Gorilla Tours in Uganda


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Uganda is known for hosting the biggest gorilla population with over 51% and most of them are found in Bwindi Gorilla Impenetrable Forest National Park, and also Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

 A Gorilla trekking trip in uganda is always one of the highlights of every trip done in Uganda, and actually other counties like Rwanda, and DRC. When in Uganda, you will find the gorillas in Bwindi, which is located in South Western part of Uganda, in districts of Kabale, Kanungu, and due to this location of the park in Kanungu, which is a spectacular place that is totally filed with rolling hills and fascinates everyone who visits the place.

Mgahinga  is also located in South Western part of Uganda in Kisoro district in the lower slopes of mount muhabura. This park is so unique that it has got only one Gorilla family, and its led by three silverbacks which is not found in any other national park in uganda or the rest of the world. These silverbacks have the First in command, Second in command, and Third in command.

How many habituated gorilla families are in Uganda.

There are 14 gorilla habituated families and one family is in Mgahinga national park (Nyakagezi family) and the rest in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Habituated gorillas means they are trained to be free with human beings, other than the wild gorillas.

  1. Mubare Gorilla Family – Buhoma (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  2. Habinyanja Gorilla Family – Buhoma (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  3. Rushegura Gorilla Family – Buhoma (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  4. Bitukura Gorilla Family- Ruhija (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  5. Oruzogo Gorilla Family – Ruhija (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  6. Nkuringo Gorilla Family – Nkuringo (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  7. Nshongi Gorilla Family – Rushaga (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  8. Mishaya Gorilla Family – Rushaga (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  9. Kahungye Gorilla Family – Rushaga (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  10. Bweza Gorilla Family- Rushaga (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  11. Busingye Gorilla Family – Rushaga (Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  12. Kyaguriro Gorilla Family – (Ruhija in Bwindi Gorilla  National Park)
  13. Nyakagezi Gorilla Family – (Mgahinga Gorilla  National Park)

How long does gorilla tracking take.

When planning for a gorilla tours in uganda, you will need to know about this most importantly. When you see or find the gorillas, tourists are allowed one hour with them in at lease a distance of 7 meters, though sometimes they will always come too close to you and they are always prayerful most especually the young ones.

Sometimes you may need to take a 1-4 hours walk before you find them and you will add that one lifetime hour that you will spend with them, watching them in their habitats, witnessing their behaviors. You will need to get on a 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Tour if you want to see the gorillas, where on the Day One: you will drive to the park from Kampala, Day Two: You have a gorilla tracking experience, and Day Three, you will retien back to Kampala.

When can one go for Gorilla Trekking

You can visit Uganda for gorilla tours at any time of the year, as they are always available in all these sectors. Though sometimes we have got a high season when it’s a winter in some countries, and some people will choose to spend their time on vacation.

Though, Mid May to mid-October would be the longest dry season with ideal conditions for gorilla tracking in the southern parks and for visiting Uganda overall, so if you can be flexible we would advise visiting during this time.

You may be askig yourself if the Gorilla Trekking is worth it.

You really need to be prepared to work for this experience, as the treks can sometimes last for up to 6 hours before contact with gorillas is made, but the experience is really and truly worth it and unlike anything you would have experienced before. The Gorillas roam in small familial groups. We have witnessed this as some of the tourist once they see the Gorillas, they burst into tears, wait, these are the tears of joy and excitments.

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How much is the Gorilla Tour.

The gorilla tracking price vary depending on the trip organiser, and the travely style. Some tourist tend to travel on budget, mid-range and other luxury and this will have a difference in prices. Though, a luxury trip wold give more confort on the travel and when it comes to accommodation.

Other things do npt change. The gorilla permits itself costs only $700 per person and it is always advisable to book this permit in advance because sometimes they permits are not available.

Generally, The cost of gorilla trekking in Uganda can vary from one tour trip organiserr to the next. A 3-day Gorilla Safari in Uganda will run from about $1300 (budget) to $3900 (luxury) per person. A 10-day Gorilla Safari in Uganda will run from$4800 (economy) to $6400 (luxury) per person.

  • Full board accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Professional Safari Guide
  • Park entrance
  • Meals
  • Both transfers
  • Gorilla Trekking Permit
  • Drinking water and snacks

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You will see What you need to pack on a Gorilla trekking trip, in our next blog post. Keep updated and keep visiting our website for these updates.

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