Africa is the only destination with mountain gorillas and there are destinations where to see wild gorillas in Africa. 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. The only way of seeing these gentle giants is by undertaking an Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, Rwanda gorilla tour, or Congo gorilla trekking safari.
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;
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda
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 an 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 – Uganda
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.
Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda
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.
Virunga National Park – Congo
Virunga National Park is home to the mountain gorillas in Congo. The national park is within the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the most biologically diverse areas on the planet and host to part of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Congo offers the cheapest gorilla trekking tours and can best be accessed from Rwanda.
The above national parks are the top mountain gorilla trekking spots in Africa. Gorilla trekking in Uganda can also be tailored with other Uganda wildlife safaris, chimpanzee trekking, or birding. Within East Africa, you can also customize a combined tour with a Rwanda tour, Kenya safari, or Tanzania safari.
3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari is done in Rushaga Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is located in southwestern Uganda a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley.
This ancient rain-forest is one of the few in Africa to have flourished and home to half of the world’s endangered population of mountain gorillas.
Looking into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer! Apart from the gorilla trekking Tour, the park boasts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species.
It is a treasure chest of flora and fauna with ten gorilla groups currently available to be visited by only eight persons per group on a daily basis. However, strict rules have to be followed to prevent behavioral disturbances and transmission of diseases.
3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour – Mountain Gorillas Endangered
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An encounter with an earth-shaking 350-pound silverback or baby gorilla is an unforgettable experience! view the long-horned Ankole cattle papyrus acacia woodlands and terraced landscape of Kigezi high lands on your way to Bwindi impenetrable national park.