Wondering where to go gorilla trekking in Africa all year round whether in the dry or wet season? here is where to go. Gorilla trekking is one African safari activity that brings tourists up close to the jungles of Africa.
Gorilla trekking is walking or hiking through the jungle for hours to have an opportunity to see the gorilla lifestyle for a maximum of 1 hour after hours of trekking or walking in search of the gorillas.
It’s an amazing experience that has offered a lot of memorable experiences to many travelers. Because of the kind of the gorilla habitat, unfortunately, the popular African safari game drives can not be undertaken in this habitat.
Therefore walking or hiking is the only option left to see these human-like apes sharing about 98% DNA with human beings.
The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is a subspecies of the eastern gorilla found in the tropical forests of East and Central Africa.
Mountain gorillas are known not to survive in zoos and therefore can be seen in their natural habitats in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
There are four national parks in these three countries where mountain gorillas survive and can be trekked in the whole of Africa and the best places to trek them are;
Uganda is luckily the only country in the world that has 2 national parks that inhabit mountain gorillas. Both parks are situated in southwestern Uganda and have very well habituated families of mountain gorillas. Here is where you can trek gorillas in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Gorilla Trekking in Africa
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Impenetrable Bwindi Forest and is located along the Congo border next to Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Rift Valley. The jungle forests cover 331 square kilometers and contain both montane and lowland forest and are accessible only on foot.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost 480 mountain gorillas that is almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
About 19 gorilla families are fully habituated and can be trekked on the Uganda gorilla safari. Minimum age of 15 is allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi and 8 people trek a single gorilla family.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Gorilla Trekking in Africa
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park and home to mountain gorillas with 1 habituated gorilla family known as the Nyakagezi gorilla group.
The park is located in Southwestern Uganda. Tracking the Nyakagezi gorilla group is amazing with the fact that this group is big and social compared to many other habituated gorilla groups.
Rwanda has only one habitat that hosts mountain gorillas and the best place for a short gorilla tour for instance a 1-day tour or 2 days gorilla safari that is not possible on the Uganda gorilla trekking safari. Here is where to trek gorillas in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park – Gorilla Trekking in Africa
Volcanoes National Park well known as Parc National des Volcans is located in the north-western province of Rwanda in a small town known as Musanze.
The park harbors the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda that is always available for tourists who would love to carry out gorilla tracking tours in Rwanda.
Volcanoes National Park borders Congo’s Virunga National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in south-western Uganda.
Volcanoes National Park has several habituated mountain gorillas and is known to be easier to have trekked than the Bwindi gorilla population.
Mountain gorillas of Rwanda are known to move for shorter distances and therefore this makes them easier to trek than those of Bwindi that move for longer distances and make trekking difficult.
The above national parks are the top mountain gorilla trekking spots in Africa. Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is also home to Mountain gorillas, however, the park is situated in a place that is highly affected by rebel groups and therefore not preferable by many travelers.
Best Short and Long Uganda-Rwanda gorilla trekking packages
Both Uganda and Rwanda have short and long gorilla safari itineraries. Here are our popular itineraries for better planning. You can choose from these or contact us for a customized gorilla safari.