is currently 15 years and any visitor below this age is considered a young vulnerable person and therefore not fit to do a gorilla trek in Africa. Read More

The packing list items for gorilla-seeing trips in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo Africa are essential gorilla trekking gear to include on your packing list to carry. These include sturdy waterproof clothing, long trousers & long sleeves, hiking boots, cameras, a rain poncho(rain jacket), sunscreen, and a hat. Read More

We advise you sturdy dress in a brown, grey, and green long-sleeved shirt and long trousers, Khaki zip-up trousers, or jeans, to help protect against scratches. Read More

A gorilla permit is a document or card issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) that allows any traveler above 15 years of age to trek gorilla families in the Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Read More

Uganda has 160 gorilla permits available daily as each gorilla family has 8 gorilla permits per day for both Bwindi & Mgahinga Gorilla Parks. Read More

Only eight (8) people per day are allowed to track a family/group in Uganda, Rwanda, or Congo. Read More

The cost or price of a single Uganda gorilla permit is US$700 per person (non-residents), $600 (foreign residents), and UGX 250000 for East African citizens per person... Read More

The cost of a gorilla trekking permit in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo is relatively expensive due to the high costs of conserving endangered gorillas, and sustainable gorilla tourism & it includes park entrance fees. Read More

You can buy/book a gorilla permit in Uganda at UWA headquarters in Kampala through a trusted tour company/operator or online. How do I book a gorilla permit in Rwanda & Congo? Rwanda gorilla permits are bought at $1500 from RDB and Congo permits can be bought at $400 from Virunga park offices by your tour operator. Read More

Yes! It is important to note that the demand for gorilla permits always exceeds the number of permits available each day, especially during the high season since there are few gorilla families. This makes advance gorilla permit booking very important. Read More

Each gorilla permit issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has a date and set region you will be trekking with gorillas. Please note that just acquiring it doesn't mean you can visit any time. If you wish to cancel your trip... Read More

How much does it cost to go gorilla trekking in Uganda? A 3 day Gorilla Trek Bwindi Tour Costs Starts From $ 1250 Per Person (2 Pax)

To know how much a Uganda gorilla safari cost shall be, different gorilla tour companies/tour operators will offer different quotations, but the cheapest will likely cost around $1100 per person depending on the number of people in the group and lodge quality. A luxurious gorilla trip package is expected to have an additional cost between $400 and $700 per person depending on the... Read More

Looking For Where To Stay on Your Gorilla Trip in Uganda?

There is a wide range of Uganda safari lodge options, luxury, mid-range, and budget available around Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks for your accommodation during your gorilla adventure safaris in Uganda. Read More

When To Go To See Gorillas in Africa?

In as much as gorilla treks are available all year round in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, the dry season is the best time of the year to go gorilla watching in Africa. Uganda's dry season starts from June to September and December to February.

Best Time To Go Gorilla Tracking in Uganda

As already mentioned, like all African countries known for this activity, gorilla watching is an all-year-round Uganda safari activity. It is however preferred in the dry season mentioned above. Read More

Oh yes, many Uganda safari visitors safely trek and see the Gorillas with guaranteed security in Bwindi & Mgahinga Gorilla parks. Read More
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We founded Christ Our Vision Child Care (COVCC) to help respond to the overwhelming number of orphaned and vulnerable children we met in our community, and when we realized the small private assistance we tried to offer these kids was not enough.

Children's Ministry is a locally-run, Christian-based organization that runs a Nursery and Primary School in Kalagi town, Mukono District, which is the second-worst AIDS affected area in Uganda.

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