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Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo are an invaluable opportunity that lets you meet, witness and get up close with the magnificent and endangered mountain gorillas while in their natural habitat whose only prime locations are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Conservation Area consisting of Mgahinga National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Enjoy the thrill of last-minute gorilla trekking and exquisite gorilla safari tours as you navigate through the dense forests and are welcomed into the remarkable world of mountain gorillas.

Welcome to Uganda the Pearl of Africa, your place of adventure that will give you unforgettable memories with all kinds of safaris, whether gorilla trekking tours, wildlife safaris and cultural safaris. Because of vast wildlife, birds, beautiful sceneries, culture, mountains, valleys and rivers, Uganda boasts of its tourism since it holds most eye-catching destinations and stunning wildlife.

Uganda is home to the largest concentration of Mountain Gorillas in the World; and trekking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Visit as a group, family, students, or colleagues and get the best of a safari highlights. We address anything regarding a Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, a premier gorilla trekking destination in the world. The other destinations where you can find mountain gorillas is Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda is located in East Africa, neighbored by the Republic of Rwanda, democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

Gorillas are strongest and largest primates in the world. They possess over 98% human like DNA thus the close relationship and our cousins. They are trained to get familiar with Human presence and thus unbothered by your visit. Watching the young stars play, the mothers nurse their infants and the silverback guard his familiar is a great moment. The Gorillas are friendly and never attack. They make over 25 vocals and feed on vegetables. 

As of today, Bwindi Impenetrable National park has the largest mountain gorilla population; up to 22 habituated Gorilla families and the most visited in the country. The trekking session takes place in the four sectors of Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has only one habituated gorilla family open for visitors. A maximum of eight people can access a gorilla family per day.

Both destinations can be accessed via road on 8-10 hours’ drive from Kampala, or 4-5-hour drive from Kigali. The faster way to get there is by using a chattered or scheduled flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip.

Gorilla trekking is done on foot deep in the jungle where apes call home. The session starts at about 07:00 hours, with a pre-trekking briefing for about 30 minutes, and then the trek guided by the expert ranger guides and porters who carry and support trekkers with luggage. The trekking session lasts for about 1-8 hour depending on how far the gorillas have moved.

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Gorilla trekking is a hike to East Africa’s lush forests to see the endangered mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park located in the Southwestern part Uganda. Bwindi is a major tourist destination because it harbors almost half of the endangered mountain gorillas that are left in the world.

There are several gorilla families where one can trek from depending on their place of stay. Bwindi national park has four gorilla sectors with 22 gorilla families while Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also offers excellent gorilla trekking experiences with one gorilla family. You need to be physically fit to track these gorillas through the dense forests and trees.

Gorilla trekking tours in Rwanda and Congo happen in Volcanoes National Park and Virunga National park respectively.

FAQs about Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.

A gorilla trekking permit is one way to guarantee yourself a gorilla trekking experience in Uganda. The permit costs 700 USD for foreign non-residents; 600 Usd for foreign residents and 250,000ugx for nationals. This cost covers park entrance, ranger fee, and 10 % donations to conservation and community support. The permit is for those aged 15 years and above, and with no infectious disease that can endanger the gorillas.

Yes. In an event that a Gorilla Charges at you; stay calm and accept defeat. Don’t look into its eyes, do shout, remain standing in one place though it comes to you, in case it is far, take slow steps back as a retreat and more as you will be told during the briefing session.

You might be confused on what to pack on a Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda.  Most especially if it is your first time to Africa. The duration of your stay will determine what to put in the backup. None the less; you need; a Gorilla Trekking Permit, Visa, passport, yellow fever vaccine card if you are from the red zone countries and Covid-19 test if required.

Professional camera for photography; binoculars to spot the distant animals; good hiking boots; the hand gloves, cape, insect repellents, warm clothes, long stockings, long sleeved shirt and trousers. Packing only the things you will use saves money and also the exhaustion of carrying. You may also have to just purchase a few items in Uganda.

Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park are open for trekking at any single day of the year. All you need is a valid trekking Permit, purchased through a registered safari company or directly from Uganda wildlife Authority.

December to February and June to September are regarded as peak seasons and with the best weather for trekking. There are no or less rains which is good for an activity that involves walking deep in the forest. In the dry seasons, there is less hustle with too much mad and abrupt rains.

On the other hand, those who choose the wet months of October, November, March, and May get to enjoy fewer population of visitors in the parks, and the discounted rates in accommodation and other services yet have to bear with Mud and abrupt rains. We often advice our visitors to plan and book for the Gorilla trekking trip at least three months in advance so for proper planning and no to miss out the trekking permits that are often scars.

Uganda has the largest number of gorilla families, and thus offering more gorilla trekking permits, and suitable for anyone’s safari holiday. It is an affordable destination where one has not to worry about breaking their bank account or ending the trip with any sort of worries.

What more apart from Uganda gorilla trekking tours and Rwanda Congo Gorilla Safaris?

Golden monkeys are curious and naughty primates commonly found in the Mgahinga gorilla national park. These monkeys have a unique bright orange and gold body, cheeks and tails accompanied with black limbs, crown and tail end.

Golden monkey trekking takes about 30 to 3 hours depending on where these monkeys nested the previous night. Once you get to them, you have a chance to watch them do their day-to-day activities like feeding, playing, jumping up the trees among others as you take pictures of the moments.

Kibale national park is one of the grandeur places to go on a chimpanzee trek. The park is located in the western Uganda. The park is known as the primate capital of Uganda implying that it inhabits many primates about 15,000 chimpanzees. This thrilling activity happens in the morning with a short briefing at Kanyachu visitor Centre where they are briefed on how to behave while tracking chimpanzees.

During the trekking, you will also be able to see other primates such as the monkeys, different bird species and the tree species. 

Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park is another place that offers an amazing chimpanzee trekking experience. The forest is approximately a 30-minute drive from the Kachumbanyobo gate.

Kyambura Gorge an underground forest located in Queen Elizabeth National Park a long continuation of the Kyambura game reserve also provides thrilling moments of chimp trekking.

Equator is an imaginary line that divides the earth into two that is to say the Northern and Southern hemisphere. The Equator in Uganda is located along the Masaka –Mbarara highway in a tiny town known as Kayabwe.

Kayabwe is approximately 72 km from Kampala the capital city and the tourists who are heading to the western part of Uganda using the Masaka-Mbarara highway have the chance to get to experience the feeling of being at the Equator. This line is marked zero degrees’ latitude having a boundary at the south and north poles demonstrating where it crosses and where it divides the earth into two hemispheres. The Equator gives you chance to be on the both sides of the earth at the same time by standing on both the southern and northern hemisphere.

Carry out an amazing experiment that will leave you amazed where water drains clockwise direction at the northern hemisphere and drains anti clock wise in at the southern hemisphere. Did you know that when you are at this point, your body weight is less than 3% due to the absence of gravitational pull forces? It is also believed that it takes a short time for the day to shift from day to night.

This Lake was discovered in 1858 by John Hannington Speke, Lake Victoria is the second largest fresh water body in the world. This lake covers an area of 68,800 square kilometers and shared by the three East African countries (Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania). Up to today this majestic water body continues to capture the attention of the many travelers that arrive at its shores. It is fed by the Kagera River and other streams that pour into the Nile on the north.

Travelers are amused by the 84 large Ssese islands that are filled with tan colored beaches, amazing waters, palm trees and the tropical breezes that all provide the great feeling of having a vacation on an island in Uganda. Each of the 84 islands possess a biome a home to rare different bird species, trees that come along with crocodiles, monkeys and some other species.

Explore the magnificent views of the Kazinga Channel. The Kazinga channel is a 32 km water channel that joins lake Edward to lake George. Having a boat cruise is the best and rewarding way to relish yourself in the wildlife on the Kazinga channel. The Kazinga channel is a home to a wide range of different types of animals and birds not forgetting the very many crocodiles.  Another astonishing boat cruise can also be carried out on the Nile. This type of cruise will require one to travel or be in Jinja town or maybe a tour to Jinja, is where one can be able to include the cruise on the Nile.  Get lots of chances to encounter with the different bird species.  

Game drives is one of the major and entertaining activities in Queen Elizabeth national park. Located in the western part of Uganda. This park is home to different animal species like elephants, lions, buffaloes among other 600 bird species. Game drives can either be done in the morning or the night game drives. Murchison Falls National Park in the Northwestern Uganda is another beautiful destination that harbors wide range of animals and therefore qualified for both day and night game drives.

Kidepo valley National Park is one of Uganda’s best destinations for game drives unlike other national parks. This park has a variety of wild animals and in their large population. The Narus valley is where game drives can happen since it is filled with water that attracts large amounts of animals in the valley year in year out.

While on the game drives in Kidepo national park, get to encounter the ostriches plus a thrilling visit to the hot springs over to the South Sudan boarder. Night game drives are also done which is the only way that will let you see the nocturnal animals like cheetahs, reedbuck among others. For the tourists willing to do the night game drive are highly advised to take a park ranger with them during the activity.

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Remarkable 8 Days in Uganda with Bujo Safaris I had a wonderful experience with Bujo Safaris during my 8 days tour around Uganda’s National Parks to Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi. Johnson helped me to Organize the itinerary and booking of the trip was very well planned. My guide Deus, really made me feel comfortable during the trip. The accommodations were beautiful blending in nature and wildlife. I felt in very good hands during the entire trip and I can highly recommend Bujo Safaris.
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Great 3 Days Gorilla Trekking Experience Great trip with Bujo safaris I booked a 3 days gorilla trekking tour with Bujo Safaris and this was beyond amazing. Johnson booked a very nice accommodation of a high class end. Deus is very professional, enthusiastic, friendly and tour guide who took me through Uganda The gorillas were epic and the experience was unforgettable. I surely Highly recommend Bujo safaris
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Incredible 10 Days in Uganda Just returned from our 10 Days gorilla, chimpanzee and Wildlife tour around Uganda. We booked our Tour with Bujo Safaris. Johnson acted so proffesional when he was replying to our inquries and also Helped us customize our Accommodation and vehicle to use for our Tour. Upon arrival, we were picked by Charles our driver guide. Charles is so aknowlegable and friendly guide, he Helped us spot a variety of wildlife including the endangered Mountain gorillas in Bwindi. Honestly, we had great times during our stay here. When it comes to accommodation, Johnson booked for us excellent accommodation with spacious rooms and delicious meals with beautiful views to the wilderness. We greatly thank you Johnson and we Highly recommend Bujo Safaris for Gorilla Tours and Wildlife safaris
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