Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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3 Days Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi from Kigali (Hot Seller)

3 Days Gorilla trekking in Bwindi from Kigali is an interesting safari that will see you traverse two countries i.e Rwanda & Uganda and trek gorillas in Uganda. The package includes gorilla trekking permits, accommodation, transportation and more. Check full itinerary below:

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5 Days Uganda Gorillas & Wildlife Safari (Discounted)

Combine mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi with a wildlife experience in Uganda's most popular national park, Queen Elizabeth National Park for an awesome safari adventure. This package also highlights a visit to the Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions, a specie of lions that can only be seen in Uganda and Tanzania and no where else in the world. Options are available for budget, mid-range and luxury travelers. Read detailed itinerary below.

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Gorilla Trekking

What is Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla trekking is an activity done in the Central-East African countries where travelers embark on a challenge to take long walks in the thick forests to be able to discover the amazing endangered species in their habitats. In the Central East African countries, gorilla trekking is done in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

What are Gorilla Trekking Permits? 

Gorilla Trekking permits are the legal identification that each traveler must be able to purchase before they embark on this tourist activity in the park. Without a gorilla trekking permit, one can not be allowed access to the forests to engage in the gorilla trekking activity.

 What is the Cost of Gorilla Trekking Permits?

In Uganda, a gorilla trekking permit goes for USD 600 per person though, in the year 2020, the permit will be increased to USD 700. In Rwanda, gorilla trekking permits cost USD 1,500 and in Congo gorilla trekking permits cost USD 400 being the cheapest of all countries.

Does Uganda or Rwanda offer gorilla permits at a discounted price?

Gorilla trekking permits in Rwanda are offered at a discounted price but in Uganda, it was abolished in 2017. In Rwanda discounted gorilla trekking permits are offered at a price of USD1050.00 per person per trek if a tourist is also going to tour in other three national parks in Rwanda apart from Virunga national park. A tourist can choose to tour parks like Akagera National Park, Nyungwe forest park, and Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

Does Democratic Republic of Congo offer gorilla permits at a discounted price? 

Gorilla trekking in the thick forests of Virunga national park is offered at a discounted price effectively from 2018 in the low season, like other gorilla permits this permit allows you one hour with the mountain gorillas which are habituated. The low season of gorilla trekking in Democratic Republic of Congo happens in the months of March to May and in this period gorilla permits are offered at a price of USD 200, it is advisable to book your permits months before as there is a lot of demand for these pictures.

What are the chances of seeing mountain gorillas?

Mountain gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga forest national park, volcano national park of Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo’s Virunga national park live in families/ groups. These big primates are less wild since they went through the habituation process making them used to human presence and yes with a professional tour guide leading the trek the chances of mountain gorillas are high since tour guides know their location.

In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park there are 4 gorilla sectors harboring 14 gorilla families i.e. Buhoma sector with mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura gorilla families. Ruhija sector with Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro gorilla families, Rushanga sector with Nshongi, Mishaya, kahungye, Busingye, Bweza, and Nkuringo gorilla family. Mgahinga national park only has one gorilla family that is Nyakagezi Gorilla Group and the newly habituated Christmas in the Nkuringo sector and Katwe gorilla family in Buhoma sector. Volcano national park of Rwanda has 10 habituated gorilla family that is Sabyinyo, Susa, Karisimbi, Umubano, Amahoro, Kwitonda, Hirwa, Bwenge, Agashya, and Ugyenda. Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national park hosts Kabirizi, Humba, Rugendo, Mapuwa Gorilla Group, Lulengo, Munyaga, Nyakamwe, Bageni Gorilla families. Trekking in the gorilla families you are guaranteed to see mountain gorillas in any of these families of your choice.

Rules and regulations for gorilla trekking

For a wonderful experience of gorilla trekking, there are a number of rules and regulation which are drafted by the wildlife park’s authorities for the safety of both the mountain gorillas and the tourists. These rules and regulations include.

  • Always keep your voices low when you are in presence of mountain gorillas
  • Do not litter rubbish in the forests
  • Ill tourists are not allowed to take park in the trekking 
  • Always stay in the group 
  • Do not make unnecessary movements while in the presence of the mountain gorillas
  • Stay at a distance of 7-8 meters while in the presence of mountain gorillas
  • Do not smoke or drink in presence of mountain gorillas
  • While taking a picture do not use cameras with a flashlight on as it scares the gorillas 
  • do not mimic the gestures of the gorillas as you cannot tell what they mean

What is gorilla habituation experience?

Gorilla habituation experience is the best way tourists get an up-close view of the mountain gorillas in their nature habitant. Unlike mountain gorilla trekking this activity takes 4 hours were tourists actively take part in the habituation process of mountain gorillas. For tourists with interest in taking up-close pictures, mountain gorilla habituation experience is the best safari to take part in.

Note: mountain gorilla habituation is only offered in Uganda.

How much does gorilla habituation experience permit cost? 

Mountain gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is priced at USD1500.00 which is purchased at the offices of Uganda wildlife authority. You can directly purchase it or you can use your tour agent and trusted tour company. As you are planning to include gorilla habituation on your Uganda Safari Tour it is advisable to book your ticket 2 months prior to the day your safari begins.  

How many people are permitted to engage in gorilla habituation experience?

Gorilla habituation experience is a very interesting safari activity which is highly demanded by many tourists, unlike mountain gorilla trekking only a group of 6 people is permitted to participate in the breath taking habituation experience which allows you only for hours with the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Rules for gorilla trekking habituation experience

For a wonderful safe mountain gorilla habituation experience, the safety of tourists and for the mountain gorillas Uganda wildlife authority has put out rules and regulations which includes

  • Always stay in a group while on the habituation experience, avoid leaving your group mates behind since you might get into harm with one of the jungle animals.
  • Tourists below the age of 15 are not allowed to take part in the habituation experience 
  • Only 6 people per group are allowed to participate in the habituation experience
  • Tourists are emphasized to keep a distance of 7 meters away from the gorillas
  • Use cameras with a flashlight on are prohibited
  • Do not touch the mountain gorillas
  • Always listen to the instructions of researchers

Insight of Bwindi impenetrable national park

The popular Bwindi impenetrable national park is mostly known for hosting the critically endangered mountain gorillas, the beautiful densely forested Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda. This park is a home to the world’s largest population of mountain gorillas approximately 400 by 2011 statics, these mountain gorilla live in groups which a situated in the four sectors of the group that is buhoma in the north region, Ruhija in the east region, Rushaga and Nkuringo in the south region of the park.      

When to book gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience permits

Both gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience safaris activities are very interesting and offer unforgettable memories that is why it is high demand.  These tickets always sell out in a short period of time thus many tourists missing out on this golden opportunity. As achieve global safaris we advise a tourist intending to participate in these amazing activities to book 3-4 months before the actual day the safari activities begin.

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable national park is the world’s best destination for a gorilla safari hence it was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in 1994. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located in the southwestern Uganda on the edge of the rift valley close to Rwanda and Congo borders. The two countries Rwanda and Congo also offer Gorilla tours given that they are also homes to half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the whole world. Bwindi Impenetrable national park covers an area of 321km squared with an altitude of approximately 1,160 to 2,607 meters above sea level. It is mist-covered hillsides blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most diverse rainforest of over 25,000 years and contains about 400 species of plants.


Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be done basically in mainly 2 ways, by road and air. Bwindi Forest National Park can also be reached through the nearing countries Rwanda and Congo which are the closest to the park. Bwindi is divided in 4 trekking sectors and they are all accessed at different times. That is Buhoma sector, Ruhija sector, Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector. By Road from Entebbe International airport, Uganda’s main entrance, it is a 36km driving to Uganda’s Capital city – Kampala and 474 km to connect to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Visitors need an early arrival in Uganda because it is 8 to 9 hours’ drive by road depending on which sector you are allocated to trek. Accessing Bwindi from either Entebbe or Kampala involves driving via Masaka – Mbarara road; connect to Kabale district where you branch off to Kanungu district where you will find the 2 sectors of Ruhija and Buhoma. From Kabale district, you proceed to Kisoro districts where you will find the other 3 sectors of gorilla trekking including Rushaga, Nkuringo and Nyakagezi. While on a Uganda Safari, Bwindi forest can be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park for 3 to 4 hours. From Lake Mburo national park, Bwindi can be accessed within 5 to 6 hours on road. By air, Bwindi Impenetrable national park can only be accessed from the Entebbe airport and Kajjasi airstrip. There are daily flights with Aerolink Uganda limited from Entebbe airport to Bwindi and from Kajjasi airstrip to Bwindi. These flights land in airstrips closer to Bwindi and those are Kihihi airstrip for sectors Buhoma and Ruhija and Kisoro airstrip for Rushaga, Nkuringo and Nyakagezi sectors. A flight to Bwindi takes 2 hours. These packages are available for visitors depending on your budget and time.

Get the best of gorilla trekking in uganda, gorilla trekking uganda sees you in 2 destination namely bwindi forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Gorilla trekking is the practice of going to the jungles and searching for the gorillas in thier natural habitats .The gorilla trekking procedure starts with the briefiing the gorillas trekkers on the dos and donts of gorilla trekking in thejungles. later the are being asigned to gorilla families track from is , given the game rangers, later a hike to the forest for gorilla trekking commences. gorilla trekking in uganda requires a sustantial degree of fitness as it involves hike and climbing this is however attributed the nature of the terain where gorilla are found being hilly. Before one taking part in gorillas trekking , he or she needs to have gorilla trekking permit,issued by Authorized goverment entity in this case its Uganda wildlife Athority for the uganda gorilla trekking permits

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Uganda Safaris

Uganda is a land locked country located in East Africa that offers first class safaris with unforgettable experiences to tourists through various destination areas and different Safari Lodges. Uganda has 10 National Parks recommended for Safari Tours which include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Rwenzori National Park, Kibale National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. Each of these National Parks harbors unique wildlife species including over 300 mammals and 1061 birds species. Uganda has over 400 mountain gorillas, one of the most famous attractions in the country. The country also has a rich culture, with over 56 tribes like the Karimojongo, Bakiga with different local dishes, traditional dances , historical places among others. There are various adventurous activities you can participate in on your safari in Uganda including gorilla trekking safaris which is the main attraction in Uganda, chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation safaris, birding safaris, cultural tours like the Batwa Trails in Bwindi, mountain climbing, scenic viewing, golden monkey trekking among others which makes your safari in Uganda interesting and memorable. The top Ugandan safaris include;

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park safaris

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Uganda which attracts quite a number of tourists to the Pearl Of Africa to do Uganda Safaris. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers activities like Gorilla Trekking and Gorilla Habituation. Other activities done in Bwindi include Birding Safaris and nature walks where one can be able to experience other kinds of primates with in the forest. Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park is done by a group of 8 individiuals including a travel guide and one needs to purchase a Gorilla trekking permit before being accepted to access the forests for Gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Forest are so amazing and one is given 1 hour to spend the gorillas while observing their behaviour and taking pictures for future reference.

Murchison Falls national park safaris

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Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda located in Murchison Conservation Area (MCA) where we find the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves. It is 305 kilometers north of Kampala City and sits on the shores of Lake Albert in northwest Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is a home of 76 mammal species including the big four which are the African elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Leopards and Lions plus other animals like giraffes, hippos, Nile crocodiles among others and harbors 450 bird species, 23 endemic to Albertine rift.

Sipi Falls Uganda safaris

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Sipi falls are the most beautiful waterfalls located in Kapchorwa district. Sipi falls is a combination of three waterfalls each flowing from different an altitude where the highest or major waterfall is 100m above sea level, second waterfall flows about 75m above sea level and the third flows about 85km above sea level. The Sipi Falls have beautiful scenery of the plantations, coffee, streams, local communities and the nature walks on the bottom of the falls hence making the tourists at Sipi falls Uganda safaris rewarding.

Queen Elizabeth national park

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Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park located in western region in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge, Rubirizi and Rukungiri in Uganda. Queen Elizabeth is well known for its wildlife which include over 600 bird species, 10 primate species, about 95 mammal species with the famous big 5 animals which include the African elephant, African cape Buffaloes, Hippopotamus, Lions and the Leopards. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also known for the tree climbing lions that are found in the Ishasha sector and volcanic features like volcanic cones, three major crater lakes including the salt lake of Katwe with migratory birds. Queen Elizabeth national park is the most visited park in Uganda and will make your Uganda safari the most memorable and fascinating safari.

Kibale national park safari

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Kibale National Park is located near Fort portal and Kasese in western Uganda and covers an area of about 795km and located between 1100m and 1600m. Kibale National Park is well known for Chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation in Uganda where the visitors get to spend time with the chimpanzees in their nature habitat, other primates like red colobus monkeys, mangabeys, black and white monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons among others. Kibale national park is also a home of other wildlife species like elephants, buffalos, giant forest hog, warthogs, bush pigs, bushbucks, and bird species hence called the birders paradise.

Chimpanzee trekking safaris

Chimpanzees are primates that can be better sighted in Kibale National Park which is best known for chimpanzee trekking and can also be seen in Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Tourists walk through the forest for about three hours in search of the chimpanzees and in Kibale visitors have 99% chances of finding chimpanzees on any day hence called the best chimpanzee destination and they are given one hour in the presence of the chimpanzees once found hence taking photos for memories and learning their habits. Other primates can also be spotted during the chimpanzee trekking safaris like L-Hoest monkeys, baboons, bush babies, red colobus monkey, blue monkeys among others.

Lake Mburo National Park safaris

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Lake Mburo National Park is one of the smallest wildlife parks in Uganda located in Mbarara district western Uganda on a highway that connects Kampala to the park. It is approximately 260 square kilometers and lies in the shadow areas between Lake Victoria and Mount Rwenzori. Lake Mburo national park has beautiful landscapes, shrubs, forests, hills, various bird species, animal species like impalas, buffaloes, giraffes, white mongoose, side stripped jackal and is one of the three national parks in Uganda with burchell’s zebra and is the only park in Uganda that offers horseback riding to visitors on a safari hence making it a unique national park for Uganda safaris.

Mount Elgon national park

This is situated close to Mbale in Eastern Uganda and covers 1145 square kilometers. It is an extinct volcanic mountain found on Uganda’s border with Kenya. Its highest peak Wagagai is 4321meters and the second highest mountain in Uganda after mountain Rwenzori. Mount Elgon is the best destination for hiking in Uganda because of the lower peaks which are also favorable than those of mountain Rwenzori and its cool climate since the altitude is not higher hence making hiking adventurous for hikers on Uganda safaris.

Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo National Park is one of the national parks with virgin places in Uganda because of its great open savannah landscapes, mountain forest in high places, semi arid climate with one rainy season per year and the mountains in the background which makes it third best national park in Africa. Kidepo national park is located in Kaabong District in north eastern Uganda and covers an area of 1442 square kilometers with an altitude of 900m to 2750m. Kidepo National Park harbors extinct species of wildlife that can’t be found in other national parks in Uganda including 75 mammals, 470 bird species and is good for wildlife viewing, nature walks, game drives, bird watching since its blessed with various bird species, visiting the local communities like the Karamojong who are unique and special people which creates a great experience to tourists on Uganda safaris in Kidepo valley national park.

Mount Rwenzori national park

Mount Rwenzori is Uganda’s tallest mountain located in south western Uganda in the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibudyo and in the rift valley it borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and its conservation area known as Virunga national park. Mount Rwenzori is the third highest mountain range in Africa rising up more than 16700feet above sea level. Mount Rwenzori is known for its beautiful waterfalls, glaciers, unique mountainous vegetation, plant life and harbors over 70 mammals, 217 bird species 19 endemic to the Albertine rift and offers a great experience for mountain climbing tourists in Uganda.

Lake Mutanda Uganda Safaris

Lake Mutanda is located in Kisoro district in the southwestern Uganda. It is found in the foothills of Virunga mountain range at an altitude of 1800meters. Lake Mutanda has the best scenery for the three volcanoes within the range namely, mount Muhabura, mount Gahinga and mount Sabinyo. Lake Mutanda has a great vegetation cover and offers favorable climate which has favored plant species and wildlife in the park including gorillas, golden monkeys, birds, insects, snakes, monitor lizards, chameleons, frogs among others hence making it a great destination for wildlife and scenic viewing in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi Uganda Safaris

Lake Bunyonyi is located in kabala district in south western part in Uganda. It is believed to be the deepest lake in Uganda and also the fifth deepest lake in the whole world. Lake bunyonyi is a lake with 29 islands where some have human settlements and people around the lake have used them for agriculture since they are cultivators and do minimal fishing because of its depth. Activities enjoyed on the lake by tourists on Uganda safaris include canoe riding, sightseeing, mountain climbing, bird watching since it is a home of various birds, sun bathing on the lake shores among others which gives a visitor a great experience while on Uganda safaris.

Ssese islands Safaris

These are islands found in Kalangala district in southern central Uganda. Ssese islands are comprised of 84 islands sitting along the north-western shores of Lake Victoria with Bugala Island which is the biggest island where most tourism activities are carried out. Ssese island is a great place for relaxation and have a quiet peace of mind in that it offers a number of activities for the tourists on a safari to enjoy including canoe ride, white sand beaches, see exotic plants, flowers, and trees, favorable weather, interact with the people in Uganda visitors are advised against swimming because of the Nile crocodiles and hippos. All these make Ssese islands a great destination for holidays or good destination to end your safari in Uganda after visiting other destinations like Bwindi national park for gorilla tracking or Rwenzori national park for mountain climbing.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second world largest fresh water lake apart from Lake Superior in North America. Lake Victoria is also known as the source of the Nile in Uganda and its waters fill a shallow depression in the centre of the great plateau that stretches between the eastern and the western rift valley. Lake Victoria receives water from direct rainfall and from a thousand small streams to about 85% inflow and Akagera which originates from Rwanda is the largest stream that flows into Lake Victoria. It offers various activities to visitors including boat cruise, fishing on the lake for the Nile perch which is the most caught fish. Feeding chimpanzees at Ngamba Island, visiting Ssese Island, source of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda education centre in Entebbe among others, which makes Lake Victoria an exciting and interesting experience destination for tourists on Uganda safaris.

With the vast tourist attractions in Uganda, one is spoilt for choice on where to begin, in order to explore the full tourism potential the Pearl of Africa has to offer. These attractions are also complemented by the good weather, friendly communities and variety of food. Whether you are a Ugandan looking to explore your country or a foreigner looking to see the beauty the country has to offer. There is quite a variety to choose from to quench your tourism appetite.

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is simply the practice, adventure, quest and the hike to go and see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat/ home. To a huge fraction of travel enthusiast, gorilla trekking remains one of the most incredible adventure activity also being deemed as the incredible gorilla trekking. The thrill of gorilla trekking is derived right from the time one sets foot in area where the gorilla tracking is conducted, with the first sessions being the briefing one. The briefing is obviously presided over by the park officials whose knowledge of gorilla trekking is rich as you can imagine an experience they attain as a result of training and constantly interacting with the mountain gorillas. After briefing the next step of gorilla trekking is delving into the jungles and experience which seems more like treasure hunting. The movements in the jungle of course require ascertain considerable degree of fitness since it involves somewhat strenuous movements. As one continues with the search for the gentle giants (gorilla tracking), you can also encounter other wildlife, primates and birds in the forest which is more like a starter treatment of your jungle gorilla experience. It will take between 50 minutes to 4 hours to meet gorillas while on gorilla tracking to see the gorillas. Upon meeting up with the gorillas, an hour is given to the gorilla trekkers to interact with the gorillas sessions that wipes all the memories of the hustle one has to go through to reach where the gorillas. A closer encounter with the gorillas will see you notice how they live their lives, for constant feeding, nest making and dominance for the alpha gorillas also known as the silver back. In that maximum of 1 hour with the gorillas, you will take as many photos as you can a confirmation of your positive gorilla trekking findings. Later after gorilla trekking, you head back to your destination..

Where is gorilla trekking done?

Where is gorilla trekking done? Do you keep asking yourself about where the incredible gorilla trekking is done? Well this brief article should be in position to give you an insight of where Gorilla trekking is done. Internationally mountain gorillas trekking in done in the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In Uganda gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park all found in south western Uganda, Uganda pretty much hosts ¾ of the world’s mountain gorilla population. In Rwanda gorilla trekking (Rwanda gorilla trekking) is done in Volcanoes Rwanda national park in the north western part of Rwanda Ruhengeri district while Congo, gorilla tracking is conducted in virunga national park. The common aspect of all these national parks is that they are all situated with the great virunga ranges which are shared with the three countries.

When is the best time for gorilla trekking?

Gorilla trekking has no best time but the drier months of the year are seemingly the most convenient for gorilla trekking in Uganda , Rwanda and Congo. This is attributed to the fact that in the dry months, the terrain is less slippery therefore deeming less strenuous do gorilla trekking. The driers month of the year in Uganda are June to August and December to February, the rest of the months are characterized by rain usually heavy downpours.

How long does gorilla trekking take?

Gorilla trekking duration is measured by the proximity of the gorilla trekking families you have been assigned to . The gorilla trekking experience can take between 50 minute to even the entire day (6 hours) . Some gorilla families are close thereby taking a shorter time to trek. Other gorilla families are mobile and move from one place to another hence taking longer time to trek.