Tailor-made Uganda gorilla trekking safaris
Let us take you for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari. On this page you find info on how the trekking works & tips For the gorilla trek. Take a look under “safaris” in the menu above for itinerary options.
HOW DOES GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA WORK?
Uganda is blessed with a number of different primates and it is possible to trek both mountain gorillas and chimps here. The one that we are most famous for is undoubtedly the Mountain Gorilla. Half the worlds population of Mountain Gorillas live in Uganda, most in Bwindi Impenetrable NP and some in Mgahinga Gorilla NP. A step in the conservation of mountain gorillas is to habituate groups for tourists on safari to go visit during gorilla trekking in Uganda. The benefits of this, aside from providing money for conservation, is to provide work opportunities for the locals in the tourism industry.
Trekking the Mountain Gorillas is an unforgettable adventure. You get to experience amazing views of the mountains, a hike through the beautiful forest and the highlight of spending one hour with the Mountain Gorillas. For gorilla trekking in Uganda there are 13 habituated gorilla groups, more are added from time to time so the number could have gone up by the time you read this. Most of them are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and one group in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. In Bwindi there are four areas where Gorillas have been habituated to visitors, a gorilla trekking permit is purchased for an area not a specific group.
For Uganda gorilla trekking you report at the office of the Uganda wildlife authority in the area you are to be trekking at 8 in the morning to get the formalities done before starting and to be briefed about the rules that apply in the national park. The formalities are to show the gorilla permits together with your passports to the responsible warden and to be designated which group you’ll be trekking. Our guide takes care of all this so you can just relax, take part in the briefing and think of the great experience you have a head of you.
Around 9 am the adventure starts. Depending on the location of the group you’ll be seeing you either start the hike directly from the offices of UWA or are driven a bit to another starting point. The distance you’ll have to walk during your Uganda gorilla trekking before reaching the gorillas depends on where they are. A search team is always sent out earlier in the morning to locate the gorillas and they are in constant contact with your gorilla trekking guide to lead him/her to the point where the gorillas are and help find the best way there. The hike takes you through beautiful jungle scenery and is an experience in itself.
When you are close to where the gorillas are you’ll be asked to leave your backpacks and only bring along necessary things (like you camera). You are allowed one hour with the gorillas. Respect the instructions you get from the guide and enjoy the amazing moment of being close to these gentle giants! When your time with the gorillas is coming to an end the guide will inform you and lead you out of the area where they are. After picking up your things you’ll start the trek back. An option for the one wishing to have more time with the mountain gorillas is to go for the gorilla habituation experience, an exclusive option where you get four hours with the mountain gorillas. When reaching the offices you’ll be rewarded with a diploma showing that you have done the unforgettable experience of gorilla trekking in Uganda. Read a blog entry about a first gorilla trekking experience here.
“UNREAL GORILLA EXPERIENCE!!
What a magical trip which was only made better by the guide Paul. He went over and above to support us and we felt like we were leaving a friend. Magical experience in Bwindi to see the gorillas, a breath taking stay at Gorilla Mist camp and plenty of excitement as we opted for certain bespoke travel arrangements. Paul and Edrisa supported our unique itinerary and made sure we were as comfortable as possible. We will definitely be back for more of Uganda. Look no further for a tour operator! ”
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT WHEN GORILLA TREKKING
- Wear comfortable hiking shoes as well as long-sleeved pants & shirt during the gorilla trek
- It is recommended to tuck your pants into the socks to avoid insects
- Bring rain gear just incase
- Water and a snack is needed (we will provide you with packed lunch)
- Take a good camera along
- The hills are steep so you should be reasonably fit (don’t let this scare you off unnecessarily though, it is not an extreme hike)
- You have to be above 15 years old
- Due to the close dna connections between humans and Gorillas you should not visit them if you have any contagious illness.
ABOUT OUR GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS
On our website you can find example itineraries for gorilla trekking safaris, all of these can be tailor-made to fit your wishes, time-frame and budget. The minimum number of days for a gorilla trekking safari is 3-days since we need to allow for time to travel to and from Bwindi Impenetrable NP. The starting point of the safari can be Entebbe, Kampala, Kigali (in Rwanda) or another location in Uganda where you are based. We are focused on private safaris so you travel in a 4×4 safari vehicle with your own guide. We can arrange everything from budget gorilla trekking safaris to luxury gorilla trekking safari options where you can fly from Entebbe to Bwindi and stay in exclusive lodges. We are happy to answer any questions and help you plan the gorilla trekking safari of YOUR dreams.