Rwanda & Uganda

Gorilla Trekking

Tracking mountain gorillas in the wild is one of the most breathtaking experiences to be had in Africa and the reason why most people choose to visit Rwanda and Uganda. Around 880 mountain gorillas live in the mountainous regions of these countries and are split into family groups. In Uganda they are found in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga Park, and in Rwanda they are found in Parc National des Volcans (PNV).

A pre-purchased permit is required to visit these magnificent creatures with the cost of the permit dependong on wether you choose to visit Rwanda or Uganda, in both instances the money you pay goes towards conserving the primates for future generations. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has nine habitual families and PNV in Rwanda has ten. Both countries have 8 permits available daily for each group and can easily sell out so it is essential to book this activity well in advance.

The terrain for both countries is similar with the groups living at high altitudes although Bwindi is considered more challenging due to the denseness of the forest and steepr hills. You don't need to be super fit to embark on this adventure but a general level of fitness is required for your own enjoyment. Depending on the time of year and which family group you track you could be walking for several hours before you find them. Once you do find the group you will have a precious hour to spend in their company before returning to your accommodation.

Please note that mountain gorillas are wild animals and sightings cannot be guarranteed however viewing success rates are over 95%.

Best time to travel to Rwanda: Jun - Feb

Best time to travel to Uganda: Dec - Feb / Jun - Sep

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