Apart from Gorilla tracking, one can still get involved in many other activities that can boost your long stay memorable in Uganda.

Batwa Experience

This is an experience that allows you to dig deeper and know this community’s unique culture like how they are sheltered in trees, how they live, hunt within the forest and meet the Pygmies –old dwelling forest tribe.

Bird watching

One can visit or tour for birding because Bwindi is also a Bird watcher haven, African Green Broadbill, Grauer’s Warbler & Short-tailed Warbler as the 3 species surviving in this forest and Bwindi is recognised as one of the best birding places in Africa, best done at Buhoma along forest margins or Ruhiji sector (forest & swamp birding) plus village paths.

Nature Walks

Here you experience penetrating into the forest by foot, hear sweet singing of the birds, rewards you with the exclusive feeling of the natural forest, this is the most transparent and flexible way to discover the hidden treasures in Bwindi. And still can walk to adventure from one sector to another sector in Bwindi.

Game drives

This gives you a wide game view of different animals like Elephants, lions, etc. that you have not seen well, different bird species,

Boat cruising/launch cruise and Canoeing

Here you are bound to view those mammals along and on the lake and river banks even those within the water bodies like crocodiles, Buffaloes,etc.

The Best Gorilla Safari Company in Uganda and Rwanda 2020

Best Gorilla Safari Company – Adventure in the wild safaris is a reliable tour operator that conducts safaris in Uganda and the rest of the African safari countries. We help travelers plan for their trips to any tourism destinations of their choice on the continent. We have different itineraries to different destinations but we can as well do tailor made tours or adjust the itineraries to what you prefer most.

Gorilla safaris are our major tours. However, we perfectly organize and conduct all other tours including wildlife tours, hiking tours, water rafting excursions and more. We plan for your gorilla safari to the gorilla trekking destinations in Bwindi national park in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic Congo. From the very first step of obtaining a gorilla permits, booking for accommodation, transportation transfers at the destination and booking for other activities that you wish to add on the safari are all done by our professional staff.

We encourage you to contact us in advance so that we can obtain your gorilla trekking permit on time since trekking for mountain gorillas is limited to only 8 people per gorilla family.

Adventure in the wild safaris is a member of Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO)

Association of Uganda Tour Operators is a tourism association that brings together the leading tour operators and represent6s their interests. It regulates them and also controls their activities. Because very many tour companies are emerging in Uganda, some of them may have different interests or even provide services below the required level to tourists. Some of them may not be members of the association but copy the logo and display it on their websites. You are advised to check on the website of AUTO for genuine information about which operators to use, where we are also members. Our membership is to the association is of great trust to organize safaris for travelers.

We are a reputable safari operator

Our past clients have always given good reviews about the experiences they get when they organize and travel to their destinations through our company. We have professional and well experienced driver guides who safely transfer you to different destinations, giving information about much more things to do there.

Our website clearly indicates our location, what we deal in, how to contact us through phone calls and email address.

We maintain constant communication with clients

We shall constantly communicate to our clients through email, phone calls and social media, providing answers to your questions until there are no more. We do this so that you can immediately always find the way forward for your plans. Immediately you start communicating to us, we respond and give necessary advice where need be, until you can make a decision that is convenient for you. If a client is booking with us, we shall keep the communication flowing until you start the journey and after returning back home after the journey.

We consider both private and group tours

Since most clients prefer to go for private tours, this is mainly what we are doing. However, depending on your preference for group tours, we perfectly organize for them if requested for. As long as all the people in the group agree on going to the same destinations on the same dates, this is greatly provided for you. It helps to reduce costs especially for transportation since they will be shared. It will help you also to meet the new people of the same group.

Our prices

An itinerary to the same destinations can have different costs depending on the kind of accommodation you want to use. Those who want to use luxurious lodges pay higher amount than those using midrange, and budget accommodation. Our prices cater for transfers from the airport or hotel to the destination, from destination to destination and then return to the airport or hotel, the activities indicated on the itinerary, accommodation for all the days of the tour except the night before pickup and the night after being dropped off to your hotel at the end of the tour. Bottled drinking water, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on each day of the tour are inclusive of the prices of the safari.

 

The Uganda Rwanda border was recently reopened after being closed for a period of close to three years. We have therefore resumed the cross border gorilla trekking trips in which you land in Kigali where we pick you from and then transfer you to Uganda to explore and do some of the exciting activities Uganda has to offer.

There are a lot of activities you can do in Uganda including but not limited to – Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, Wildlife viewing, Adventure sports, cultural tours and so much more. Our packages which start from Kigali and cross to Uganda range from short 3 day excursions to multi day tours with an option of Ending the trip in Entebbe also available if you don’t wish to return to Kigali after the trip.

Important things to note while planning your crossover trip

Shorter distances for gorilla trekking trips:

The drive from Kigali to Bwindi is 4-5 hours. This is much shorter compared to the 8-9 hours drive if you are starting your trip in Entebbe.

Moderately priced Gorilla trekking permit:

The Uganda Gorilla trekking permit costs $700 while the Rwanda gorilla trekking permit costs $1500, this therefore means that you will save a lot of money if you decide to land in Rwanda but trek gorillas in Uganda.

Lots of activities to do in Uganda

Uganda has many national parks and game reserves as compared to Rwanda. Therefore if you decide to combine your visit to Rwanda and Uganda, you will have a variety of activities to choose from ranging from Gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, white water rafting and kayaking, Game drives, cultural tours and so much more.

Booking your tour

Kindly get in touch with our reservations team and we shall design for you a custom itinerary based on your preferred length of day and dates of travel.

Why gorilla trekking in Uganda should be the next on your summer adventurous list

How can we save mountain gorillas from extinctionGorilla trekking in Uganda gives you the chance to stand a few meters away from the mountain gorillas of Bwindi impenetrable national park that leaves you speechless but full of excitements. The fascinating adventure in the impenetrable forest surely should be next on your summer vacation to do list.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the southwestern part of the pearl of Africa. The park is a home of half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas making Uganda the best destination for mountain gorillas

A number of travelers penetrate into Uganda each year to quietly spend time with the habituated mountain gorillas in their impenetrable home land of Bwindi under there head which the silver back, the mountain gorillas entertain the tourists as the feed, doze, groom and also munch around the forest. This experience creates a strong bond between the tourists and the gorillas and many find it superior compared to game viewing in savannah parks.

I present to you the reasons as to why gorilla trekking in Uganda’s mountainous forests, watching and taking your valuable time with the habituated gorilla family should be next on your summer adventurous to do list in Africa.

You are to trek half the world’s mountain gorillas

The world has got literally above 1000 mountain gorillas and they are protected in east Africa and they can be found in two regions that is to say Uganda’s southwestern Bwindi impenetrable national park, mgahinga gorilla national park and the Virunga volcano mountains region.

Uganda is gifted with half the world’s mountain gorillas protected in its two parks of mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Mgahinga gorilla national park is found in the southwestern part of Uganda bordering with Rwanda and Congo’s forests. The park covers 33.7 square kilometers that protect a number of endangered mountain gorillas with two habituated gorilla family but only one is ready for trekking. The parks lavish green forest attracts a variety of mountain gorillas from Congo and Rwanda. The park also protects the different tree species, a variety of bird species and numerous primates.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda covering an area of 321 square kilometers and in 1994 the park was declared a UNESCO natural world heritage though it was gazette in 1991. The park’s rain forests protect different butterfly species, bird species, tree species, a number of primates, 19 habituated gorilla families ready for trekking and lastly a number of mammals.

Uganda has got 20 habituated gorilla families available for trekking in the two national parks of Bwindi and mgahinga with 5 tracking sections. The gorilla trekking of Uganda gives you an everlasting experience compared to all the other places in Africa.

Support the gorilla conservation and community endowment.

Uganda’s gorilla trekking is not only an inevitable summer adventure to Africa but also reliable ecotourism experience that contributes to the community and the gorilla conservation

The 700us dollars paid per person for gorilla trekking (gorilla permit) is transferred to the creation of safe heavens for the gorillas as the money is used for financing the habitant protection and monitoring the gorilla healthy.

In the last few decades the population of mountain gorilla heightened up to over 1000 mountain gorillas just because of the coming tourists who participate in gorilla trekking and habituation thus contributing to the well being of these endangered mountain gorillas.

Uganda’s gorilla trekking is much more affordable.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda costs just 700$ per person less than half of Rwanda gorilla charges and only 8 tourists are allowing to visit a given gorilla family and Uganda has 20 gorilla families ready for trekking thus giving out chances to 160 tourists to go for gorilla trekking what an incredible offer.

You are advised to book your gorilla trekking permit months before and here I recommend you to use local tour operator like ADVENTURE IN THE WILD SAFARIS as they are experienced and they are always ready to take you through your memorable safaris.

Uganda ‘s parks of mgahinga and Bwindi offer the same gorilla experiences but Bwindi impenetrable national park gives you the best gorilla experiences as it has 19 of the 20 gorilla families found in Uganda. The park has four trekking sections and affordable accommodation facilities around the park’s boundaries.

Variety of primates along your adventure

Uganda not only flows its best in terms of mountain gorilla but its also the home of different primates that include the chimpanzees, the golden monkeys, the blue monkeys, the black and white colobus monkey, the mangabey monkeys, a number of baboons, the pattas monkeys, the red-tailed monkeys, spectacled galago, de Brazza monkeys, Lhotse’s monkeys to mention but a few. On you trekking you stand higher chances of spotting the given primate species.

For more exploration of these other primates, Uganda has got many more destinations for primate viewing which starts with monster among men with 13 primate species and this is kibale national park. Queen Elizabeth national park in the kyambura gorge and also at Murchison falls national park at budongo forest.

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the four national parks where you can see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Africa. However one may ask – How did bwindi national park get its name? – The Word Bwindi comes from the local dialect of the people leaving around the Bwindi national Park, for over 500 years, the locals referred to the dense forest harboring the mountain gorillas as Bwindi and the government of Uganda thereafter took over the same name when the park was gazetted as a national park. 

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Started in 1993, with the Buhoma sector being the first to be opened for gorilla trekking after the gorillas where successfully habituated. The gorillas have been an endangered species for several years, however this begun to change when the gorilla parks where made into protected areas and gorilla tourism introduced.

How did bwindi national park get its name?

Mgahinga gorilla national park vs bwindi

Comparing Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Vs Mgahinga National Park, differences between Bwindi and Mgahinga

Currently, mountain gorillas have become the most sought out attractions in the world. These critically endangered sub-species of the eastern gorillas are some of the most interesting things to see in Africa and they can only be found in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. In Uganda, mountain gorillas live in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park whereas in Rwanda, they live in Volcanoes national park and in the DRC you can trek for them in Virunga national park. Among the three destinations for mountain gorilla trekking, Uganda surpasses them because she hosts more than half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas in the world. In addition, Uganda has two destinations (Bwindi and Mgahinga) where you can do the activity unlike Rwanda and the DRC where each of them has only one destination.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the world’s prime mountain gorilla trekking destination. Due to the great and wonderful biodiversity of the park, it was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. Bwindi is a home to over 400 mountain gorillas and this makes it home to the largest population of mountain gorillas. Most of these gorillas have been habituated and are always available for trekking. Because of the large population, Bwindi has much more gorillas families than Mgahinga national park. It also has more habituated mountain gorilla families than Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park. There are 19 habituated gorilla families in Bwindi national park while Mgahinga has 2 habituated gorilla families, with the second one that recently shifted from Rwanda. This is the major reason that lifts Bwindi higher than any other mountain gorilla park and also why most people want to do mountain gorilla trekking here.

Regardless, the experience of gorilla trekking is the same both in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks because you trek for a single family of which they all have the same features. And in both national parks, a group of only 8 people is allowed to visit each gorilla family daily. Unlike in the past when Mgahinga was rarely thought of when it came to gorilla trekking because it had only one gorilla group (Nyakagezi) yet very mobile around the three countries, the group is now settled in Uganda and was joined by another one which is also available for trekking.

More habituated gorilla families also implies that there are more gorilla trekking permits available to trek for these awesome giants in Bwindi compared to those available to trek in Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Currently, Uganda Wildlife Authority avails more than 140 gorilla permits daily for the activity and only 16 permits to do the same activity in Mgahinga. Gorilla permits for both national parks cost USD 700 for each individual.

Just like their name states, mountain gorillas live on hilly areas. Mgahinga national park is part of the Virunga Conservation Area located on the lower slopes of three extinct volcanoes; Gahinga, Sabinyo and Muhabura. It is the smallest national park in Uganda with an area of about 34sq km. Bwindi as well is situated on a steep mountainous area with numerous hilltops and valleys. It occupies an area of 321sq km. gorilla trekking can be strenuous in both parks. However, Bwindi impenetrable national park has hillier and slippery areas compared to Mgahinga, but also has some areas that with shorter hills than others in specific sectors since it is larger in size. Bwindi offers more options for guests to choose whether they prefer shorter hikes or longer and steeper ones because of the variety of gorillas in different areas which may not be the case in Mgahinga.

So far, the gorilla habituation experience is only done in Bwindi impenetrable national park. This is an advantage that Bwindi has over Mgahinga.

Mgahinga national park has many other fauna; 76 species of mammals though most of them are not commonly seen. They include bush pigs, forest elephants, buffaloes, black fronted duikers and side stripped jackals among others. There are over 170 bird species in its forest. Bwindi has more than 120 mammal species most of which are also quite hard to spot for example giant forest pigs, African golden cat, African civet and small antelopes. Bwindi forest is a home to over 300 bird species and more than 220 butterfly species. Primates such as black and white colobus monkeys and L’Hoest monkeys among others are commonly seen in both gorilla national parks.

As Mgahinga boasts being housing golden monkeys in Uganda, Bwindi comes along with chimpanzees which you may come across while trekking for mountain gorillas or during the forest walk.

Visitors can go for volcano hiking in Mgahinga national park on any of the three volcanoes; Sabinyo, Gahinga or Muhabura. Each of them offers a unique thrilling experience. This activity is not available in Bwindi national park.

Visitors can have a clear insight about the Batwa in both parks. The Batwa are the original keepers of these forests and lived there with the mountain gorillas for hundreds of years in harmony with the environment before they were evicted. Mgahinga national park has the Garamba and Muhavura caves where the Batwa used to keep their food, were royal houses and also gathered there when preparing for war while at Bwindi, you can encounter these Batwa pygmies for a cultural experience which involves traditional dances, practices and lifestyle. The Batwa in Mgahinga can be allowed to guide visitors through the Batwa trail in Mgahinga whereas the Batwa experience in Bwindi only takes place outside the park. Each of the experiences is ought not to be missed depending on where you are doing your gorilla trekking.

Mgahinga and bwindi national parks are both located in the far southwestern part of Uganda. They are situated close to many other national parks where you can enjoy many other wildlife activities. in Uganda, you can do gorilla trekking in any of the two parks and later on transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale national park or Lake Mburo national park for more interesting adventures. It’s not worth to miss out on Lake Bunyonyi. You can as well transfer to Rwanda or the DRC for many other different activities such as Rwanda city walk, visit to the genocide memorial sites since they are in the neighborhood.

Getting to Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks

Both road and air transport can be used to reach Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. From Kampala, the distance by road is shorter to Bwindi than to Mgahinga. It takes 8 to 9 hours to Bwindi and 10 to 11 hours to Mgahinga. If you don’t want to sit for these long hours, you can choose to fly in to Kigali airport where our driver guide picks you and you connect by road to southern Uganda, which takes about 5 hours to Mgahinga and about 7 hours to Bwindi national park.

By air, visitors can fly from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi to Kihihi airstrip and connect to Bwindi and this takes less about 3 hours to reach the park. A flight from Entebbe or Kajjansi to Kisoro airstrip takes about an hour and a half and then driving from Kisoro to takes about 2 hours and a half.

What should I do if a gorilla Charges? Mountain gorillas are the largest primate species and they live in groups, they are known to be peaceful, calm and they are not aggressive when you encounter the gorillas. They have a charming character that makes it interesting to look at that’s why many tourists in Africa would love to take part in gorilla trekking experience. During gorilla trekking, and when the gorilla charges, all you need to do is to simply follow the instructions giving to you during the briefing or the guide will direct you on what to do in order to be on the safer side putting in mind that the gorillas are peaceful and not so aggressive. Mountain gorillas in Africa, can be found in four national parks in tree east African countries which include; Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in south western Uganda offer the best site for gorilla trekking with over half of the words population of gorillas living in the dense forest of Bwindi national park, volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mountain gorillas; Gorillas are the largest primate species that live in the dense tropical forests or in areas with high altitude in Africa.  They mainly live in groups of two to 30 members and the group is led by a male silver back as the leader of the family, he offers protection and looks after the females and the young ones in his family , he determines the feeding time, place to stay for the family and protect them from any cause of danger. The gorillas are herbivores animals and they feed on plants, leaves, roots, stems fruits among others.

Gorilla trekking in Africa, has become of the popular activities that has drawn many visitors to east Africa to take part in, gorilla trekking involves moving in the forest led by the ranger guide who will help guide you, offer instructions and also locate the gorillas for you. The movement, involves searching for the habituated gorilla families in their natural habitat, and when you have found a given gorilla family, visitors will be allowed strictly one hour with these huge apes from the time you meet the, but the normal exercise can lasts from 30 min to 7 hours of the day depending on the location of the gorillas on that particular day., putting in kind that gorillas are wild animals and they move from one place to another.

During gorilla trekking, you can not predict how the gorillas will be when you encounter them, when you reach them, you might find that the gorillas are in a bad mood or even they may think that it’s a threat to them. And when they detect danger, the gorillas can charge and react by making loud grunts, hoots, buoys by its self, stand on two legs and bound its chest. And when the threat persists, the leader of the group that is the Silverback will grasp anything and tears it down to show that he is ready for any thing and he is willing to protect the family from any cause of harm.

There several reason that may cause a gorilla to charge such as loud noise in the forest from the travellers during the trek, the gorillas may feel threatened, direct eye contact with the gorillas , sudden movements while in the presence of the gorillas and others may cause the gorillas to charge in order to protect the family from strangers or poachers that may be attacking the family. They can also charge when they are fighting for female trying to win females in to his group, or when their two silver backs in the group, they may not allow to share so they fight when one wants to break away from the family since the family cannot have two leaders and the fight determines the winner who will take over the family and the challenged gorilla, will go away to a form his new family group.

charged silver back gorilla

What to Do If the Gorilla Charges?

There are few cases of gorilla attacking visitors during gorilla trekking in the forest. When you have followed all the rules and the regulations for gorilla trekking giving to you by the rangers such as keeping your voices low while in the forest, a void feeding animals, a void direct eye contact wit the gorillas, when taking photos, avoid direct flash lights from the camera, not raising arms Infront of charged gorilla, keeping a distance of 7 meters feet away from the gorillas, do not wonder in the forest at wee hours, keep in your groups and don’t break of from the group and others. When all these instructions a followed closely you are asure of a successful gorilla trekking and the gorillas will not disturb or attack any of you in the forest.

Mountain gorillas are strong primates and the Silver back will do anything defend and protect his family from any cause of threat that may cause harm to his family. Therefore, in case the gorilla charges, visitors taking part in these experiences will follow the instructions giving to them or listen to the instructions from your guide who will then direct you on what to do in order to safe guard you self.

Walk away steadily; when the gorilla charges, you are supposed to run away from the gorilla this is because, it will run after you and will attack you, but instead, you are advised to walk away form the gorilla taking one step after the other without making any sudden movement to create the distance between you and the gorilla.it will cool down and walk away from you. You can even fall down or keep relaxed or looking up at trees to show that you are defeated and you do not want to attack them.

Crouch down; when the gorilla charges, its advisable to be calm down, keep quiet, and unthreatened you can even bend down to show respect and unwillingness to attack the gorillas. you can lower your self down on the group making your self smaller than the silverback. This is reason to show that you not a challenger and you don’t mean any harm to them so it will cool down and will not attack you.

Follow the instruction from your guide so that you are on the safer side; before you embark on gorilla trekking in the forest, travellers are briefed at the starting point which is the parks headquarters, you will be reminded on the dos and the don’ts of gorillas while you are with the gorillas. You will be led by an armed ranger guide since they spend number of times visiting the gorillas so they are well aware of the moods and when the gorillas are irritated. Therefore, the guide will direct/ instruct you on how to behave in case the gorillas becomes wild in the presence of the visitors. And case the gorilla charges, the guide will instruct you on what to do so all you need to do if you do not know what to do, ask your guide and will instruct you throughout the process.

Never look directly in to the eye of the gorillas; in case the gorilla charges, do not look directly in to the eye, if you do, this shows that you are ready to challenge the gorilla therefore, these will force the gorilla to attack you as away of defending its self. Rather pretend not to show any interest in them and mind your own work and a void direct contact with the gorillas it will walk away from you.

Show your teeth and shout back; in case you are very close to the gorilla with no chance of stepping back, you can defend yourself by showing the gorilla your teeth and shouting back to the charged gorilla, is away you can defend your self and even thumping your chest just like gorillas do when they have charged, when you shout, the gorilla feel scared and will walk thinking that you area another wild gorilla.

Keep a distance; during gorilla trekking, visitors are advised to keep 7 meters feet away from the gorillas when you meet them in their natural habitat. Visitors are not allowed to touch the gorillas since they are wild animals except for the case when the gorilla touches you. When you touch them, they will feel threatened and may be forced to attack you as a way of defending themselves.

Sometime, you can pretend to be an ape; In case the gorilla charges, and you have tried all possible options and nothing seems to be working, be brave and act like another ape yourself, by coming towards the charged gorilla,  you can start plucking leaves, breaking stems, chewing vegetation, napping on the ground to show the gorilla that you are aggressive and hostile too, it will get scared and run away from you.

What should I do if A Gorilla charges?

Mahogany Springs Lodge in Buhoma Bwindi

Mahogany Springs lodge is no doubt the best luxurious accommodation facility located close to a national park in East Africa. The lodge opened in April 2011 and is situated in Buhoma sector in the northern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park which is the world’s prominent gorilla trekking destination. It is on an elevation that offers spectacular views of most areas around the area including Munyanga River.

They lodge has well trained staff who will receive you on arrival at the lodge and continue to take care of every other need while there. The staffs are very friendly and will ensure that your stay is comfortable and perfect with customer care at its peak.

Mahogany Springs lodge has eight beautiful cottages made out of local materials. They are modernized cottages with a touch of the African traditional style and the blend perfectly with the environment. The lodge has spacious suites (superior suites, Honeymoon suite and Presidential suite) with large and wide windows which enable you to clearly look out to the surrounding including Bwindi forest. The rooms are self contained with bathrooms and flushing toilets. There is an option of using smoking or non smoking rooms.

The restaurant has some of the best chefs in Uganda and this will be well admitted after tasting their meals. They have a la carte menus with all international dishes. Whether you prefer non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks, the bar shall have you sorted. Drinking water is provided in the rooms and you will not need to keep moving to the bar or restaurant frequently.

It is a short drive from the lodge to the park gate of Buhoma but you can also choose to stay at Mahogany springs and do gorilla trekking activities in Ruhija sector which is also in the northern part of the park. Apart from the gorilla trekking, guests can also go for the Batwa experience, Buhoma village walk or forest walks.

The mountain gorillas are one of the regular visitors to the lodge and other animals living in the forest including the various birds.

Staying at Mahogany Springs lodge is one way of creating great memories.

Room rates

Single                 $408

Double/twin   $630

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, is one of the leading destinations in Uganda for gorilla trekking and volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Both Uganda and Rwanda, has a number of tourists every year who come for gorilla trekking experience. For gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, contact adventure in the wild safaris, we offer tour packages and safaris to Bwindi and volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking, we pride in offering the best service to our clients and enjoyable safari to three of the east African countries taking part in gorilla trekking experience. Gorilla trekking is a process whereby the travellers visit the habituated gorilla families in their natural habitat, gorilla trekking is only possible to clients who have a gorilla trekking permit, this is a card that allows you enter in to the forest to trek the gorillas. And the exercise can last from 30 min to half hours of the day, during gorilla trekking, some trekkers can spend only 30 min trekking and they will have located the gorillas and others will take 4-6 hours to locate a particular family depending on the current location of the gorillas. Note that gorillas are wild animals and do not settle in one specific place they keep rotating from one place to another. When you have fond the gorillas, your area allowed one hour with them. Below, we will be explaining why travellers are given strictly one hour with the gorillas.

Reasons why gorilla trekking is one hour

The one hour does not mean trekking in search for the gorillas, but from the time you meet the gorillas, you will be given one hour to observe them, study their behaviour, and take photographs and videos. Travellers are allowed one hour due to the following reasons;

The policy is implemented by the Uganda wild life authority and Rwanda development board to all the national parks and for gorilla trekking experience. Reason being that the gorillas are endangered species and due to this, when the travellers spend much time watching and photographing gorillas, they get more tensed and stressed due to these, the government bodies, managing national parks implemented a policy of travellers spending one hour with the gorillas in order to reduce on these cases may endanger the life of the gorillas.

The other reason why gorilla trekking is given one hour is that, gorillas are vulnerable to human diseases and can easily contracted the infections. In order to avoid these problems, travellers are given only one hour to be with the gorillas.

The other reason is that mountain gorillas live in families and always have their time schedules for doing their family activities like feeding young ones, making nests and many other activities thus spending little time with them would help them not to destruct their daily duties since they have to engage themselves in family issues.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and volcanoes national park both harbour habituated mountain gorillas are already used to humans and as such tourists could be left to spend more hours with them but the whole reason is that. is that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Volcanoes National Parks among other gorilla National Parks are the worlds area for ecotourism activities and they have ensured that gorillas are trekked with minimal impact on their behaviour. By restricting gorilla trekking to one hour, gorillas will remain with their natural behaviours, in order to stop avoid the above issues, gorilla trekking has been set to strictly one hour for all the trekkers. But for the travellers who would love to spend more time with the gorillas, may opt for gorilla habituation experience these allows you four hours with the gorillas in their natural habitat. The gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park among all other national parks harbouring gorillas. Gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 per person taking part in the habituation not only that, but you are involved in the habituation process.

Mountain gorilla countries in Africa, are best known to be in three east African countries and only taking part in gorilla trekking experience, the countries are; Uganda, Rwanda situated in the eastern part of the Africa, and the democratic republic of Congo in the central part of the Africa. In Uganda, gorillas have occupied the dense tropical forest of Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national part both located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi is best known for gorilla trekking due to the highest concentration of gorillas living in its forest. In Rwanda you will visit the volcanoes national park for gorilla trekking and in the DR. Congo, the gorillas are found in the Virunga national park shared by the three countries where the mountain gorillas reside Virunga boarders’ volcanoes national park and also Mgahinga national park altogether forming the Virunga conservation area.

Looking closely at the three African countries known for gorilla trekking

When it comes to mountain gorilla trekking, we look closely at the tree east African countries best known for taking part in gorilla trekking.

The first country known for gorillas is Uganda, Uganda is also referred as the pearl of Africa due to her magnificent tourist attractions like abundant biodiversity, color, brilliant life and its serene beauty, the country has a lot to offer to the travellers who come to Africa for tourism activities. Popularly, Uganda is known to a home to half of the total population of gorillas occupying Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Bwindi impenetrable forest has about 17 habituated gorilla families and one of which is trekked in Mgahinga national park and others are still under habituation. For travelers who would like to take part in gorilla habituation, the activity is done only in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. During gorilla habituation, travelers are given 4 hours to be with the gorillas and the fee costs $1500 per person taking part in the habituation and for gorilla trekking, the fee is currently $600 per person trekking. when you talk about Uganda, Uganda is a rich country with a lot of attraction to be viewed not only gorillas, but there other attractions that make you a popular tourist destination including; visit to Kibale forest for chimpanzee trekking, Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest, kalinzu forest are all best known to be harboring chimpanzee habituated families and opened for chimpanzee trekking experience.

Travelers can also take time and visit one of the old biggest national parks in Uganda the mighty Murchison falls and enjoy a game drive and boat on the river Nile. one can also a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel in queen Elizabeth national park, lake Mburo national park and for hiking activity experience, travelers can take a hike to mt Rwenzori, Mgahinga and many others. Uganda is a home away from home you can never get of what to do while in Uganda, have a safari in Uganda and combine wildlife safaris and community visits, Uganda is rich in culture with different types of cultures and traditional way of live.

Rwanda known as the country of a thousand hills is also the best country for gorilla trekking. Gorillas in Rwanda, are seen in the volcanoes national park, Rwanda was the first country where gorilla trekking started and conservation of gorillas. The forest harbors a lot of gorilla families but only 10 gorilla families have been habituated for gorilla trekking, given the fact that Rwanda is the first country where gorilla trekking started from, the country receives a lot of visitors through out the year who come for gorilla trekking activities. Even when gorilla permit price is much expensive than Uganda, Rwanda still leads in gorilla tourism destination. Although Rwanda is not rich is bio diversity as Uganda , but Rwanda too has a lot to offer for example travelers visiting gorillas, can also take visit to a kagera national famous for wild life safaris or for a boat cruise on Lake Kivu these will expose you to many water animals, Nyungwe National park prominent for chimpanzee trekking and canopy walk, many travelers also love to visit the local communities in Rwanda, Rwanda culture is so amazing it will expose to a lot of activities like show casing their traditional dances, traditional foods and many others.

DR.Congo is also among the east African countries known for gorilla trekking, the gorillas live in the Virunga national park in Congo but for some time now, Congo tourism industry has dropped down due to the constant wars and political instability that had hit the country , these has reduced on the number of travelers who visit the country for gorilla trekking experience compared to Uganda and Rwanda for the last past years. Congo gorilla permits are much cheaper it costs $400 per person compared to Uganda and Rwanda gorilla permits.

For any information on gorilla trekking, adventure in the wild safaris, offers gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda and for Congo, once the country is stable, we will also offer tour safaris to Congo for gorilla trekking experience