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Gorilla Tracking Tours
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In Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania
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KISORO TOURS UGANDA
Plan your gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris with a trusted and licensed local tour operator and be assured of your financial security plus getting the experience you so much expect. Kisoro Tours Uganda organizes private, custom-made African safaris, and gorilla tours to Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya, and Congo gorilla safaris are planned around your budget and preferences considering both budget travelers and mid-range travelers. Book your 2024-2025 gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris, Uganda gorilla safaris from Kigali Rwanda, gorilla tracking Uganda, permits, and budget tours to Bwindi forest & Mgahinga with us at an unbeatable price for 2024-2025.
Kisoro Tours Uganda, we plan our safari activities around chimpanzee tracking in the primate capital, Kibale Forest, the unmissable jungle excursion of gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park in DR Congo. We take our travelers through the much sought African savannah plains of Uganda’s private wildlife parks that have fewer visitors than neighboring Kenya and Tanzania but with amazing wildlife drama, boat safaris, Nature walking excursions, mountain hiking/climbing, cultural encounters, and best Africa birding expeditions around Uganda and Rwanda. Talk to our consultants to help you plan your custom-made safari to the best you imagine it to be.
GORILLA SAFARIS for 2024-2025
As the world is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kisoro Tours Uganda, we are offering a 10% discount on all our gorilla and wildlife safaris in Uganda, all our discounted gorilla tours and wildlife safaris for 2024-2025 can start and end in either Uganda or Kigali Rwanda, this offer is on up to 31 December 2025, contact us for details
GORILLA TRACKING TOURS & WILDLIFE SAFARIS FOR 2024-2025
Take a look at some of the private-tailor-made gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania for 2024-2025 that takes you through various safari routes including gorilla tracking Uganda safari from the Kigali capital of Rwanda (the shortest route to mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park). These tours are just examples and can be edited or planned (if you prefer) based on your preferences for destinations and facilities to stay. Kisoro Tours Uganda, we will process the fees and permits for you, take care of all transfers, and recommend the best accommodation. Enquire with our team of experts to help you start planning your 2024-2025 gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya & Tanzania. Otherwise, take a look …
GORILLA PERMITS IN UGANDA, RWANDA & CONGO FROM 2024 TO 2025
Get your 2024-2025 gorilla tracking permit easy and fast
A gorilla tracking permit in Uganda and Rwanda is the hardest part of preparing for a gorilla tour to any of the three countries. The gorilla permit is issued by none other than the government authorities: Uganda Wildlife Authority in Uganda and Rwanda Development Board in Rwanda. Kisoro Tours Uganda will process the gorilla permit on your behalf, get you the right one for a trailhead/gorilla family you can manage to track, send you a copy, and make sure you physically get it as soon as you land. Gorilla tracking permits in Uganda cost $700, while Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1,500, and in DR-Congo $500. This means tracking gorillas in Uganda instead of Rwanda you will be saving $800 per person which you can use to extend your safari to other Uganda parks.
RWANDA GORILLA TOURS AND WILDLIFE SAFARIS
Rwanda is mostly famous as a travel destination for its luxury mountain gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park and wildlife safaris in Akagera National Park. These are custom-made gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris to Rwanda that you can customize to suit your budget and travel plans. Contact us to help you plan your Rwanda gorilla tours and wildlife safari for 2024-2025, otherwise, take a look at these ones to help you plan.
RWANDA GORILLA SAFARIS
Rwanda is mostly famous as a travel destination for its luxury mountain gorilla safaris in Volcanoes National Park. These are custom-made gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris to Rwanda that you can customize to suit your budget and travel plans. Contact us to help you plan your Rwanda gorilla tour, otherwise, take a look at these ones to help you plan.
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The more information you give Dan the better your trip will be. - What is there to say about Kisoro Tour Uganda? Dan is easy to work with well organized, punctual and will customize your tour to your specifications. We started with the... read more
September 10, 2023
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December 25, 2019
Beyond Expectations-10 day personalized tour of Rwanda and Uganda!! - Beyond Expectations-10 day personalized tour of Rwanda and Uganda!!
Kisoro Tours Uganda provided a wonderful, personalized tour of Rwanda and Uganda. Dan selected accommodations that were locally owned... read more
August 16, 2022
Great service, great safari - I travelled to Uganda for 16days over Christmas and New Year to meet up with my daughter who is out there for her 3rd year of university on placement. I... read more
January 16, 2023
Responsive, considerate, personable and professional! - After having spent a lot of time in East Africa for work, I decided to extend a work trip by a week and see some of the sights I had... read more
May 4, 2022
Better than a dream ! - We were on a safari for 11 days with Dan. We saw so many wild animals, beautiful changing landscapes and the accomodation was better than expected (sleeping in the middle... read more
January 6, 2020
Wonderful guide - I very much enjoyed my trip guided by Dan of Kisoro Tours Uganda. He is very friendly, attentive, and a great driver. He has a good rapport with workers at... read more
September 18, 2023
Dan did an amazing job of developing a specialized itinerary for us. We had very specific places and activities that we wanted to see and do in Rwanda & Uganda.... read more
August 18, 2022
Wow, where do I begin, I have just returned from the most incredible trip to Uganda to see the Chimpanzees and Gorillas, which was a lifelong dream. I was... read more
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UGANDA GORILLA HABITUATION SAFARIS FOR 2024-2025
Uganda Gorilla Habituation Safaris gives you a better chance to experience being with the African wild mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. Gorilla habituation experience in Uganda is done in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park-Rushaga sector and the gorilla habituation permit costs you $1500 but you get to spend up to 4 hours with the gentle giants, rather than spend just a mere hour when you take on the other activity of Uganda gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris.
UGANDA GORILLA SAFARIS FROM KIGALI FOR 2024-2025
These Uganda Gorilla Safaris Starting From Kigali Rwanda save you the long drive from Entebbe airport or Kampala, which is usually 8-9 hours, while if you fly into Kigali it takes only 3-4 hours drive which takes you through Rwanda countryside and crossing the border via Cyanika in Kisoro or Katuna in Kabale to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for your Uganda gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris for 2024-2025 via Kigali Rwanda. Most people who want to take this route want to use the advantage of Uganda’s cheaper gorilla tracking permits and better jungle experience in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
CHIMPANZEE TRACKING SAFARIS FOR 2024-2025
Kisoro Tours Uganda, we are offering opportunities for all travelers interested in chimpanzees tracking safaris in Uganda and in the East African region at large, Uganda is the best country in Africa to trek chimpanzees, Uganda is home to over 6000 chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest, Nyungwe Forest, and in other Uganda national parks.
Contact us for 2024-2025 Uganda chimpanzee tracking in its natural habitat is amazing and described as of lifetime activity in Uganda you only trek a habituated chimpanzee meaning that they are used to human presence. Below are the recommended areas where one can go for chimpanzee tracking in Uganda.
AFFORDABLE UGANDA BIRD WATCHING SAFARIS FOR 2024-2025
Uganda is well known as the best African birding-watching destination, also Uganda has a diversity of bird species that are not spotted anywhere else in Africa, Uganda also is the only country in Africa with many bird-watching destinations in Africa which has made Uganda a birding paradise the whole world. Uganda has more than 1010 bird species which is more reason for anyone to come and enjoy Uganda bird-watching safaris, Uganda has various National Parks with the biggest habitat for the most bird species in Uganda and Africa, your bird-watching trip can be easily combined with gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris for 2024-2025, contact us to help you plan your custom-made Uganda bird watching safari.
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING SAFARIS IN UGANDA FOR 2024-2025
Uganda Hiking Safaris for mountain climbing enthusiasts who would like to try the challenge of East Africa’s mountain peaks like Margherita on Rwenzori mountains, Mt Sabinyo, Mt Muhabura, Mt Gahinga, Mt Elgon, and the famous Mt Nyiragongo active volcano. Kisoro Tours Uganda organizes climbing and hiking safaris for 2024-2025 to different parts of Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, Our hiking tours take you to the best mountains and volcanoes in Uganda, Congo, and Rwanda giving you the best hiking safari experience. All our 2024-2025 mountain hiking tours can be combined with gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris
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FAQs FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT GORILLA TRACKING TOURS & WILDLIFE SAFARIS
Here are all questions and Answers asked about gorilla tracking tours & wildlife safaris to Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, know the best time of year to trek the mountain gorillas. Gorilla permits are non-refundable except for medical reasons, in which case you would need to provide a medical certificate. Once the gorilla tracking permit is paid for it is not refundable but the chances of seeing mountain gorillas are 100% guaranteed provided that you’re fit enough to walk/hike for about 3 to 7 hours depending on which gorilla family you’re tracking.
Mountain gorilla tracking is walking on foot trekking endangered mountain gorillas experience in rain forests of East Africa A maximum of 8 tourists (people) are allowed to visit each habituated gorilla family per day on a daily basis throughout the year.
Yes currently there are a few cases of threats to mountain gorillas in Africa which include losing their habitat to human encroachment, gorillas live in a limited habitat range that is being encroached by growing human populations which puts mountain gorillas’ habitats under pressure. Poaching is another threat but currently, it’s not a big problem because nowadays mountain gorillas are well protected, especially in Uganda and Rwanda. The biggest threat to mountain gorillas is disease, Despite the park rangers protecting gorillas and the national parks mountain gorillas are still exposed to different diseases that can be got by tourists/visitors as humans we share similar genetics with mountain gorillas but the immune systems of the gorillas sometimes cannot cope with human diseases.
In the whole world mountain gorillas can only be found in three countries in East Africa, gorilla tracking can only be done in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. both parks are found in southwestern Uganda.
Because of the gorilla’s physique definitely, safety will come to your mind but I can guarantee you that yes mountain gorilla tracking in Africa is one the safety if you compare it to another wildlife encounter in Africa, gorilla tracking is an amazing activity especially when you finally catch a glimpse of a mountain gorilla.
Personally, I can assure you that gorilla tracking can be done any day throughout the year but some people prefer to go for gorilla trek during the dry season in the month of June, July, August, September, October, December-during Christmas season, January and February.
March, April, May, and November are considered as Rainy seasons which makes some people think that tracking during the Rainey season is more challenging but I tell them that the gorilla tracking experience is the same.
The minimum age limit for gorilla tracking 15 years old and above, there is no maximum age limit on gorilla tracking is if you are 95 years and above you can still trek mountain gorillas as long as you are physically fit enough to walk/hike in the impenetrable forest of Africa for about 3 to 6 hours.
- You need long pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect you from insects’ bites, hot vegetation, and thorny trees.
- Insect repellent is a must-have if you’re traveling in Africa because those impenetrable forests apart from mountain gorillas it is also home to different insects, so having insect repellent will be a good idea
- You will also need a Walking stick which is provided at no cost by the park rangers/guides, A walking stick will help when tracking up and down in the forest.
- Drinking water and a packed lunch provided by the lodge or the tour operator you booked your safari with, you cannot afford to miss out on drinking water and a packed lunch because you cannot tell how long your trekking will last so food is a must.
- Walking/hiking boots As you will be walking a forest that is muddy and wet you need waterproof hiking boots which are important during your trekking.
- You may need a warm sweater because in the evenings and mornings sometimes Bwindi Forest can be cool so it’s always nice to have a warm sweater with you
- We also recommend that you bring a rain jacket because gorilla tracking is done in the rainforest which means it can rain at any time of the day
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat are also nice to bring with you so that they can protect you from strong sun
Gorilla tracking starts every day at 7:30 am throughout the day year with a briefing from the ranger/guides taking you through the rules and guidelines you must follow while trekking gorillas after a briefing at 8:oo am the trekking begins and the time spent in the forest depends on the movements of the family you have been assigned to trek.
Each country has its own Permit price so it depends on which country you want to see mountain gorillas from, Below is the gorilla permit prices in their respective country as of 2024-2025
- Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 per person per trek
- Rwanda gorilla permit costs $1500 per person per trek
- Democratic Republic of Congo gorilla permit costs $1032 per person including one night of accommodation and transport from Goma town to Virunga National Park and back to Goma
Apart from the gorilla permit price differences gorilla tracking experience remains the same in all three countries, It’s also important to know that when you purchase one gorilla permit it means that you have directly contributed to the conservation of this most endangered species.
Flying into Rwanda and crossing the border to Uganda is the easiest way to access Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, it is only a 3 to 4 hours drive from Kigali airport in Rwanda to reach Bwindi forest in Uganda while you fly to Entebbe airport of Uganda you need 8 to 9 hours drive from Entebbe to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. flying to Rwanda and trekking gorillas in Uganda helps you to save double 5 hours on traveling time and $800 on each gorilla permit
Gorilla trekking is limited to 8 people per gorilla family/group once a day and gorilla permits are also booked on a first come first saver basis so we recommend that you book and pay for your trekking permit far in advance between six months to a year in advance to avoid disappointments.
Uganda has two mountain gorilla trekking locations, Uganda gorillas can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park both parks are located in southwestern Uganda in the districts of Kisoro, Kabale Rubanda, and Kanugu near the Rwanda border and DR-Congo
Recently Uganda introduced a new tourism product of gorilla habituation experience in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park-Rushaga sector, this new product gives a chance to tourists to spend more time with mountain gorillas of Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, gorilla habituation experience involves spending time with researchers, trackers, ranger guides with gorilla family that is under habituation process in Bwindi Forest.
Gorilla habituation experience permits cost $1500 per person including park entrance fees to Bwindi forest, ranger guide fees, and a team of researchers who will take you through the whole process of gorilla habituation experience.
Kisoro Tours Uganda can book a permit for gorilla habituation for you which will allow you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas undergoing the habituation process, the four hours exclude the time you spend before reaching the gorillas so it means four hours with mountain gorillas.
The answer is yes it is now possible for disabled, and elderly people to participate in mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda, elderly and disabled persons are the main senior citizens of this world so they shouldn’t keep missing out on such an amazing exciting lifetime experience of mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda.
Kisoro Tours will organize this trip for the elderly and disabled persons in Uganda or Rwanda, They will be assigned to trek with a gorilla family that is closer to the park headquarters, and for the elderly and disabled who are unable to walk long distances we arrange for the porters who will carry them on a sedan chair into the forest trek the gorillas and after bring them back to the car on the starting point.
Yes, gorilla trekking permits must be obtained first to visit the gorillas, and as only eight (8) permits are granted per gorilla group/family each day they are extremely limited.
We will secure permits for you as far in advance as possible. Your gorilla permit entitles you to one hour with the mountain gorillas. This money goes toward the conservation of the habitat, anti-poaching efforts, and education of the local communities.
Gorilla habituation experience is currently possible in Uganda Rushaga sector located in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. It is thus not possible in the Buhoma, Nkuringo, or Ruhija side of the Bwindi forest. This is because currently, it is only in Rushaga that we have two gorilla families under the habituation process as compared to other regions that do not have gorilla families under habituation. Those interested in this experience should be ready to go to the south and book accommodation closer to Rushaga since this activity requires an early start.
Gorilla habituation permit includes park rangers/guides, park entrance fees, and researchers spending four hours with mountain gorillas during the habituation process in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
There is a difference between gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation, Standard gorilla trekking costs $700 per person and you get to spend only one hour with the already habituated gorilla family while the gorilla habituation experience costs $1500 per person allowing you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas family that is under habituation process. It only takes place in the Rushaga sector-Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which has mountain gorilla families under habituation process and as of now, it’s only in the Rushaga sector where new gorilla groups are under habituation in Uganda.
The minimum age for both gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation is 15 years and above, There is no maximum age and the permit booking guidelines are the same for both trekking and habituation, however in terms of permit numbers, gorilla habituation is limited to only 4 people per day per family while tracking is limited to only 8 people per gorilla family per day.
Most tourists combine wildlife game viewing safari with gorilla trekking in Uganda, Rwanda Tanzania, and Kenya, Some love to go rafting on the River Nile before they go back home. You can go for a wildlife game viewing safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda or Akagera National Park in Rwanda. Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lion as well as the Uganda Kob, other antelope species, elephants, baboons, hippos, buffalo, and chimpanzees. Over 600 species of birds have been recorded, making the park a magnet for bird watchers. A safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park includes Game drives to see wildlife, exclusive birding tours, launch cruises on the park’s lakes, and cultural tours.
Mountain gorillas are the largest living primates with their homes in East Africa. They function in a well-developed social structure and often exhibit behavior and emotions similar to the human experience, including laughter and sadness. Poaching, disease, and habitat destruction remain threats to gorillas.
There are two subspecies of the eastern gorilla—the mountain gorilla and the Grauer’s gorilla. Eastern gorillas live in the mountainous forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, northwest Rwanda, and southwest Uganda. The world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in three countries spanning four national parks—Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park. The Grauer’s gorillas are endemic to the forests of the Albertine Rift in eastern DR-Congo
Gorillas stick to vegetarianism as their main diet, feeding on stems, bamboo shoots, and fruits. Western lowland gorillas, however, also have an appetite for termites and ants and break open termite nests to eat the larvae.
Gorillas move around in families/groups that can range from a couple of individuals to more than 40 members. A dominant male leads (silverback) and holds the position for years
gorillas are charismatic and intelligent animals, mountain gorillas share 98.3% of their DNA with humans. gorillas are our closest cousins after chimpanzees.
Female mountain gorillas have a gestation period of 8.5 months and nurture their young ones for several years, generally, female gorillas give birth to one baby every four to six years which slows down mountain population growth and makes it harder for gorillas to recover from any population decline.
Kisoro Tours Uganda does bookings and purchases of gorilla trekking permits, chimp permits, golden monkey’s permits, accommodation booking, car hire, transport, and many other travel services in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and DR-Congo for International Travel Agents, Tour Operators, and individuals travelers. You can as well reach us at email@example.com or call us at +256785790925 and on WhatsApp for a free quote or any other enquires you may need to make, we can as well check for your permit availability and advise you accordingly. We recommend that you book your gorilla permits at least 6 months in advance to avoid disappointments but also those with mint bookings and see how we can help you
Yes, it’s no longer an issue whether old, elderly, disabled or seniors can now all go for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest National Park, At Kisoro Tours we organize gorilla trekking for the disabled, elderly, and seniors, it is organized in the same way as others, the only difference is that they are assigned to trek a gorilla family which is closer and for the elderly, disabled people and for all those who cannot walk for long distances we will organize and to hire porters and a sedan chair which will take you to the gorillas and back so there is no excuse to miss out on this lifetime experience. Contact our team to discuss this in detail or to book a gorilla trek for elderly and disabled people in Bwindi Forest.
The mountain gorilla is the most intriguing primate in Africa which means everyone wants to see them in their natural habitat because they cannot be seen in the zoos like other animals, for anyone to see mountain gorillas must go to Uganda, Rwanda, or DR-Congo in East Africa.