The Best Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours In The World Revealed

An Unforgettable Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris For Every Travelers, Recommendations, Cost, Permits, Packages, Best Time, Videos, Reviews. Enjoy a world-class and once-in-a-lifetime Uganda gorilla safaris experience. Giving you a bespoke and personal Uganda Gorilla trekking experience. Experienced local guides. Best gorilla trekking tours. Uganda Gorilla Safaris a Once in a Lifetime Experience. Uganda gorilla safaris and Best Uganda gorilla trekking tours are in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Park. The Gorilla Trekking Permit in Uganda Costs $800 USD, Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a hike into Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Why do you need to see Africa’s Mountain Gorillas in Uganda?

Uganda Gorilla Safaris. Uganda hosts more than half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas. There are many frequently asked questions about Mountain Gorillas tours, Trekking, habituation, cost, recommended itineraries, best time, and many more. Kabira Safaris. offers the latest information on all the relevant and must-know facts about Uganda gorilla safaris. Whether you would love to keep it in the know or want to plan your next trip, here is the most important information on Uganda Gorilla Safaris.


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Our Top Pick: Uganda Gorilla Safaris

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the most moving & exclusive experiences in the world. With our expert advice, we can tailor-make a dream gorilla trekking experience for you.

Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

1 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda
If you are interested in seeing the world-famous mountain gorillas but just have a day to spare in the nation, a 1-day Gorilla Trekking Uganda through Bwindi forest is an intriguing and entertaining short excursion. Depending on the client’s preference, this tour can begin at either Kabale town in southern Uganda or Kigali City in Rwanda and end either at the same point or by driving to Kigali.

Gorillas in Bwindi Forest National Park

2 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Those interested in hiking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but staying in Rwanda can have a 2 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda through Kigali. Less time spent driving and less distance covered are additional goals. See Uganda’s mountain gorillas on a two-day Bwindi gorilla safari via Kigali for under USD700.00 per person, per trek, with our affordable gorilla permits.

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3 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda
There is no way to adequately prepare for the awe-inspiring beauty, strength, and soulful brown eyes, expressions, and demeanour of a family of wild mountain gorillas in the dense misty jungle of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Being in their company is truly a magical experience. All it takes to alter the course of your life is an hour spent with these mild-mannered beings.

Double Uganda Gorilla Trekking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Trekking From Kigali
If you are interested in trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Uganda, but would rather stay in Rwanda, this 3-day Uganda gorilla trekking from Kigali is for you. Additionally, it is designed for individuals who would like a shorter driving time but still want to trek the gorillas in Uganda. In contrast to the 8–9 hour trip from Entebbe to Ruhija, the travel from Kigali to Ruhija, where you will trek gorillas, is only about four or five hours.

Cheapest Way to See Gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla Flying Safari to Bwindi
When you go on a gorilla flying safari, you can land at Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrips, which will take you to either the Buhoma side of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Kisoro (Rushaga and Nkuringo in the southern part of Bwindi). For those who are short on time but yet want to see the gorillas in Uganda, this is the perfect vacation. Travelling from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is much easier with this. From the airport (Kihihi) to Buhoma, the flight will take 1.5 hours and the drive another 1.5 hours.

4 Days Congo Gorilla Trek & Nyiragongo Hike from Kigali

Lion Tracking And Gorilla Trekking
Safaris in Uganda provide a wide variety of activities, but two of the most popular are mountain gorilla trekking and lion tracking. This is because there is a close proximity between the two venues, which adds to the excitement, and the fact that the events themselves are quite thrilling. Approximately two to three hours’ drive separate Queen Elizabeth National Park from Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, two potential destinations for mountain gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. Consequently, it’s not hard to do either of these things.

Gorilla trekking tours Holidays Uganda

6 Days in Uganda Itinerary
6 Days Uganda Safari, with the first visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park famed for the tree-climbing lions and wildlife-filled Kazinga channel. Bwindi and Lake Mburo come after the visit to Queen Elizabeth Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park hosts about 95 mammal species including almost 2500 elephants. Bwindi Forest Park is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas and Lake Mburo National Park is the best walking safaris park.

Gorilla Trekking Safari Itinerary to Uganda from Kigali Rwanda

7 Days in Uganda Itinerary
1 week in Uganda comprises activities like Gorilla trekking, Game drive, boat cruise, cycling, or nature walk and visits to the equator line. Safari starts and ends in Kampala-Uganda’s capital. From Kampala, the transfer will have its first stop at the equator line then continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park. At the park, you will undertake a game drive in one of the most popular national parks in the country in search of wildlife. After the game drive, take a boat cruise.

gorilla tours in Uganda

8 Days in Uganda Itinerary
This 8-day safari starts and finishes in Kampala, Uganda, and travels across the country’s western region, which is home to a wide variety of animals and stunning landscapes. A large number of zebras and other animals, including warthogs, buffalo, oribis, hippos, crocodiles, and birds (the park is home to more than 332 bird species), inhabit the 371 sq km that make up Lake Mburo National Park, one of the primary stops on this safari. Mountain gorillas call Bwindi Impenetrable Forest home.

Mgahinga Gorilla Trekking Safari Uganda

9 Days in Uganda Itinerary
On a 9-day safari through Uganda, you’ll visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, where you can see the country’s sole remaining population of wild rhinos; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to the enchanted mountain gorillas; Murchison Falls National Park, home to four of the big five and the spectacular waterfall itself; Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to the rare tree-climbing lions; Lake Mburo National Park, home to zebras and giraffes; and Kibale Forest National Park, where you can spot our closest evolutionary relatives—the chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee trekking experience - Kibale Forest National Park

10 Days in Uganda Itinerary
This moderately priced travel visits four national parks: Bwindi Impenetrable, Queen Elizabeth, Kibale Forest, and Murchison Falls. It lasts for ten days and nine nights. Once the transfer departs from Kampala, it will make a pit stop near the equator line before continuing on to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the following day, where visitors can experience gorilla trekking. With multiple gorilla families present, visitors to this national park have an excellent chance of encountering these docile giants on foot. Queen Elizabeth National Park is another stop on the Ugandan safari.

Adult Male Mountain Gorilla Silverback [ Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda]

Birding And Primates Viewing
This monkey and birding safari takes you to the crown jewel of Africa’s forests—Uganda—where you can see more species of birds and primates than anywhere else. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is well-known for its reputation as one of Africa’s most biologically rich woods, while Kibale Forest boasts East Africa’s greatest concentration of primates. The latter also has the distinction of being a UESCO World Heritage Site, and the African Bird Club has ranked it as the best place to go birding in Africa.

gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda

12 Days in Uganda Itinerary
Kampala is the starting and ending point of this 12-day Uganda Safari. The ultimate price tag includes one gorilla permit, which costs $800 per person. Western Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the destination of your safari. More than 340 mountain gorillas call this park home; their numbers constitute half of the world’s total. The safari also includes a stop at Murchison Falls, a popular spot for boat rides and a wide range of animals, including lions, elephants, bush bucks, antelopes, kobs, birds, and countless more.

Long Uganda Birding Safaris

Birding, Primates And Wildlife Itinerary
Throughout the trip, you are accompanied by a very knowledgeable birding Uganda safari guide who will help you identify all of the bird species and wild animals during the trip. The 14 days Birding in Uganda Tour is customizable and can be undertaken mostly in the dry season between June-August and December – February. Bird watching tours in Uganda are perfect for avid birders, seasoned birders, groups, families, and solo travelers. Uganda has over 1,065 confirmed bird species distributed all through the borders of the country.

Albertine Rift Endemics

Shoebills, Endemics And Primates
This 19 Days Uganda Birding Tour focuses on the “must-see” birds of Uganda, though we’ll certainly see a lot of widespread spectacular species like Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, amazing barbets, and so many others. We can also expect to see other star species such as the Red-faced Barbet, as well as the incomparable Gorillas, troop encounters with Chimpanzees, and a slew of other primates. We’ll also see breathtaking scenery such as the Bwindi, the Virunga Volcanoes, and Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria, as well as the breathtaking Budongo Forest and Murchison Falls.

gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda

Luxury Uganda Gorilla Trekking
Ugandan Luxury Gorilla Trekking, Picture this: after a day of exploring a park or forest in search of gorillas, you may unwind in the ultimate luxury of your lodgings. The finest lodgings and most first-rate amenities are the hallmarks of luxurious lodges. The accommodations and mode of transportation used on a safari determine its level of luxury. The most costly kind of vacation in Uganda is a luxury gorilla safari. They are defined by their use of 4×4 safari land cruisers, lodging in luxury lodges, and travelling via chartered or scheduled planes.

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Budget Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Gorilla Budget Safaris in Uganda can be either short or long, with the option to stay in inexpensive lodges or hotels while trekking with gorillas. There is a significant price difference between budget and luxury lodges. Even without the opulent amenities of five-star hotels, staying in more modest lodgings is a pleasant experience. There are several affordable lodges spread out around Uganda’s national parks, including Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla. For your gorilla safari in Uganda, Kabira Safaris can assist you in making reservations at any of the many affordable safari lodges or even campgrounds in the country.

Wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Gorillas And Wildlife Itinerary
hroughout this 7-day Uganda Gorillas and Wildlife safari, you’ll have the chance to see a wide variety of animals and plants, including: chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, mountain gorillas in the dense rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Savannahs in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Among the cultural experiences we provide are treks, wildlife drives, and encounters with the ancient Batwa Pygmies in Bwindi Forest, among others. Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa for good reason: it is a veritable paradise for animals.

Gorilla Trekking to Volcanoes

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Vs Volcanoes
What’s Your Pick For Your Next gorilla trekking safari? – If you’re trying to decide between Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park because of your interest in gorilla trekking, the comparison of the two that follows is based on our knowledge and experience and should help you make your decision. The truth is that your mountain gorilla trekking experience will be very similar whether you visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Volcanoes National Park.

Gorilla Trekking for Seniors

Gorilla Trekking For Seniors
Going on a gorilla trek with the elderly. With Kabira Safaris & Tours Africa, gorilla trekking is made simple for people who are not fit enough, elderly, or unable to go up to see the gorillas. Are you planning to trek gorillas with your mother, father, or sibling who is old, senior, or who is disabled? There is no upper age limit for gorilla trekking if one can get to the park, however, there are ways to make it easier for senior people to see the gorillas.

Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda Itinerary

Gorillas in the Mist
Gorillas in The Mist Itinerary to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, where you can trek mountain gorillas and encounter a unique family of these primates. Watching a family of gorillas interact, play, and forage for food in the rainforest is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with nature. Then, take a village stroll on the rainforest’s outskirts to get to know the locals and their way of life. Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla safari combined with the amenities and facilities of a posh Ugandan resort.

Magherita Peak - Rwenzori-Mountains-Trekking

Rwenzori Climbing And Gorilla Trekking
The Perfect 12 Days Itinerary for Hikers. If you want to see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and climb Mount Rwenzori, this 12-day Rwenzori and Gorilla Trekking is the way to go. Both Entebbe, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda are suitable beginning and ending points for your Rwenzori and Gorilla Trekking adventure. For your perusal, I have provided a complete schedule of the Rwenzori And Gorilla Trekking Safari.

Car rental with a driver guide in Uganda

25 Days in Uganda Itinerary
25-day safari is among the greatest options. While in Uganda, you can go on a journey to visit the three most famous primates in the country (mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees), as well as experience the Big Five and the excitement of Jinja, known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa.” The highlight of your trip to Uganda will be monitoring mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park, one of the 10 national parks in Uganda.

Birding in Mubwindi swamp - Bwindi National Park

Uganda Western Birding Itinerary
we’ll visit some of the nation’s most important ecosystems. The western region of the nation is perhaps the most abundant in terms of the wide variety of bird species a birder would take into account when arranging a birding safari in Uganda. In addition to the spectacular savannah inhabitants, it is home to the region’s highly sought-after Albertine Rift endemics, protected species from the Congo forest, a good number of foresters, mountain birds, and water birds.

Car rental in Uganda with camping gear

Self Drive Uganda
Embark on an 18-day self-drive safari through Uganda and experience the country’s most iconic animals, primates, and exciting adventures. Experience the wonders of Kidepo savanna plains, Murchison Falls, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks on foot while you travel alongside golden monkeys, endangered mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees. Indulge in an exhilarating array of Jinja adventure activities with our comprehensive 18-Day Uganda Self Drive Safari package.

Car rental with a driver guide in Uganda

25 Days in Uganda Itinerary
25-day safari is among the greatest options. While in Uganda, you can go on a journey to visit the three most famous primates in the country (mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and chimpanzees), as well as experience the Big Five and the excitement of Jinja, known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa.” The highlight of your trip to Uganda will be monitoring mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park, one of the 10 national parks in Uganda.

Birding in Mubwindi swamp - Bwindi National Park

Uganda Western Birding Itinerary
we’ll visit some of the nation’s most important ecosystems. The western region of the nation is perhaps the most abundant in terms of the wide variety of bird species a birder would take into account when arranging a birding safari in Uganda. In addition to the spectacular savannah inhabitants, it is home to the region’s highly sought-after Albertine Rift endemics, protected species from the Congo forest, a good number of foresters, mountain birds, and water birds.

Magherita Peak - Rwenzori-Mountains-Trekking

Rwenzori Climbing And Gorilla Trekking
The Perfect 12 Days Itinerary for Hikers. If you want to see the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and climb Mount Rwenzori, this 12-day Rwenzori and Gorilla Trekking is the way to go. Both Entebbe, Uganda and Kigali, Rwanda are suitable beginning and ending points for your Rwenzori and Gorilla Trekking adventure. For your perusal, I have provided a complete schedule of the Rwenzori And Gorilla Trekking Safari.

Car rental with a driver guide in Uganda

30 Days Birding in Uganda
The focus of this 30 Days hardcore birding safari in Uganda are the Albertine Rift Endemics and the only 1 species endemic to Uganda – Fox’s Weaver, the Shoebill Stork, Papyrus Gonolek, Black-breasted, Black-collared and Red-faced Barbet, White-backed Night Heron, African Finfoot, Albertine Rift Endemics, mostly the African Green Broadbill and Short-tailed Warbler, Green-breasted Pitta, Congo Serpent Eagle, African Piculet, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Nahan’s Francolin, Cassine’s Hawk-Eagle, Lesser Kestrel Orange Weaver, Quail-Plover, Secretary Bird, Sandgrouses among others.

Birding in Mubwindi swamp - Bwindi National Park

Uganda Western Birding Itinerary
we’ll visit some of the nation’s most important ecosystems. The western region of the nation is perhaps the most abundant in terms of the wide variety of bird species a birder would take into account when arranging a birding safari in Uganda. In addition to the spectacular savannah inhabitants, it is home to the region’s highly sought-after Albertine Rift endemics, protected species from the Congo forest, a good number of foresters, mountain birds, and water birds.

1. Which Gorilla Specie is in Uganda?

Gorillas are predominantly herbivorous apes that are ground-dwelling inhabiting the forests of central sub-Saharan Africa.

The world has one genus of Gorilla which is divided into two species. These are the eastern and western gorillas.

The Eastern and Western Gorillas are further divided into the Mountain and Lowland Gorillas. The Mountain Gorillas live in the Albertine Rift montane forests of the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Forest.

Uganda hosts the Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) a sub-specie of the Eastern gorillas.

These are the largest living primates sharing about 95-99% DNA with humans coming the third closest to humans after Bonobos and Chimpanzees.

Up to date, Gorillas live in their natural habitats with several unsuccessful attempts of keeping them in zoos.

2. How do Mountain Gorillas look like?

Mountain Gorillas are more darkly colored (the darkest of all) than the western gorilla. With the dark color, the mountain gorilla also has the thickest hair with a longer face and broader chest. 

Looking closely into the eye of a mountain gorilla, their eyes are dark brown in color with the iris framed by a black ring. 

Gorillas move by what is known as Knuckle walking and rarely move bipedally (upright) for short distances, especially during defensive situations.

Some mountain gorillas are also known to use knuckle-walking as well as use other parts of their hands especially the back.

Male wild adult gorillas can weigh about 136 – 195 kg whereas adult female gorillas weigh about half of the adults with about 68 – 113 kg. With height, adult males are about 1.4 -1.8 m tall and females a little shorter at 1.25 – 1.5m tall.

Multi Country Africa Tours

Go on an African safari that will blow your mind. Stopping in South Africa, Namibia, Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia, Rwanda, Congo, and Uganda are just a few of the incredible stops on an incredible overland adventure through Africa. Wander across the Serengeti, see the wildlife of Kruger National Park, and marvel at Victoria Falls. By sleeping under the African sky and enjoying an overland truck ride, you may explore all that Africa has to offer. On the pinnacle of African multi-country adventures, you might see wildlife, deserts, mountain gorillas, and the spice island of Zanzibar.

mountain gorillas of Uganda

Gorilla Trekking From Burundi
Gorilla Trekking From Burundi/Bujumbura (Flying): The Guide – Is it possible to fly into Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital, and then go on to Uganda to go on a Gorilla Trekking trip after a safari in Burundi? A gorilla safari can be organized through Kabira Safaris & Tours Africa and will begin in Burundi.

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Gorilla Trekking From United Kingdom
The mountain gorilla population is critically low, with just two wild groups remaining. A portion of the first group resides in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park in the Central African Virunga volcanic highlands, and members of the second group are buried in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. Each of these special locations is visited by one of our many tours.

Long Uganda Gorilla safaris

Gorilla Trekking From India
In Mumbai, India, would you like to go trekking with gorillas? Is a gorilla trekking safari something you’re interested in doing during your time in Mumbai for a business conference or other event? Would you like to include gorilla trekking in your Mumbai agenda if you are a tourist? Helping you arrange your Gorilla Trekking Safari to Uganda is our pleasure here at Kabira Safaris & Tours Africa.

Gorilla Trekking Safaris Congo

African Safari With Gorillas
Combining An African Safari With Gorillas in One Itinerary: The Perfect Small Group Tour – This is a tailor-made or small-group excursion that combines an African Safari With Gorillas is possible. A customized vacation Combining Gorillas with an African Safari will cost a bit extra, but it will give you the opportunity to customize your schedule to fit your interests and choose from a variety of lodges and safari camps for your lodging.

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Uganda, Kenya And Tanzania Itinerary
This vacation begins with gorilla trekking in Uganda’s lush rain forests and continues on to the savannahs of Kenya’s Masai Mara and Tanzania’s Serengeti, where you can witness the Great Wildebeest Migration. Next, you’ll visit the Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to the “Big 5” species of Africa (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and buffalo), before kicking back at a coffee lodge with a view of Mount Meru.

Climbing Kilimanjaro 2023

Kilimanjaro And Gorilla Trekking
Mount Kilimanjaro and gorilla tracking in Rwanda or Uganda are two of the most iconic experiences that each adventurous traveller should have while living out their travel fantasies. each tourist worth their salt has a “Bucket List” as lengthy as the Great Wall of China, but there are a few must-dos that no adventurer should miss. Mount Kilimanjaro Climb and a visit to Volcanoes National Park’s Mountain Gorillas are two very distinct excursions, but they complement each other well. Since Kilimanjaro Airport offers daily flights to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, it’s a no-brainer to combine the two.

Victoria falls trips

Gorilla Trekking From Victoria Falls
The Best Guide to Gorilla Trekking From Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe & Zambia. Do you want to book a gorilla safari from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe or Zambia online? This entails taking a trip to Rwanda or Uganda from Victoria Falls, and then either seeing the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, or the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. Victoria Falls, one of the world’s greatest curtain waterfalls at 1,708 meters (5,604 feet) in width, is widely recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Gorilla Trekking From India

Gorilla Trekking From South Africa
Gorilla Trekking From South Africa, Johannesburg, Cape Town. Do you wish to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda, or the Congo and will be starting or ending your trip in South Africa? Trekking gorillas in Africa, starting in South Africa, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that draws many tourists to the continent. Watching gorillas in Uganda, Rwanda, or the Congo is one of the best wildlife experiences every traveler would do on their safari, despite the high expenses, time, and discomfort from reserving to doing the journey through the forest to hunt for these endangered apes.

Are Gorillas Dangerous.

Gorilla Trekking From Nigeria
Gorilla Trekking From Nigeria to Rwanda/Uganda is an amazing experience that allows you to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. is an amazing experience that allows you to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. Unfortunately, there are no gorillas in Nigeria, so you will need to travel to neighboring countries to go gorilla trekking. The two main countries for gorilla trekking are Uganda and Rwanda, both of which are located in East Africa. Both countries have established national parks where you can go gorilla trekking and see these incredible animals up close.

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes

Gorilla Trekking From Namibia
The best guide to Gorilla Trekking From Namibia, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Rundu, Otjiwarongo. Leaving Namibia for a Gorilla Safari. Do you want to go on safari in Namibia while you’re in Africa for Gorilla Trekking? Do you now reside in Namibia and hope to participate in gorilla tracking? Many people choose to visit Africa in order to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime activity of gorilla trekking.

Botswana, Safest Country in Africa for Safari

Botswana Safari And Gorilla Trekking
Botswana and Rwanda’s diverse flora and fauna provide some of the most intimate wildlife encounters we’ve ever had, based on our excursions throughout Africa. The UNESCO-recognized Okavango Delta in Botswana is one of the most significant wildlife areas in Africa, home to the “Big Five” (lions, elephants, cape buffalo, rhinos, and leopards) as well as exceptional bird viewing. In stark contrast to Botswana, the Rwandan highlands provide the closest encounter with the wild: Rwandan mountain gorillas.

Honeymoon Vacations in Zanzibar

East Africa Honeymoon Itinerary
One of the most romantic African honeymoons may be had in East Africa, where hot air balloon rides are accompanied by vibrant orange sunsets, stargazing around campfires at night, and days spent lounging in hammocks on the powdery white sands and turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean. A honeymoon in East Africa offers the ideal blend of adventure, leisure, and romance, whether you’re interested in a traditional Tanzanian safari, observing mountain gorillas in Rwandan forests, or just lounging on the beach of the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

saddle bied stork bird - Uganda birding Safaris (Kibale Uganda Safaris)

Birding in Uganda From USA, UK
Our 2-week highlights of Uganda birding tour travels from Lake Victoria’s source to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range and the montane splendors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas. Simply put, Uganda is an equatorial country of incredible contrasts, with some of the best birding and mammal viewing on the planet.

14 days in Rwanda

Uganda And Rwanda Tours
A 5 Days Itinerary Guide offer Wildlife, Chimps & Gorillas. This Combined Uganda And Rwanda Tours are designed for travelers who want to visit Uganda and Rwanda. Because the primates prefer to wander deep into the forest during particular months of the year, the Nyungwe forest in Rwanda is not very trustworthy for Chimpanzee Trekking. Trackers may have to spend the entire day looking for chimpanzees and there’s also a chance you won’t see them at all.

Gay Travel in Rwanda

Double Trekking Uganda And Rwanda
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and Rwanda (Trekking Gorillas Twice) is intended for those who want to undertake gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda, and Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Observing and comparing two different gorilla families allows one to examine and compare group behaviors/dynamics. There are no two gorilla groups that are the same. Some have a greater number of silverbacks, females, and individuals overall.

The Great Apes of Uganda and Rwanda

Rwanda And Uganda Tours
This Combined Uganda And Rwanda Tours are designed for travelers who want to visit Uganda and Rwanda. Because the primates prefer to wander deep into the forest during particular months of the year, the Nyungwe forest in Rwanda is not very trustworthy for Chimpanzee Trekking. Trackers may have to spend the entire day looking for chimpanzees and there’s also a chance you won’t see them at all.

South African Safaris

East Africa vs South Africa Safari
Would you recommend South Africa or Tanzania for my safari? Instead, how about a safari pitting South Africa against Kenya, or perhaps Uganda against Kenya? These are some of the most common inquiries we get from tourists who are trying to decide between a safari in Southern or East Africa. We have been creating unforgettable African safaris for thousands of clients since 2018. Experience is the foundation of our knowledge; we cover every inch of the places we suggest, so our clients can rest assured that their itineraries are based on solid ground.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Trekking holidays in Africa
Experience the vast cultural diversity, breathtaking natural scenery, and different landscapes of Africa on one of our walking and trekking vacations. Africa is home to more than 50 nations with some of the most diverse landscapes, animals, and flora in the world, making trekking there an unforgettable and absorbing adventure for every traveler. Walking around the Western Cape of South Africa, crossing the world-famous sand dunes of Morocco, and sleeping under the stars are all possible experiences on an African trekking journey.

3. Where can I go for Gorilla trekking in Uganda?

Mountain Gorillas in Uganda live in their natural habitats of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Both parks are good Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda destinations situated in southwestern Uganda close to the border with Rwanda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has the highest Gorilla families of all the four gorilla parks in the world. 19 Gorilla families are fully habituated as well as a Gorilla family available for gorilla habituation.

The park has 4 different Gorilla trekking sectors from which tourists can trek Gorillas depending on the available Gorilla permits.

Habituated gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include;

Buhoma Sector Ruhija Sector Nkuringo Sector Rushaga Sector  
Rushegura gorilla family 

 Habinyaja gorilla family 

Mubare gorilla family 

Katwe gorilla family 

Bitukura gorilla family 

Kyaguriro gorilla family 

Mukizo gorilla family 

Oruzogo gorilla family 

Bishasho gorilla family 

Nkuringo gorilla family 

 Christmas gorilla family 

Nsonji gorilla family 

Mishaya gorilla family 

Bweza gorilla family 

Kahunjye gorilla family 

Businjye  gorilla family 

Rwiji gorilla family 

Muchunguzi gorilla family 

Bikyinji gorilla family 

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla family. The Nyakagezi gorilla family of Mgahinga has three silverbacks, two adult females, 2 black backs, and 2 infants making a total of 9 family members.

This is one of the easiest Gorilla families to trek while on a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda since they prefer to have a narrow home range for feeding and nesting.

The group is also playful and attractive to see while tracking.

4. What is Gorilla tracking and how is it done in Uganda?

Gorilla trekking is the process where tourists go to the natural habitats about 2,607 m above sea level in search of the gorillas. Mountain gorilla trekking is referred to as so because it requires hiking and searching for these rare animals in an unpredictable time frame.

They are locomotives and therefore as you trek they could also be on the move making trekking itself an experience. Gorilla trekking is only for the trek of already habituated gorillas with a total of 8 trekkers only tracking a single gorilla family. 

Gorilla trekking is done each morning starting with an etiquette briefing program at 8:00 am. During the briefing, each family is allocated a gorilla family to trek depending on their hiking ability. Each group goes for the trek alongside an armed park ranger.

On meeting the gorillas, a maximum of 1 hour is spent in their presence for photography and a moment of their social life. They will always amaze me with their lifestyle and a lot of unexpected acts. At the end of the 1 hour, your gorilla safari Uganda experience comes to an end and you return to the park headquarters. Here you receive an Uganda gorilla trekking safari permit then be driven b your safari guide to your next destination.


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5. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Vs Rwanda Vs Congo

Uganda is definitely the best destination in the world to trek Mountain gorillas. The reason why Uganda is best for gorilla trekking is that the country is safe and stable from any kind of political unrest.

The other reason is that Uganda gorilla trekking permits are cheaper than those or Rwanda. An Uganda gorilla trekking permit is almost half the price of a Rwanda gorilla tracking permit.

A Ugandan permit costs 800 USD for foreign nonresidents, as well as that of Rwanda, costs 1500 USD. Congo sells out their gorilla permits at a less cost than Uganda about 500 USD however, the country is politically unstable, and therefore you can not predict what happens before your trek day. Uganda is host to almost half of the remaining Mountain gorillas which makes it an amazing and sure sighting destination.

19 Gorilla families have been habituated for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park trekking. Mountain Gorilla habituation is only possible in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park unlike all of the other parks that have habituated all of their gorillas. The habituation experience offers a chance to spend more time with the gorillas, learning their behavior and understanding how they actually behaved in the wild before getting used to human presence.


Gorilla Safari Trek in Rwanda vs Uganda

6. How much does it cost to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda?

Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the most expensive activities in Uganda. The cost for Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda is applicable for both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Gorilla trekking costs in Uganda are as follows;

  Foreign non-residents Foreign residents East African citizens
2019 -1st July 2020 600 USD 500 USD 250,000 UGX
1st July 2024 onwards 800 USD 700 USD 300,000 UGX

And the Rest of Africa: 500 USD

Updated on January 26 – 2024

7. Why is Gorilla trekking expensive?

To many travelers, Gorilla trekking is expensive, however, this price is worth the activity. What makes gorilla trekking a little more expensive than other activities is the fact that Gorilla conservation is expensive.

Rangers spend every single day in the forest protecting the gorillas and ensuring they are safe from poachers. Gorilla doctors too spend a lot of time ensuring that gorillas are doing fine.

Mountain gorillas are so vulnerable to disease and can easily lose their lives if exposed to cold from humans. 

Unlike other safari parks in Uganda, the gorilla safari parks do charge park entrance fees as part of the trekking fees.

Therefore the cost is generally for the whole experience without any extra charges. To support conservation this price is just worth it.

8. Is it safe to go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?

Ever since 1993, Gorilla trekking has been done in Uganda and millions of tourists have trekked and appreciated the activity. Uganda as a country is safe to visit and so is gorilla trekking.

Yes, it is safe to trek Gorillas in Uganda with a few cases of unsafe incidences maybe when tourists come along insects in the jungle.

Gorillas are gentle animals and very peaceful. Their social life is so accommodating and can interact with humans as long as you keep a distance and treat them as wild animals.

Before each trek, tourists are advised on how to keep safe while trekking gorillas in Uganda, you just have to follow what your guide tells you.

To ensure Uganda Gorilla safaris are safe, each gorilla trekking group is accompanied by an armed park ranger to ensure the safety of each trekker.

Always follow the rules and be cautious while in the forest, the gorillas will always mind their business and you will share this amazing habitat for a while.

9. What is the best time to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda

However much Gorilla trekking is regarded as an all-year-round activity, the best time for a gorilla trekking safari experience in Uganda is during the 2 dry seasons of the country.

This is during the months of late December – February and June – September. Gorilla trekking is possible every single day of the year however, the dry season offers better trekking opportunities and the trails are drier and photography clearer.

However, the dry season is always the peak season, and therefore more tourists are in the park making early permit booking recommendable.

  • Best time: December – February, and June – September.
  • Peak season: June-September
  • Rainy season: September – November, and March-May

The advantage of trekking gorillas in the rainy season is that there is less congestion in the park and the lodges. Most Lodges in Uganda will in most cases reduce the cost of accommodation. Since Uganda is along the equator there are no extreme weather conditions and therefore weather conditions don’t interrupt the activity a lot.

10. What is best to wear for a Gorilla trekking in Uganda?

  • Wear long waterproof trousers and long-sleeved shirts for the trek for protection against bites directly to your skin and also to keep warm. 
  • Wear gardening gloves for hand protection especially from bristles in case you would hold onto any tree species during the trek. 
  • In the rainy season especially, wear a waterproof hat for protection on the head
  • Carry a small waterproof zip lock bag to put in your camera
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes. Always try on the shoes before the hike to make sure they do not cause any aches on the ankles or toes. 
  • Always remember to carry Insect repellent for protection from insect bites.


Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

11. Uganda Gorilla trekking rules and regulations

For any Gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, all trekkers need to follow the set rules and regulations or the dos and don’ts of the activity.  This is what makes the trek memorable as there is amicable understanding for everyone, here are the rules and regulations;

  • Only persons of  15 years and above are allowed to trek gorillas. This is because children below 15 are known to be unpredictable and therefore you can not determine how they will behave in the presence of the gorillas.
  • In case of a cold, you are advised not to trek gorillas since they can easily catch a cold.
  • While in the forest, human waste should be buried 30cm deep
  • Always keep  a 7m (21ft) distance from the gorillas 
  • Any kind of smoking, eating, and drinking are not permitted allowed during gorilla trekking
  • If you must sneeze or cough always cover your face and turn away from the gorillas
  • One hour is the maximum time for each trek in the presence of the gorillas. 
  • During the trek, do not use flash photography

12. Is it possible for the disabled and aged to trek Gorillas in Uganda?

Kabira Safaris & Tours Ltd is one of the safari companies in Uganda that can never discourage the disabled and aged from having their Uganda gorilla tour. A special needs gorilla safari can always be planned for travelers who can not hike either because of disability or old age.

We are dedicated to ensuring accessible tourism and therefore plan trips for the disabled. Yes, it is possible for people with disabilities to have a gorilla trekking experience. The disabled are advised to hire a sedan chair either metallic or made out of bamboo that is used to carry them along the trek.

Four energetic men from the community will offer a service at an additional fee to carry the person all through their trek. On reaching the gorillas, the tourist is put down for a chance to take photographs and spend 1 hour with the Mountain Gorillas.


Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

13. How do I book for Uganda Gorilla Safari Holiday?

Now that you know what Mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda is all about, in case you need to book a safari all you need to do is contact Kabira Uganda Safaris.

We are a fully registered and accredited Uganda safari company based in Uganda.

We pride ourselves in customizing Uganda Gorilla safaris all year round. We plan your trip according to your need whether as a short or long trip.

Many travelers prefer to plan their gorilla safaris with Uganda wildlife safaris and bird watching tours in Uganda. Just contact us and we shall ensure all your bookings are done before you start your trip. 

Reviews on TripAdvisor Clients who Enjoyed Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

shaday422 Phalaborwa, South Africa

“breathtaking”

What an incredible experience. The hike up wasn’t too bad for us but there are locals that are trained to help you through some of the steeper sections. It was a little slippery due to heavy rainfall the night before but nothing to complain about.
Being up that close and personal with these incredible animals was a once in a lifetime experience. We would highly recommend it to anyone. The guides were knowledgeable and very respectful of nature and the gorillas. Number one item off the bucket list. We would love to visit again in the future.
“Unforgettable experience”
Wow! What a day! We got lucky and were with the gorillas after 1.5hours. It is a very steep descent, but as soon you look into the eyes of one of these giants you know it was all worth it – the money and the sweat! Beautiful experience which leaves you breathless. Very steep rise, too. Just breathe and think of what you just experienced and you get through it.
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