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Spent our whole holiday in Uganda concentrating on bird life. Very well organized tour. Every detail had been thought of. Lodges very good and staff delightful.

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- J Hill, United Kingdom, January 2014

The tour info packages provided are not only beautiful & unique but very handy with extremely helpful & thoroughly informative. Love this!! James is an ...

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- Jennifer & J. Lubey, Canada, May 2014

My trip was amazing and unforgettable. From the moment I arrived in Kigali, I was made to feel welcome by Stella and Isaac and I was very impressed by their pro...

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- D Joannou, USA, June 2011

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Gorilla Trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking is one of the world’s headline wildlife activities, on par with whale watching, bear safaris, tiger tours or shark diving. A gorilla safari is a memorable experience, and one that a lucky few treasure for the rest of their lives. Despite the notoriety they have gained through popular culture, mountain gorillas are intelligent, shy and gentle creatures with complex family structures.

Gorilla tracking takes place in two forests in Uganda, and Rwanda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is best experienced in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, which homes about half the total population.  About 11 families here are “habituated”. This means that they have very carefully, over a period of 5 or more years been made accustomed to the presence of humans. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda takes place in the Volcanoes National Park, where about 8 families are habituated.

A visit to the gorillas is not to be taken lightly, as it involves finding a reliable company to book your tracking permits up to two years in advance. It also involves planning the logistics to travel to remote locations, and preparing the equipment for the challenging conditions of the rain forest. If you make the effort to track gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda, though, it is well worth it. There are only 790 or so left – less than the number of children in a small school. All of these are found in the wild, as no mountain gorilla has ever been raised in captivity. The gorillas found in zoos are the western lowland variety.

On the day you track gorillas, you awake before dawn. After breakfast, a short walk or drive brings you to the park headquarters for your briefing. The track starts at about 9:00 am, led by rangers who keep a 24/7 watch on each family. A gorilla safari in Rwanda involves walking times of about 4 to 6 hours, at high altitude. A Uganda gorilla tracking safari involves lower altitude, but steeper slopes, with longer walking times, of 6 to 8 hours. Regardless of whether you track gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda, you will be allowed to spend a maximum of one hour with them, to reduce stress on the family.

This hour will give you a glimpse into the life of a gorilla family, and their interactions bring home the similarities and differences between us and them. If you are lucky enough to gaze into the eyes of a gorilla, you may sense a connection there.  Know, however, that your presence in their home has helped ensure their conservation and continued existence.


Popular Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Highlights of Rwanda

Uncover the diversity of primates in Rwanda on this group tour read more ›

Highlights of Rwanda
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £2,810
  • Safari length: 7 days
  • Level of difficulty: 7/10

Uganda Odyssey

Explore Uganda on a luxury group tour including chimpanzee and gorilla tracking read more ›

Uganda Odyssey
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £3,228
  • Safari length: 9 days
  • Level of difficulty: 7/10

Gorilla Trekking Safari

Track endangered mountain gorillas in the mist-wreathed forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda read more ›

Gorilla Trekking Safari
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £1,918
  • Safari length: 5 days
  • Level of difficulty: 7/10

Rwanda Gorillas

Enjoy unforgettable encounters with the primates of Rwanda on a luxury gorilla safari read more ›

Rwanda Gorillas
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £2,093
  • Safari length: 5 days
  • Level of difficulty: 7/10

Primate Adventure

The ultimate chimpanzee and gorilla trekking safari, including the best primate encounters in Uganda read more ›

Primate Adventure
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £6,183
  • Safari length: 11 days
  • Level of difficulty: 9/10

Luxury Gorilla Safari

For the discerning wildlife enthusiast who wants to experience the ultimate luxury gorilla safari, this tour visits the ancient rain forests of Bwindi in Uganda, and the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda for a unique opportunity to experience the... read more ›

Luxury Gorilla Safari
  • Safari series: Gorilla Safaris
  • From (based on 2 sharing): £5,138
  • Safari length: 6 days
  • Level of difficulty: 7/10

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