2019-2020 gorilla tracking guide in Africa, mountain gorillas can only be seen in Uganda Rwanda, and DR-Congo, gorillas are endangered species and whoever want to trek them must go to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park of Uganda, Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and in Virunga national park of DR-Congo.
In 2018 mountain gorilla census shows that the gorilla population has increased from 880 to 1004 combining Uganda, Rwanda, and DR-Congo, however, more than half of those mountain gorilla population are found in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park making Uganda the best place to go for you gorilla tracking safari because has another park called Mgahinga gorilla national park where you can as well enjoy both gorilla and golden monkey trekking. Mgahinga national park bordering with Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo, Mgahinga can be accessed via the Kisoro district in southwestern Uganda.
Yes, the mountain gorilla is the biggest primate that is close to man, mountain gorillas share 94 present DNA with humans which means that mountain gorilla also has characteristics similar to those of human beings.
Yes like human beings mountain gorillas also live families/groups which is usually led by dominant adult males (silverbacks). Tourists only visit habituated gorilla families and only 8 people are allowed to trek one gorilla family per day on daily bases.
In Uganda gorillas are trekked in both Mgahinga gorilla national park and in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, both parks are located in the southwestern Uganda region, in Rwanda gorillas can only be tracked in Volcanoes national park located in the north of Rwanda and in DR-Congo gorillas can be seen in Virunga national park in the North Kivu province of Congo. Anyone interested in gorilla tracking in Africa you only three choices, you either plan your gorilla safari to Uganda, Rwanda, or Congo
How to get to Bwindi forest and Mgahinga national parks in Uganda, both park can be accessed by road and by air, form Kampala the capital city of Uganda, or from Entebbe international airport takes you about 9 hours drive to reach Bwindi forest or Mgahinga
However there is the option of flying to Bwindi or Mgahinga, those who don’t want to spend 9 hours on the road can fly from Entebbe airport or Kajansi airstrip to Kisoro airport or Kihihi airstrip which will save on the long-distance drive from Entebbe to Bwindi forest.
Kisoro tours Uganda also recommends flying to Kigali in Rwanda and trek gorillas in Uganda as it is one of the easier way getting to Bwindi forest or Mgahinga for gorilla safaris is by flying Kigali international airport in Rwanda and cross into Uganda via the Cyanika border in Kisoro area or cross via Katuna border in Kabale, the drive from Kigali to Bwindi forest takes only about 3 to 4 hours on the good road.
Currently, there are 2 easiest ways to access Virunga national park for your gorilla trekking safari in DR-Congo, one of the best way to go gorilla trekking in Congo is via Kigali in Rwanda which mean that you fly to Kigali and cross via Gisenyi border into Goma town in Congo where you will start your Congo gorilla safari. From Kigali airport to Gisenyi border where you cross into Congo takes about 4 and a half hours.
The second way of reaching Virunga national park of DR-Congo is accessing it via the Bunagana border in Kisoro district southwestern Uganda, it means you have to fly to Entebbe airport and drive to Kisoro via Kabale but you can as well fly from Entebbe airport to the Kisoro airstrip if you want to save the driving distance from Entebbe to Kisoro-Bunagana border, in case you need help please contact us for any advice you may need as things keeps changing in Congo so Kisoro tours Uganda is always at your disposal for any information you need during your gorilla safari planning.
Currently, Uganda has the highest number of habituated gorilla groups, for now, over 21 habituated gorilla groups/families are open to tourism in both Bwindi forest and in Mgahinga, this means that currently Uganda 168 gorilla available per day for trekking.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is divided into 4 sectors, Buhoma gorilla tracking sector which is located in the northern part of Bwindi forest, Buhoma also acts as park headquarters where the first gorilla tracking started from in 1993, Nkuringo gorilla tracking sector also found in the northern part of the park, Rushaga and Ruhija sectors are located in the southern part of Bwindi and also Nyakagezi gorilla family found in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
In this article 2019-2020 gorilla tracking guide in Africa, we make sure that you get all information you need to know about gorilla tracking in Africa, gorilla permits in Uganda can be booked through a tour operator like us Kisoro tours Uganda or you as well booked directly through Uganda Wildlife Authority head office in Kampala Uganda.
It is the same thing in Rwanda gorilla permits can be booked through a tour operator or directly from Rwanda Development Board at their head offices in Kigali Rwanda and in DR-Congo gorilla permit can be booked directly from Virunga national park head offices in Goma town or through a tour company. We advise those who are interested in booking gorilla permits to book in the advance to avoid disappointment because gorilla permits are sold on first come first serve.
In Uganda gorilla permit costs $600 per person, while in Rwanda gorilla permit was increased from $750 to $1500 per person per day, and in DR-Congo gorilla permit price is $132 per person but this price includes one-night accommodation and transport from Goma town.
gorilla tracking can be done any day throughout the year from 1st January to 31st December but most tourists prefer coming for gorilla safari during the dry season starting from the end of May, June, July, August, September, October, December, and also in January. Other months of February, March, April, May, and November are considered as a wet season but this cannot stop anyone from tracking mountain gorillas. Please NOTE that the gorilla tracking experience is the same in all three countries Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo.
Gorilla tracking safari can be booked as a private tour or in the group’s tours through tour operators like Kisoro tours Uganda limited at most affordable price for a gorilla safari in either three countries.
Kisoro tours Uganda limited we are the specialists in gorilla safaris and other wildlife safaris, Kisoro tours we ensure that our clients get to value their money on their gorilla tracking safari, our gorilla trips starts from one-day gorilla safari, 2 days gorilla tracking tour, 3 days gorilla safari to any number of days you want.
Kisoro tours have a team of professional trusted and motivated staff who are ready to work on all your inquiries and also give you all information you need on time that you can rely on as you plan your once in a lifetime safari experience, Kisoro tours Uganda is highly recommended on the Trip Advisor and on Safari bookings, for detailed information contact us our team will respond to your email timely.