Gorilla Trekking is one of the top things on a bucket list for travelers looking to adventures in East Africa. The countries of Uganda and Rwanda offer the amazing opportunity to see the mountain gorillas in the wild. Do you know that there are just a few mountain gorillas left in the world? The remaining number of mountain gorillas in the wild is estimated to be just as few as 880 individuals. These gorillas live in three countries; Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Go Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, which is the bulkiest of living primates, and among the most peaceable. Meeting face to face and staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants who also share 95% of their genes with the humans , is a humbling and thrilling wilflife experience. Uganda has two parks where travelers can go gorilla trekking; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mghinga National Park.
Within Uganda, there are ten habituated gorilla troops, nine in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and one in Mgahinga National Park. Gorilla trekking can be done any time of the year.
Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
Like Uganda, mountain gorillas are the major tourist attraction that brings most tourists to Rwanda. Rwanda is blessed to have nearly a third of the total population of the mountain gorillas within Volcanoes national park. This park located in Northern Rwanda, in a region called Musanze District (former Ruhengeri) is part of the larger Virunga Conservation area that as well includes Virunga National Park in Congo and Mgahinga National Park in Uganda.
The park today has ten habituated gorilla groups that can be visited by tourists. PNV is an all year round destination and gorilla trekking trips to this park depart daily. There are several tours of various durations that can be taken to the park ranging from gorilla trekking day trips to trips featuring multiple gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park.
Planning a Gorilla Trek
In order to visit the gorillas, one must buy a gorilla permit early enough. A gorilla permit costs USD 450 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, USD 600 in Uganda and USD 750 in Rwanda. The government of all these countries established various agencies where you will purchase gorilla passes. Uganda occasionally have promotions during the low season (September and October) for as low as USD350 per permit.