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Uganda Gorilla Safari Packages Offering Ultimate Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park & Mgahinga

Uganda gorilla safaris taking you gorilla trekking in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable & Mgahinga Gorilla parks are always a popular interest of most travelers undertaking African Uganda safaris.

A Uganda gorilla trekking adventure is a once-in-a-lifetime experience allowing you to go trekking with gorillas and see these gentle giants - (Mountain Gorillas) in their charming natural habitat.

There are about 1,063 Mountain Gorillas in the world and Uganda holds half of this population as it has about 459 individuals. The highest number is in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Other Gorillas are in other national parks of Mgahinga National Park, Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This makes Uganda the best destination for seeing wild Mountain Gorillas in Africa and you can see them in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Uganda Gorilla tours mostly feature Bwindi National Park which offers the best Mountain Gorilla viewing experences since it has the highest number of habituated Mountain Gorillas in Uganda & Africa at large.

During your gorilla safaris in Uganda, there are various classes of Uganda gorilla safari lodges - accommodation where you can stay. These range from budget, midrange, and luxury, and welcome every traveler.

On top of gorilla tracking in Uganda, your Uganda gorilla safari tour can feature amazing game viewing safaris in top Uganda safari parks. Using the single East African tourist visa, you can also trek gorillas in Rwanda and tour Kenya for a comprehensive African safari experience.

Whether you want a short Uganda Rwanda gorilla trek on a mini brake or long Uganda gorilla trip fused with wildlife and culture, we have you sorted.

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Top 18 Uganda Gorilla Safari Tours

Below are some of the Popular Uganda Gorilla Safaris or Best Uganda Gorilla Tours for you to take as is or customise to suit your Uganda safari interests.

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information & Uganda Gorilla Safari Destinations

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Gorilla Tours, Uganda Gorilla Safaris Bwindi

Mountain gorillas are found in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also home to lowland gorillas. Please note that gorilla tours in Uganda offer gorilla trekking in Uganda in only two (2) national parks, which are:

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is located in southwestern Uganda and it is the best park for Mountain Gorilla walking tours in Uganda. It’s indeed the best area to go gorilla-seeing in Africa!

It’s a UNESCO Heritage Site with over 459 mountain gorillas, which is almost 50% of the mountain gorilla population (1,063) on Earth! Gorilla tracking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are done on the 19 habituated Gorilla families.

These families are found within the 4 sectors which are Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga. As you trek Mountain Gorillas in the misty Bwindi National Park, you can come across other wild animals.

This park is also a haven for bird lovers, as they can enjoy birding as it has 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Endemics. You can see them during your Gorilla trip.

Gorilla Habituation Experience In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla habituation experience is the slow study of wild Mountain Gorillas so that they recognize human presence. The Gorilla habituation experience is only available in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Gorilla habituation takes about 2 to 5 years for the Gorilla group to be fully habituated. Tourists during this experience can be with the gentle giants for 4 hours in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla Trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is another destination for Mountain Gorilla trekking safaris and tourists can trek with the Nyakagezi Gorilla family, which has 9 members. This Gorilla family is known for having many Silverbacks.

When trekking Mountain Gorillas in this park, lucky tourists can see other wildlife like Bush bucks, Forest Elephants, and Buffaloes. Tourists can see colorful birds in this park and tourists can hike the 3 volcanoes of Virunga Mountains (Muhabura, Sabyinyo, and Mgahinga).

Visitors can also enjoy golden monkey tracking, as it has golden monkeys.

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations

The Mountain Gorilla Tracking Rules and Regulations give you all the dos and don’ts when you trek with the shy, gentle giants in the jungle. The park rangers give these rules at the park headquarters before your Gorilla trek.

These rules for walking with Gorillas in Uganda are the same as the Gorilla habituation experience.

They also work in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga, and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park.

Below are the gorilla tracking rules to follow:

Gorilla Trek rules before you set out:

  1. Always make sure that you carry your payment receipts or the Gorilla permit.
  2. In case you have a cold or any kind of infectious illness, please do not go track Gorillas. This is because Gorillas can catch human sickness easily.
  3. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is only for those above 15 years old.
  4. If you want to help yourself, make sure that human waste is buried 30cm (12 inches) deep.
  5. Also, only 8 people are permitted to visit a Gorilla group during Gorilla treks

Gorilla trek rules: when you meet the gorillas,

  1. Make sure that there is a 7-meter (21-foot) distance between you and the Gorillas.
  2. You should not smoke, eat, or drink when with the Gorillas. It helps reduce the transmission of diseases to Gorillas during Gorilla treks
  3. Always cover your mouth and nose or even turn away if you sneeze or cough. This is because Gorillas can get infected with cough and colds
  4. Tourists are only permitted or given only 1 full hour to be with the Gorillas
  5. When you are photographing the apes, ensure not to use a flash during Gorilla treks

Parking List For Gorilla Trekking  

Uganda Gorilla Trekking What to Wear 

Below is what you can pack for your Gorilla Uganda safaris and tours:

  • Gorilla permit to present at the park headquarters
  • A good camera with extra batteries
  • Binoculars: Zoom in on sightings of animals to get clear views
  • The poncho/rain jacket keeps you dry when
  • Insect repellents: Keep away bugs and always carry insect repellents.
  • Bottled water keeps you hydrated
  • Backpack: used for carrying smaller items like insect repellents.
  • Walking sticks give you more support on the trails, along with hiking boots.

What to Wear for gorilla trekking in Uganda

This is what to wear before you go Gorilla tracking on your Gorilla tour.

  1. Light hiking boots: These hiking boots protect your feet when in the jungle
  2. Long-sleeved light trousers and shirts
  3. Garden Gloves: Protect you from itching plants.
  4. A cap or hat protects your face and head from the strong sunlight
  5. Sunglasses; protect your eyes from the strong sunlight rays

Other Amazing Safaris in Uganda to Accompany on Your Gorilla Safari

Tourists on gorilla-watching trips can also enjoy other fascinating Ugandan tours.

Some of these tours include:

Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

5 Days Murchison Falls Safari Uganda Gorilla Safari Bwindi

These give you a better experience of seeing wildlife with close encounters and are best in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to the tree-climbing Lions, and Kidepo Park.

Chimpanzee Trekking Tour

A chimpanzee tracking tour gives you a better opportunity to meet the Chimpanzees in their natural home. The best Chimpanzee tracking experience is in Kibale National Park.

Other amazing tours in Uganda include:

  • Boat cruise tours in Uganda, especially in Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Bunyonyi
  • Cultural encounters, like visiting the Batwa people
  • Golden Monkey trekking trips. You get a better chance of meeting the dazzling Golden Monkeys.

Please note that tourists can enjoy a double Gorilla trek.

This is possible when you visit the Democratic Republic of Congo and you can encounter either the endangered Mountain Gorillas or the Lowland Gorillas. In East Africa, you can only find the Lowland Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

You can also go meet Rwandan Gorillas. Along with Gorilla watching in Rwanda, you can also visit Akagera National Park during your Gorilla viewing safari.

Uganda Gorilla Safari Lodges—Accommodation

All sites for the Uganda gorilla trek adventures have comfortable accommodations ranging from luxury to midrange to budget.

Popular Uganda Luxury Gorilla Safari Lodges

  1. Buhoma Safari Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Park
  2. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi
  3. Gorilla Safari Lodge in Bwindi National Park
  4. Mount Gahinga Lodge in Mgahinga Gorilla NP
  5. Mahogany Springs in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  6. Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Recommended Midrange Lodges to Use while Trekking Gorillas in Uganda

  1. Haven Lodge Buhoma in Buhoma
  2. Traveler’s Rest Kisoro in Mgahinga Gorilla NP
  3. Gorilla Mist Camp in Bwindi Park in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  4. Lake Chahafi Resort in Mgahinga park
  5. Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Best Budget Uganda Gorilla Lodges on Your Gorilla Holiday in Uganda

  1. Buhoma Community Rest Camp in Bwindi impenetrable park
  2. Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  3. Amajambere Iwachu Community Camp in Mgahinga Gorilla NP

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda vs Rwanda: Is It Better to Trek and See Gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda?

Volcanoes National Park

This is a frequently asked question by travelers who want to go on Gorilla holidays either in Uganda or Rwanda. However, both destinations are great for a Gorilla tour.

Below is a simple comparison between the two countries:

Uganda’s gorilla permit costs $700, while that of Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park from Rwanda Development Board is $1500. Therefore, if you go on gorilla-walking holidays in Uganda, it is relatively cheaper!

Uganda holds over 20 fully habituated Gorilla families, while Rwanda has 10. Therefore, there are more gorilla permits in Uganda than in Rwanda’s only Volcanoes National Park.

gorilla habituation experience is only offered in Uganda and it allows you to be the apes for 4 hours. It is done on the Bikingi Gorilla family in Bwindi.

Gorilla tours in Uganda can easily be combined with wildlife safaris, unlike in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to tree-climbing lions, is close to Bwindi and Mgahinga and there are three other savannah national parks yet Rwanda has only Akagera National Park.

Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda is just 113 km from Kigali airport, making it a short distance and this means you can reach Volcanoes National Park for Rwanda Gorilla trek in one day. Trekking Mountain Gorillas in 1 day is not possible in Uganda, as you need at least 3 days to trek.

Uganda has more lodges during gorilla trips, though the ones in Volcanoes National Park are more high-end when it comes to Rwanda gorilla trek safaris.

Please note that:

Travelers can trek Gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda if they apply for an East African Tourist Visa. Gorilla trips in both countries are amazing.

Uganda Gorilla Trek Cost/Price | Gorilla Permit Cost in Uganda

You require a gorilla permit to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, and it costs $800 for foreign nonresidents. It costs $700 and UGX 250,000 for East African citizens.

A Gorilla permit is inclusive of park entrance fees both in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Cheapest Way to See Gorillas In Uganda | How Do I See Gorillas On A Budget?

Travelers can go gorilla-seeing in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park on a budget. Gorilla trips are not as costly as anyone can trek Mountain Gorillas.

Below is how you can track mountain gorillas on a budget:

Target the low season: This is when the accommodation facilities are at discounted rates and if lucky, you can get discounted Gorilla permits.

Consider budget accommodation: If you plan to go trekking with gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga, then consider cheap accommodation.

Use public transport: This helps save since private transport is so expensive during Gorilla tours.

Join a group tour: This means that all expenses will be shared. But keep in mind that the price of the gorilla permit is constant.

Why Go For Gorilla Trips in Uganda – Why You Should Trek Gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Below are the reasons why you should go on gorilla tours in Uganda, but you can do double gorilla in Uganda and Rwanda to compare these experiences:

  1. Uganda has half of the world’s surviving Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park hold half of the world’s surviving Mountain Gorillas. Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has 19 habituated Gorilla families and Mgahinga has one Gorilla family of the Nyakagezi. The rest of the Mountain Gorillas are within Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo in the Virunga Mountains.
  1. Gorilla Holidays in Uganda Are Cheaper. Gorilla permits in Uganda are way cheaper than those in Rwanda. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost $800, and in Rwanda, they cost $1500 for you to track gorillas in Volcanoes National Park.
  1. Uganda Is a Safe Country for All Tourists. Uganda is secure for all tourists and it is friendly, as the people are welcoming.
  1. You Can Contribute To Gorilla Conservation and Supporting Communities. When you purchase a permit for Gorilla trekking, you contribute to Gorilla conservation purposes. Also, 10% of the Gorilla permit is used to support the local communities.
  1. More Primates along the Gorilla trek. When you trek Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga, you get opportunities to see other primates during the gorilla-seeing experience. Some of the primates include Golden monkeys, ideal for Golden Monkey trekking or golden monkey tracking; baboons; L’Hoest’s monkeys; Red-tailed Monkeys, etc.
  2. Gorilla trips Can Be Combined with Other Uganda Safaris. There are 10 national parks in Uganda, wildlife reserves, and other safari destination places. Visitors who come for Gorilla tours can always engage in other safaris like wildlife tours, birding safaris, culture safaris, etc.

Best Uganda Gorilla Safari Packages

There are different Uganda safari packages and some of the best tours take you to other national parks. Always book safari packages through a tour operator.

In conclusion, Uganda Gorilla safari tours are one of the most remarkable experiences that you will enjoy on your African safari to Uganda. It offers you the best opportunity to encounter the endangered Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat and Gorilla habituation experience.

Gorilla tours in Uganda are best in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These safaris can be combined with wildlife tours to give you full excitement on your African vacation. You can visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, home of the tree-climbing lions, Murchison Falls National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park for the best game viewing on Uganda wildlife safaris. Gorilla trips should not be missed, as they will give you endless excitement when you meet the gentle giants. For the best gorilla trips, please inquire with us below.

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All Gorilla Trekking Uganda Frequently Asked Questions

Thinking of gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda? These frequently asked questions about Uganda gorilla trekking safaris will help you even plan better.

Gorilla treks are usually between 2 to 8 hours. However, this time is determined by the movement of Uganda Gorillas in the jungle. If lucky, you spot the Gorillas after only 30 minutes, and this is usually common in the Buhoma sector the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The minimum age for a Gorilla trek is 15 years. This is why Gorilla tracking is set at 15 years; Young chaps cannot keep to themselves in case Gorillas charge. They can scream and run and this makes the Gorillas charge at you. Children are most likely not to follow the trekking rules from the park ranger. Also, children may not be fit for the action since the activity is challenging. However, children below the age of 15 can track Gorillas after their parents sign a consent form.

The best time to go Gorilla trekking and Gorilla habituation to meet the gentle giants at any time of the year. However, the best time is in the dry season to go Uganda Gorilla trekking adventure which is from June to August and December to February. There is also the wet season from March to May and from September to November which is the low season and if lucky you can acquire discounted Gorilla permits.

The best month to go Gorilla trekking in Uganda or for Gorilla tour holidays is from June to August and December to February as these make the dry season. You can enjoy Gorilla watching without any inconvenience.

Yes, trekking Gorillas in Uganda is safe as there have been no accidents recorded in the past years. During Gorilla treks, you are accompanied by armed park rangers. Also, Gorilla treks are only done on fully habituated Gorilla families that recognize the presence of human's presence.

This is a common question for those who want to enjoy the Gorilla trek. Gorilla trips depend on one's physical level of fitness. You should know that you go through relatively challenging terrain, misty and hilly thick forests, as well as valleys. Everyone can enjoy Gorilla trips in Uganda for Gorilla watching, and if you cannot hike, then porters can lift you on sedan chairs to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.

Seeing the giant apes in both Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park requires a Gorilla permit or a Gorilla habituation permit. You can always get a permit with the help of a tour operator or tour company. Tour operators can also help you get discounted Gorilla permits. Gorilla Tracking Fees: Foreign NonResident (800  USD), Foreign Resident (700 USD) and East African Citizen (250,000 UGX). Gorilla Habituation Experience Fees: Foreign Non-Resident (1,500 USD), Foreign Resident (1,000 USD), and East African Citizen (750,000 UGX). Please note that discounted Gorilla permits are not available at all times of the year.

The Gorilla safari cost depends on many factors and some of these include the cost of the Gorilla permit, transport, food, paying porters, visa and border crossing fees, the price of your necessities like a camera, sunscreen, guides, insect repellents, etc. 1 Day Gorilla trek safari in Uganda costs about $1300 inclusive of the Gorilla permit price. 2 Day Gorilla tour in Uganda will cost about $1800, with the cost of the Gorilla permit inclusive. 3 Day Gorilla trip will take about $2300 with the Gorilla permit cost inclusive.

Uganda has the highest number of Gorilla permits for Gorilla watching since it has the highest number of habituated Uganda Gorillas. There are 20 habituated Gorilla families within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga. Since 8 people trek a Gorilla group, this means that there are 160 Gorilla permits available in this country per day.

All Gorilla permits are issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and these allow you to trek mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga and enjoy Gorilla watching. You can use the help of tour operators or a tour company to obtain a Gorilla permit. Or you can buy the Gorilla permits directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority and once you make the payment, the Gorilla permit is then given to you. You can pick up the Gorilla permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices once you arrive in Uganda. It is advisable to book your Gorilla permit at least 6 months before your safari due date. You should know that tour operators can help you get discounted Gorilla permits or a last-minute Gorilla permit.

Yes, Gorilla trekking in Uganda is Worth the Money and worth the money. When you trek Mountain Gorillas, you get unforgettable memories as you get to see them in their natural home feeding and caring for each other. The money collected is used for the conservation of Gorillas and also 10% is given to the neighboring communities for development. Trekking Mountain Gorillas is among the most remarkable adventures on the African continent.

Gorilla tracking usually lasts between 2 and 8 hours and you can track Gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Park. The Gorilla treks start at the park headquarters as long as you hold a Gorilla permit. You are given one full hour to be in the presence of a Gorilla family, For the Gorilla habituation experience, you be with the gentle giants for 4 hours.

The minimum number of days for Gorilla trekking holidays is 3 days. 1 day is not enough for Mountain Gorilla tracking since the journey is long and you may not make it on time since it starts at 8 am. Day 1 should be for traveling to Bwindi or Mgahinga, day 2 is for Gorilla tracking starting from park headquarters, and day 3 is for departure from Bwindi and Mgahinga.

Uganda Gorillas are most active during the morning hours and late evening. This is why Gorilla tracking is done in the morning and it is the best time for Gorilla watching since the Gorillas are active.

Yes, there are Gorillas in Uganda as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park hold almost half of the world's surviving Mountain Gorillas (459). This makes Uganda a good destination for Gorilla treks.

Yes, Gorilla seeing is ethical as when you trek Mountain Gorillas, you engage in the conservation of the gentle giants. Gorilla trips are an ethical act.

If you are planning for Gorilla tracking, make sure that you are physically fit and ensure that you have a Gorilla trekking permit that you will present at the park headquarters, Ensure that your accommodation is booked, and use the best tour operators.

There are many tour operators in Uganda to use for your Gorilla tour. A tour operator or tour company can organize for you the best Gorilla tour expeditions. We are the best Uganda gorilla tour operators in Uganda.
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