Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda & Uganda

This incredible trekking experience tops many travellers bucket-list and for good reason. There are few wildlife encounters that can match this astounding experience of spending time face-to-face with rare, wild mountain gorillas and it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for any visitor to East Africa. Witnessing gorillas express typically human gestures and emotions is a truly profound experience and one of the reasons that gorilla trekking is such a life changing encounter.

Gorilla Trekking takes place in a few remote locations in East Africa, on the forested slopes of the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda and in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. The income derived from the trekking tourism goes directly towards protecting the rainforests and conserving this vulnerable species of Gorilla which has gone a long way to stabilising the small population.

There are several habituated family groups of Gorilla’s that tolerate the presence of humans nearby. Accompanied by trained guides and trackers you will head up onto the slopes of the mountains to locate the family and once found you will have the opportunity to settle in close proximity to them and spend from 40 minutes to an hour in their company. Watch the adults forage and groom each other while the babies tumble and play. An experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Travel Tips:

  • Read our information on Rwanda vs Uganda trekking options
  • Book early to secure your trekking permit which are limited in number
  • Trek in the dry season to avoid difficult mountain accents
  • Be reasonably fit to tackle the steep slopes, thick vegetation and humid conditions
  • Be in good health to trek as Gorillas can catch our germs.
  • Carry a decent camera but don’t forget to put it down after a few snaps and really enjoy the interaction and experience away from the lens.
  • Consider adding a Chimpanzee Trek to your itinerary for a fuller primate experience.
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10 days Best of Uganda Primates & Safari

This ten day off the beaten track safari will appeal to the more adventurous traveler who does not mind a few rough roads and simpler accommodation. Exploring the best of Uganda, the adventure includes a thrilling visit to the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Chimpanzee trekking in both Kibale and Kyambura Gorge and multiple game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park with its wide array of wildlife.

1 night Entebbe, 3 nights Buhoma Lodge, 2 nights Ishasha wilderness camp, 1 night Mweya lodge, 2 nights Primate lodge.

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8 Nights Kenyan Safari and Gorilla Trekking

Ideal for those wanting to combine big game with big gorillas in a short time frame. With a couple nights on the shores of Lake Naivasha with its big game and pink flamingos, to the iconic Masai Mara Game Reserve teeming with wildlife, before moving on to a gorilla trekking opportunity in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Consider adding an idyllic beach stay to the trip.

2 nights Lake Naivasha, 3 nights Masai Mara, 3 nights Volcanoes National Park.

by Lisa Christie on Redfoot Safaris

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