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.

Adventure in the wild safaris, offers gorilla trekking experience to Bwindi Impenetrable national Park and Mgahinga in Uganda and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda respectively, many travelers who visit Uganda for gorilla trekking, normally prefer group tours to the gorillas in order to reduce on the cost and also share experience and make new friends. But sometimes, these might not be same for other travelers depending on the travel time of an individual and the budget of an individual, sometimes, it may not be possible to find a group that fits in the interest, time and budget of a given single traveler having interest in visiting  Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Contact us at adventure in the wild safaris, and we will be able to make the safari possible for you either as individual or for group travelers.

Affordable gorilla trekking for a solo traveler

Being a solo traveler means that you will bare all the costs alone since there is no body to share the costs of the safari with which in most cases becomes expensive when it comes to the  cost of accommodation, transport and activities become expensive since the solo traveler will pay the cost ,basing on one person. But do not because We at adventure in the wild safaris, we ensure that much as the solo traveler will bear all the costs alone, we try to reduce on the cost to ensure he /she enjoys the best of the tour safari in Uganda or Rwanda respectively.

Adventure in the wild safari, we have a number of professional stuffs at office to answer all you concern s and queries concerning gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and Rwanda. Planning to have a gorilla trekking or wildlife safari and others, reach to us at adventure in the wild safaris and we will be glad to organise the safari for you depending on your time and your budget at an affordable cost.

Professional English-speaking guides

Adventure in the wild safaris, we pride in having professional English speaking guides who are trained to handle any type of the safari either as group safari or the solo traveler, they are trained to handle both male and female in all aspects regarding the trip to any of the national parks in Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking ,wildlife safaris, primate safaris, bird watching excursions and many other safari experience. For any person interested in having a trip for gorilla trekking, either as a solo traveler, send us an email today and we will organize for you a private gorilla trekking tour to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and you are assured of the best and memorable safari in Uganda. For more information about gorilla tour price, gorilla permit booking and availability, do not hesitate to reach to us at adventure in the wild safaris, we will be glad to offer you all information and advice before you make your final decision.

Luxury Gorilla Trekking : Gorilla Trekking Luxury, all you need to Know

Gorilla trekking luxury experience offers the most wonderful feeling when with gorillas. Gorilla trekking has become one of the best and it’s a highlight to all tourists who visit these east African countries. The activity brings a lot of excitement, it is full of fun, comfort, relaxation and elegance when you have encountered these huge Apes. These two countries have been rated a among the best in east Africa with almost half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas. In Uganda, you can sight the gorillas in two national parks that Bwindi and Mgahinga national park and in Rwanda it’s at the volcanoes national park, these two countries offer the best site for gorilla trekking experience. mountain gorilla trekking is done all year round from all the national parks but many clients would prefer the dry seasons when there no rainfall by this time all the trails and the land is dry making it easy to trek through the forest.

There are various factors that can make gorilla trekking safari a luxury adventure that most clients would love to enjoy.

Staying in a luxury facility will always add a spark to your adventure and will make your luxury Gorilla Trekking safari even more enjoyable. Trekking gorillas for longer hours and returning to the serenity of a luxury accommodation facility will make you more relaxed. On many occasions, visitors can opt for chartered or scheduled flights for transportation or worse 4×4 air-conditioned safari land cruisers that come pre-installed with WIFI. These can be arranged for you , for the travelers who do not want to spend longer hours on the road for approximately 8-9 hours can opt for a chartered flight from Entebbe to Kisoro or kihihi for about 45 mins and you proceed to the park and rakes about 2-3 hours for the start of your activities. We have organized several successful luxury gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo over the years. All of our safaris come with some of the best safari lodges and facilities at discounted rates. We believe in offering our clients the best of their lifetime unforgettable safari.

We offer safaris to various destination for gorilla trekking including; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, bordering both Uganda and Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and  Virunga National Park in DR. Congo. Listed below are some of our luxury tour packages we offer to our clients. Also note that all these packages can be tailored to suite the demands of the clients. Please choose a package and inquire with us then one of our tour consultants will get back to you within the shortest time possible.

Comparing gorilla trekking Uganda, Rwanda and Congo

Uganda safaris; gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs $700 per person, the prices favor both luxury and the budget clients to trek the gorillas in any of the national parks that is in Bwindi national park and in Mgahinga national park both located in southwestern Uganda. The park also offers accommodation facilities both luxury and budget that accommodates all classes of the clients.

Rwanda safaris, the permit price costs $1500 per person this is much expensive than the Uganda gorilla permits, these only makes Rwanda gorilla safari a luxury one. Rwanda has some of the finest luxury accommodation facilities including; Sabinyo Silverback Lodge and Bistate Eco Lodge. These lodges offer some of the great comfort in the wild.

Congo permits, Congo permits are much lower than the two countries, the permit in Congo costs $400 per permit, per person trekking. But also, they gave got some of the best accommodation facilities which will cost visitors some a mount of money. Visit Congo and have one of the best adventurous safaris of your life time.

Luxury Gorilla Trekking, Gorilla Trekking Luxury, Luxury Gorilla Safaris

Gorilla trekking in east Africa is a very day’s activity, gorilla trekking is a whole year-round experience in all national parks in east Africa harboring the endangered mountain gorilla species. Best time for gorilla trekking is when the land is dry and less slippery since gorilla trekking involves hiking on steep slopes and terrain in the forest in search for the gorillas. The time for gorilla trekking is also when the traveller is comfortable and he/she is convenient with the time of travel for the gorilla trekking experience. Gorilla trekking is one of most magical experience when you come in to contact with the huge Apes in their natural habitat. The gorillas live in the dense tropical forest of Africa with low humid conditions. Although gorilla trekking is all year activity, but knowing the right time to visit Africa for gorilla trekking is essential, you need to know the best season to visit. Other travellers may prefer the wet season in order to bit the costs or the high season to enjoy the benefits of a successful gorilla trekking experience. The wet season is normally for budget travellers since some costs can be reduced for example discounts offered on all lodges so you are assured to find the best lodge / accommodation facility of your choice, and also you will get to trek the easiest gorilla family due to the less concentration in park whereby travellers some times struggle to trek the easiest gorilla groups and dodging the tough ones.

Uganda comprises of two seasons that is the wet season and the dry season, the long rainy season is from the month of march to may and then from October to November, the rest of the month are recorded as the dry season in Uganda. but Bwindi impenetrable forest, being a tropical rain forest, you find it hard to predict the weather in the course of the day. This is to say that rain can be received at nay point of the day. Therefore, you will need the right equipment for gorilla trekking when visiting any of the countries in east Africa harboring habituated gorilla families.

Low season; low season in Uganda is from the month of March, April, May, and November, these months are recorded to be receiving heavy rainfall which in most cases interrupts gorilla trekking activity. The rains have discouraged a number of travellers from visiting the park, but the low season is the best time for budget travellers who do not wish to spend much during their safari in Uganda, in this season, the prices on lodges are offered discounts and they are very affordable since the occupancy rate is low compared to the high season when the parks are flooded with a lot of tourists.

The low season is a bit challenging for gorilla trekking, reason being that too much rainfall is received and thus the trails used for trekking gorillas are wet and muddy which makes it difficult to hike steep slopes. However, it does not rain the whole, there is always sun shine after the rain which enables travellers to continue with the gorilla trekking. By this time, the parks are less crowded so its most convenient and the atmosphere is pleasant for gorilla trekking.

High season; the high season in Uganda also known as the peak seasons are from the month of January, February, June, July, August and December, these months are registered with less or no rainfall at all making it convenient for gorilla trekking .during this month, the travellers are not affected or the activity of gorilla trekking id not affected by the rain compared to the rain season. Many travellers who come to Uganda for gorilla trekking, normally love to travel during the dry months of the year. When the trails are dry and the ground is not muddy making it easy to hike on the steep slopes and terrain in the forest.

During the dry season, the parks are flooded with tourists therefore, the large number of tourists, many lodges tend to increase the price on their accommodation prices which makes it expensive for the budget travellers. The dry season, allows travellers to take part is many activities offered in the park or even visit other national parks and take parts in other activities offered in different national parks.

Note that mountain gorilla permits have no discounts offered on the permits either Uganda gorilla permits or Rwanda gorilla permits the price of the gorilla permit remains the same throughout the year. Therefore in case you have interest in visiting mountain gorillas, you will be advised to book your gorilla permits in advance before the trekking day, therefor, you will need to come up with correct dates for gorilla trekking so that you can book your gorilla permit in advance also note that, the permits are not cancelled once bought and there will be no refund in case you fail to meet the actual day for your gorilla trekking. So, you will need to plan well in advance then secure your gorilla permit with us at adventure in the wild safaris or any of the registered tour operators in Uganda offering gorilla trekking packages.

Where to find the mountain gorillas

In Africa, the mountain gorillas are found in three east African countries, in Uganda, mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest with the highest number of mountain gorillas living in the park Bwindi alone is recorded to be harbouring half of the worlds remaining mountain gorillas. The other parks are the volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in DR. Congo all together forming the Virunga massif.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park- Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas, the park is famous for gorilla trekking and also gorilla habituation experience. Bwindi is one of the national parks in east Africa where you can find endangered mountain gorillas. Besides, gorilla trekking, Bwindi offer a lot of activities for travellers visiting the park with over 19 habituated gorilla families, distributed in four sectors of the park, Bwindi offers the best region for gorilla trekking. The park others other activities like; forest walks, cultural visits, golden monkey trekking among others. The diverse eco-system of Bwindi has made tourist have memorable and adventurous experience during their visit in Uganda and taking part in activity in the best.

Volcanoes national park-Rwanda

Volcanoes national park, is also one of the most famous tourist destinations in Rwanda for gorilla trekking, volcanoes national is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas that are habituated in Rwanda. Therefore, mountain gorilla trekking is only done in volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Besides gorilla trekking, volcanoes national park, offers other activities like; golden monkey trekking, hiking the dormant volcanoes, bird watching, forest walks. There are also some animals spotted here including; Giant forest Hog, forest elephants, spotted hyenas, Bushbucks, buffalo among others.

Mgahinga national park – Uganda

Mgahinga national park is one of Uganda’s smallest national park in Uganda, the park is also known as Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. the park comprises of the Virunga conservation area situated in south western Uganda bordering Rwanda and the DR. Congo. Mgahinga national park, is famous for gorilla trekking experience, the park has one habituated gorilla family trek the travellers who visit the park for gorilla trekking expeditions. The park offers other activities like golden monkey trekking, bird watching, hiking, nature among others.

Democratic Republic of Congo- Virunga National Park

Virunga National park offers number of activities to tourists who visit Congo and particularly the Virunga national park. Virunga national park, is famous for gorilla trekking, but also offers activities like chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, monkey trekking, Hiking mount Nyiragongo with the clear views of the crater, Nature walks and others. These activities will give you the best of Congo and memorable safari experience of a life time.

Accommodation facilities

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park; there ae several lodges in Bwindi national park in all the four sectors of the park including Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga, these sectors have habituated Gorilla groups opened for gorilla trekking. Therefore, to do gorilla trekking, you need to find accommodation nearer to the trekking location, the lodges in Bwindi include; Rushaga gorilla camp, Rushaga Gorilla Haven, Buhoma Haven, gorilla mist camp, Trekkers Tarvern, Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge, mahogany springs, chameleon hill lodge, Ruhija gorilla safari lodge among others.

Volcanoes national park; visiting Rwanda for gorilla trekking, there several lodging facilities in Rwanda for travellers spending 2 or more nights in Rwanda during his or visits in volcanoes national park gorilla trekking safari. Including; 5 volcanoes boutique Hotel, Hotel Muhavura, Le Bambou Gorilla Village, gorillas’ volcanoes hotel among others. this lodges will offer the best service to make sure that you the best of your stay and safari in volcanoes national parks Rwanda.

Mgahinga gorilla national park; the lodges in Mgahinga include; Mount Gahinga lodge, clouds Mountain Gorilla lodge, Nkuringo Safari lodge, Muhavura Motel, silverback lodge and golden monkey guest house among others.

Virunga national park -DR. Congo; When you visit Congo, and mainly Virunga national park for gorilla trekking, you will need to secure your accommodation nearer to the park. the lodges in Virunga national park include, Kahuzi Hotel, Tchegera Island Camp, Mount Nyiragongo summit shelter, Orchids Safari Club, hotel Begonia, lakeside hotel Bakavu, Exodus Bakavu and others.

Mountain gorilla trekking experience in three of the east African countries is all the same throughout the year depending on which country is for you and the national park to explore for gorilla trekking experience. Gorilla trekking is an all year-round experience in all the national parks, bit in the wet season or dry season, the activity does not change, the services remain the same in all the national parks habituating mountain gorillas.

All visitors who travel in Uganda and Rwanda and take part in gorilla trekking, any traveller paying $600 for Uganda gorillas and $1500 for Rwanda gorillas would not want to miss to see the gorillas. Every traveller would like to have the worth of his/ her money by having the best and a memorable safari during the gorilla trekking experience. Therefore, the common question asked is what are the chances of seeing the mountain gorillas? In Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national park in Uganda and volcanoes national park in Rwanda.

Reasons why the chances of seeing the mountain gorillas are high

Chances of seeing mountain gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda measure up to 95% meaning that, travellers have a higher chance of seeing the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is being done in two national parks that is Mgahinga national, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park known to be a home of the mountain gorillas, the forest harbours half of the world remaining population of mountain gorillas, the park has four sectors from which gorilla trekking takes place, each sector in Bwindi has gorilla habituated families that has enabled trekkers on gorilla trekking to see the gorillas. Bwindi alone has over 17 habituated families one of which is trekked in Mhahnga national park, the other remaining mountain gorillas are seen in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and also in Virunga national park in the DR. Congo.

The reason explaining why chances of seeing mountain gorillas are high is that gorilla trekking experience is the most valued activity with the highest tourist population in Uganda and Rwanda ,reason therefore is that the guides already know the location of the gorillas due to their constant visits to the gorilla habituated families therefore, by the time they live with the tourists in to the forest, there is possibility that they already know the current location of the gorillas from the previous night.in Bwindi impenetrable forest and volcanoes national park, the group of trekkers live early morning in to the forest following the movement of the gorillas and when they have located the gorillas, they will inform the park headquarters of the current location of the gorillas , from there is when the guide and the tourists begin the trek in the forest following from the advanced time who already discovered the location of the gorillas . these altogether has enabled tourist who come to Uganda and Rwanda to see and have time with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

Another reason is that tour operator companies always advice clients to book their gorilla permits earlier at least 3 month in advance for the gorilla tracking , so that the remaining time before travelling can be used for early preparations like clients are advised on what to pack, travellers who may not make it to the gorillas are advised since gorilla trekking exercise is a bit strenuous and will require one to be physically fit in order to hike steep slopes. Travellers are given briefing before the start of the exercise so that you are equipped with information about gorilla trekking ,travellers are advised to take along porters with them for gorilla trekking, they help in carrying your luggage and keeping them for you while you’re with the gorillas in case the hiking seems hard, they can also offer you a push or pull which will help you gain more strength and continue with the exercise , sometimes, they can also help to locate the gorillas for you.

Another reason is gorilla trekking is done on gorilla habituated families, the habituation process lasts for 2 years and by the end of these, the gorillas are fully used to the sight of humans, therefore when travellers visit them, the chances of them running and hiding from humans are few since they are used to the sight of humans. These has helped travellers to also see the gorillas whenever the visit the habituated gorilla families.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, has also been made simple for all travellers having interest in gorilla trekking, in all the national parks where gorilla trekking takes place, gorilla trekking family’s allocation is done according once physical ability and interest to trek the gorillas. Even those who are not strong enough to hike steep slopes are allocated simpler gorilla families compared to travellers who are energetic and strong enough to hike, with the help of porters and sadden chairs has enabled gorilla trekking o be simple and enjoyable to all the travellers. That even those who are a bit scared of not being physically fit, can now trek without fear and have higher to see the gorillas. Therefore, every traveller is entitled to gorilla trekking regardless of physical fitness or age, even when old, you can full fill that dream of having an encounter with the gentle gorillas in the thick tropical forest of Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mgahinga national park and the volcanoes national park.

For more information on gorilla trekking, and chances of seeing the mountain gorillas in Bwindi and volcanoes national park and all the necessary preparations for your gorilla trekking safari , do not hesitate to reach to us at adventure in the wild safaris, we will advice you accordingly before planning for your safari and you will be assure of the best and memorable safari in Uganda or Rwanda for the gorilla trekking with adventure i n the wild safari.

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