Gorilla Safaris

Discover the thrill of gorilla trekking deep within the lush rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda. Our gorilla safaris and tours create once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to Africa's giant primates in their natural environment. Expert guides will lead you on a journey through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Volcanoes National Park, where you'll have a close encounter with a habituated gorilla family. Beyond gorilla trekking, explore vibrant local cultures, encounter diverse wildlife, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of East Africa.

The Gorilla Safari Experience

Gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda are a thrilling and immersive experience that attract wildlife enthusiasts and adventure seekers from all over the world. The opportunity to encounter the magnificent mountain gorillas in their natural habitat is truly profound and awe-inspiring.

Not only are gorilla trekking safaris an adventure of a lifetime, but they are also an integral part of ecotourism, contributing to preserving the endangered mountain gorillas and their fragile sanctuaries. By engaging in responsible gorilla tourism, travelers can actively support conservation efforts, ensuring the survival of these remarkable primates and their ecosystems for generations to come.

Uganda or Rwanda?

Both Uganda and Rwanda offer unique gorilla trekking experiences, with vast rainforests, rich biodiversity, and volcanic terrain that provides a dramatic backdrop to the gorilla habitats. Our gorilla trekking safaris in both countries are designed to offer travelers a once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience.

In Uganda, gorilla trekking is a rugged adventure through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park's dense forests. The treks can be challenging, but the reward of seeing the gorillas up close in their natural habitat is well worth the effort. During the trek, travelers can expect to see a variety of wildlife, including monkeys, birds, and other primates.

Similarly, Rwanda offers a more accessible trek in the Volcanoes National Park, often involving a climb through bamboo forests. The trek is as adventurous as in Uganda and is suitable for luxury safari travelers. On jungle treks, trekkers can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

It's important to note that responsible tourism is crucial in both Uganda and Rwanda. Travelers should be mindful of their impact on the environment and the gorillas' well-being by following the rules and regulations set out by the parks, such as keeping a safe distance from the gorillas, not littering, and avoiding using flash photography.

Responsible Tourism

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, with only around 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild. The major threats to their survival include habitat loss, poaching, and disease. By participating in responsible gorilla tourism, travelers can help support conservation efforts and ensure the survival of these incredible primates.

Both Uganda and Rwanda have well-established tourism infrastructure, making it easy for travelers to access gorilla trekking destinations. The best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda is during the dry season, from June to September and December to February, when the trails are less muddy and easier to navigate. So pack your bags, join us on these incredible gorilla safaris, and be a part of something truly meaningful!

Gorilla Trekking Safari Packages

Be inspired by a selection of our favorite Uganda and Rwanda gorilla tour packages. From primate trekking adventures to family-friendly holidays – all completely flexible and arranged to your travel needs.


The Gorilla Permit

Gorilla permits are mandatory for both Uganda and Rwanda, as they strictly limit the number of people who can visit the gorillas each day to protect these endangered species.

In Uganda, gorilla permits cost $800 per person. You can obtain them directly from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) by visiting their offices in Kampala or online through their website. 

It's recommended to book your permit well in advance, especially during peak seasons (June-September, December-February) when permits sell out quickly.

In Rwanda, gorilla permits are considerably more expensive, costing $1500 per person. These permits can be obtained through the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) via their website, their Kigali offices, or even directly at park headquarters. Since Rwanda's gorilla permits are in high demand, it's crucial to book them many months in advance, particularly if you're planning to travel during peak season.

Frequently Asked Questions

1Where can I go gorilla trekking?
You can go gorilla trekking in Uganda (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) and Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park).
2What is the best time of year for gorilla trekking?
Gorilla trekking is possible year-round, but the dry seasons (June-September, December-February) generally offer easier hiking conditions.
3How much does a gorilla permit cost?
Uganda: $800 per person. Rwanda: $1500 per person.
4How fit do I need to be for gorilla trekking?
A moderate level of fitness is required as treks can involve hiking through dense forest and uneven terrain.
5How long does it take to find the gorillas?
Treks can range from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on gorilla family location.
6How long can I spend with the gorillas?
You are allowed a maximum of one hour with a gorilla family. But on Gorilla Habituation Experiences in Uganda, you can spend up to four hours with the gorilla family.
7What is the minimum age for gorilla trekking?
The minimum age is 15 years old in both Uganda and Rwanda.
8What should I wear for gorilla trekking?
Wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, sturdy hiking boots, rain gear, and gardening gloves for protection.
9Can I take photos of the gorillas?
Yes, photography is allowed, but flash photography is strictly prohibited.
10Are gorilla treks safe?
Gorilla trekking is generally safe. The gorillas are habituated to humans, and experienced guides ensure safe and respectful encounters.
11What else can I combine with a gorilla safari?
Combine your gorilla safari with other wildlife viewing, birding, cultural experiences, or even a beach extension in Zanzibar.
12How do I book a gorilla safari?
Booking through a reputable tour operator is recommended. They can handle permits, accommodations, and logistics, ensuring a seamless experience.